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KTM Announces Smartphone App with Increased Functionality

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Last year, KTM began introducing the possibility for users to connect their smartphones with the motorcycle. According to the Austrian marquee, the goal was to carefully design features that are intuitive and add to the riding enjoyment of their machines, rather than distract from the road.

For 2018, KTM’s smartphone connectivity platform — KTM MY RIDE — increases its functionality with Phone and Music functions bolstered by turn-by-turn navigation and route planning, powered by a dedicated app.

Phone

KTM my ride smartphone app Adventure Motorcycle

Sometimes on a long ride it is important not to miss a call. With the ease of pairing a smartphone to the bike with KTM MY RIDE, this function allows the rider to see the identification of incoming calls on the TFT display and, using the menu switch, accept or decline the call. As a safety measure, accessing the phone’s address book and making outgoing calls is not possible.

Navigation

New for 2018, turn-by-turn navigation has been introduced for the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S & R, which comes as a standard feature on both bikes. Paired with the new KTM MY RIDE app (available for Android $8.99 and iOS, $7.99), visual guidance is transmitted via Bluetooth to the TFT display to show the pre-planned destination.

To save on mobile data use, maps can be downloaded for offline use; this also helps to create and save pre-planned routes for trips off the beaten path. Up to 128 waypoints can be added to a route in order to create truly unique rides. In addition, audio guidance in either English, German, Spanish, Italian or French can be utilized when also paired with a Bluetooth-enabled helmet headset.

KTM my ride smartphone app Adventure Motorcycle

Next to the speedometer and tachometer on the TFT display, KTM MY RIDE Navigation displays:

• Turn-by-turn arrow icons indicating the next turn direction
• Distance to the next turn
• The name of the next street
• Arrival time (final destination)
• Distance to target (final destination)

Music

KTM my ride smartphone app Adventure Motorcycle

With a paired Bluetooth helmet headset, this connected function allows a KTM MY RIDE-equipped bike to take control of the smartphone’s music player to listen to while riding. Using the left handlebar-mounted menu switch, the rider can toggle between tracks on a playlist or music archive and control the volume, with the information of the track displayed on the bike’s TFT screen.

The smartphone platform is available on a large number of KTM’s Street range. KTM MY RIDE with Music and Phone comes equipped for activation on the KTM 390 Duke, KTM 1290 Super Duke R, KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and KTM 1290 Super Adventure R models.

KTM MY RIDE Navigation is not only exclusive to those with 2018 machines. Owners of 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S & R can also have the cost-free software upgrade installed and activated at an official KTM dealer.

For more details about the KTM MY RIDE connectivity platform, visit KTM’s website.

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