Got a GPS on your F800GS Let's See it

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

  1. giodog2000

    giodog2000 Been here awhile

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    Nothing much but proud to have saved 100$ on the bracket.
    I used 2 U-Bolts for a grand total of 3$

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  2. RetrogradE

    RetrogradE Banned

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  3. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Garmin Nuvi 550 and RAM mount:

    -Multi-mode navigation
    -preloaded street maps for North America
    -speaks street names
    -optional FM lifetime traffic
    -optional MSNĀ® Direct
    -waterproof:D:thumb
    -multi-mode
    -Where am I?

    GPS $260
    RAM Mount: $50


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  4. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    the 5" screen and larger font makes reading mucho easier

    up close from rider's perspective

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    front view from afar

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  5. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Just got my Nuvi 550 on it....... I fabbed the brackets from SS plate and SS 1/2 inch tubing.......I can`t weld if my life depends on it...... But I`m lethal with a grinder.....:thumb:thumb

    Erling

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  6. mdski

    mdski Adventurer

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    Garmin GPS map 478. Love it.

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  7. vtbob

    vtbob wanderer

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    What is the the 1490 mounted in? is that a Ram mount?
    How well does it work on the road?
    I have a 1490 in my truck, works great there. I like the idea of using on the bike too
  8. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Man is that begging to get knocked off. I'd tuck that baby in a little if I were you.
  9. Lindeberg

    Lindeberg Adventurer

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    I just got a Zumo 660 and in a couple of days I will mount it to my 8GS. The power cable between the motorcycle battery and the GPS unit is too long.

    What would be a good way to hide this long cable on the 650GS or 800GS? Any good ideas?

    Maybe it is better to give the unit power from the BMW original power outlet to the left of the ignition key?
  10. Waino

    Waino Adventurer

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    I've got the Zumo 660 and I wired it directly to the battery. If you do much off-road riding, you will get tired of the unit powering on and off every time you shut down the bike (unless you manually choose to switch to internal battery power each time). Turning the unit off and on also creates a new track, which may not be what you want either. There isn't any drawback of having the cradle "hot" all of the time that I've found.

    The extra cabling that comes with the cradle is a PITA, but I just bundled it up with a couple of zip ties and stashed it behind the battery.
  11. Lindeberg

    Lindeberg Adventurer

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    Thank you. As I remembered there were no space close to the battery, but I found some space for the cable beside the batter.

    I recently had a 60CSx on my bike. It kept turning off sometimes. The 660 seems like a good unit, for example very fast calculation.

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  12. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

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    How does the RAM mount connect to the TT mount?
  13. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Hey, what features do you use on the 478 that are different from the 276C? I've got a 276C and I can't think of anything else I want it to do, already has a ton of awesome features... I guess you could hook up a sonar to it while doing water crossings? :wink:
  14. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I own both units.
    478 does XM and weather forcasts and overlays. Mine isnt sticking out there just begging to be taken off though.
  15. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

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    I seem to get lousy XM reception in Massachusetts and Vermont.


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  16. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    I have a RAM mount for my GPS, a Nuvi 550. I don't feel comfortable just leaving it on the bike when I go into a resturant, etc. because it can be removed so easily. :eek1 :cry

    Except for those who have a Touratech mount, which is the only option that I know that securely locks the GPS on the bike, do you feel comfortable leaving your GPS on the bike when you park the bike and walk away for a period of time? :huh
  17. niklasthedolphin

    niklasthedolphin Adventurer

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    I use the Garmin Oregon 450t in a lockable TT RAM mount.


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  18. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

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    This is my first line of defense. If I have to stop to pee or run into a mart.
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    If I'm in a resturant I put my full face helmet over the gps, fits just right ,and I have a gun cable lock that locks the helmet to the bars goes over the chin part.

    If I'm at a motel everything comes off and inside with me.

    Nothing is going to protect it if someone really wants it.
  19. Trout

    Trout Been here awhile

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    Has anyone mounted a Zumo 660/5 to the horizontal bar (center) on the BMW touring screen support?
  20. Waino

    Waino Adventurer

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    Here's my setup. Zumo 660, TT mount attached to the bars with a Techmount handlebar mount.

    I'm very pleased with this configuration. It has held up over hundreds of off road miles. It's inboard and away from the crash zone, and leaves a clear view of the the instruments.

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