Pictures of GPS units mounted?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by IslandR, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. IslandR

    IslandR Awkward Silence Producer

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    Since it is the time of year to give myself something nice I think a 276c is in my future.

    My bike is a 1150 GS and I am wondering about some of the logistics of adding a piece to the bike.

    Do most of you mount the unit on the handlebar or somewhere on "dash"?

    RAM mounts seem very cost effective and maybe a good starting place. Are the Touratech mounts all handlebar mounted?

    It seems to me that mounting it on the "dash" would be a cleaner mount and not have so many wires exposed and moving.

    Any pics appreciated

    For software it seems that Garmins City Select has all the secondary and logging roads, and I may use TOPO Canada as a nice to have.

    Thanks
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  2. guitardad

    guitardad n00b

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    We use a Touratech cradle for the 276C, with a RAM ball mounted on the back, like so:
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    Then I put a pair of RAM balls onto my handlebars (this is an R1100RS, so your mount will be different):

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    The end effect on my bike is this:

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    And on DW's Rockster, it looks like this:
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    She uses the RAM mounts on the U-Bolt, right around the bars. That sort of setup would work on a GS as well. We like it because moving the GPS between bikes is a 1-minute job.
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  3. Hammer

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  4. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Here's mine mounted with a ram kit.

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  5. BeemerBill

    BeemerBill fillerup agin'

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    Heres mine with xm radio
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    Backside
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    And amplifier that ties the two together
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  6. christian

    christian Exchange your GPS Track!

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    My Garmin GPSV mounted on my DRZ400 with Touratech mount and hardwired.
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  7. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

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    Mounted with a homemade shelf on my 05 V Strom........
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  9. JRP

    JRP Old guy

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    I added some vibration dampers and an aluminum plate to the Garmin mount.

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    LongWays Skiing up a hill...

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  11. LarryB

    LarryB Baja GPS Maps, LBMaps.com

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  14. wegger

    wegger Hey watch this...

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    Here's my 276C with the Garmin cradle and RAM mount hardware. Works great on the GS, is a little undergunned for the 525 but works.

    On the GS I have it snugged up against a foam crossbar pad to damp vibrations. If it gets squished in a tip-over, I've got bigger problems than a squished gps.
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    On the 525 it's a bit exposed...
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    Give it a try, cheap and simple, much like me.
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  15. IslandR

    IslandR Awkward Silence Producer

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    I seem to be inclined to mount the unit on the dash instead of the handlebars.

    Do most of you mount on the bars just because of ease, if you mount on the dash is it too difficult to see if mounted below the guages.

    The pic of the guy from the UK GS site looks good but I wonder if forward vision might be a problem.

    Thanks for the ideas and information on what I am getting myself into
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  16. BeemerBill

    BeemerBill fillerup agin'

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    One thing to consider is that the screen is much closer to you (and easier to reach & read) on the 1150GS if it's mounted on the handlebars. I have both the GPS and the XM Radio mounted on the bars and can see all instuments just fine. Also no problem using the tank bag.
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  17. dizave

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    IMO you _want_ the GPS in your normal line of sight. If you have it mounted low to the bars you are completely oblivious to the road when you are GPSing. Not good. That Migsel mount really puts it in a nice spot, you glance down a little but you're much closer to looking the right direction.

    I generally don't even use maps in the map pocket of a tank bag for the same reason. I can't see shit when I'm staring down at my lap trying to read a map.

    Put it in your line of sight.
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  18. Scrotie

    Scrotie Chuck U Farley

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    Here is my setup. TT crossbar and lockable mount. Two thumbs up!

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  19. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    Yup, as close as you can to a heads up display, that way you are never taking your eyes off the road. I have mine mounted high and will never put one on my handlebars or down in the "cockpit" ever again.

    Here's my setup.

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    As I am looking forward I can't help but see both the GPS screen and the road at the same time.
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  20. Snapper

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    I'm a big proponent of mounting high and above the clocks.

    - As others have said above, it is closest to your line of sight requiring the least eye movement, and no helmet movement. In the normal riding position, my helmet chin guard blocks my view of the handlebars.
    - I personally find it easier to read when far away as possible, the eyes don't refocus from far to near as quickly as they used to
    - At 0.3mi resolution, and in the scroll-the-road-infront-of-you mode, you can see hairy corners coming up (just don't *rely* on it). I once watched a rider crash in front of me on a unmarked blind surprise hairpin that I saw coming up on the GPS...what's that worth?
    - Tucked in the windshield airspace, no weather or water will touch any of my toys in the worst downpours, until I reduce speed <15mph. I use a single shower cap to keep all the toys dry when <15mph.
    - For bathroom breaks and diner stops, I just throw a tankbag rain cover over the whole windshield/dash to reduce temptation from thieving eyes.


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