What mount and where to mount a GPS on a 1200GS..

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by twray, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. twray

    twray Adventurer

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    Need some imput on what mount and where to mount a GPS on my 2011 1200GS. Planning on purchasing a Garmin 550.

    Thanks in advance..
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  2. SkiFly01

    SkiFly01 Govna Racepipe

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    I just use a Garmin Nuvi and use the car suction mount on the windshield. Simple.
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  3. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    I mounted my Zumo 220 using the OEM BMW GPS mount. I bought the adapter plug from BMW and wired the Zumo harness to the under-beak Canbus plug.

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  4. JKGREEN

    JKGREEN Been here awhile

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    I have a Nuvi 2450 and use the supplied suction cup. Works good. It does not fall off. You will have to redo the suction every few days.. I wrap the cord around the suction cup base in case it does fall off it will just hang - only happens if I go for a few weeks with reattaching. It has never fallen off when I was out on some rough off road areas..

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  5. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    RAM mount on a GSA, but the TT mount may be more secure. . ..

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  6. cozmo2312

    cozmo2312 Canyon Carver

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    i bought the BMW OEM bar for the GS (to hook the gps to) and some cheap bicycle handlebar RAM mount off of amazon. wired it to the CANBUS system

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  7. NZ rider

    NZ rider Adventurer

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    I used the lockable TT mount and their cable connected to the socket under the oil cooler with my Garmin CSX60. Works really well.
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  8. Huckwheat

    Huckwheat Adventurer

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    I use the short Multi-Pod From Wonderlick. Clean. It works real nice & gives alot of options for where to nest your GPS in the dashboard. Hides the wires much better than alot of the options Ive seen as well. Im surprised nobody else has mentioned it.
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  9. SiouxsieCat

    SiouxsieCat Been here awhile

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    NUVI 550, RAM mount on handlebar

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  10. DualMule

    DualMule Been here awhile

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    I would get the Touratech locking mount...just because it locks. It took me a while to forgive them for what they charge for it, but it's solid and it's very nice to not have to take the unit off the bike when I leave the bike for a bit, well worth the money in my opinion.

    As for location, I'm not a handlebar GPS guy at all...didn't want it moving around and it positions it too far from where I'm normally looking...down the road. I mounted mine on the upper windshield bar...in the center. Doesn't block my view at all (6'3") and I've been happy with it there on a GSA for years now.

    Oh, I have a 550.
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  11. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer

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    Holy Cow, I want to know where you can buy gas for $2.58 a gallon! :lol3
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  12. Synisalo

    Synisalo Adventure wannabe

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    My 550 came with a ram mount in the box. Has a weak lock incorporated in it, but its good enough for my use. I mounted it on the left side handlebar, right next to the clutch resevoir. I like being able to use it, while keeping my hand near the bar end. I cable my helmet speakers into it, and use it for music, and to let me know of a call comes in.
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  13. ATCguy

    ATCguy Been here awhile

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  14. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    I have the mount, gps plug, and locking mechanism from backordertech.com for a 665 not a 550, but I'm sure they have stuff for 550s.

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    I like it well enough. Seems to be effective and secure after threadlocking, but as with anything, if someone wants it, they can take it.
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  15. SkiFly01

    SkiFly01 Govna Racepipe

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    That was back when I bought the bike in march of 2010 in San Antonio.
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  16. aGremlin

    aGremlin Been here awhile

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    +1. Did this for my Zumo 550, and same again with my Zumo 660 I just bought, using the included RAM mounting hardware. I figure having it off the screen puts it too far away to use, and to see the screen only requires a quick glance down... safer than reaching forward to do something.
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  17. DetoX68

    DetoX68 Been here awhile

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    I made my own mount because the standard Ram mount (steeringbar clamp) was too much "in my face". :D

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  18. Final Drive

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    I have the Tourtech mount for the BMW Navigator IV and I really like it.
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  19. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    <!-- #dg-post-title --><!-- message -->Works great, RAM mount. Inexpensive and vibration free. First mounted at handlebar but now in front can be seen much better at this location.
    Using the Garmin cradle, much better than RAM cradle, makes inserting the USB power plug in the nuvi much more simple, GPS can be inserted in cradle with USB plug already in the GPS.

    The 3 screws seen on this picture are one size larger than the one's supplied with the Garmin cradle, the original
    were one size too small and I ruined them immediately so used 3 screws/nuts I had from a different RAM cradle...
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    ...found a black cable and removed the wire, pushed the U-bolt through it...painted nuts black...
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    Absolutely no visible vibration unlike the ADV-Crossbar mount I've tried before...
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    Ram-Mount:
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    used it with the short arm to minimize vibrations:
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    Garmin Cradle:
    http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-nuvi-5...and-power.html

    Powering the GPS via the 12V>5V USB plug adapter that came with the Garmin cradle kit,
    using a relay triggered by the under the seat socket. Using the dedicated GPS
    plug won't shut of power to to "Can-Bus" requiring additional load...I tried that first but
    GPS kept charging and power didn't shut down...
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  20. labenske

    labenske Criminal

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    Here's where I put mine. I love it being up high and center because it helps me to keep my eyes on the road. I don't have any pictures of the mount, but I'm running the Garmin rugged mount attached via a short ram mount.

    FYI, I now run my Montana rotated to the "portrait" position. Really helps to see what roads are coming up when exploring.


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