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Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by DeSoto, Mar 18, 2007.
Should have looked better. I see some one else posted it already.
How much ?
Locking model $125
Non-locking model is only $100
But the Zumo comes all the mounting hardware right ? So why bother with this one ?
I feel the same as you. Why? I have it mounted on my GS and to be honest it's very secure. If a thief wants your GPS they are going to steal it whether it's in a TT mount or just in the Garmin mount. The only thing that I want to do is get rid of the RAM wing nut and possibly use the RAM keyed version or just put a nyloc nut on instead.
Some might argue that the TT mount adds extra shock protection, but I bet Garmin has already reinforced the Zumo circuitry for motorcycle use.
Although the Garmin mount base is ok it has some weak spots. First I am not worried about theft. What I am concerned about is the Garmin Base releasing due to rough road (off-road) conditions. The TT Locking Unit will prevent the Garmin Base from releasing it's latch. Garmin tried to prevent this condition with the Security Screw & micro-Screw Driver. Unfortunately this is much to hard for me to work with because of my eyesight and the position I am mounting my zumo and the fact that I hate to fumble around with that little screw driver.
As for the anti-shock issues, I expect that the zumo will do just fine on a road bike but I like to go off-road and I think providing a bit more isolation for the zumo can't hurt.
So. . . That's why.
I agree that is why I purchased one as well -- I ride a 640 Adventure off road and have toasted a number of gps's with the vibration and one XM antenna. Fortunately, most have been covered by warranty but not having the unit work while on a long ride is not good.
This is a valid opinion and if I were using mine on some serious off road I would consider the TT option too.
Has anyone got a photo of the stock Zumo mount they could post? It'd be nice to compare the two.
This is on my R1150R using a slightly longer RAM arm than the one they supply, but otherwise it is the Garmin-provided stuff.
So I bought one of these Touratech MvG Zumo mounts and so far I can say I'm not impressed. I bought the locking model hoping i could lessen my concern about the GPS getting swiped from semisecure places like my work parking lot.
My big problem with the touratech mount is the GPS flops around a lot when mounted. It bounces around a good 3/4 of an inch making it difficult to read on the freeway, I can't imagine what this thing will be like once offroad. It's not nearly as smooth and rigid as the touratech mount I had for my GPS V, which I was really happy with. This thing just hops and flops around everywhere.
I'm going to call Touratech and see if there's something that can be done to firm up the cups, otherwise it's going back.
Is it the MgV suspension which allows the movement? I have the regular locking mount on order, and don't see where there would be any movement possible.
yeah, the regular one does no shock insulation, so it doens't bounce around at all, but it takes every shock that the bike does. I've learned to live with the movement, but ideally I'd like a bit less..
Actually, the "regular one" does have isolation dampers on it. Just not the very soft ones available on the MvG model. I have the regular one and it still has a little more movement than I like on very ruff terrain. So I added a few cable ties to the mount and it now works the way I think must of us would like.
Cycoactive is now delivering the locking Zumo mounts. Well made, though is take a bit of thought to connect it to the RAM Mount. I removed the security screw to allow a firm press of the locking closure.
Is the mount designed so that the unit just unsnaps (to take it with you)?
I am about to order a Zumo for my V-Strom, so I'd like to know.
We already have a Garmin Nuvi in one of our cars, and the "security" is that you unclip it and take it with you. Is that how the motorcycle ones are intended also?
Thanks for any info.
Better late than never!, but I hope this will be useful to someone looking for the Touratech Zumo mount.
I bought the mount that has the lock but just the standard rubber shock mounts. not the MgV dampeners. I Agree with Creech.. the unit bounces around far too much because the rubber mounts are not designed to work with lateral motion, They are designed to work in compression.
I fixed the problem by addng my own rubber stoppers (like the ones already present on the back plate) to the backplate, right where the bolt from the front plate stikes the back plate when the unit is bouncing around like mad.
Unfortunately, it means that the new rubber stoppers stop the rubber mounts from doing their job, but it fixed 70% of the wobble issues.
NOTE: this my experimental solution and is NOT approved by Touratech. If you choose to follow my solution, you do so at your own risk. I , myself, still don't know what the long term side effects will be... but I'll have a better idea after I complete my Africa trip.