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GPS Econo-Farkle

SO, I wanted a GPS on my Versys. I looked at the various mounts and they seemed to be an overkill for what I wanted and needed - SO I made my own.

It is very simple, cheap and brutely effective.

I found a garmin GPS on Craigs list for $40. Most of the automotive Garmins use the same type mounts so it would work for most of those.

I removed the top clamp from the handlebars and drilled and tapped it to match a stainless bolt I had. The backside of the clamp even has a flat spot at the right place for drilling. If you totally screw this up or dont like it, a new clamp is relatively cheap.

I put the bolt through the clamp and put a locknut on the top (used a rubber washer behind the stainless washer). I cut the bolt to only clear the locknut buy about 20mm.

Next I cut the ball off of the factory garmin mount and tapped it to the same thread as the stainless bolt. (If you are chicken, you can get replacements on ebay for $3.) Put some lock tight or other sticky hardening stuff on the ball and twist it down till it is tight. Any there you have it.

The GPS quickly pops on and off and swivells in all directions.

I got zero dollars tied up in it, you don't really see it with the GPS mounted and it looks fine when it isn't.

Maybe this can save you some bucks but more importantly, give you a pretty nice GPS mount.
I found a garmin GPS on Craigs list for $40.

Here are some pic's of the setup..




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Good idea but I would not want to tap a hole...it's too painful for me.

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Great job, looks good and you can't beat the price.


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Now that is using your brain, very nice.
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Great. Looks like it came off the assembly line that way. Smart stuff.

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fabulous. I just returned from a road trip where I had the gps stuffed into the map compartment of my tank bag, not so user friendly there. I will definately do this.
I love this forum for this very reason.
thank you so much.

I figured it out!! A good day is when you can't see through your visor or windshield b/c of the bug splatter!!!!
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now how do I keep my gps water proof? I visited Best Buy and a proper motorcycle gps is almost $900. That won't be happening!!!

I figured it out!! A good day is when you can't see through your visor or windshield b/c of the bug splatter!!!!
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You can get covers that are supposed to work pretty well. I dont ride in the rain much - although this one did get soaking wet and kept working. At $40 and pop, I figure I can ruin 45 of them and still come out ahead..
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Nice work and water proof it with some cheap plastic pull over like a rain coat.

Thanks for sharing . Nice piece of engineering work.

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now how do I keep my gps water proof?
I slip a zip-lock bag over it and secure it with a Velcro strap. Same for my Radar Detector... It’s not very elegant but it works well and I rarely ride in the rain...
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i bought a 50 dollar refurbished gps and this golf cart attachment for 21 dollars.

Bracketron - Pro-Series Golf GPS Mounting Kit

Holds both of my 3.5 inch touch screen gps and cell phone (at different times obviously).
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You can get a Nuvi 550 and a ram mount for under $300. It's waterproof and motorcycle friendly. The zumo 220 is a little under $400. It's bluetooth compatible and comes with a mount. Both can be found refurbished.

I know the whole point is getting it cheap and these do not look that cheap. However, compared with other dedicated motorcycle units these two look like a bargain to me, and no drilling required.
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