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D.I.Y. Dashboard Shelf - 2011 Versys

I'm planning a 5500 miler in the summertime from Panama City, Florida to Billings, Montana... with a lot of days in the Rockies.

I have a Zumo 660 and a Spot2 that I want somewhere up front... but not necessarily bolted to the handlebars. I am also in need of some 12v power up front as well.

So I piddled around and finally came up with a plan for a shelf that seems to be what I need. It sits on top of the instrument cluster, has three Ram Ball Mounts and two Powerlet outlets. All connections are "temporary" so the shelf can be removed and stored when all that stuff is not required. The shelf itself is mounted to the motorcycle with two half-inch wide strips of 3M DualLock fastener strip... so when the shelf is not on the bike - the only thing you see is two small strips of DualLock where the shelf mounts. I'm pretty certain the DualLock will do the job... but I have an option of using a strip of gaffers tape to reinforce the ability of the 3M DualLock to do its job of keeping the shelf solidly attached to the bike.

I just finished it up this morning and thought I'd post it here just in case anyone else may be interested.

--- View One: Spot2 on center Ram Ball, Zumo on right side Ram Ball, left side Ram Ball available for GoPro or other use.


--- View Two: From the cockpit.


--- View Three: From in front.


--- Shelf Plan: I had a local sheet metal shop knock this out for me in 10 minutes for $14.


--- Shelf:


--- Marked and drilled holes for Powerlet outlets.


--- Marked and drilled holes for Ram Ball mounts.


Test Fit:


--- Painted shelf/Mounted components



--- Shelf Removed - Leaving only inobtrusive strip of 3M DualLock.


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I've done all the off-road, fire road, cross country riding that I need to do... many years ago... so these days nearly all my riding is on pavement or a bit of gravel... so the mounting options I have for this shelf should hold up well for the type riding I am planning.

So... I'll get everything wired up and mounted and give it a couple of hundred miles of testing just to see how the 3M DualLock holds up... but from experience with DualLock on other bikes for other purposes... I'm pretty certain it will do the trick. I went with the 1/2 inch strips because that is about the only size that would work on top of the instrument panel... and not have to drill any holes up there (although that is always an option).

I'll post updates as I test this new shelf out.

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Nice. I had a dash shelf on my prior Harleys and found lots of uses for it

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Great job on the dash! I would if possible come up through Jaskson WY and into Yellowstone park. Stopping where ever staying where ever and come over to Cook City and than over (top of the world) to Redlodge. Just check weather before (top of the world). You will not be disappointed!
Oh one thing if you get altitude sickness go around.





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We're on the same beam...

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Come over to Cook City and than over (top of the world) to Redlodge. Just check weather before (top of the world). You will not be disappointed!
Here's my Billings to Yellowstone route: http://g.co/maps/rerd4

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Nice work.

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nice job .. I'd rethink the gaffer, as good as the stuff is left in the sun for a bit it can get a bit gooey and dribble.
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I'd rethink the gaffer, as good as the stuff is left in the sun for a bit it can get a bit gooey and dribble.
Yeah... If it comes to that I'll find the correct solution.

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Very well done.

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50 mile ride today... Pavement only... And it seems the 3M Dual Lock is going to be all I'll need to secure the shelf.

Update: 23 March: 460 non-interstate miles today... All pavement... Most good... Some not so good... Several funky rail crossings... The shelf is solid as a rock.

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