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Garmin Announces GPS for Motorcycles – Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System


Garmin announced that it is now serving as a tier-one automotive OEM supplier with its newly-developed modular GPS navigation system on the 2006 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. Tier-one suppliers provide parts and systems directly to vehicle manufacturers and must meet the demanding performance specifications and quality requirements provided by the manufacturer.

“This marks the first time that Garmin has provided a vehicle manufacturer with a factory installed navigation system,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “The Gold Wing is Honda’s premier touring bike, and navigating the highways and byways just got a lot easier now that Garmin is on board.”

Known as the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System, it provides complete North American mapping with nearly six million points of interest — places like hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, and Honda Motorcycle dealerships and service centers — displayed on a large seven-inch integrated display. The Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System gives clear turn-by- turn voice prompted directions through the motorcycle’s audio and intercom system. The system features large, easy-to-use buttons and rugged, solid- state memory for map storage.

“We’re very excited to have the industry’s first fully integrated navigation system on a motorcycle,” said Ray Blank, American Honda’s Motorcycle Division Vice President. “Gold Wing customers expect premier components on their motorcycles and Garmin has delivered with the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System.”

Installed at the factory, the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System is available only on the new 2006 Gold Wing. Three of five trim models feature the system.

21 Responses

  1. It doesn’t appear to be on the spec sheet or accessories list released by Honda UK

    Stritchy - October 5th, 2005
  2. Is there any way to get any specifics on the Honda Gold Wing GPS system. The board is full of posts that express a lot of questions on the capabilities of your system. Such as does it have a touch screen capability? Any pictures of the trunk set up with the CF card slot? Would appreciate any info as the new brochures are not out yet and details are sketchy. Thanks.

    Dennis Cutler - October 22nd, 2005
  3. I’m curious to find out more about this. No answer yet to Dennis’ post?

    Motorcycle Club - April 15th, 2007
  4. Is the Garmin GPS unit, located within the Honda Goldwing, able to be connected to a desktop computer for trip planning – in other words, can the flash card be removed from the motorcycle, and plugged into my desktop computer, and a trip stored in it? I would appreciate help in planning a 13-state trip on the east coast of the U.S. I would hate to have to do the whole trip on the motorcycle.
    thank you,
    Harold Scheffler

    Harold Scheffler - April 18th, 2007
  5. I own an O7 Goldwing with the Navigation System. Highly recommend the bike but the GPS needs refinement. SD Memory card is easy to get too. The Nav System takes up too much room in the trunk. The map series date is 2 years old on a brand new bike. A lot of places missing that my Nuvi has. The Goldwing GPS screen is nicely located and is clear and easy to see in any light conditions. Display is large enough for my old eyes but is not a touch screen. Too many steps on the Honda Nav system to get to common functions. My Nuvi is much easier to use. You cannot select or change settings on the Navigation System unless you are in neutral. I’m sure Honda is concerned about a rider going over a cliff distracted by using the Nav system but it’s useless with this neutral safety. Any one know how to disble that safety feature. I think I’ll continue using my Nuvi otherwise.

    Cliff - May 10th, 2007
  6. I’m wondering about an upgrade for the GPS on the 07 Goldwing. Anyhting like that possible?

    Dan Freeman - August 3rd, 2007
  7. I own a 2006 Goldwing. I want to upgrade the SD card that came with this bike. This isn’t much good if I can’t upgrade the system. How do I obtain a new card with the upgrades? I’m planning a trip into the USA this summer so need this ASAP. Please advise.

    Grant Conrad - May 3rd, 2008
  8. Just bought a 2006 Wing with the on-board navigation. Boy, what a dissapointment. You can not enter a coordinate or edit a coordinate of a Waypoint of Favorite. This in my opinion erodes the very foundation of using a GPS.
    This is my fifth GPS in the last decade, one handheld, three Street Piolets and this “thing”. And I do use them alot for travel and for Geocaching.
    I have talked to both Honda and Garmin begging for a way to enter coordinates. As of today I do not get any indication anyone is going to make the present systems user friendly.
    If I understand my last conversation with Garmin tech support the physical GPS processor on the GoldWings is not a Garmin unit – they only provide the mapping software.
    I encourage all who have an interest in the Honda GPS to contact both Honda and Garmin requesting they update their software and CF card so waypoints and routs can be loaded from a PC or laptop and so coordinates can be entered directly into the GPS on the road.

    Ken Geib - June 19th, 2008
  9. GeoCaching..on a Goldwing? At nearly 850 pounds, she’s a bit heavy to carry as a handheld gps unit, nor should one expect that type of function from this system. On a street bike what I need is the ability to navigate to street addresses,a task which is handled quite nicely by this system. Don’t know the address? select the location with the moveable cursor and map to it. Better yet, shut the thing off and enjoy the experience of pointing the front whweel and seeing where it leads you. (Turn it on again to find your way home if you must) Personally,I find it to be a cool toy, and a nice convenience, but I’m far from lost without it.

    Jim Schafer - July 3rd, 2008
  10. I havea 08 GoldWing with Nav. It is not as user
    friendly as a friends New Garman NUVI. Is it possible to upgrade this Honda unit to a touch screen? Also, is it possible to modify this thing so I can access fuel stops, without stopping? Who
    has time to stop everytime you want to gain info?

    Dave - July 16th, 2008
  11. Just purchased a 2008 Goldwing Navi but I have a SP2720 & Nuvi 360. The Honda Navi unit is a $2000 scam. I wanted the bike but not the unit because I could see the problems with GARMIN wanting to get paid for their work. My 94 Wing was & is soo much better. Never again!

    Wilbertg - July 23rd, 2008
  12. The NAV is very expensive dead weight on the bike to get excellent ABS. I posted last year and since upgraded the map and it still is not as good as my NUVI. The Find Feature is the worst I have ever seen. You have to pick through a mess of disorganized choices. Such poor quality from Honda on such an expensive bike as the Wing.

    Cliff - July 24th, 2008
  13. My 2007 Honda Goldwing GPS system has been an exciting and very reassuring system for me. I’ve traveled cross country – 7000 miles and it has helped in those few situations where I didn’t know where to go at all. If one is completely lost, the GPS will get you out of trouble. However, like any new language, the user must learn the GPS’s limitations. There are many but I would guess all GPS’s have them. As far as a touch screen, BAD idea on a motorcycle. Too tempting to lose control. Like messaging on cell phones while driving the car.
    I would not be without a GPS on any future vehicle, car or new bike.
    My problem is trying to find where to buy an up to date chip so I can plug it into the recepticle hiding beneath the rear lid on my 07 Goldwing. If anybody can tell me, thanks in advance for the info.

    frank - September 20th, 2008
  14. My experience with the nav system on the Wing is less than optimum, but I still love having and using it on every long trip. It’s great to have a read-out of estimated arrival time and distance remaining. The automatic daylight savings time function no longer works since the dates were changed and Garmin won’t fix that without paying for a $199 upgrade on a new memory chip. Problem is, I contacted them by phone and email and still have no response as to what version is on the new card and what year the map data is. The website leaves a lot to be desired, but here’s the only webpage I could find: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=10750

    Steve - September 27th, 2008
  15. 2006 Goldwing w/nav. For point-to-point directions, the on board nav is adequate. But, for serious cross-country riding, I bought a refurbished Garmin 2610 which is PC programmable. I can add waypoints on the fly and like that it’s “water resistant” with an adequate screen size. If Honda is going to continue offering a GPS unit, LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PURCHASED THE GOLDWING!!!

    Brian - December 17th, 2008
  16. What a challenge to route trips. Shot ones are easy but any distance is a problem. Adding VIA points confuses the program and you get odd routes. This needs touch screen access and a computer USB port to download computer map routes. I am sure most have found that you can use the GPS if you are not moving, you don’t have to be in neutral. Like my system but adding the above features would make it worthy of Goldwing.

    Denny - April 18th, 2009
  17. we have a 2008 goldwing with GPS and we realize that it is about a year behind if not more in its mapping system, I am just wondering if there is a way to update the SD card or do you have to go out and buy a new one? If so where would we be able to purchase one, does it have to be bought through Honda?
    Thank you in advance for your help

    Sarah - April 23rd, 2009
  18. One thing that everyone should keep in mind is that this is a HONDA navigation system with a Garmin engine at it’s core. This is not \true\ Garmin system and really shouldn’t be compared to one. I’ve used the eTrex Legend and the Zumo 450 & 550 on various bike and while the unit on the Gold Wing has the base technology of any other Garmin unit it’s configured to Honda’s specifications.

    Considering what it is and what it’s meant to do (get you from point A to point B) it works quiet well. If you’re looking for a touch screen, or an MP3 play, or any of the other bells & whistles of a Garmin Brand GPSr I would recommend buying a Garmin Brand GPSr and get the Gold Wind without the NAV option.

    I currently own a ’09 Wing and while I do miss some of the functionallity it isn’t to the point where I regret getting the NAV option on bike also after doing research on this bike at the time I purchased the bike I instructed the dealer that I wanted the current map & os version on the NAV system and the first thing I did before taking delivery of the bike was to verify that they had done the upgrade for me.

    Sean - July 14th, 2009
  19. I have an 06 Wing with Nav/ABS, etc and use a Zumo 550. The honda NAV system sucks arse. Only usefull if you need to find a place in 2005 that hasn’t moved or changed.

    Absolute waste of money that Honda “Forces” you to buy when you just want a touring bike that works. Very dissappointing.

    The only thing it’s good for is to zoom out and tell me what province I’m in. Ha ha ha. P.O.S.

    Bob - July 18th, 2010
  20. I have a 2008 Gold Wing with navigation. I have a cf card and would like up dates. I learned in gold wing magazine that they aren’t making the cf cards any more? Why did they install a product you cannot up date? Any comments on this would be appreciated.

    Don Forget - May 15th, 2011
  21. I am the owner of a 2006 Honda Goldwing, and am having trouble with navigation unit. Stays on for a few miles then goes black screen. now I don’t even information screen. I stop and let it cool off for about five minutes restart bike and go a few more miles and black screen again. Sad in W.Va.

    curt chaney - June 18th, 2011

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