Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Portland, Oregon
Nav VI acts like it has a dead battery/looking for discussion
1) I am having the same issues as the initiator of this discussion described, namely the Nav VI Screen does not "awake" when my 2017 R1200GS is started. This is an intermittent problem--sometimes it works, sometimes not. On Saturday I had removed the Nav VI from the bike and plugged it into a USB charger overnight, which should have fully charged it. Nevertheless, it was completely dead on Sunday morning--would not even start with the power button--as well as throughout a 100 miles ride on Sunday afternoon. However, this morning (next day, Monday) it started up normally and I used it successfully today. I get "battery low" messages when first starting, even after all the charging opportunities, which leads me to believe that for some reason the battery is not charging, either via the bike, or via a USB charger. I used to think it was not seated well in the cradle and it wasn't making good contact but I am now skeptical of that hypothesis. Bike has been ridden 2000 miles in last two weeks, e.g., Nav VI battery should be charged.
2) On the K1600 forum <https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/bmw-k1600-bluetooth-audio/167866-nav-vi-battery-life-garmin.html> there is a thread with similar issues being noted. Worth reading if you having issues.
3) And for what it is worth, this site says they have replacement batteries for $60 <https://www.gpscity.com/questions?qid=30309> In desperation, I might try one, although mine is only one year old.