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Old 09-12-2013, 06:33 AM   #1
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Touratech Mount Security

So, i previously owner a TT mount for a garmin 478 and was a bit disheartened by the fact that this "locking" mount could very easily be stolen by anyone with a small wrench or pliers. the four nuts that hold the mount on the crossbar come off in a matter of seconds.

i just ordered a mount for the zumo 660 and it suffers from the same problem.

has anyone figured out a way to secure a bit better? and yes, i realize that where there is a will and some time, there is always a way. i'm just looking to make it a bit more difficult than unscrewing four small nuts.

i've looked into security type nuts but haven't found any in such a small size.

any ideas?
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:06 AM   #2
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Well, all a thief would need to do then is take your bars with it on it. Snip the wires and take out 4 bolts and walk away.
The locking mount is just meant to let you go into a coffee shop or get lunch and have your gps be relatively safe.
If they want it, and you give them the time, they will get it no matter what.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:10 AM   #3
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ah, yes. mine is not mounted to handlebar mounted cross bar. i have a vstrom and the mounting bar is quite a bit more difficult to get off. first they would have to remove the windscreen then unscrew the mount.

like i said, i'm NOT looking for absolute security, as that already exists--in my pocket.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:20 AM   #4
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like i said, i'm looking for absolute security,.
You won't find it unfortunately




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Old 09-12-2013, 07:23 AM   #5
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:33 AM   #6
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ah ! that makes better sense.
I think it would be a real pain in the rump for a thief to have a 8mm wrench handy and to be able to have the time to get it.
I wouldnt be leaving it in the cradle while your in the office and if your office is in a city for instance.
I take mine off at night on trips if I am in a motel. My buddy does not, he simply throws a jacket or something over it.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:04 AM   #7
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any ideas?
Remove the GPS when you are not on the bike if you are concerned about it being stolen.

There are no mounts that provide absolute security.

That said, I've never had a problem with my TT mount and my 376c when riding around and making gas stops, etc. I don't leave it mounted for long stops, overnight, etc.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:46 AM   #8
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I am in a similar situation as I do not like the way the lockable Touratech Mount should be installed onto the Ducati Multistrada 1200S (2012) with just a steel bar and two screws and ordered a new GPS mount here: BikePenR http://www.bikepenr.nl
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:15 PM   #9
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Nice but it doesn't appear to lock anything. Just screws the garmin mount to it. The GPS itself doesn't appear to be protected.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:17 PM   #10
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Again what I'm really looking for is security nuts in a small enough size to fit the TT machine screws that hold the mount to the cross bar.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:11 AM   #11
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Again what I'm really looking for is security nuts in a small enough size to fit the TT machine screws that hold the mount to the cross bar.
Maybe check Grainger. 8mm I think.




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Old 09-14-2013, 07:20 AM   #12
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Nice but it doesn't appear to lock anything. Just screws the garmin mount to it. The GPS itself doesn't appear to be protected.
The lockable TT GPS Mount fits onto the BikePenR bracket and used a few Torx screws to add some more security. GPS units are best taken off the bike once the bike is out of eye sight, well ~ over here most people starring at bikes don't know what the little colour screen is for anyhow and have been asked about the small TV set and computer mounted to my bikes....
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:47 AM   #13
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LOL! On my return trip from The Devil's Tower, I was stopped in my tracks at a gas station by a fellow gas-consumer who asked how I dared travel on the highway at night. Posing the question; "How do you miss the tires and debree on the road at night?" I smiled and said, "I have a headlight just like you do in your minivan." "Oh, I suppose that's right," he stated!

People really don't know much about motocycles.

I use liquid tape on my mounted brackets. Can be had in black and yellow. Found at most home improvement stores (read HomeDepot). Paint the thread after the nut with this stuff. Not a real game-changer, but it looks good. Protects the threads and locks the fastener in place, making it that more difficult to remove. But the point is NOTHING is safe. They want your GPS, if they can they will take it....don't leave it on your bike.

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Old 09-24-2013, 09:01 PM   #14
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Security is an issue with me as well. I use a Garmin Nuvi 40 and I have it in the "waterproof" case with the zipper, not the case that you can submerge, but one to keep the rain and dust off of the unit. I attached the Ram Mount quick disconnect to the back of the case, the Nuvi is inside the case and the power cable is passed through the case. I cut the power cable and added a two wire SAE connector so I don't have to remove the Nuvi from the case. I just remove the power and snap the quick disconnect for the case when I'm not in visual range of my bike.

I set it up this way because I didn't want to set up a powered USB port yet, I'm still deciding on a way to mount the port that allows it to seem like it was a factory install. It works for me and I gave it a good test on this past weekend's ride in the rain; heavy and light rains and the GPS didn't miss a beat.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #15
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