oo, I've been looking for a few months for a unique solution to enable me to add a few things to my Versys without making permanent modifications. Specifically, I'm talking about a way to add
And, to top it all off, it had to be inexpensive and good looking!
- Heated grips without drilling any holes in my dash
- A Powerlet without drilling any holes in my dash
- And, my iPhone which I use as my GPS, telephone, iPod, web browser while on the road, etc.
I liked the look of the Motowerk GPS mounts, but it has no accommodation for the switches and Powerlet. I liked the Highway Dirt Bikes clamp solution (it's super-slick) but didn't accommodate the iPhone. So, after feeling like I had made it to the far side of the inter-webs and back again without success I reverted back to my engineering habits and broke out my caliper and my favorite 3D modeling software - Solidworks. I measured the bike and then designed my bracket to be built from steel sheet metal. Back when I was an engineer I would have had the thing cut on the laser cutter where I was working, but I don't have those luxuries anymore...
Instead, I got to work with the hand tools I had available:
Then I bought the cheapest sheet metal brake I could find at Harbor Freight and bent it up just like my design. In the end, I'm extremely happy with how it came out! I bought the Symtec heated grips and a Powerlet socket to be installed, and finished it off with a Ram Mounts Finger Grip smartphone mount. When ordering the Ram Mount I was concerned about how firmly it would hold the iPhone, but now I see that there is zero issue with that!
Here it is installed on the bike:
Right Side, with Symtec switch:
And Left Side, with Powerlet socket:
Also, one other cool part about this is that the iPhone integrates with my Sena SMH-10 extremely well. The voice control functions allow me to control the music and hear GPS instructions without having to wear earphones and have them plugged in. It's all Bluetooth, so no wires!
Thanks for looking, and I appreciate any feedback since I may have a few more of them made by people with real tools!