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Old 09-11-2014, 10:04 PM   #1
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Alternate use for the Nav V cradle

Well I don't know if this has been discussed before but I have a question for you all.

I have a new 2015 GS (I'm old school so want to use the BMW designation of GSA for ABS equipped but I guess that's obsolete now) LC with the Nav V GPS cradle as part of the Technology package.

I am not a full time GPS guy and only use it on long trips to verify my memory of the map and get finer details. Have a couple GPS I could use already sitting around.

So now I am wondering if anyone has thought of an alternative use for this nice cradle that doesn't look so nice empty.

Has anyone come up with another use like a rear view camera monitor mounted in that location? A nice wide angle so you don't get dizzy looking at it and pretty much right where you could see it without always glancing away and looking around the elbows.

So, anything out there like that or maybe other uses for that cradle?

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Old 09-11-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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An adapter for mounting and powering an iPhone or iPad mini could sell well.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:39 AM   #3
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An Enduro Roll Chart?

A photograph?

Packet of cigs?

Or just remove it?
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:30 AM   #4
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Yesterday I removed the cradle and installed a smartphone mount. I'm going to try using my Nexus 4 as a GPS.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:03 AM   #5
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Using some 3m tape i installed a phone mount on the cover of the gps mount. This way i can use the phone on short trips if i need to, or remove the cover and use the navigator :)

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Old 09-12-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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CapOne, I like that one but I think I just got myself sold on a rear view camera. Anyone know of anything that might fit?

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Old 09-13-2014, 01:39 PM   #7
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Best use is for a Nav V. The GPS function is only 1 part of its uses, and it's not the function I mainly use it for.
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:24 PM   #8
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My bike came with the nav prep and I didn't really want a nav system, but bit the bullet since the bike had the prep. Now I'm glad I got the Nav V, it is much more than a GPS.
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:47 PM   #9
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My bike came with the nav prep and I didn't really want a nav system, but bit the bullet since the bike had the prep. Now I'm glad I got the Nav V, it is much more than a GPS.
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Old 09-13-2014, 03:06 PM   #10
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I like the Nav V, but I don't love it. I like all the bike data. The GPS is OK for road use, and very good for off-road. The music player sucks and is 1998 tech. The phone link works, but an actual phone works better. I do love the a Wonder Wheel.

I just ordered my iPhone 6 Plus, so I'll likely do something like Capone. iPhone for daily use and Nav V for travel.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:07 PM   #11
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Here is a better idea

Some of you probably don't know that CB Dane (Brent) from the K1600 board is the father of the Clearwater Can Opener. He has dissected the CAN/LIN signals and figured out just how to hack the system and the Can Opener was born, Brent is pretty quiet about his involvement probably due to an agreement with Clearwater.
A few years ago Brent started working on a replacement display that would plug into the GPS mount on the K16 and he has actually built a few of them that are out and about in testing. Since there is a CAN Bus connection to the GPS mount what he needed to do was decipher the information being transmitted back and forth.
His display is pretty cool and there is a lot of information available that is only used for internal purposes so to speak for the other computers on the bike to use, like lean angle. The thread is long but worth the read. We could get a little different version for the GS.

http://www.k1600forum.com/forum/bmw-k1600-maintenance-do-yourself/3440-canbus-adventure-begins.html





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Old 09-18-2014, 09:00 PM   #12
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That Digital Dash looks very COOL
Hopefully if available,it's not going to cost big$$

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