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Old 08-16-2012, 06:30 AM   #1
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EZ Pass Location?

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Sorry this isn't exactly a GPS question but as close as I could find.

I have a NJ Toll Pass (EZ Pass). I want to mount it on my new BMW but I don't want it on the windshield because the shield is adjustable so the EZ Pass can either get in the way of the movement, or when the shield is moved to the top position, the EZ Pass can be annoyingly in my way. I thought about mounting it facing the sky on the faring to the left of the instrument cluster. It is fully exposed to the SKY with no major hard parts in the way but it does't face 45 degrees forward in the way it would on a car or bike windshield.

Anyone got any recommendations? Are these things that sensitive to the positioning?

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Old 08-16-2012, 06:50 AM   #2
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I'm sorry, I don't know what the motorcycle ez-pass is like for you. Here we have stickers for the car that go on windshields and transponders (about the size of 10 credit cards) for motorcycles. So on my bike I just have it in the tank bag, under a couple of maps so it is out of sight. I know others that mount them under the fairing. The stickers are another story and they need to be out in the open more so if that is what you have, I can't help.

Oh, and here they read your plate no matter whether they can detect a sticker/transponder and they trace it back to your account that way. So even if it doesn't read, I get the toll tag rates instead of the more expensive pay by mail.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:04 AM   #3
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Thanks WB. The transponders here in NJ are about the size of an iphone. As far as I know, we have not adopted the mini-pass which are more like a credit card style sticker.

Based on your comments, I should be able to put it under the fairing? Or worst case, mount it on top of the gas tank with some velcro?
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:00 AM   #4
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I zip tied mine to the front, exterior of my tank bag. It works fine.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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I zip tied mine to the front, exterior of my tank bag. It works fine.
I ain't got a tank bag but I guess velcro'ing it to the faring facing up would have the same effect. I was hoping to put it inside a upward facing locked glove box of my K12GT. Worst case is I try that and it fails the first booth.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:26 AM   #6
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I ain't got a tank bag but I guess velcro'ing it to the faring facing up would have the same effect. I was hoping to put it inside a upward facing locked glove box of my K12GT. Worst case is I try that and it fails the first booth.

If you set off the alarms going through the toll booth, just nail it. You have to get out of there before they break out the machine guns and start firing at you.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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Thanks WB. The transponders here in NJ are about the size of an iphone. As far as I know, we have not adopted the mini-pass which are more like a credit card style sticker.

Based on your comments, I should be able to put it under the fairing? Or worst case, mount it on top of the gas tank with some velcro?

I keep mine in my breast pocket, works fine when going through NJ, NY, Mass, or NH. Doesn't even matter which side is out.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:00 PM   #8
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I-Pass/EZ-Pass

I have used an I-Pass on several cross country trips ending in the NE USA. Just slip it into the map case on my tank bag. Does not seem to matter which way is up. So, orientation is not critical. . Size 3 x 3.5 x 0.7.
Real boon when riding in the toll plagued eastern states. Surprisingly, Michigan has not joined the IPass/EZPass consortium, So, the toll at Mackinac bridge is not I-Pass enabled and I was there last month in heavy rain, no shelter, soggy water filled gloves, full rain gear, delving for notes. It took a while to get off bike, off gloves, roll down rain pants, pay, remount, struggle with gloves etc. Two wheelers should be free! Save every one, especially cages trapped behind an MC.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:15 PM   #9
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I stuck mine under the beak. It reads fine, doesn't go anywhere, and is only visible if I'm down on my knees looking for it
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:20 PM   #10
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Well, if you're running around NJ/NY, you might as well just carry it around in an easily accessible and quickly removable place, because it's not going to work half the time anyways.

Their tool booths really do suck reading them off a motorcycle for some reason.

I used to carry mine in the map pouch of my tank bag, so I could rip the map pouch off quickly and wave it above my head like a jerk-off when it wouldn't read normally. Eventually I gave up and just shoved it in my pocket.

There is a manual reader with a button on the top of the gate; lay it on the reader and push the button. The police and/or toll booth maid (whoever may be around) gets pretty pissed at you for doing it yourself though FYI. They don't like you stepping off the bike.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #11
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There is a manual reader with a button on the top of the gate; lay it on the reader and push the button. The police and/or toll booth maid (whoever may be around) gets pretty pissed at you for doing it yourself though FYI. They don't like you stepping off the bike.
5/10 times the reader works (horrible), so I end up laying it on the reader and push the button and typically the cop or attendant is walking up, they seem happy that I took care of it myself.

OP I keep it in my pocket and as i'm driving up I take it out and once the thing goes up I put it back in my pocket, but most of the time if I have my tankbag ill just throw it in there on top with the M facing up.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #12
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5/10 times the reader works (horrible), so I end up laying it on the reader and push the button and typically the cop or attendant is walking up, they seem happy that I took care of it myself.

OP I keep it in my pocket and as i'm driving up I take it out and once the thing goes up I put it back in my pocket, but most of the time if I have my tankbag ill just throw it in there on top with the M facing up.
In the North East they have a special (just ask for it) pass just for motorcycles, it's black and maybe 2"x 7" works every time for me here on the East Coast, come to think of it maybe that's not such a good thing.

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:58 AM   #13
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In the North East they have a special (just ask for it) pass just for motorcycles, it's black and maybe 2"x 7" works every time for me here on the East Coast, come to think of it maybe that's not such a good thing.

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North East where? I am in the north east.

I have the EZPASS with the M on it, it's about 3x4. I don't know which other one you speak of.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:47 PM   #14
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North East where? I am in the north east.

I have the EZPASS with the M on it, it's about 3x4. I don't know which other one you speak of.
I have the traditional EZpass for my car it's about 3x4x3/4" beige plastic. When I purchased my last bike (Vstrom) I ordered another one and specified it was for a motorcycle, they sent me a black 2"x8" unit. I keep it my tank bag and never even think about it as a matter of fact I forgot where I had it

I just went down to the bike and checked it out and it says it's a License Plate tag and it's a sealed unit designed for mouniting on a license plate mount. It works perfectly on my bike, what can I say.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:37 PM   #15
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The police and/or toll booth maid (whoever may be around) gets pretty pissed at you for doing it yourself though FYI. They don't like you stepping off the bike.
Similar experience! lol
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