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Got a GPS on your F800GS Let's See it

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by f800guy, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Long timer

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    I'll admit it... I AM A GADGET NUT! :)


  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You're not alone. I sold my F800 this year, so this is my DR command centre. :lol3

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  3. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Long timer

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    Why'd you sell your F800GS? And which DR is that... the 400?

    I love my F800GS (my first GS) but for an older guy like myself (especially with short legs) and with no prior off-road experience, I'm finding it a beast to manage on trails. I'm seriously considering selling it and replacing it with a 1200GS water-cooled as my MAIN machine and ADDING something smaller and lighter (like one of the Yamaha 250's) for both learning and having fun off-road. They've got one model that's low enough to work for me.

    Cheers!
  4. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Sold the F8 because I was tired of the BMW complexity and everything that entailed. My wife and I both sold our 800s and are perfectly happy with a DR650 for each of us.

    They are very cheap, reliable, capable, and droppable without fear of expensive consequences.

    We really don't miss the twins at all. Nice as they were, I want something I can easily maintain on my own. Screw adjusted valves, for example. Oil changes that take 10 minutes, not 30.

    1 carburetor vs fuel injection.

    No ABS.
  5. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider Supporter

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    I have a DR650. Something about it I can't part with.
    Lyle
  6. GeeK_InsiDe

    GeeK_InsiDe Moore Gas!!!

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    My setup:

    Garmin Oregon 200 on the left and Garmin Zümo 220 on the right, both with RAM mount on the Wunderlich Ergo Iron Man screen.

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  7. thleon

    thleon Theo

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    Is the Wunderlich Ergo Iron Man stable enough to support the GPS ?
  8. GeeK_InsiDe

    GeeK_InsiDe Moore Gas!!!

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    No problem for me, the mount looks solid ;)
  9. GeeK_InsiDe

    GeeK_InsiDe Moore Gas!!!

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    A pic with the two units:

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  10. Fré

    Fré Adventurer

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    Modified Garmin bicycle clamp, holds very well, is cheap and easy to reach:

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  11. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    Been using the same bicycle clamp on motorbikes and snowmobiles for years :thumb I switched to a ram bicycle mount now but the only small advantage is easy swapping between mounts for any device, and whatever handlebars you want
  12. Virtual Rider

    Virtual Rider Traveler

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    For F800GSA owners, I just installed the following on my "windshield bar" (for lack of a better description):

    RAM-B-213
    RAM BASE W/U-BOLT FOR 3/4 TO 1" DIA

    Seems to mount just like it should. I have their X-GRIP on it but don't have any photos handy. If you're interested let me know and I'll post a few pics.

    EDIT: Here are a few pics...
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    And just to show their mounting mechanism...
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    I rode home with the phone mounted in it and it seemed very functional. I had it in top center but have since moved it to the side as you see it in the pics. Also, the mount comes with some rubber caps to go on those exposed ends of the u-bolt. I forgot to put them back on before I snapped the pics.
  13. OZZY-DUCK

    OZZY-DUCK Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well this is a thread that means nothing without pictures so post them already !
  14. husky123

    husky123 Long timer

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    Speaking of "windshield bars"...who makes them and are they to stabilize the screen or to mount accessories on? Or both?
  15. Virtual Rider

    Virtual Rider Traveler

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    Done. See above.

    No clue who makes them. It just came with the bike as far as I'm concerned.

    It is attached to the upper part of the windshield as you can see in my first photo. I don't know if that is required to support the bigger GSA windscreen or if it's just there to hold up my mount. Either way it's proving to be handy.
  16. DetoX68

    DetoX68 Been here awhile

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    I didn't found exactly what I was searching for, so I bought something almost perfect and made it work.
    I bought this GPS support for something like €50,-
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    I just had to make the hole a bit bigger for the 28.4 bar and turn the supportplate 90dgr.

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    The supportplate was suited for the 220, 550 and the 660, not the new models.
    It works great.
  17. nomadicgreg

    nomadicgreg Adventurer

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    Not wanting to spend a ton of money, and having a Garmin 54LM laying around that i never used, I ordered a ram mount cradle with the appropriate mounts, or so i thought. Half of what showed up was wrong. After a little bit of improvisation i ended up drilling two holes in the top bar and mounting the cradle permanently.

    ttps://www.dropbox.com/s/sz844ot12robied/IMG_9441.jpg

    I'm happy. Total cost, $ 20 for the cradle, $2.50 for stainless hardware. The GPS was a gift.
  18. dyolfknip

    dyolfknip Adventurer

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    I hated where BMW put the Navigator on my 2013. I have the smoked Tourtech Touring windshield and bought the BMW accessory bar. Then I used a SW Motech mount thats made for the 800GSA. The diameter of the clamp is bigger than the BMW bar, so I wrapped a little tape around the bar and was good to know.

    On a side note though with the SW Motech mount.....on its own, no matter how much I tightened the side screws, it wouldnt hold the GPS in the "upper" position, so I just used a large ziptie to prop it against so it wouldnt droop down. Dont know if I got a faulty one or if it is just too heavy with the cradle.

    This set up stopped the windshield vibrating also. Hardest part of the install was drilling into my TT winshield.

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  19. NaMi

    NaMi Mirko

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    NUVI-765, simple and cheap but it works.

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  20. LongWays

    LongWays Skiing up a hill...

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    Garmin 590

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