KTM 990 Adventure Home made Garmin GPS Mount - lots of photos

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  1. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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    Most of the parts ready to assemble.

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    All wired up.

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    Rubber pad, bottom support, and mounting bracket.

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    All bolted up. Used nylock nuts, not to tight, just enough to compress the rubber pad a little.

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    Top view.
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    Cool part?

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    Getting close.

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    All wired up! :clap
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    It works!!!!! :1drink

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    DONE! :freaky
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    My view while riding.

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    Thanks for looking,
    Cheers,
    Mark
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  2. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Yeah, that looks home made-- if you live in the Lockheed Skunkworks. :huh

    I think your capabilities are somewhat beyond the typical garage wrench.

    Very nice. :thumb
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  3. ten_fiver

    ten_fiver Long timer

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    Yea, holy shit man.
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  4. Jaqen H'ghar

    Jaqen H'ghar Valar Morgoulis

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    So, are you selling these? If so, how much does something that purity cost?
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  5. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    Dude, those parts look pretty trick. I'm wanting to tap into the the front fairing sub-frame to build a "nav tour" type bracket. But home-made for me is hacksaw, hammer, torch and vise. Nice work.
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  6. Vicks

    Vicks gets stuck in sand

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    add beer to that list.

    No way that is home made !!! Awesome work btw.
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  7. GSMark

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    Gee, Thanks Vicks, :1drink
    & thanks all for the kind words.

    My GPS mount is indeed home made.
    My garage is of typical size for a small house (1 &1/2 car).
    I have no training as a machinist.
    I grew up not being able to afford all of the trick parts that my friends had on their race bikes. So I had to make my own. I made a lot of junk while learning. Now I do this for fun.
    I have 5 tools that I love to use when I make my projects:
    Drill press (garage sale item),
    Band saw (Home Depot, with a swamp cooler pulley to slow it down,
    Belt sander (Home Depot),
    Mini lathe
    (Grizzly tools - cheap Chinese tool - 10 years old now),
    Jet Micro mill (Amazon.com free shipping:clap). I rough out most parts with the band saw/hack saw before I use the micro mill. It is very weak so I don't make deep cuts.
    I do cheat sometimes- If I need to have multiple parts to cut out of flat material, I hire a water-jet shop for the job. It helps that my best friend owns the water-jet machine.

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  8. BLUE(UK)

    BLUE(UK) Long timer

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    Very nice workmanship there.
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  9. sabink

    sabink Been here awhile

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    Great craftsmanship!

    I'm afraid the internal antenna will not work well under the aluminum part over the GPS. The antenna is located in the center just under the metal part that you put over the GPS, or maybe a little ahead, but still pretty close.
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  10. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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    Thanks for the heads-up. :thumbup
    I will check it out. If I have to, I will make the part out of Delrin.

    M
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  11. sabink

    sabink Been here awhile

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    Here is a pic where the antenna is:

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  12. Motorfiets

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    ouch! :kurt
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  13. canadasax

    canadasax Been here awhile

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    Nice job.

    I bent over a piece of flatbar and I thought that was hi-tech.

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  14. GSMark

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    Hi Numnuts... feels funny typing that... :rofl,
    If I made a GPS mounting kit for sale, I would make some changes to improve the design. As I was building this GPS mount, I would see parts that I wish that I had made different.
    I made an oil cooler for my Honda XR650L last year and shared the project here on ADV Rider.
    I had quite a few requests to produce them for fellow inmates. It ended up taking over 6 months to get the kits ready. The kit has over 50 parts.
    While it is simple to make a one-off part for a bike, I found out that it is whole other thing to make a bunch of parts EXACTLY the same and make it easy for the user to install.
    I am now selling the oil cooler kits on the Vendors section:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=652313

    I would consider making a batch of these (improved version) if I had a commitment for at least ten kits.

    I still have to go out and torture test the one that I made.

    I would guess the price to be around $200.00. :dunno
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  15. Master

    Master Been here awhile

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    I think you would be amazed how many people would buy it. Looks like great craftmanship and a lot better than the touratech crap most of us use as a mount.

    edit: oh and by the way: you may want to consider a version that fits the 990 as wel (different shape of the instrument panel) if you go commercial...
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  16. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    This thread is giving me ideas...

    Hey Mark, how do you get those nice, accurate bends in the metal at home? (like on that "main" big piece pictured, or even that support strut there) They go beyond 90 degrees, how do you achieve that?


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  17. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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    I use a Williams Lowbuck Tools metal bender. Awesome tool!

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  18. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Nice Work. Nice website, too. Where are you getting all your trick fasteners?
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  19. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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    I get most of my fasteners at http://www.boltdepot.com/

    If I need something in very small quantities, I go to ACE Hardware.

    The "pretty" large 6mm button head bolts I got from: http://www.klsupply.com/
    At the bottom of the K&L web page is a link to download the catalog.
    They are not very cheap... but they look cool for this application.
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  20. 620rossco

    620rossco Full on Yob

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    Ok let me know if you decide to do it. The mount looks great.
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