Custom GPS Cradles for select Garmins and SPOTs

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Stovebolt, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Stovey about test the gadget on a 2 dayer will post some feedback when I get back!

    Enjoy your trip man and ride safe!!
  2. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Hey Man,

    Ride well and put it through its' paces....

    Shoot a line here or a PM or whatever..... I'm hoping you and I both have good rides! I'm outa here in a few hours.

    Thanks Leith!

    Stovey
  3. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    I'm back home,

    All orders shipped as of Monday morning 10/25, and thanks a million to everybody! Some new customers taking cradles to Baja soon, and I'm hoping you all have as much good luck with them as everybody else.

    Good journeys to you all!

    Thanks,

    Stovey
  4. rides2little

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    Uber quick shipping and a great product, thanks Stovey
  5. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    First of all I have to say that that Stovey has been a stand up gent to deal with, always willing to go the distance to help an ADV'er out. I needed one shipped before i headed back to Thailand which was only a week away. Instead of saying 'it sucks to be you" like I would have expected, Stovey got cooking in the garage and whipped me up one in record time and shipped it out to me before my flight back across the Pacific. Thanks heaps Stovey:D .

    Now it matters not if he's cooking up batches of shit products, right? Well after going on a few day rides and a couple multi day rides it was time to offer some feedback.

    First of all the product seats firmly in the compression fitting container.

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    The compression fittings along the side require a firm pull to seat (sometimes even rapping on the floor) which gives you confidence that the slide locks will not slide off easily. The fact that the Concealex has no weight to it further ensures that G-forces will not pull the compression fittings off.

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    I asked Stovey to drill a hole in the back to accept the Ram hardwire plug but I have not had it hardwired yet as the KTM engine is being overhauled. Its only seen AA battery powered YZF duty so far.

    Ok so it mounts fine and seems secure. Lets see how it deals with a rider that erm......sadly crashes faaaaaar too often:evil . I have broken two Ram mounts for my 60 CSX so far, no fault of Ram its just I keep getting launched over the bars:D and mounts are'nt expected to have their riders landing on them constantly.

    3 crashes later and the unit was still going strong. It gets knocked about as my body has slammed into the unit a few times, a simple readjustment of the Ram arm and we are back in business.

    The fourth crash was bit more robust as i lost the front end on some slippery Thai clay and got winded as my waist slammed into the triple clamps. I righted the bike, got my wind back and started straightening levers and getting the GPS pointing the right way again as it got slammed in the crash. Uh oh!! The GPS Buzz Bomb mount was looking a bit shabby as i spied it with my beedy eyes, haha. My weight had slammed the unit hard enough to knock one of the compression fittings completely off the mount. i was worried the mount would be shattered from the force but the integrity of the unit was solid, my going over the bars had hit the mount hard enough to wipe the compression fitting off right off (which if you remember above sometimes it would take a beating on the floor to close the compression fittings they fit that tight) the mount. Finding the compression fitting took some searching.

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    But luckily it was laying only a foot off the trail in the brush. Reassembled the fitting and all was good. I mention this because it was a similiar crash in Cambodia that did in one of my Ram mounts. I was on a 3 week long trip then and a country away with a broken Ram mount, that could not after the crash support the GPS, a real bummer on a long trip in foriegn lands. The Buzz Bomb in comparison came through a similiar accident and was able to continue the trip. Good stuff.

    One difference with the mount from the Ram is that the Ram easily dislodges the unit from the mount when you want to download tracks on the PC or peruse the GPS over lunch.

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    The Buzz Bomb does not dislodge from the GPS as easily so i found it easier to simply remove the mount completely from the Ram arm than trying to remove the unit from the mount itself. This is also how I downlaod tracks since there is a port for the USB cable designed into the mount. Good thinking:clap .

    The next day i decided to crash some more being the altruistic guy that I am in trying to put the mount through its paces. Some more slippery Thai clay got me here.

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    In addition to the slick clay the lovely green moss that I'm sure Stovey put there to ensure I crashed yet again reared its head to upset my traction quotient and test the Buzz Bomb again.

    The singletrack was a welcome relief and shows why I don't mount the GPS closer to the bar ends.

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    I was riding on a two day ride to meet a gal that my girlfriend does not know about (:evil ) and I think that bought on some bad karma my way. Sure enough as I was coming down a two track dirt road the dreaded Teflon clay/green moss combo once again ankle tackled me. This time however I proceeded to launch off the side of the track and crash down into a small gorge.

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    Once again my body impacted the GPS mount and this time no harm done to the unit at all except it needed straightening once the bike got pulled back onto the trail. That's the back wheel of the YZF you see, the front is buried in a gorge. I tried for 45 minutes to get it back up complete with tow rope but had no luck. I had to walk out to find some villagers a couple clicks down the road to come save my stupid ass.

    Anyway bottom line after putting the mount through some abuse and some crash testing it has come through with thumnbs up:clap and flying colors. Combine that with its sold by a stand up gent and you can't beat the Buzz Bomb.

    Thanks Stovey!!
  6. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Justin,

    Thanks for the review, and crash tested in Southeast Asia no less - NICE! Love the pics too, coolio. That ground looks as though it might be as slippery as eel snot when it's wet, yes? Are you solo a lot of the time when you are riding over in Thailand, or do you have some partners to ride with?

    Thanks for all, my good man.

    Stovey
  7. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Stovey,

    I ride with partners when our schedules line -up. For some reason the last year I've been doing more solo rides because i'm getting less patient for friends schedules to line -up so i just end up going out by myself. Most of the times its no problems......until you launch your motorbike off down the side of the trail and can't get it back up like in the picture. Then you're on yer own, haha.

    yes the trails are slick over here, hard slippery clay. Definitely not like my so-cal deserts back home. And whats this stuff they call mud, never had it back home in Los Angeles, haha.

    Loved your RR makes me wanna get another bike back in So-Cal and get riding with you in Nevada:D .

    Once again thanks heaps for making the Buzz Bomb, its working great!!
  8. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Mail check in the amount of $75 US funds to

    Dave Jankowsky
    P.O. Box 656
    Victor, ID 83455

    Include your screen name in correspondence.
    I ship free USPS flat rate Priority Mail to ADV Rider inmates.
    Good idea to shoot me a PM first, and make sure I have one on hand for you.

    Making cradles for Garmin 60-series and the 78-series right now, with more to follow this winter.



    "Legends of the Fall" ride report here on ADV Rider (has video)
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=630870

    same RR here on RDS forums, a few different pics, no video:
    http://ridedualsport.com/forum/index.php?topic=1378.0

    Thanks to all who have ordered and read my current RR in progress. You guys are great - see you on the trail!

    Sincerely,

    Stovey
  9. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Still making and shipping 60-series, probably will be forever. All current orders shipped - more folks have orders inbound to me after a PM, which is the way to go.

    Hoping to have more 78-series on hand to mail out by Thanksgiving. (If I've PM'd you back that your name is on one, waiting for your check - you've got one earmarked.) I need to make more, the last one is claimed by an inmate here.

    Consensus is that Garmin ought to have kept that good 4-pin connector alive on the new 62-series handheld, but I'd like to hear from anybody who has had either good or bad experience with that USB plug while using it on their handlebars. (Of course, the only cradles out there for it right now suck a chub, in my opinion, and that might make a real difference in how that USB power port stands up.)

    Anyway, thanks for all to you guys who have and are ordering up. It's been a really great riding season, and were it not for the fuel-injected nightmare of a sled I have to play with, and living in the Tetons with snow to enjoy, I'd be bumming hard about not riding that 450 Six Days and following my little magenta line across some desert floor. For all you mugs who live and play where it's warm and dry for a while yet....

    ...Rally On my friends!

    Sincerely,

    Stovey
  10. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Shipping via US mail to Oz to inmates for $80 US funds. I have to come up with my own separate packaging not available from USPS to get that rate, and there is no tracking available for these international. (Not doing UPS.)

    But the good news is, I can take payments from Australia to my local Western Union in US funds, and off goes a cradle to Oz.

    And there you have it.

    Send PM first, I will sort you out.

    Thanks all!

    Stovey
  11. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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  12. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Leith,

    Damn - you ARE a nice guy! thanks!
    Leith is the man, everybody....

    Stovey
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  13. DownAgain

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    how is the 62 comming:ear
  14. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Good Sir,

    I am sorry to have to report that I still have not been able to tool for it, and that cradle is just over the horizon. I just composed a post for my brothers down in Australia, and it's here below, FYI. I WILL post up when I have that one ready for sale.

    My continued sincere thanks for your interest, and I have you on my Garmin 62 list!

    Stovey
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  15. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    For my Australian Brothers on the group buy via DESERT STORM in the Regional Forums:


    Hi you guys! Jeez - I'm blushing from all this respect and attention..... THANK YOU DESERT STORM and all you fine men down under. Salute from Stovey!

    I just walked in the door from a long-ish winter commute home from work over an 8200-foot pass, and I have miles to go before I sleep, so if I don't reply again here tonight, I'm not ignoring anybody. I will of course subscribe to this thread and keep people posted. First, a few answers to a few of your questions.

    I currently make cradles for only Garmin 60-Series (Cs, CSx, etc.) and the 78-Series which is the new marine handheld. The 62 is a new and different series, so no - I don't have that tooled up yet. Not the same unit/form factor as already mentioned by an astute GPS user on this thread. :-)


    Price for either/any cradle I have is $80 US funds to Stovey per unit to Australia - with no tracking number provided. (See the post Leith quoted.) I need to talk with Desert Storm (Leith) about shipping and distribution though, so hang tight with me for just a short, short bit on that - umkay? And I'll have a solid back to you on that ASAP.

    It would be great in the meanwhile, if everybody who is interested enough in this cradle to buy one, actually sat down (with a beer of course) and read my commercial ADVRider thread through. That way, when questions come up, we're covering new ground and this will courteously save and respect each others' time. I'm pleased and honored to answer any questions you may have, but please accept my invitation to read through that entire thread. Especially the parts where people say they love the cradle and they think I'm great.

    When I am able to get a hold of a 62-series unit to tool up with, I will, and will post up.

    Everybody who is bored to tears now go and read my recent ride report here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=630870

    with video (iffy video, sorry)

    or here on RDS forums with no video

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=630870


    Here's my website for fun:

    http://bustedcompass.com/

    Here's my new bike build (still in progress, it only takes money....)

    http://ridedualsport.com/forum/index.php?topic=1086.0

    Here's me:

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    No, seriously - here I am:

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    (I'm the friendly chap on the right - just after de-noobing in Montana last July at the ADVRider MT1K Rally and Westfest.)

    Thanks for all - I am truly humbled. I'll be back around soon! PM me in the meanwhile and I will get a reply back to you.

    Sincerely,

    Stovey
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  16. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    People of Oz,


    (from the Regional Forum "Group Cradle Buy")
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=637336

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    Leith (Desert Storm) is Australian coordinator for the Group Buy going on in Regional Forums.

    Stovey answers specific product related questions here, on this commercial thread in "VENDORS" in order to respect the forum and help ADMIN keep spam out of the threads in forums where it don't belong. ("Spam" belongs nowhere, it's just that commerce should oughta stay in VENDORS.) We'll stay right by that.

    $80 US per cradle is what I will need, and all you people give your money to Desert Storm. He is collecting names, addresses and money. He will shoot me quantities and type (either 60 or 78 series Garmin - all now made of CONCEALEX) and shoot me the $Dough via Western Union. I will shoot him the cradle packages in one lump. He will distribute amongst you and charge regional shipping cost to you.

    I am taking screen names and real names to go along with each order, and making sure it all adds up prior to receiving funds and shipping product. Please contact me via PM here to double-check that I have the same as what Leith (Desert Storm) has with your order - and see, you will be on both our radars. You may all deal directly with me here for life, and if you ever have a beef, I'm the man you should talk to about it. If Leith takes your money, and goes to Greece and buys a boat, I'll be in trouble. (But I'll find Leith....) ;-) Leith has been a great customer and a fine gentleman and somebody I'd like to ride with someday. My thanks to him for coordinating with everyone from Oz on Regionals. He's the Man!

    I'd like to be able to ship batches of only 10 cradles at a time - if Leith will send me the first ten names, I'll mail them in one box. Wait for another ten (if we get that many) and can have them done and shipped before Christmas - hopefully arrive to all by then.

    Anyway, that's what we have set up.


    Throw any PM's you have to either Leith or me, any time.

    Rally on,

    Stovey

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  17. OCDualie

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    A friend sent me your thread sicne I have broken my share of GPS's. I would like to buy one of the covers for my 60CSx. Please confirm that you have some available and where I should mail the check.

    OC Dualie
  18. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Hi OC,

    I will have more to ship on Mon/Tues NOVEMBER 29/30. I can put your name on one if you'd like.

    Everybody else - please continue to shoot me the PM's for an order, as I'm running low and I am making more, but don't fire me off a check until we PM I've got one handy. Coolio?

    Check to:

    Dave Jankowsky
    P.O. Box 656
    Victor, Idaho 83455

    Please also reference your ADVRider Screen Name some place in your envelope.

    Thanks!

    Stovey
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  19. dad2bike

    dad2bike Retired! Cranky Old Fart

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    My cradle worked flawlessly for Barstow to Vegas yesterday. I got some great comments about it at the GPS track table. :clap
    Stovey, you would have had a blast. :D
  20. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Hi Tom,

    I wish we could have hooked up on the "2nd Annual Legends of the Fall" ride my friend.... maybe in the future is my hope! It was an awesome run.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=630870

    Glad the cradle is holding up - you are one of my first customers. I owe you a meal and a beer on the trail, at least! (Probably should change your first flat for you as well, for good measure - when we get to ride some good Nevada dirt at some point down the line!)

    Thanks for all Tom. Good man.....

    Stovey
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