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I am going to transfer my Nuvi from my Honda to my V. Any recommendations for the electrical hook up? What would be the best wire to connect to for power?

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what gen of v do you have? if its 2nd or 3rd you can get a relay for the accessory power hook ups and power it from there, if its a first gen like mine youll need to make an aux power supply. im running 3 usb power supply aux lights a 12 cig lighter style outlet and heated grips off the one i set up

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One item I would not recommend is the SW Motech over the clocks gps mount, if you have a Gen 3.



I like the idea of it but my Zumo 550 bounces up and down a lot, especially in city riding. Also, the angle is too steep and I get a lot of reflection from the sun. If I rotate the angle down any further the gps blocks my tach. Both issues might be better with a Nuvi as it's a slimmer case and most likely lighter in weight. Mine is hard-wired into the bike so I'm going to leave it but I'm mostly disappointed.


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I went with a Motowerk Mount on my Versys 650 and Versys 1000 No vibration and perfect placement I tapped into the tail light wire for power.......For glare i have one of these.....https://www.glarestomper.com


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One item I would not recommend is the SW Motech over the clocks gps mount, if you have a Gen 3.



I like the idea of it but my Zumo 550 bounces up and down a lot, especially in city riding. Also, the angle is too steep and I get a lot of reflection from the sun. If I rotate the angle down any further the gps blocks my tach. Both issues might be better with a Nuvi as it's a slimmer case and most likely lighter in weight. Mine is hard-wired into the bike so I'm going to leave it but I'm mostly disappointed.
I love mine, No vibe issues and I can see it fine. Mine is a Zumo 660, maybe that makes a difference. It's easy to reach and I like how I don't have to look down to see it. The whole thing is for sale though since I'm selling my bike.
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I love mine, No vibe issues and I can see it fine. Mine is a Zumo 660, maybe that makes a difference. It's easy to reach and I like how I don't have to look down to see it. The whole thing is for sale though since I'm selling my bike.
To be fair it doesn't bounce around when I'm riding on the hwy, the problem isn't bad unless I'm around town and that's when I need the gps the most. I don't blame the mount as much as I blame the fueling of the bike. My Versys stutters so much at low revs that it shakes the mount, mostly during acceleration or roll-on at city speeds.


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Here's the GPS mounting system that's on my Gen One Versys. The mount is from Moto Werk and the cradle is from Garmin or GPS City. Works well and has for many miles.
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I have my Nuvi 1450LMT mounted on a Moto Werk GPS Mount (see pic below). The model specific GPS cradle is bolted onto the mount and the unit is plugged into the Kawasaki electrical outlet (cigarette type). The picture also shows a voltmeter attached to the MotoWerk mount.

I purposely designed the GPS setup so that I could just unplug it and remove the unit (GPS just snaps into the cradle) when I wanted to wash the bike.

If you'd like to read more about the entire setup, go to THIS link.


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I am going to transfer my Nuvi from my Honda to my V. Any recommendations for the electrical hook up? What would be the best wire to connect to for power?...
I used the wire to my DRLs (beside the headlights) as power, but be SURE to use the Garmin wiring set-up so you don't "burn-out" your GPS w/ the wrong voltage!

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Mine is 1st generation (2008). The mounting was easy. I made my own bracket connecting to the windscreen mounts. My Garmin 590LM and there is quite a bit of wire that needs to go somewhere. I just figured there was a preferred way to wire it up.
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Mine is 1st generation (2008). The mounting was easy. I made my own bracket connecting to the windscreen mounts. My Garmin 590LM and there is quite a bit of wire that needs to go somewhere. I just figured there was a preferred way to wire it up.
Having a 1st gen changes your options a bit.

First off, I don't think you can just wire the gps directly to the bikes 12v battery. I'm pretty sure you have to use the plug that came with the unit. That being the case, you'll have to hook up a cigarette lighter socket to your battery.

To make sure you don't accidentally run your battery down if you forget to turn the GPS off, make your own switched power supply system. THIS post tells how to do it. It's not hard to do and it works well. I've done this on my last 7 bikes.

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Thanks Wolfcamp, great writeup.

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...First off, I don't think you can just wire the GPS directly to the bikes 12v battery. I'm pretty sure you have to use the plug that came with the unit....
This advice is CORRECT, as you WILL burn out the GPS!

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It's in and works like a charm. The tail light wire was the easiest to tap.

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It's in and works like a charm. The tail light wire was the easiest to tap.

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It's in and works like a charm. The tail light wire was the easiest to tap.

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OK, so how did you hook it up?

... cut off the plug and hooked the wires directly to the battery???

... hooked up a cigarette lighter socket to the battery and plugged the Garmin into it??


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My Zumo came with 2 sets of wiring. One with a cigarette lighter plug and one for direct hard wiring to the bike. The second set came with a positive and negative lead and some superfluous plugs for hard wire helmet communications, music input and a USB charger. I grounded to the frame and spliced into the tail light wire at the back. For mounting the unit I fabed strip of. 125" thick 2" aluminum strip which I bent to fit the wind screen mounts. I used the provided Zumo mounting attachments to that aluminum strip. Everything works great.

I intended to post some pictures, but I haven't figured out the Drag and Drop file upload yet.

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...I intended to post some pictures, but I haven't figured out the Drag and Drop file upload yet....
Just ensure that your pics are SMALL files, have them on your desk-top, then just "pull" them over w/ your cursor (drag and drop) to where it says "DRAG FILES HERE TO ATTACH!".

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My Zuma came with 2 sets of wiring.
OK, that explains it. I thought you were hooking up a Nuvi, not a Zumo.

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Yeah, I went through 3 Nuvis on my Honda, so I finally bit the bullet and got a GPS made for a motorcycle.

On another topic : How do I do a Drag and drop on a Android tablet?

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