It's winter in New England. PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) has set in. Sitting on my bikes and making motor noises just doesn't cut it, so like most winters I go out in the garage every so often and think. I haven't ridden my Versys more than 5 miles but already I knew I wanted a better location for my zumo than on a handle bar mount. I don't like having many focal distances -- the road (far ahead), bike gauges (near ahead and down), zumo (nearer ahead but down and left). I figured the best place for the zumo would be right over the tach at the same or nearly the same focal distance. I read about Speedy's GPS mount, and then I read that it won't work with the MadStad windshield bracket. I wondered if I could make it work somehow.
My bike came with an early production MadStad bracket (the previous owner lent his bike to MadStad during development) and a second larger windshield with holes drilled at the wider spacing for the VStrom application. (Kudos to MadStad
, by the way, for sending me a stiffening plate to upgrade my bracket and a new set of well nuts at no cost.
) The space on the stiffening plate between the mounting points is empty real estate, which gave me an idea.
In my collection of parts I found a RAM base. My buddy held it in place on the forward facing side of the stiffening plate while I tried a few options. The short RAM arm that comes with the zumo wasn't long enough so I borrowed the longer (4") RAM arm I use on my ST. With the RAM mount centered and flush with the curve on the bottom end of the stiffening plate, we found that the longer RAM arm oriented the zumo over the tach with room to adjust it a fair amount.
My buddy happens to be a toolmaker and he offered to drill the holes with a drill press and supply some stainless nuts, lock washers and Allen bolts to attach the RAM mount to the MadStad. This morning I met him for breakfast (my treat, of course) and he returned the bracket with RAM mount in place. This afternoon I installed it and am very happy with the result. The zumo has a good range of motion so I can change the display angle. The windshield (the one I have anyway) retains its full range of motion up/down/tilt.
The photos show the zumo in place and the RAM mount bolted onto the windshield mount from the front and looking up from below. The power lead snakes up from under the dash through a gap in the plastic so it hides almost completely.
Now to take it for a ride...OK, first the ice needs to melt off my driveway.