The latest version of the KTM MY RIDE app offers three levels of smartphone integration, depending which motorcycle you own.
For owners of the 2018 390 Duke, 1290 Super Duke R, 1290 Super Adventure S and 1290 Super Adventure R, the MY RIDE app will offer basic phone connectivity as well as music streaming. The app will let you connect your Bluetooth-enabled helmet to your motorcycle and your phone; you’ll be able to manage phone calls and play music through your bike’s hand controls, using the TFT dash to navigate. You cannot make outgoing calls—you can only accept or reject incoming calls.
This is the big deal behind the TFT dash systems that most manufacturers are moving towards. While having a flashy, high-tech speedo and tach doesn’t really do much to move the industry forward, the potential for integration with mobile devices allows manufacturers to add value down the road with very little difficulty.
But wait, there’s more! Along with the phone and music connectivity, owners of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and Super Adventure R will also get turn-by-turn navigation functionality. KTM is also offering the app interface as a free upgrade to owners of the 2017 versions of those bikes, which is a good gesture. We’ve seen another Euro manufacturer charging clients for a simple ECU reflash on a superbike, which has to be irritating to the customer after already paying top dollar for the bike only a few months previous …
The app does cost $11.99 on the Canadian Google Play store, and $7.99 on the iTunes store.
See the KTM press release below for full deets:
KTM MY RIDE: TAKING MOTORCYCLE CONNECTIVITY PLACES
KTM’s rider-friendly smartphone integration now adds on-screen navigation feature powered by dedicated KTM MY RIDE app
- Using the TFT display, KTM MY RIDE adds connectivity between smartphones and the motorcycle
- KTM MY RIDE available for four different 2018 Street models in North America
- Functions include music player control, receiving/declining incoming phone calls
- KTM MY RIDE Navigation now available as standard for 2018 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S & R and cost-free retro-fitting for 2017 models
- Dedicated KTM MY RIDE app for Navigation function now ready for download
KTM’s smartphone connectivity platform, KTM MY RIDE, available on a large number of its Street range increases in functionality for 2018, with the Phone and Music functions bolstered with turn-by-turn navigation and route planning, powered by a dedicated app.
Living in a connected world, KTM began introducing the possibility for users to connect their smartphones with the motorcycle in 2017. These features have been carefully designed to be intuitive to use and add to riding enjoyment, rather than distract from the road.
KTM MY RIDE with Music and Phone comes equipped for activation on the KTM 390 DUKE, KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S and KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R models.
KTM MY RIDE Music
With a paired Bluetooth helmet headset, this connected function allows a KTM MY RIDE-equipped bike to take control of the smartphone’s music player to listen to while riding. Using the left handlebar-mounted menu switch, the rider can toggle between tracks on a playlist or music archive and control the volume, with the information of the track displayed on the bike’s TFT screen.
KTM MY RIDE Phone
Sometimes on a long ride it is important not to miss a call. With the ease of pairing a smartphone to the bike with KTM MY RIDE, this function allows the rider to see the identification of incoming calls on the TFT display and, using the menu switch, accept or decline the call. As a safety measure, accessing the phone’s address book and making outgoing calls is not possible.
KTM MY RIDE Navigation
New for 2018, turn-by-turn navigation has been introduced for the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S & R, which comes as a standard feature on the bikes. Paired with the new KTM MY RIDE app (available for Android $11.99 and iOS, $7.99), visual guidance is transmitted via Bluetooth to the TFT display to show the pre-planned destination.
To save on mobile data use, maps can be downloaded for offline use; this also helps to create and save pre-planned routes. As KTM knows its ADVENTURE riders like to stray from the beaten path, up to 128 waypoints can be added to a route when planning in order to create truly unique rides.
In addition, audio guidance in either English, German, Spanish, Italian or French can be utilized when also paired with a Bluetooth-enabled helmet headset.
Next to the speedometer and rev counter display on the TFT display, KTM MY RIDE Navigation displays:
- Turn-by-turn arrow icons indicating the next turn direction
- Distance to the next turn
- The name of the next street
- Arrival time (final destination)
- Distance to target (final destination)
KTM MY RIDE Navigation is not only exclusive to those with 2018 machines as owners of 2017 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S & R can also benefit by having the cost-free software upgrade installed and activated at an official KTM dealer.