BMW extends its mobile phone connectivity with new ConnectedRide Cradle.

BMW RideConnected Cradle

For riders who like to use their smartphone for map navigation, BMW Motorrad now offers the ConnectedRide Cradle.

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The new device connects your mobile phone with the latest BMW motorcycles via a dedicated app. It provides a simple cradle for using the smartphone as a satnav while riding. In addition,  vehicle data such as lean angle, acceleration, deceleration and much more can be displayed via the BMW Motorrad Connected App, and controlled using the Multi-Controller.

Thanks to individually adjustable side clamps, the ConnectedRide Cradle is suitable for many different smartphone sizes (see full list below). It also charges the smartphone wirelessly or via a USB-C connection. For security, the ConnectedRide Cradle can be locked to the motorcycle’s holder, if the holder supports this.

ConnectedRide Cradle video

What’s the compatibility?

The ConnectedRide Cradle can be used on new and older BMW Motorrad models (e.g. BMW R 1200 GS K50) and fits all BMW Motorrad models equipped with the optional equipment “Preparation for navigation system (option 272)” – as well as models equipped with Multi-Controller and the option of retrofitting the navigation preparation via the BMW Motorrad workshop system (except R 1200 RT, R 1250 RT, K 1600 models). On older motorcycles without a TFT instrument cluster, operation is possible via the control element of the “Preparation for navigation unit SA 272”. The prerequisite for displaying vehicle data is “On-board computer Pro (option 221)”.
The ConnectedRide Cradle cannot be used with the Navigator 4-Button Mount Cradle.

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In order to be able to fully use the functions described, the BMW Motorrad Connected App version 4.0 or higher must be used. BMW Motorrad recommends that you always install the latest updates to ensure proper functioning.

A Bluetooth connection is required to enable the app to be controlled via the motorcycle’s navigation preparation control element. The smartphone must be equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy version 4.2 at least in order to comply with the security requirements (LE Secure Connections) for the connection. Smartphones with older Bluetooth versions are therefore not supported.

Bluetooth pairing takes place within the BMW Motorrad Connected App and is only required once during initial setup.

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The following smartphones fit in the ConnectedRide Cradle:

  • All mobile phones with the following dimensions:
    Minimum 130,1×65, 5×6.9mm; maximum 162.5×78,1×8.8mm. This includes the following mobile phones for example.
  • Apple: iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS,
    iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro,
    iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini,
    iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini,
    iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Samsung: Galaxy A3, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A8 Plus, Galaxy A9,
    Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Tipp: Insertion into the ConnectedRide Cradle with the camera module at the bottom right), Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Huawei: P20, P30
  • Google: Pixel 2 XL
  • HTC: U11

The ConnectedRide Cradle costs £188, and you can find out more about it on BMW website.

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