Garmin Montana -- Mounting to factory BMW GS GPS mount?

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  1. rcfitch

    rcfitch Been here awhile

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    Hello Friends
    I have just purchased a new 2017 BMW R1200 GS which has the factory GPS mount installed. The BMW GPS option is very functional. However, it is an expensive option that I would like to avoid.

    I have a new Montana 610. I am wondering if there is any adapter available that will allow the Montana to be connected to the BMW GPS mount?

    Thanks in advance for your guidance.
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  2. MJS

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    Nope. You have to buy the BMW GPS if you want to use the wonder wheel.
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  3. rcfitch

    rcfitch Been here awhile

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    I don't want to use the wheel... It's not worth $800.
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  4. MJS

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    The factory cross bar is to small a diameter if you want to use a RAM mount. Even with the RAM reducer I could not get the RAM ball tight enough to keep from rotating so I mounted my Montana on the handlebars. You can power it from the OEM connector if you get the plug from the BMW dealer and splice it to the Montana cable. I just removed the OEM GPS mount and set it aside for some future owner.
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    You can get the RAM M8 bolt mount to replace a handlebar clamp bolt and easily mount the Montana.

    Also, you can easily score a BMW NAV 5 or 6 if you watch the flea market.
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  6. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Use the AMPS mount and then get RAM mount parts - an arm of the length and style you want, and the U-Bolt mount. You can clamp the u-bolt mount anywhere to the OEM BMW bar that is on your bike. I run a V-1 Radar detector this way.

    I will say, though, that since I have to use the touch screen on the Montana to control it, I have mine on the left handlebar, so that it is an easy reach up from the left grip to operate. I find this most convenient.
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  7. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    That would appear to be the case if one reads the specs for the RAM mounts and the OEM bar (the OEM bar is a teeny weeny bit smaller diameter than the ram mount claims to clamp), but I can assure you from actual experience that the RAM u-bolt mount clamps on just fine and holds without problem. I have had a V-1 on mine for 5 years now and it has never loosened up or been a problem in any way.
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  8. MJS

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    Mine would not get tight enough and would vibrate down. Might have been the angle of the arm and the extra weight of the Montana. Left handlebar preferred here too.
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  9. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I have an arm and the 2-magnet detector mount, and the V-1 with the remote audio adapter velcroed to the top of it, so I dont' think the Montana outweighs that. Maybe there is more than one u-bolt mount? I think I got the one that was for things as small as 1/2" and it works fine. If you think of the OEM BMW mounting bar as an upside down U, I have mine clamped to the vertical bar on the right side. No slipping or movement. According to emails from GPSCity, I have this one: https://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-large-stainless-steel-rail-u-bolt-base-with-1-inch-ball
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