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post #1 of 8 Old 01-10-2020, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Mounting

I don't want to spend $700.00 on a Garmin Zumo when my car GPS with a suction cup windshield mount I paid $150.00 works just fine. If it begins to rain, I'll just put it away until the rain stops.

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Is there an option for mounting this type of GPS to a set of Motorcycle bars with some kind of RAM mount adaptor or something??
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-10-2020, 07:12 PM
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Step one is the actual holder for the GPS. Have you researched options for that model and then checked to see if you can bolt it to a ram ball?
or... Are you thinking of leveraging some sort of cell phone holder that can handle something thicker like a GPS?
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-10-2020, 07:19 PM
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You'll need a Ram ball for the bars (or wherever you want to mount the base), a Ram extension (tubes of various lengths available; each end embraces a Ram ball); and, some way to attach a Ram ball to your GPS receiver, plus a way to plug in the GPs receiver for power (either USB (5 volts DC), or 12 VDC; the latter through the GPS receiver power plug; conditioning the electrical power; reducing 12 VDC to 5 volts).

A Ram cell phone carrier just might hold your GPS receiver.

That said: Your auto-style GPS receiver might not withstand the weather exposure and high-G shocks motorcycling provides; the Garmin motorcycle products are pretty robust in the motorcycle environment.

One note: A USB converter, 12 VDC to USB 5 volts, draws current when connected, whether GPS in use or not. Will wear down a battery in time. Some USB converter claim they turn themselves off automatically, perhaps when battery voltage descends to 12 volts, but . . . do you feel lucky, Pilgrim? I unplug when parked; YMMV.

If I get ambitious, I'll post a picture of my GPS Ram mount assembly on my KLR.

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-10-2020, 07:31 PM
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Fair point on how durable a an automotive unit may be. Have you considered checking out the used market? advrider tends to have a bunch of older units available...many with motorcycle mounts.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-11-2020, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanx guys for the advice. I will begin to dig deeper into mounting systems.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-11-2020, 07:22 AM
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1. If you’re spending $700 on a Zumo, you’re doing it all wrong.

2. The Zumo is one of—if not THE—best GPS units for motorcycle enthusiasts who actually ride in “weather.”

3. There are numerous ways of mounting a GPS unit donuts safe, solid, secure and convenient to use while riding.

I have two Zumo 660s and mount them using the Garmin wiring harness and TAM Mount set up. On one of my KLRs, I use the Touratech locking mount for extra stability and security.

I highly recommend the Zumo GPS unit—almost any of the several available iterations— if you can find one in the $150-200 range.

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-11-2020, 08:29 AM
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Ill post some pics, I have had good luck with the ram and garman hand held, its been on 4 or 5 different bikes. The hand held has a smaller screen, but is water proof and can be used for hiking, peddle bike, fishing, anything, can be hooked to power or 2 AA batteries. I velcrow and secure gps top and bottom to the mount.
My eyes aren't as good as years ago, but I can plot a trip and use the point and turn part to do what I need.
For any power needs, I just hooked up a universal conector to the batt with a inline fuse.
I also keep reading glasses velcrowed to the handlebar.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-11-2020, 10:00 AM
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Lower left, USB converter (fits in auto 12-volt socket), center, Ram extension arm fastened to ball on handlebars and ball on GPS receiver:


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