Back in late August of this year, Harley Davidson put out a new version of their infotainment system on the market which has been named the Harley Boom Box GTS. The system was preceded by the Boom Box 4.3 and 6.5 systems.
At a glance
The Boom GTS Infotainment system offers the contemporary function, feel, and look that the latest tablets and mobile devices too. Meanwhile, the features and the durability have been designed particularly for motorcycling. Among the features, two of the most noticeable ones are hands-free voice recognition and Apple CarPlay compatibility. All the elements have been optimized such that they enhance the rider’s interaction with the bike to ultimately result in an improved and enhanced motorcycle touring experience.
The new Boom Box has a sleek and classy touchscreen design with glass that stretches from one edge to another. However, the real beauty is in its operation; it is commendably fast! As compared to the previous generations of the infotainment system, the Boom GTS cuts the start-up time by half. Similarly, route calculation has improved too, and it is quicker than ever!
Three key buttons ensure simple operation; Music, Phone, and Navigation. On the right-hand control, you will also find a new back button. There is also a new quick jump feature which gives you easy access to audio, vehicle information, and nav.
Let’s look at the features of the Boom GTS in detail!
New & improved display
As mentioned earlier, the 6.5-inch infotainment system has the appearance of premium automotive displays and tablets. The Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen is as scratch-resistant and durable as the cover glass used on a majority of mobile devices around the globe. The system also features an advanced surface treatment that minimizes the reflection, thus allowing clear visibility even on the brightest of days.
The screen is also optimized for use in both dry and wet conditions and responds in the same way when it is used with riding gloves. The glass used has also been optically bonded to a TFT display with 100% more resolution as well as a contrast ratio four times higher than the 6.5 GT infotainment system it replaces. Resultantly, users get to enjoy a clean and crisp appearance even in bright sunlight.
Better user experience
The processes in the Boom GTS is faster and has more memory. Compared to the old system, it is also more responsive. As mentioned above, both route calculation time and startup time has been significantly reduced.
Just like a smartphone, the system display also responds to two-finger gestures like drag, swipe, and pinch. The home screen display has been simplified and now features only three key buttons; Music, Phone, and Navigation. The three key system buttons also include condensed information which is easy to navigate and read.
Moreover, the high-contrast viewing mode and the background colors are user-selectable. It is easy to control the whole GTS system using the touchscreen and the thumb-operated five-way joysticks placed on the right and left-hand controls.
Since the Boom GTS is Apple CarPlay compatible, it can project the phone functions to the screen including traffic, streaming apps, and weather. In this way, users can also enjoy and use the familiar functions that are already installed on their device.
There is a new navigation engine that features a voice recognition-enabled one-box search function which only adds to the rider’s convenience. With the help of the Alternate Routes function, users have the option to pick a route based on the Scenic, Twisty, Fastest, and Shortest features.
Furthermore, the navigation system of the Boom GTS features a new integration with the Harley Davidson app for both Android or iOS. With this integration, users can find a certain destination in the app easily and then send the address to the navigation system. The feature of integrating with the app also eliminates the need to connect a USB jump drive to import the ride routes.
The app also helps the riders to make the most out of their time while on the road because of the various features like ride planning, riding challenges, ride recording, and recommended rides. It can also help find gas stations, motorcycle events, restaurants, hotels, etc.
Is the new infotainment system worth it?
Considering the upgrades to the tech used and the improvement in the user interface, it is clear that the new Boom! GTS Infotainment system will make a great addition on your next street glide!