Garmin Tread Powersports Navigator

Michelle Baird | March 14, 2021

Garmin has released the new rugged Tread off-road powersport navigator along with the Group Ride Radio, Garmin PowerSwitch digital switch box and the BC 40 wireless camera with tube mount.

Garmin Tread Powersports Navigator

The weather-resistant (water rating of IPX7) Tread helps riders and drivers navigate trails and recognize land boundaries. Adding the Group Ride Radio, other allows other Tread user to keep track other each other and communicate without the need for cellular coverage.

Off-roaders can then use the Garmin PowerSwitch to control their vehicle’s 12-volt accessories from Tread’s glove-friendly display, conveniently activating whip lights, air compressors, differential locks and more. By adding the BC 40 wireless camera to their side-by-side’s tube frame, flat panel, or roll cage, riders can pair with Tread for a clear view of scenery and surrounding obstacles on the navigator’s screen.

“Garmin is stepping into the powersports market in a big way with a robust assortment of products designed specifically for the needs of powersports enthusiasts,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “With Garmin’s new powersports lineup, riders have more freedom to maneuver off-road while staying connected with friends, ultimately enhancing every off-road adventure.”

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Garmin Tread’s Group Ride Radio


Garmin Tread Powersports Navigator
The included Group Ride Radio allows tracking for up to 20 riders with no cellular coverage needed. Plus, the push-to-talk fist mic lets you stay in communication with your Group Ride friends. Pair Tread with your helmet or headset (not included) enabled with Bluetooth technology for hands-free communication.

As riders venture into the unknown, Tread’s MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) system—a.k.a. the Group Ride Radio—ensures riders don’t miss a beat with the ability to track and communicate with up to 20 riders in their group. Keep track of friends on Tread’s map display and use the push-to-talk fist mic to talk with friends in the group. Alternatively, riders can pair Tread with their compatible Bluetooth-enabled helmet or headset for hands-free voice communication. What’s more, riders can pair Tread with most of Garmin’s inReach satellite communicators to stay in touch globally via two-way text messaging, and access weather and crucial interactive SOS. And thanks to the all-new Tread mobile app, users can easily import/export GPX files, access live weather, canned text messages and sync trip data across all devices.

Garmin Tread’s Mapping Options

BirdsEye Satellite Imagery
Download high-resolution BirdsEye Satellite Imagery directly via Wi-Fi connectivity, with no annual subscription required.

With Tread’s highly detailed mapping options, off-roaders and trail seekers can own their surroundings with preloaded topographic mapping of North America that surpasses the status quo with a comprehensive and rich mapping experience. Riders can seek challenging dirt trails and tap into U.S. Forest Service roads and Motor Vehicle Use Maps for full sized 4x4s, ATVs, side-by-sides and motorcycles. Tread also comes preloaded with public land boundaries for national forests, wilderness areas, Bureau of Land Management, and even private land boundaries and land owner information for parcels greater than four acres. In addition, riders can download high-resolution BirdsEye Satellite Imagery directly to Tread via Wi-Fi to receive vivid overhead views of the land and surroundings with no annual subscription.

Garmin PowerSwitch

Garmin PowerSwitch
The Garmin PowerSwitch box can be used to control whip lights, air compressors, differential locks and more.

Easily pair Tread, a compatible Garmin navigator, or a smartphone with the Garmin PowerSwitch and gain control over a vehicle’s 12-volt accessories – up to six outputs of up to 30 amps each.

Garmin Tread Powersports Navigator

The weather resistant box provides easy installation procedures and the ability to customize virtual switch panels with labels, icons and channel groups, and manipulate controls for dimming and flashing alerts on the navigator’s display.

Garmin BC 40 Wireless Camera

The BC 40 Wireless Camera transmits to the Garmin navigator’s display.

Users can also attach the weatherproof BC 40 wireless camera to an off-road vehicle to see surroundings on the navigator’s display. The battery-powered camera can last up to three months on a single charge and transmit up to 25-feet to provide wide, quality footage.

Garmin BC 40 Wireless Camera
The camera can be mounted just about anywhere on the UTV.

Available now, the Tread powersport navigator has a suggested retail price of $799.99; the Garmin PowerSwitch has a suggested retail price of $499.99; and the BC 40 wireless camera has a suggested retail price of $149.99 (all sold separately).

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