Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycles to Offer Optional Garmin GPS

Harley-Davidson and Garmin International offer the RoadTech Quest GPS navigation system for Harley touring motorcycles

According a release by Garmin International, the leading producer of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation systems, the Olathe, Kansas company has partnered with Harley-Davidson to provide an optional GPS system for Harley motorcycles with full fairings. Based on a special version of the Garmin Quest automotive GPS navigators, the Roadtech Quest for Harleys mounts into Electra Glide and Road Glide fairings, provides audible turn-by-turn directions through the audio system or an earphone (in addition to the display's directions), can be quickly removed for security or to use with another vehicle or on foot, and is completely weatherproof.

The database includes all Harley-Davidson dealers in the coverage area as well as other point-of-interest data, and it can be updated via a USB cable connected to a PC and a data CD. The Roadtech Quest can be fitted to 1998 and later FLHT Electra Glide Standards, FLHTC Electra Glide Classics, FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classics, and FLTRI Road Glides.

The standard Garmin Quest measures 4.5 inches wide by 2.2 inches tall by .9 inches deep with a 2.2-by-1.5-inch color display and offers the following features:

  • Accuracy to 15 meters or less in normal GPS mode, 3 meters or less when WAAS-enabled
  • 115 megabyte internal memory for the map data
  • 256-color, bright, sunlight-readable display
  • Integrated flip-up patch antenna
  • Internal 1050mAh Li-ion battery offering up to 20 hours of typical use
  • Americas autoroute basemap
  • Compatible with most Garmin MapSource data products
  • Submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins
  • 500 user waypoints with name, category, comment, and graphic symbol
  • 10,000-point automatic track log to let you retrace your path
  • A Route Planner feature that allows you to save 50 routes
  • Auto sort multiple destinations to provide an efficient route for deliveries and sales calls
  • Fast automatic off-route and detour recalculation
  • "One-Button Home" feature quickly routes you home

Even though Garmin's release says the Harley-Davidson Roadtech Quest is currently available, we could not find information about the GPS option on Harley's site nor any pricing information, though the standard Quest has a suggested price of $683.

The full Garmin release follows.

_Garmin Hits the Road with Harley-Davidson

Roadtech Quest to be Offered on Road Glide, Electra Glide Models

OLATHE, Kan./May 16, 2005/PR Newswire -- Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that Harley Davidson will begin offering a new Garmin-built GPS navigation system as an option specifically designed for its Road Glide and Electra Glide models.

Named the Roadtech Quest, the system provides premium road navigation capabilities - including automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions to addresses or points of interest like lodging, restaurants, and Harley-Davidson dealers and service centers. Riders will enjoy the unit's easy-to-use interface and easy-to-read high-resolution color display.

Best of all, current owners of Harley Davidson 1998 or later FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCUI, AND FLTRI models can retrofit the Roadtech Quest onto their motorcycle's fairing for a clean and streamlined look.

"Harley-Davidson is a recognized pioneer and innovator, and their brand evokes passion among motorcycle enthusiasts," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "By equipping the Road Glide and Electra Glide with a proven GPS navigator, bikers can enjoy the ride instead of worrying about how to get there."

The unit contains 114MB of internal memory for loading detailed map information in the United States and Canada. The unit is sold with Garmin's MapSource City Select CD-ROM and a PC interface cable, so riders can customize their map data for wherever they're traveling.

Rugged and waterproof, the Roadtech Quest can be removed from the motorcycle's integrated fairing mount and stowed in a pocket for safekeeping. Turn-by-turn audible voice prompts are delivered through the bike's audio system or an included earbud. The unit also has an internal lithium-ion battery for on-foot adventures.

The Roadtech Quest navigation system gives riders even more reason to love some of Harley Davidson's most popular touring models. Riders can choose convenience and peace-of-mind - built by Garmin, a company that is a respected leader in GPS navigation.

Additional features of the Roadtech Quest include:

  • High-resolution 256-color TFT color display that's easy to see in day or night
  • Turn-by-turn voice prompted directions
  • Calculates shortest or fastest routes to addresses or points of interest
  • Automatically recalculates a route if the rider misses a turn
  • Built-in 13MB routable Americas basemap that contains airports, cities, towns, state and interstate highways, local thoroughfares and secondary roads
  • USB connection for detail map downloads from included MapSource City Select CD
  • Also available with European and Australian map data

The Roadtech Quest is available now. See Harley-Davidson dealers for pricing and installation, or visit www.harley-davidson.com for more details. _

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This Quest waterproof GPS navigator will be adapted for installation in the fairings of Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Electra Glide motorcycles.