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Old 01-03-2012, 09:29 PM   #271
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I use a Rhino mount and Garmin Etrex that I purchased in 2001. That mo fo has been to hell and back, down to 300+feet in a deep water dive in the south pacific, Indo-China, Sahara, the list goes on. The gift that keeps on giving.

-> not only does it do the job but it was paid off 10 years ago...didn't spend a cent to put it on the F8.

The etrex are nice but how do you feel about using it on the motorcycle with gloves? I have one as well but only use it for hiking. I have the Zumo 450 for my F8 due to the more moto friendly design.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:34 AM   #272
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Thanks!
Touratech saddle is a standard height and I think it is comfortable for a day trip of 860km.
I think the saddle shape of the ass as the miles roll.
It is unfortunately not for sale and the original saddle is also standard height.

Thank Opas!! :)) At least i tried)). Problem is getting something from the US down here is a pain, cause of the custom taxes(10%) and VAT(24%), and they also need the Paypal printed invoice to make sure you don't mess around.
By the time i get a bargain part down here, i might as well pay the shop price from BMW.
Thanks anyway! So you're saying the TT saddle is better than standard? Foam wise? My regular is a pain,after 400 kms i couldn't feel my ass. Literally. I had another 100 on mountain roads, and i had to do it standing up. My bottom would not take another bump. I tried to sag the rear spring it as much as i could, it's the foam. BMW wants us all to feel 'german'.:)) At the destination you feel as if you have smth up there. Weird people 'zi germans'...
On the other hand, i used to ride a Suzuki Vstrom 1000. Now that was a completely different thing. 1000 kms in one day and i could do another 500 easy. That was a couch compared to this BMW OEM seat.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:05 AM   #273
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Okay, so i ordered the BMW cable, but i want to make sure i got it right: i still use the Garmin power cable and attach the BMW one to the open cable ends and then straight into the CANBUS plug?
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:01 PM   #274
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Okay, the BMW cable is coming in tomorrow, BUT: take a look at this. It's the TT website. I believe my BMW cable is identical to this one, minus the connectors.

http://shop.touratech.com/navigation...universal.html

Down here i cannot find anybody to clear this for me, so please explain.
Is it better to run the GPS through the CANBUS plug, or just leave it connected directly to the battery?
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:15 PM   #275
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Okay, the BMW cable is coming in tomorrow, BUT: take a look at this. It's the TT website. I believe my BMW cable is identical to this one, minus the connectors.

http://shop.touratech.com/navigation...universal.html

Down here i cannot find anybody to clear this for me, so please explain.
Is it better to run the GPS through the CANBUS plug, or just leave it connected directly to the battery?
Thanks,
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yup same as the BMW one... just in a cleaner package.

running it thru the canbus is IMO a MUCH better option because when you turn the bike off the GPS powers off...

thru the battery you run the risk of forgetting it on and then draining the battery. A gps however does have very little draw. so the likely hood is VERY rare

the other benefit behind the canbus is when the bike is parked and you are gone the GPS powers down.... sounds like what I already said?

BUT this is an advantage for any RTW trip because some people have curious fingers!!! they love touching things!!

on my last trip when my GPS was off almost no one noticed it! BUT when I turned it on people were all over it hitting buttons and you run the risk that someone will steal it once they find out what it is
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:58 AM   #276
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Thanks Motorfiets!!
Ill install it today, i just received the call from the dealer.
BTW, do you have a topic for your RTW? I'd love to have more details.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:38 AM   #277
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Thanks Motorfiets!!
Ill install it today, i just received the call from the dealer.
BTW, do you have a topic for your RTW? I'd love to have more details.
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Use a continuity checker to ensure correct polarity with gps wires. My can bus connector was not marked for pos/neg.

Check Motorfiets sig line for link to rtw report.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #278
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yup same as the BMW one... just in a cleaner package.

running it thru the canbus is IMO a MUCH better option because when you turn the bike off the GPS powers off...

thru the battery you run the risk of forgetting it on and then draining the battery. A gps however does have very little draw. so the likely hood is VERY rare
See earlier in the thread but I've got mine set up this way and while the GPS appears to shut off the bike battery drains over a couple of days. I'm positive it's the GPS because if I disconnect it at the CANBUS connector the battery lasts just fine for north of a month. Nobody has come up with a solution but I suspect that something about the voltage converter is tricking the CANBUS to stay on or otherwise drain power even when the bike is off and the GPS isn't connected to the power cable. I'd love to hear someone has solved this problem because right now I have to unplug the power adapter at the CANBUS connector at the end of each day of riding, negating any benefit to having it wired in the first place.

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Old 01-12-2012, 10:42 AM   #279
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See earlier in the thread but I've got mine set up this way and while the GPS appears to shut off the bike battery drains over a couple of days. I'm positive it's the GPS because if I disconnect it at the CANBUS connector the battery lasts just fine for north of a month. Nobody has come up with a solution but I suspect that something about the voltage converter is tricking the CANBUS to stay on or otherwise drain power even when the bike is off and the GPS isn't connected to the power cable. I'd love to hear someone has solved this problem because right now I have to unplug the power adapter at the CANBUS connector at the end of each day of riding, negating any benefit to having it wired in the first place.

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hmmm...... this is very odd.... I have never had a problem with that....

not sure it really makes much of a difference but we got one of our bikes back from europe that hadn't been started in well over a month. I was not there to disconnect the battery when it shipped. It still had the GPS cradle hooked up but with no GPS. Over a month later after unloading here, I put the key on and it fired right up with no problem at all.


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Old 01-12-2012, 10:56 AM   #280
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Okay, Dave. I get your point.
Now, considering de pros and cons, and also considering that i don't have that much time to ride, i suppose that the CANBUS wiring doesn't make any sense.
Garmin states that the usb harness should be connected straight to the battery, and so does TT. On their website.
I have it now connected with the standard harness, and added connectors. Other than that, i'll save the OEM cable until i notice any inconvineance with the current setup.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:18 PM   #281
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See earlier in the thread but I've got mine set up this way and while the GPS appears to shut off the bike battery drains over a couple of days. I'm positive it's the GPS because if I disconnect it at the CANBUS connector the battery lasts just fine for north of a month. Nobody has come up with a solution but I suspect that something about the voltage converter is tricking the CANBUS to stay on or otherwise drain power even when the bike is off and the GPS isn't connected to the power cable. I'd love to hear someone has solved this problem because right now I have to unplug the power adapter at the CANBUS connector at the end of each day of riding, negating any benefit to having it wired in the first place.

Dave.
Wired my Montana through the CANBUS ... no problem at all, shuts off after 30 seconds. I like this much better than having to remember to turn it off, like the way the heated grips are wired on my XChallenge. (Bit of rewiring happening there soon!)
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:04 AM   #282
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hmmm...... this is very odd.... I have never had a problem with that....
That is a strange situation - I member it being discussed.

I posted this in 'show us your lights' but use canbus switching to electrify PC8 power block.

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Old 01-13-2012, 07:07 AM   #283
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The etrex are nice but how do you feel about using it on the motorcycle with gloves? I have one as well but only use it for hiking. I have the Zumo 450 for my F8 due to the more moto friendly design.
No one else responded so I will share my experience: I used an etrex on my F650 thumper and dakar and went through three of them before switching over to a 60cxs. I kept having to return the etrex to Garmin for warranty service. The rep told me the etrex is not robust enough to withstand the vibrations of motorcycle mounting. After testing that three times, I gave up. The CSX is a bit bulkier and heavier but I use it everywhere--backcountry skiing, climbing, backpacking and riding my F8. I'm sure others have had better experiences with the etrex but I wouldnt trust it again for motorcycle usage.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:43 PM   #284
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Here is my F800GS with a Nuvi 500 and Montana 600 while Riding the WABDR


Now I am just using the Montana 600...
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:35 AM   #285
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Out of curiosity, why the Nuvi/Montana combo? Did you just not buy City Nav for the Montana?
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