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Should we start a full on campaign to get HD to do something about the navigation?

I LOVE my bike but the navigation is horrid!

I’ve tried and sometimes it works ok but most of the time I end up using Scenic or my Gaia App. This system is just not good for adventure bikes. This bike would be the ultimate if they’d give the option of a Garmin based display or just go with Carplay/Google equivalent?

I’d pay extra if I could replace the current system with one that just has CarPlay and I could just use my phone and GPS apps.

Why they try to come up with their own when there are other systems that have perfected mapping I’ll never know. Top manufacturers try but just are outside their swim lane.

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I just don't understand how they can't get it to work. If other manufacturers can do it surely HD can . so annoying given the amount of money these bikes cost. Using my TomTom in the meantime 😡
 

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Should we start a full on campaign to get HD to do something about the navigation?

I LOVE my bike but the navigation is horrid!

I’ve tried and sometimes it works ok but most of the time I end up using Scenic or my Gaia App. This system is just not good for adventure bikes. This bike would be the ultimate if they’d give the option of a Garmin based display or just go with Carplay/Google equivalent?

I’d pay extra if I could replace the current system with one that just has CarPlay and I could just use my phone and GPS apps.

Why they try to come up with their own when there are other systems that have perfected mapping I’ll never know. Top manufacturers try but just are outside their swim lane.

Anyone?
Harley has a Zumo 590 kit on their website and of course not compatible with the PA Special 😒
 

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Harley has a Zumo 590 kit on their website and of course not compatible with the PA Special 😒
I have the Zumo 595 LM and it’s powered off the USB-C outlet. I prefer using the Garmin GPS unit since I can move it between different bikes and my 4-wheeled rigs. It has dozens of saved routes I’ve ridden over the years, Plus it doesn’t rely on a cell signal or the reduced accuracy of the phone GPS. Personal preference.
 

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Hey drifter, yep understood! Referring to the original thread, HD could combine their TFT Display and gauges into a Zumo combo as a replacement for the factory display and HD App/GPS which just doesn’t live up to the adventure theme. You’re very correct, GPS via Garmin or other option is the way to go. I also have my external powered via the USB-C, just want them to do better than what they offered as factory built in system! Thank you for the reply!
 

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Agreed. I’ve yet to have a bike with a good factory nav system. One might exist, just not on the bikes I’ve had. They all seem to have their proprietary quirks. The PA nav system is notably bad since it’s not built-in with GPS and maps. Epic fail by HD for an adventure bike. Inexcusable. I knew that going into the purchase, but I’m sure there are many who were unaware of this when buying.
 

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I use a Garmin XT on a Touratech mount above the TFT display. It seems a bit silly to me to have a nav system that relies on the grid when the bike by it's very nature begs to be used off the grid. Having said that, if something is fitted it should work. HD dropped the ball a bit there I think.
 

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BMW uses the same type of app for their bikes with TFT displays. There has to be a reason why they don't just put Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in the system since they rely on cell phones. Perhaps it's simply money.
 
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