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Old 04-08-2009, 12:13 AM   #16
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I would not use a RAM mount without a lanyard on your GPS, I lost mine in the woods when one of the mounting balls broke for apparently no reason.
Luckily one of the guys following stopped and picked it up and return it to me.
Now I use the RAM cradle, and drilled out the busted ball mount and ground it to a flat used an old bark buster mount and screwed the cradle to it, so now its not going to get lost again.

Now the GPS sets lower and is a better stable platform for pushing buttons etc.

Just watch the ram mounts.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:17 AM   #17
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How did they fix it?
I'm assuming they are using a better bonding system on the plug. My replacement looked different when I recieved it almost a year ago. It's worked great ever since and I unplug mine alot to move from vehicle to vehicle.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:34 AM   #18
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I have one on my XR650R that is all 99% dirt and it gets punished. Zero problems. It is also a small mount so it keeps the GPS in tight and out of harms way when I have a sudden yard sale while on super cruise. They make a nice slide on piece so I can take the GPS off when I want to remove the GPS easily without removing the mount. I also use one for my Toutatech small roadbook holder. They make a double plate so you can mount two devices on one mount if you need/want.
I found it on some FZ1R type bikes those canyon carver guys use.
It's very clean looking, made from billet I think, and with all stainless fasteners. I was leaning toward that huge Touratech mount but I spoke with some other GPS retailers and map suppliers and they said that TT mount has broken some GPS units.
It should be noted that a lot of the hardcore desert guys just use the cheap plastic garmin bicycle mount with some rubber bands and hey, it's cheap and it works for their punishing stuff!
Good luck!
Any pics you can post?

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Old 04-09-2009, 06:17 AM   #19
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I ride off road mostly with my street legal 03wr250/290f and I need armor around my gps.
originally I had the 2610 inside this otter box
but when the 2610 acquired the "flicker of death" I got the 478.
the 478 fits even better in this otter box than the 2610 did.

I had to do a bit more trimming to the box for the 478 around the button area.
I cut a square hole for the antenna in the front,
and a round hole out the bottom for the power plug.


I went to walmart and got this asap!


so I can run with headphones I used this as an extension cord.
I cut off the cheap earbuds and soldered in a jack.


90 degree bend is what I was looking for ....



this is what the 2610 looked like mounted,
the 478 is almost exactly the same except
that now with the cover's latches and hinge broken from a mx track crash
I have the cover duct taped on, it works for now,
until I go and get another new (black) box.
this is also lockable with a chain that goes from the front of the mounting plate,
over the box to the back of the mounting plate.



Yeah, I know, it's not pretty, but its tough!.
you street guys won't like this a bit, not pretty enough .....
but you off road guys should consider something like this.
I did recently tear off the cover while at the mx track on a "get off"
so I need to get a new box and hopefully I can get it in black this time.
If I can, I want to reposition my headlite forward
and tuck this box behind the headlite number plate .....
and getting the box off the handlebars.
something dakar-ish, but this is a future project ......

otterbox: http://www.otterbox.com/waterproof-cases/otterbox-2500/
a black box with a clear cover would be nice ........ i got a call into them ...
they used used to do the clear cover with colored boxed but no more so
I ordered a black box and a clear box and will swap out covers.

sorry for the pics not showing, my server went down, dang it!
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:41 PM   #20
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I have one on my XR650R that is all 99% dirt and it gets punished.

I'm confused. Looked at Techmount's website, and it looks like a mount arm and plate, but you still have to use the 478 mount that comes with the unit.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:31 PM   #21
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Here's my new ideal location for my 478, tucked behind the number plate. just gotta get rid of the worthless odo to make room, no loss there!
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Old 04-18-2009, 05:19 PM   #22
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Touratech locking MVG mount is my choice. Secure, some deterrent for the opportunity thief and absorbs the shock from the back roads. Not cheap but cheap insurance for an expensive GPS.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:30 AM   #23
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It's coming along ........
I'm using the old green otterbox to make all my mistakes with,
then I'll do it all (hopefully) better with my new black box.
It'll still be removable, but lockable,
crash protected with armor and location,
be seen much easier while riding
and look much better than before
and "out of sight out of mind" for the dang thieves.
I plan on getting HID lighting sometime in the near future
so I'll have to redo the mounting of the lights somehow then.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:13 PM   #24
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Different for different things

They make some plates that bolt directly to devices like Ipods, cell phones, and such. But for GPS I think you use some other mount, like a RAM cradle, and then attach that to the Techmount. That's what I did with my 60CSX. Actually, I mounted it to a separate piece that allows me to slide my GPS and Roadbook Holder on and off easily and quicky.

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I'm confused. Looked at Techmount's website, and it looks like a mount arm and plate, but you still have to use the 478 mount that comes with the unit.

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:18 PM   #25
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Sure

I've got my bars apart at the moment trying to make some Cycra handguards fit. But I will post a link here to the photos when I get it back together.
I do all my photo posting and the rest at xr650rforum.com. It's a great forum and it's run by a nice guy who's not trying to feed business to his other main business ( he doesn't own an online photo storage service / web site) and so far there are no posers there at all.

I'll PM you when I do.


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Old 04-24-2009, 08:25 PM   #26
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Imho ...

IMHO, and I got into trouble for posting something like this here before with a mod who types more about BS than he likely rides, the Riders at TT are way ahead on this. They push their stuff a lot harder than a lot of the offroad posers here and they have gone in the opposite of the much of what is seen here. Many use the plastic bicycle handlebar mount (for the Garmin 60SCX for example) and use the lanyard and use a couple of those Livestrong type rubber bands for holding it all together on real dirt bikes.
And when I called some real niche GPS and map dealers they said the Touratech mounts broke some guy's GPS units!


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I would not use a RAM mount without a lanyard on your GPS, I lost mine in the woods when one of the mounting balls broke for apparently no reason.
Luckily one of the guys following stopped and picked it up and return it to me.
Now I use the RAM cradle, and drilled out the busted ball mount and ground it to a flat used an old bark buster mount and screwed the cradle to it, so now its not going to get lost again.

Now the GPS sets lower and is a better stable platform for pushing buttons etc.

Just watch the ram mounts.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:07 PM   #27
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IMHO, and I got into trouble for posting something like this here before with a mod who types more about BS than he likely rides, the Riders at TT are way ahead on this. They push their stuff a lot harder than a lot of the offroad posers here and they have gone in the opposite of the much of what is seen here. Many use the plastic bicycle handlebar mount (for the Garmin 60SCX for example) and use the lanyard and use a couple of those Livestrong type rubber bands for holding it all together on real dirt bikes.
And when I called some real niche GPS and map dealers they said the Touratech mounts broke some guy's GPS units!

There's no bicycle mount for the 478. I used one for my Etrex and was OK with it, but for my 76c I thought the unit was too heavy just for the mount alone.

Never heard of a touratech mount breaking a GPS. Got any specifics?

I'm all about the lanyard no matter what mount with any GPS. I think it's a good idea.

I've got the Touratech flat mount like this one.



I don't think the mount will break, but the ram hardware is always suspect as far as I'm concerned. Run a lanyard through the hinge on the mount down to the handlebars just for good measure.

I also removed the rubber isolators as I thought the bounce in the isolators combined with the flex in the RAM mount let the GPS bounce around too much.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:43 AM   #28
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Well ...

Call Offroute.com and they'll tell you about units breaking.

Rubber doesn't dampen or it wouldn't make such a great bouncing ball. So I think removing it is smart.

Yours looks like a street bike so the stress is different, and I'd guess less. I frequently ride the the low desert in the Summer so add temps of a buck 20 to the mix ...



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There's no bicycle mount for the 478. I used one for my Etrex and was OK with it, but for my 76c I thought the unit was too heavy just for the mount alone.

Never heard of a touratech mount breaking a GPS. Got any specifics?

I'm all about the lanyard no matter what mount with any GPS. I think it's a good idea.

I've got the Touratech flat mount like this one.



I don't think the mount will break, but the ram hardware is always suspect as far as I'm concerned. Run a lanyard through the hinge on the mount down to the handlebars just for good measure.

I also removed the rubber isolators as I thought the bounce in the isolators combined with the flex in the RAM mount let the GPS bounce around too much.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:21 AM   #29
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Call Offroute.com and they'll tell you about units breaking.

Rubber doesn't dampen or it wouldn't make such a great bouncing ball. So I think removing it is smart.

Yours looks like a street bike so the stress is different, and I'd guess less. I frequently ride the the low desert in the Summer so add temps of a buck 20 to the mix ...

Sorry, that's not my bike, just the first photo I found of the mount. Granted I ride a Strom so it's no offroad bike either, but I do ride rough dirt roads and such..



.. and will probably ride 1 mile of that stuff to every 50 miles asphalt.

I've only had the 478 a short time, and got the touratech mount because it seemed like the least likely mount to drop my new $$ GPS. Until now I've been using a 76c in a ram mount and it's been ok for the last 3 years.

The 478 is noticably heavier, and I have to tighten the ram arm quite a bit more to keep the 478 from sagging while riding rough dirt roads.

I'll send Offroute.com an email asking for specifics. If it's true that Touratech mounts are breaking units (not just vibration damage) than I'd like to know.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:13 PM   #30
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otterbox 2500 "instrument cluster" mount passes first test !
license plate bracket fails ...... yeah, i was jumping it a bit .....
this setup for my 478 seems to be my best choice yet!




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