KTM’s smartphone connectivity platform, KTM MY RIDE, which is available on a large number of the Austrian bike maker’s range increases in functionality for 2018.
In addition to previous connectivity, which linked the rider’s phone with the TFT display, KTM has bolstered the system’s functionality with both Phone and Music functions now accessible from the TFT and bolstered with turn-by-turn navigation and route planning, powered by a dedicated app.
KTM began introducing the possibility for users to connect their smartphones with their motorcycle in 2017. Features have been carefully designed to be intuitive to use and add to riding enjoyment, rather than distract from the road, which is probably why it’s taken another year of development for the company to launch the phone and navigation functions.
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 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 and requires an optional hardware upgrade for the soon to arrive KTM 790 DUKE.
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. Accompanied with the new KTM MY RIDE app (available for Android and iOS), 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.
Negating the use of a separate screen, 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 can also be used by owners of 2017 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S & R by having the cost-free software upgrade installed and activated at an official KTM dealer.