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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by f800guy, Mar 23, 2009.
crappy pic but you get the idea
Garmin 765T in a Ram cradle attached to a SW-Motech GPS mount.
I don't know about you but I'm not real confident in the strength of the BMW Touring Screen's support bar. Also, there's not a lot of clearance between the screen and the bar to mount anything. I only gave it a half-a-thought since my touring screen is only used for the colder months. For me, that's only ~3 months out of the year...if that.
Waino's setup looks super sharp. I might have to consider that for my secondary GPS mount.
Speaking of secondary GPS mounts: anybody got a used TT Garmin 60 series mount... preferably locking that they aren't using anymore???
I have just got myself a 60Csx and am wondering about how to power it on my F800GS. Is it best to connect straight to the batterie or via the CANbus?
Also the connector between the airbox and the key (under the fake tank), is it a CANbus connector?
Sorry about the crap pic but its all I got.
The Twonav Aventura seems to be really good so far.
havn't given it a good test in the field yet but so far so good.
One of the 3 bolts that comes with it is a perfect lenth for the F8 Handlebar mount clamp. The aluminum spacer seen below the ball fits the handlebar clamp perfect. RAM-B-367U. Under 12.00 shipped.
I'm looking to buy a F800GS. Seeing how that will leave me broke, I want to reuse my Nuvi 550. I used it for my sportbike using an 12v adapter. I like the idea of hard wiring it to the battery using the Garmin mounting cradle (link/pic below). The Nuvi 500/550 is pretty good, except it uses that dumb usb connector as the power source. WTF?
Anyone have problems with that thing wiggling loose on the street or offroad?
Can anyone comment on its waterproofness? It looks like the usb port is covered so that's a plus, especially over the holder that's made by RAM.
Where do you put the bare usb end of the cord when it's not plugged into the GPS? I'm just wondering where to store it during a normal week of commuting. Do you secure it under the fairing?
Hmmm well to answer one of my own questions, it looks like there's a port to connect the "male" usb end into the cradle when the Garmin is out of the cradle mount. This should be reasonably resistant to rain, I hope.
I have a 550 with the RAM mount. Never had a problem with it over rough terrain.
When I remove the nav from the cradle I tuck the cord under the mount with the opening of the connector facing down. When mounting the nav, if it has rained, I just blow a quick puff into the end of the connector to get any water out. I had also put a dab of di-electric grease in there for good measure. Been totally reliable for me.
Thx for your reply. I guess I'm being overly paranoid about water getting on the usb male connector. Using di-electric grease is a good idea.
Here is my high tech mounting solution, after my Zumo took a crap. I needed a GPS for a solo sojourn in Baja after my friend Chris put himself out of action flipping his 1150 on top of his GPS V. Few zip ties, bit of gaffer tape and I'm rolling again.
A friend who has access to a water jet helped me cut a bracket I designed. More and better pictures coming.
there's a GPS in that picture?
I see your point. This should be a little better.
Still test fitting everything. Final piece will be cut from stainless and the shape will be a little different.
That is a good location for the GPS - you don't need to look down to check on things. Excellent idea.
this is my gps set up
For those mounting their GPS not on the handlebar, how are the devices holding up to the abuse of non-suspended pounding offroad?
Around and above the dash. I am thinking that area suffers more vibration that the handlebar.
Zumo 550 with stock mount, clamped on with a RAM mount.
Even with my setup only secured at the bottom - not attached to the touring windscreen support - vibrations aren't a problem.