BMW has again partnered with Garmin to produce their own branded GPS device. The BMW Navigator V is available with or without a 4-button cradle mount. The 4-button cradle allows easier adjustments of commonly used GPS functions versus scrolling through the interface. Since Garmin and BMW have partnered on this GPS, it’s not surprising that mounts made for a Garmin GPS will fit the BMW Navigator V.
The BMW Navigator V includes both a motorcycle and car mount in the box. It’s an expensive GPS so no reason to not use it for a car as well as the motorcycle. The car cradle has the standard 17mm socket on the back so a lot of the mounts that are available for a Garmin Nuvi will fit this car cradle.
We like the Arkon Suction Cup Mount for Garmin Nuvi as a suitable replacement. This one is superior to the one in the box. It’s longer and has an adjustment point halfway down the mount. Don’t worry about it saying Nuvi, these fit the BMW Navigator V car cradle too. There’s a vacuum lock to make sure it sticks firmly, just be sure to clean the windshield with the included wipe before use. It also includes a dash disk if you would like to use it there instead of the windshield.
The BMW Navigator V includes the very good RAM Combination Brake Clutch Reservoir/Handlebar Mount in the box. This is a mount that will attach to the back of the BMW Navigator V cradle using the bolts and screws that came in the box. The square plate uses the standard 4-hole AMPS pattern. Use the square metal top of the mount to line the screw holes up with the back of the cradle. There is a metal arm that supports a ball and socket system. The base has a dual mounting option.
Most will use the u-bolts that came with the mount to attach to the handlebar. These will fit bars to 1.25 inches in diameter. Some, especially those that ride Honda Goldwings as well as some Harley owners will use the brake or clutch options. The brake / clutch options will require you to remove the factory installed bolts and replace them with the bolts that are included with the mount. You may also use the spacers that are provided depending upon your model of bike. Instructions to do this are included with the mount.
There are many other options for mounting a BMW Navigator V to a motorcycle. Another popular option is to use the RAM Fork Stem Base. This mount will attach to the stem hole on many motorcycles. The mounting kit includes a bolt and a plastic cone that you can cut to fit the stem hole. The plastic cone can be cut from 12 -20mm and 28mm or .5” – 1.10”. You can replace the handlebar base with this fork stem base.
Another very popular option is the RAM Mirror Base. This base is real popular on BMW models and features an 11mm hole that your mirror post can fit through or in some case, you can replace the mirror post with your GPS. Like the fork stem base, the arm and AMPS plate will fit this base as well.
If you notice some glare once you have this mounted on your motorcycle, there are some nice inexpensive solutions available to shield your unit from glare and we recently reviewed the Glarestomper line of products which will help a lot. You can read that review here.
Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:
|Arkon||Suction cup car mount with 17mm ball||Arkon Replacement Upgrade or Additional Windshield Dashboard Suction Mounting Pedestal for Garmin nuvi 40 50 1450 1200 GPS|
|RAM Mount||RAM brand metal handlebar and clutch mount for Zumo||RAM Combination Brake Clutch Reservoir/Handlebar Mount|
|RAM Mount||RAM fork stem base||RAM Mounts (RAM-B-342) Motorcycle Fork Stem Base with 1" Ball|
|RAM Mount||RAM mirror base||RAM Mounts (RAM-B-252U) 2.25" X 0.87" Motorcycle Base with 11 mm Hole and 1" Ball|