VIDEO (below)-In this video I am on location in Missoula, MT on my trip to Sturgis, SD. You may be experiencing several issues with the Harley Davidson Boom!™ Box Infotainment System GPS & maps and I am here to shed some light on the problems.
As stated in past articles, I really do back Harley Davidson on many things and love their products. However, I call these Boom Box issues “The Harley Davidson/Harman Kardon debacle.” In a hurry to release and finish their Harley Rushmore Project bikes, my opinion is that they hurried on getting the Boom!™ Box system installed in these new models when it was not fully developed and tested.
Unfortunately, Harley Davidson has been silent about the large scale issues that are causing many very loyal customers to loose faith and cause anger towards company. In silence, developers for HD are working feverishly to release unannounced Boom Box software updates to try and fix all the bugs and issues. Further, several of the updates have fixed some things and broken others! That is why many around the world are coming to Law Abiding Biker™ Media to get the real scoop, for help, and to stay up to date. Harley Dealerships have actually purchased our Boom!™ Box Tutorial Video Series and have personally reached out to us for help. They too have been left in the dark on many of the issues by the mother ship.
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The Issue: Odd Map Spurs-Constant Recalculating by the Boom Box GPS:
In this particular free tutorial video, we created our complete Sturgis trip in Harley Ride Planner and then I uploaded it to my Boom Box before leaving.
As I am riding along there are sudden unknown spurs or hairs off the main route of my ride. They often run for a few blocks and stop. These hairs can happen when riding on any roadway or highway, but they are more prevalent when inside city areas. I can still visually verify my main ride route and that there would be no reason to turn off on these unknown spurs.
Of course, the audio and visual navigation prompts tell me to turn on the spurs. After you pass one of these unknown spurs the audio and visual prompts will tell you that the unit is now recalculating, as you have not officially followed its course.
So, at this point the work around is to ignore the spurs and really visually pay attention when you are traveling not to make unnecessary turns to nowhere important.
Caution: Always pull over to verify directions and don't get fixated on your Boom Box screen. It is too easy to do and can be very dangerous. The audio cues are supposed to keep your eyes on the road, but in fact with this ongoing bug you need to visually stay on top of it, so you don't end up somewhere unknown.
Ride Planner, Boom Box, & Other Harley GPS Units:
Two of us here at Law Abiding Biker™ Media uploaded the same exact Sturgis Ride Planner file into our respective GPS systems. I uploaded mine into my Boom Box and LawDog uploaded his into his Road Tech Zumo from Harley.
While I had the spurs showing with that Ride Plan upload, LawDog was not showing any of the odd unknown spurs. So, this is apparently a conflict that is isolated to Ride Planner working with the integrated Harley Boom!™ Box GPS system.