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GPS Mount Question

I need some advice on a GPS mount for my Versys. I have an automotive GPS which is a Garmin Nuvi 350 that I would like to use on my bike. Iím looking for suggestions for mounts and running power to it. Can anyone help me? Thanks, Dave
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Depends on what setup you want.

First: go to cycle gadgets and get the RAM mounts and ball that you need/want.

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http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...?prod=RAM-NUVI


Second: Decide how you want to run the GPS
1. Run it straight off the battery. This is the easiest way to do it. When you do it this way you go to be sure you turn the GPS off when the bike is off. Cool thing about it is that when you stop to fill up you can leave the GPS on and not have to have it recalculate when it gets turned on.

For this I recommend a 12V cig. adapter. I got mine a Boaters World because they carried waterproof ones. Works great!

2. Could run it off of a relay. This route is more involving but yet still simple. Get a relay, tap into an accessory light (tail light, turn signal, ect..) and bingo! you're done. With this set up though when the bike gets turned off so does the gps.

Hope that helps a little. One you go GPS you can't go back!
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You could use this:

http://www.mountguys.com/product_p/mfx32-nuvi.htm

Take off the handlebar mount, and bolt it to Speedy's Mount.

http://motowerk.com/GPSMount.aspx

You can power it the same way as mvg2 mentioned, or install an aux. fuse block and hard wire it to the bike.

http://www.mountguys.com/product_p/g...b-garnuvi3.htm
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I got the motowerk universal gps mount. Went to Home Depot got their heavy duty hook&loop stuff. Put one side on the back of my 780 and the other on the mount and shazamm. Nice thing is, when you stop you pull it off and stick it in your pocket. Wired like most the guys above....Will post some pics tonight...

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I switch wired my TomTom to the ignition, so when I turn on bike, GPS comes up.

Made my own bracket-Speedy didn't have his on the market then.

I had ball mount that came with the GPS, found it bulky and you can't get it in front of you.




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I use "Speedy's" mount (GREAT!) and powered mine by tapping into the wires that power the DRLs beside the headlight, so it's only powered with ignition ON.
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PS Have to say - I like Machog's mount!
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I don't even have a Versys yet, but was inspired by Speedy's mount. So I made my own to fit my 250.
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Yup, I made my own too. It looks and mounts very similar to Machog's, but it also holds a radar detector.

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I use this guy... I love it.

http://www.firstgear-usa.com/fgweb3....D?opendocument


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a-z, do you have a pic of that mounted on your Versys? Does it stay in place with the straps?

Probably had it on the day we went to the mountain, but too busy looking at the scenery or trying not to get blown into the ditch!

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a-z, do you have a pic of that mounted on your Versys? Does it stay in place with the straps?

Probably had it on the day we went to the mountain, but too busy looking at the scenery or trying not to get blown into the ditch!

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Yes, AZ, show a pic of it on the bike please. That tank bag rocks especially when it converts to a back pack. That would be perfect for my work.
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Depends on what setup you want.

First: go to cycle gadgets and get the RAM mounts and ball that you need/want.

Check out
http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...?prod=RAM-NUVI


Second: Decide how you want to run the GPS
1. Run it straight off the battery. This is the easiest way to do it. When you do it this way you go to be sure you turn the GPS off when the bike is off. Cool thing about it is that when you stop to fill up you can leave the GPS on and not have to have it recalculate when it gets turned on.

For this I recommend a 12V cig. adapter. I got mine a Boaters World because they carried waterproof ones. Works great!

2. Could run it off of a relay. This route is more involving but yet still simple. Get a relay, tap into an accessory light (tail light, turn signal, ect..) and bingo! you're done. With this set up though when the bike gets turned off so does the gps.

Hope that helps a little. One you go GPS you can't go back!

Just my 2 cents

I was afraid that my battery could discharge if I ran the cig adapter directly from the battery. Anybody could plug something on the cig adaptor.

I purchased a heavy duty light relay from my local car part store as well as an inline fuse and a boat cig adapter.

Installed everything and put some shring tube on top of everything.

Total cost about 20$

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Thanks for all the suggestions! After checking everything out I really like the looks of Speedyís mount but I have a couple more questions.

If I use Speedyís mount how do I attach the RAM holder to it? From the pictures I canít see the back of the RAM holder. Do I just use screws or is there a ball mount (Diamond Base Adaptor) that I need to get? Does the RAM holder pop onto the ball mount? Also can I easily remove the GPS from the RAM holder?
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Here's another mount idea, if you have a Madstad bracket for the windshield.


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Heres what I did...Motowerk Universal mount...Home Depot HD hook & loopy stuff. Works like a charm. See Pics...Used 14 gauge rip cord to wire direct to battery. Oh yeah, stuck an inline 5 amp fuse on + side...
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a-z, do you have a pic of that mounted on your Versys? Does it stay in place with the straps?

Probably had it on the day we went to the mountain, but too busy looking at the scenery or trying not to get blown into the ditch!

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It mounts via straps, magnets, or suction cups.
I have it in place with the straps. It doesnt even move a inch at any speeds.
Here a few pics of the base attached to the bike... and some pics of the bag on the bike, with the gps out..
The bag zips onto the base, and the base is strapped to the bike. So you can unzip the bag and walk off with it, without having to undo all the straps etc...











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And here all this time, I thought you really didn't have a V, Amir. LOL

Damit I'm pissed. I've been wanting to put the pro-taper fat boy bars on my bike but didn't think they'd fit. You have a PM about that.

One question on the tank bag. Can you see your speed with that tank bag? just curious.

Real nice setup dude! You have a nice ride.
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the bag is in the way of the speedo is you're hunkered down croch rocket style.

but... for us sane individuals who like to sit upright and be comfortable, you can see the speedo just fine!
and thank you! it is a nice ride eh?


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Nuvi 750 Cheap Mount

This seems to work really well for me... Cost $5.99 for the velcro...
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This seems to work really well for me... Cost $5.99 for the velcro...
Don't hit any bumps, or lay it down.... you may need a new gps after that.


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