Temporary install of Garmin 350 LM on R1200GSA

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  1. dreemrider

    dreemrider Been here awhile

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    I have had an opportunity rear its head and want to take advantage of it to the fullest. I will be traveling to Germany and will have at least 3 days rental of an R1200GSA and will probably just take some day trips but would like to get back to the motel at night. :ricky I have a new Garmin Zumo 350LM and I have the complete kit for the GPS but have hardly taken it out of the box since I received it a month ago, too many other things on my agenda. Since I do not have an R1200GSA, I don't know what I would need to temporarily mount the Zumo to the GSA. Can someone show me pictures or tell me how to set this thing up so I don't spend the rest of my life wandering around southern Germany or Austria trying to figure out how to get home? Then again, I guess there's worse places to be! If I need to order some other stuff, let me know and all help is appreciated!
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    You have everything you need in the zumo 350 box to mount the Motorcycle Mount on the handlebars of the GSA. The mount cable is long enough to be routed back to the battery and connected directly since it has a builtin Fuse.

    You will of course need EU maps if you didn't get an EU zumo 350.

    P.S. The Owners Manual will show you how to setup the Mount and RAM installation.

    Cheers,
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    dreemrider Been here awhile

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    Thanks Dan,

    That's good news!
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    Or get a powerlet connector to put on the end of the cable and just plug into the outlet by the seat.
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    9Dave Bazinga!

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    This is the most important part!

    Also, learn how to program waypoints on the unit and how to navigate to them so you can easily find your way back.

    Enjoy. Germany can be quite fun! :thumb
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    ..is the outlet by the seat on the Can Bus? I stopped by my dealer yesterday and he sold me a small yellow harnass that I can wire together with my GPS and plug into the Can Bus down by the forks. I doubt that the dealer in Austria is going to want me wrenching on their GSA so they may want to do it anyway.
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    I'm talking about the standard powerlet port on the bike. Standard item like a cigarette lighter outlet. A powerlet connecter is a slightly different shape than a cig adapter and it is a more positive connection and less likely to slip out. Your dealer sold you the harness to connect to the taped up connector by the oil cooler. So you would have to cut off the tape holding the connector, remove the plastic cap on the connector, hook up to that and probably zip tie all the slack out of the way. Then undo that when you return the bike. With the seat connector you would need to run the cable along side the tank (same for direct connect to battery), but the connection is easily removable. Same place you would hook in heated gear or a cell phone charger. And both are canbus connections and only are on when the bike is on.
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    So I can power my Garmin 350 LM off of the outlet which is canbus? Sorry for the stupid questions but the canbus thing is something I'm ignorant of. So all I have to do is buy a powerlet plug and wire my GPS to it and plug it in, right?
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    So I could plug it into the one up front also I assume?
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    The wire harness connector on the BMW the you purchased the mate for is designed as a "special accessory" connection and is predominately use for connecting a GPS (as noted by WoodButcher). It is not such a big deal to connect to.

    But, if you use the Powerlet plug on your zumo you can plug it into the standard Accessory socket on the BMW - they all are controlled to the CanBUS. Take the yellow wire "service connector" back to the BMW Dealer unless you plan on acquiring a BMW in the future.

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    So the power coming from the canbus is no different, it's just a matter of connectors, and the fact that the powerlet is only hot when the bike is running.....is that correct?
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    I did not see a Powerlet (or BMW) plug in my Zumo kit so I need to buy a Powerlet PP-2 (I think).
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    dreemrider Been here awhile

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    How about a Powerlet Deluxe Plug?
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    That is correct. The Accessory circuits will stay powered for 45-60sec after the ignition key has been turned off. Then the computer will shut down these connections.

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    PPL-002 or PPL-003 are good choices.

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    Yes, return the plug the dealer sold you. There's a good chance the plug on the bike will be hard to get to, if you can find it.

    I'd just take the mount, as is, and wire it directly to the battery. You can snake the power cable to the battery without removing any tupperware, it wouldn't take long. If you absolutely had to you could run the wire on top of the tank down to the battery, it's right there under the seat. I've done it that way a couple of times doing a fly & buy.
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    Okay guys, so now I think I have the method for hooking up the Zumo to the GSA. Now my question is how do I work with this device with the European maps loaded? I had a Zumo 550 for several years so am familiar with the operation of a GPS, and now I have the US maps and the Europe (Alps and DACH) loaded on my Zumo 350, but is there a way to program a trip into the device and save it while here in the US? Here's what I mean: With my loaded maps (US and Alps), if I tell it my destination is Kempten, Germany it just sits and grinds. I assume that is because it does not know how to drive across the Atlantic Ocean! :huh So how do I sit here in the comfort of my living room in Iowa and program a trip from Kempten to Innsbruck, for example? All help is appreciated and thanks for all the input up to this point!!
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    As you noted, you can't create a route on the unit that would cross the ocean. You say you had a zumo 550 yet you make it sound like you never created a route outside of the unit. So, You have a number of ways to create your route. It really depends upon your trip planning application skill level (which doesn't appear to be broad - no disrespect).

    I would suggest you install Garmin BaseCamp on your computer. You can then attach your zumo350 via USB and BaseCamp will use the maps on it. Then you can create your Routes and save them on the zumo350 or on your installed µSD Card (if you have one).

    Cheers,
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    I will send you a pm
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