One of the perks of living in the digital age is having a smartphone. While travelling, this hand-held device can use GPS to provide you with a vocal, turn by turn navigation system. Which is pretty convenient considering most people always have their smartphone on them.
So, when it comes to finding a motorcycle for sale, is having a built-in navigation system really a selling point? Or is it just a flashy addition you can brag about paying extra for?
The New Indian Motorcycle
Comtech Telecommunications Corporation, or CMTL, worked with Polaris Industries, the current Indian Motorcycle manufacturer, to create the world’s first motorcycle with a built-in navigation system. According to Yahoo! Finance, the new system has “specialized routing and intuitive search capabilities”.
To elaborate on that a bit, the new system is not a typical GPS device, nor is it akin to the navigation apps you can buy for your phone. See, the built-in navigation system was made with motorcyclists in mind, and features the following luxury perks.
- Turn-by-turn navigation display
- Real-time environmental assessments
- Overlays to show weather and traffic
- Situational AI to help rider choose best route
- Can enhance trip by adding points-of-interest to path
- Capable of remembering up to 100 pit stops or locations for a journey
- Glove and vibration friendly touchscreen
- Maintains map and route specifics even if motorcycle is turned off or network is dropped
As you can tell, Polaris Industries and CMTL wanted to make sure the navigation system lived up to the high-quality standards associated with the Indian Motorcycle brand. That said, is this novel perk worth buying a brand new motorcycle for?
Visiting Motorcycle Shops
Before you start searching online for “motorcycle shops near me” or “motorcycle dealers near me” to find an Indian Motorcycle with the new navigation system, let’s weigh the pros and cons. As we mentioned above, a smartphone is suitable for most navigation situations.
However, there are some stipulations to consider when evaluating what “most” refers to. For example, if you do not have a way to securely mount your smartphone to your motorcycle, the device is essentially useless when it comes to navigation.
Riders that do manage to bypass the smartphone mounting issue can get most of the features the built-in system offers without having to pay an arm and a leg to do so. Those interested in accomplishing this can either buy a navigation app that has a monthly fee, or deal with an ad infested free app and risk having an accident.
To recap, if you are reviewing motorbikes for sale and are considering visiting a motorcycle store, do not forget to examine your navigation options. For some, paying extra for a new motorcycle equipped with built-in navigation may be worth the price.
But if you are seeking used motorcycles for sale in Charleston, South Carolina, odds are top-shelf navigation is not currently a priority.