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Motorcycle News (UK) - - NEWS - By Jon Urry MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

BMW have long been pi­o­neers, but have ap­peared re­sis­tant to the move to full TFT or LCD dash op­tions – un­til now. We are liv­ing in a world where con­nec­tiv­ity is be­com­ing ever more cru­cial, so cru­cial in fact that a smart­phone bat­tery show­ing less than 20% is enough to send some into melt­down! BMW have now recog­nised this, and for 2018 the R1200GS and R1200GS Ad­ven­ture (to be launched this Au­tumn) will fea­ture a brand new TFT dash as an op­tional ex­tra that al­lows the rider a far greater de­gree of in­ter­ac­tion not only with the bike, but also the out­side world.

The 6.5-inch dis­play re­places the de­fault home screen show­ing the usual in­for­ma­tion such as revs, speed, fuel etc. It has a low re­flec­tion sur­face to help read­out even in direct sun­light, it self-dims in low light, and can be linked to a smart­phone via Blue­tooth. But the in­ter­est­ing stuff hap­pens when you turn the BMW multi-con­troller wheel and the up and down tog­gle but­tons.

Rather than sim­ply change a small sec­tion of the home screen, BMW have de­cided to ded­i­cate the whole of the screen to the re­quested func­tion. So if you have se­lected to see the bike’s tyre pres­sures, the whole screen is taken up with this in­for­ma­tion. If you want to see what music is play­ing, the whole screen shows your music choice. BMW have de­cided to ap­proach con­nec­tiv­ity this way as they feel that by mak­ing the dis­play fo­cus solely on the re­quested task it is faster and eas­ier for the rider to read it and make their choice be­fore a sim­ple hold of a but­ton quickly re­turns the dis­play to the home page. And the con­nec­tiv­ity doesn’t stop there.

The new dash can be linked to both a smart­phone and BMW’S hel­met­mounted Mo­tor­rad Com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem, mean­ing you can re­ceive calls while on the go (there is no text or email func­tion). This is noth­ing new, but what BMW have added on their sys­tem and other man­u­fac­tur­ers haven’t is the abil­ity to also make out­go­ing calls, again us­ing a ded­i­cated screen and easy menu sys­tem. In ad­di­tion there is a fault di­ag­no­sis sec­tion and you can also find out where you are go­ing!

BMW aren’t aban­don­ing their tra­di­tional stand­alone GPS nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, but the new dash can be linked to a fairly rudi­men­tary nav sys­tem via a smart­phone and BMW’S free Mo­tor- rad Connected App. Link­ing up gives you free sat-nav as well as the abil­ity to record your route, store points of in­ter­est and ac­cess var­i­ous ride statis­tics. The nav­i­ga­tion is lim­ited to sim­ple ‘turn left’, ‘turn right’ in­struc­tions that are dis­played on the TFT dash, but it is cer­tainly enough to get you to your cho­sen lo­ca­tion on short trips. Well, un­til your phone runs out of bat­tery as, re­mark­ably, BMW haven’t in­cluded a USB port on the bike as stan­dard.

‘BMW have de­voted the whole screen to the re­quested func­tion’

The home­screen of­fers all the essen­tial in­for­ma­tion for your jour­ney Ok, so there’s noth­ing that new about TFT but BMW have come up with some clever fea­tures

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