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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Where to mount usb port

I just got a USB port to mount somewhere on my Versys and I'm trying to decide where to mount it. I've already got a GPS hard wired so the port won't be for a GPS. It will be used to keep my phone charged. I plan to eventually use my phone for tunes through Bluetooth. I don't have a phone mount yet so maybe I'm putting the buggy before the horse.
I'm looking for opinions and options for mounting the port as well as any ideas on what setups you guys are using for your phones.
Are you mounting them on the bars, tank bag, inside a saddle bag or just dropping it in a pocket, under the seat?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 09:45 PM
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Location depends entirely on your planned use. I have a hard wired GPS, so there was no plans to ever need the phone on my dash while riding. I wanted it to charge the battery while I streamed Bluetooth music to my helmet.

I have full hard luggage, and the top case is mounted 100% of the time. I decided to mount a cigarette lighter in there.

I bought a waterproof cigarette lighter at the auto parts store, and mounted it in the top case.


To mount it, I simply drilled 2 small holes in the case, and put zip ties through the holes and around the body of the lighter.(The box was already scuffed up from it popping off the bike and sliding down the road after hitting a jump...)


I have the wires run down my Givi frame, and under the seat. It is wired into a Fuzeblock, and set to always on. When riding the phone is plugged in, and when parked I can plug in the Bluetooth devise I have for my helmet to charge, while still being locked up.

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On My 09, i had plenty of room under the seat towards the back, so I mounted a power socket there. I included lots of lead wire, in case i needed to use it a little farther from the bike. (Have not had to do that yet).

I plugged in a double USB female port, and connected two USB cables that I have routed along the tank and then into my Tank Bag. Allows me to charge my phone, and run another USB item at the same time. I also installed the Blue Toggle Switch so I can turn off the


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What model Versys? I have a Mk 2 (2012)





I removed the dash and used a holesaw to cut a hole in the plastic. I connected the wires to the accessory socket (I used a multimeter to determine the contact that only powered on with the key). If I want to charge the phone I put it in my tank bag and the phone is bluetoothed to my helmet for music / phone calls / GPS
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I have a USB port "just in case".
It's a unit made by Battery Tender that plugs into the hardwired pigtail under the seat.
If I was to go any other route I'd prolly run a Taplite plug up to the front & tie wrap it to something solid.
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Tried it on the left side and decided to have it on the right side. I use a ram phone mount on my handlebars. It works well and is not in the way of anything. It charges my phone and/or my Garmin.

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Mounted mine on the bars.


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Lol, is that a Big Gulp or a coffee cup? A styrofoam cup (with a straw) is the first on a motorcycle I've seen, except a Goldwing maybe.

Below is my simple modular approach just sitting in my trunk, so it's not a fixed big bird D ready to break my plastic box or trunk contents. I put it there for waterproof comfort of charging items while riding (haven't used it yet and only one port is all the max charging power for both outlets can really use effectively for charging.) It's just battery tender wires that end next to my battery tender charger wires (so I just attach to USB charger when charging item in trunk.) Easy Peasy.

I've also got a lighter power plug on my handlebars (for tire inflater) and battery tender dual wires attached to battery for anything really.

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i mounted a cig lighter plug on the left of the dash and a usb port on the right of the dash. super easy after using a hole saw (wood spade bit would work also) but my usb port died to I have to replace it with another model.
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I installed a Fuze Block under the saddle and connected a USB port to that. The wire snakes under the fuel tank and emerges through the wire frame that the clutch cable threads through. So the charging end of the port is between the headlight and the fuel tank. I wrap it around the triple tree when I'm not using it. When I need to charge something, I unwrap it, and it's long enough to snake into the tank bag, where I can charge a device under weather protection.

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I bought this and installed in the handlebars. I'm loving it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage
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I bought this and installed in the handlebars. I'm loving it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage
I have something similar (without the on/off switch) that's sitting on my counter at home (just part of a long list of stuff that needs to go on the bike).


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I have something similar (without the on/off switch) that's sitting on my counter at home (just part of a long list of stuff that needs to go on the bike).
Easy to install, and the cable can be easily hidden under the plastics!
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Easy to install, and the cable can be easily hidden under the plastics!


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