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Old 06-05-2012, 08:48 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Synisalo View Post
I mounted it on the left side handlebar, right next to the clutch resevoir. I like being able to use it, while keeping my hand near the bar end. I cable my helmet speakers into it, and use it for music, and to let me know of a call comes in.
+1. Did this for my Zumo 550, and same again with my Zumo 660 I just bought, using the included RAM mounting hardware. I figure having it off the screen puts it too far away to use, and to see the screen only requires a quick glance down... safer than reaching forward to do something.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:07 PM   #17
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I made my own mount because the standard Ram mount (steeringbar clamp) was too much "in my face".

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Old 06-05-2012, 09:33 PM   #18
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I have the Tourtech mount for the BMW Navigator IV and I really like it.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:10 PM   #19
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nuvi 550
Works great, RAM mount. Inexpensive and vibration free. First mounted at handlebar but now in front can be seen much better at this location.
Using the Garmin cradle, much better than RAM cradle, makes inserting the USB power plug in the nuvi much more simple, GPS can be inserted in cradle with USB plug already in the GPS.

The 3 screws seen on this picture are one size larger than the one's supplied with the Garmin cradle, the original
were one size too small and I ruined them immediately so used 3 screws/nuts I had from a different RAM cradle...

shows the exposed zink U-Bolt...

...found a black cable and removed the wire, pushed the U-bolt through it...painted nuts black...

Absolutely no visible vibration unlike the ADV-Crossbar mount I've tried before...

used it with the short arm to minimize vibrations:
Garmin Cradle:

Powering the GPS via the 12V>5V USB plug adapter that came with the Garmin cradle kit,
using a relay triggered by the under the seat socket. Using the dedicated GPS
plug won't shut of power to to "Can-Bus" requiring additional load...I tried that first but
GPS kept charging and power didn't shut down...

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Old 06-06-2012, 05:52 AM   #20
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Here's where I put mine. I love it being up high and center because it helps me to keep my eyes on the road. I don't have any pictures of the mount, but I'm running the Garmin rugged mount attached via a short ram mount.

FYI, I now run my Montana rotated to the "portrait" position. Really helps to see what roads are coming up when exploring.


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