Got a GPS on your F800GS Let's See it

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by f800guy, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    Here's my garmin mounting cradle for the nuvi 550.
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    You can see how there's a holder for the mini (or micro?) USB power cable.
    It's nice to have a holder if you aren't taking a gps, like when you're just commuting to work.
    Also, the area where the cable plugs into the gps device is covered a bit, which is good for the rain. The nuvi 500/550 are waterproof, of course.
    I went ahead and put some dielectric grease on the plug.
    This is better than the cradle from RAM. That cradle doesn't have the plug holder and cover. Just FYI!!:D

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  2. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    60CX on rammount attached to handlebar. no issues off-road
  3. TBickell

    TBickell And away we GO !!

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    I just got one and to go on the new 800gs and am confused at the options .. It comes with a "mounting cradle" so what else do I need to mount this 800 dollar map low, cented and to the handle bar mounts? Cant be that much more expensive or complicated.. can it? I really dont want to pay the dealer another 100 bucks to hard wire it and mount it. At that point I will just take it back and make the old nuvi I have work with a 38 dollar mount and hard wire job..
  4. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    +1 on the Nuvi 550. I use it as well. Cheap ($250) and actually waterproof. I can't imagine buying a GPS for a motorcycle that's not waterproof. Seems kind of pointless.
  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    None of my motorcycles are waterproof.
  6. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    lmao now that's funny, I don't care who you are.
  7. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Funny post, ha.. ha.. ha.., but with all your "non waterproof bikes", have you ever ridden them in the rain? Have you ever had one "short out" in the rain? Or have any sudden electrical problem in the rain?

    Probably not. That's because (I can't believe I'm having to explain this :rolleyes) motorcycles are designed to be able to handle rain. Just like cars are. Ever hear a motorcycle manufacturer say "just one thing: don't ride this bike in the rain". Nope.

    If you don't ever ride in the rain, that's one thing. Kind of wussy, but one thing nonetheless.

    Bolt on a non-waterproof GPS and get into the rain out on a ride or on a trip. See how long your non-waterproof GPS lasts.:deal


    Me? I keep riding no matter what. Rain or shine. And I don't want to have to remove and stow my GPS just because of some rain. I'd like to continue to use it, even in the rain. So for me waterproof GPS +1 non-waterproof GPS 0.
  8. vtbob

    vtbob wanderer

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    Clearly having a waterproof GPS is the best solution. For those of us who choose not to spend the big bucks however a large 5 inch touch screen Gramin 1490 can be had for $200 factory reconditioned. I bought one of these last winter and used it in all summer. It evan got rained on briefly before I put it in my tank bag,,,still working on internal battery.
    I like the bigger screen..easier to see. the touch function works well with gloves...and I do like the low cost. I can trash 2 or 3 or maybe 4 for the price of a "waterproof" GPS.
  9. CycleRider

    CycleRider Been here awhile

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    I did have a Zumo 550, but now, I too, have a Garmin 1490T. I love the large screen and all of the features that I have gotten for $250 (and yes, it can be found for less). This includes lifetime maps and free traffic. The large 5 inch display is great, the colors are bright, and there is some flexibility in what you display on the main map screen.

    FOR THE PRICE, I find this to be a great option. The Zumo 550 was great when I had dreams of riding out in the Moab area, but when I came back to reality and faced the fact that most of my riding will be done in dry weather and that my eyesight is failing, I got practical.

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  10. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    obviously you missed the point that in your original post you talked about waterproof motorcycles and not waterproof GPSs.

    lighten up Francis

  11. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    I get it now! Wow am I slow. Too much egg nog infused with Bacardi me thinks.

    Sorry friends!
  12. Pyranha7

    Pyranha7 Shiny Side Up, Right?

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    Mounted on clamp - not a big fan of the handlebar mounts. It navigated me from Denver to Canada on the Continental Divide Trail. No problems with the RAM mount or GPS after dropping the bike a few times. I have not had to adjust a thing since the day I put the set up on the bike.

    <a href="http://s1118.photobucket.com/albums/k605/Pyranha77/F800GS/?action=view&amp;current=GOPR0160.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k605/Pyranha77/F800GS/GOPR0160.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
  13. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    Well I've been riding around a bit with this mount.
    The usb plug pops out of its holder every once in a while.
    This kinda pisses me off. :2gunsEspecially for the price you pay for the whole Garmin setup.
    The main problem comes from Garmin using a usb plug as a power outlet.
    I don't think I have ever had a Garmin product that I've liked 100%:bluduh

    My only solace is that Garmin competes in a dieing industry and is losing market share to smart phones......
    If Mr. Garmin was right next to me I'd kick him in the nuts.

  14. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    During the CF fairing build I changed the cockpit a little...... I like this setup a lot.......
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    :thumb:thumb

    Erling
  15. WOLVERINE

    WOLVERINE Keep her pinned!

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    Very Nice! Looks like it belongs there..:thumbup
  16. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Thanks........ I like the "factory look" as well. What surprised me was how much difference it made by raising the whole cluster about one inch. After the rox risers was installed...... they covered the bottom part of the gps...... And by raising the whole cluster...... it became more natural for me 6`2" reading the instruments. It was moved up, and to the right...... Anyone can do this....
    Here is the build.......

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615213

    :thumb:thumb

    Erling
  17. nibo

    nibo n00b

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    original garmin's handlebar mount
    only 15€

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  18. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Yikes, that's a recipe for disaster. And I don't see a lanyard in that shot.
  19. nibo

    nibo n00b

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    It works great, I use it 2 years now and never left.
    And look the picture better

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  20. TheVelourFog

    TheVelourFog Adventurer

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    Top of the line custom GPS mount.
    ...this actually worked out very well.

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