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VIDEO & BLOG-Harley Davidson and Harman Kardon have released Boom!™ Box software update version 1.18.2. Bikaholics everywhere are wondering if they should update after the debacle of the release of 1.18.1 a month or so ago. Harley put out 1.18.1 and many downloaded the updated only to find that it broke more things than it fixed! Within days and unannounced as usual, Harley pulled the available software update from their website. That has been the most frustrating thing for loyal Harley Davidson customers; Harley's refusal to publicly address the huge issue and problems with the Boom!™ Box. You would think such a large company with such loyal customers would just admit the failure and move on. Simply tell us customers that it is being worked on and what we can expect to happen. Complete customer relation FAILURE on Harley Davidson's part. The local dealerships are not even being advised of what is going on and that is leaving customers with a bad taste in their mouths.
So, the question is whether you should take the leap of faith and update to software veriosn 1.18.2? Well, that is what I have been here for all along. I took the leap of faith for you and tested the system to extremes and in ways most don't know how. I spent much time in the garage and on the road making sure it was a valid update. From my testing I am happy to say that I encourage everyone to go ahead and update to 1.18.2. It doesn't fix everything of course, but it fixes more than it breaks this time around. If you don't know how to properly update your system software and maps then check out my Official Boom!™ Box Software Update Video.
This update fixed some text messaging/receive issues and I have a very cool work around so that you can have the voice inside the system actually read the text message to you through your speakers as you are riding down the road! This was not working at all in the last version. I have a very secret sauce and procedures on how this needs to be set up. Just check out my Official Boom!™ Box video to learn how to do that and a ton of other hints and tricks. There are menus that most have no idea exist in the system.
Also fixed in this update is the navigation system now allows you to upload more than 10 waypoints from Ride Planner. If you aren't using Harley Davidson's Ride Planner to integrate with your Boom!™ Box system then you are missing out on all the awesome capabilities. I have a great Harley Davidson Ride Planner video that will teach you everything you need to know on how to use the free software, download a planned ride, and upload it into your Boom!™ Box.
Also in this update you can now upload a personalized ringtone from a memory stick! Up until this point that feature was a big failure. I will tell you that the system is buggy and I tested many different ways to do this. In my Boom!™ Box video I will show you the exact steps on how to do this. It has to be done a certain way or it will not work. Issues like this are ongoing and although some things now work, they could work much better.
Of course the purchase of any of my Boom!™ Box series of videos includes free updates as things change with the software updates or new things are learned. All customers that have already made a purchase are getting all the above mentioned information and tricks for free. That is my commitment to the biker community! That's how I roll……………..
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As I have stated, Harley Davidson put the cart before the horse a bit on the Boom Box for the Rushmore Project and is playing catch up now. The system is awesome, but has several issues. I truly believe these issues will be corrected in time with the ongoing software updates.
Remember, the Boom Box is just a computer and needs routine software and map updates just like your smartphone or computer. They are constantly improving the way the system operates and fixing bugs, so this is critical.
Here are some very helpful videos, so you can become familiar with and operate the Boom!™ Box system to include updating the system software:
- TUTORIAL VIDEO-Complete Harley Davidson “Boom Box” Infotainment System GPS Stereo Tutorial
- TUTORIAL VIDEO-Harley Davidson Boom Box Infotainment Software & Map Update Tutorial
- TUTORIAL VIDEO-Complete Harley Davidson Ride Planner & GPS Guide
Keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up!