Author Topic: GPS Mount Options  (Read 18819 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline S Smith

  • Northeast Area Director
  • Officer
  • I Need a Life
  • ****
  • Posts: 5276
    • COG Northeast Area Home Page
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 3184
  • Membership Level: Administrator
GPS Mount Options
« on: April 24, 2011, 02:50:14 pm »
What are available C14 mount option from different vendors?  What did you use?  Security issues?  Power hookup? What is your experience with your install - good & bad?  How is the ease of operation and view of the GPS from mount location?  Does it block controls or gauges?  Post photos of your install.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2011, 08:54:48 am by S Smith »
| Steve Smith | COG #3184 | MSF/CONREP RC |

There is more to be gained by members raising hands saying "I'll do that" instead of pointing fingers saying "nobody's doing that."

Offline Cap'n Bob

  • GOLD STAR
  • *******
  • Posts: 10955
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 7134
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2011, 02:54:14 pm »
I went with a tech mount (murph's). An absolutly beautiful crafted piece. Well made and good looking. Awesome adjustability. The only thing it blocked was the stove knob key. I reached around he techmount/Zumo to turn it on/off. But not a problem. I personally liked it between the bars. But I know your more of a left side bar kind of guy. So the next thing would probably be a ram mount on the left bar.

I'll try to post a picture later of the techmount on the bike.

Offline Stewart

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 324
  • Aussie living in the USA
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 9380
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2011, 05:16:20 pm »
Techmount for me, front and center. I can't imagine adding more to the bars up high. Although I can see why people like it. Second, with the bar risers I didn't want to hit my screen.
Stewart
2010 Concours14
COG 9380

Offline Cap'n Bob

  • GOLD STAR
  • *******
  • Posts: 10955
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 7134
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2011, 09:18:58 pm »
Here's a photo of the techmount Steve. I have to do one at a time. The files are too large to do multiple photo's.


Offline jimiz

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 19
  • Livin to love and lovin to ride!
    • My Drafting/Design Biz
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: 9514
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2011, 03:23:38 am »
I used a RAM mount that attaches to the handlebars.  I have helibars and attached to the very center bar.  Works great.  The GPS is directly in the middle and not in the way of the gauges.







I ran a hard wire to the new Fuzeblocks and used a stray velcro strap I had lying around to hold the wire in place at the ram arm.
Life is what you make it!

'82 Honda CB900F Supersport
'04 Kawasaki Concours

Jimiz

Offline mtc1966

  • Mini Bike
  • **
  • Posts: 154
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 7998
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 12:17:16 am »
let the farkleing begin.

Offline joe in calif

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 321
  • If you are born once you will die twice,
  • AREA: Southwest Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 12:55:53 pm »
I have one from ProjektD, works great and it is adjustable.
http://projektd.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_39_46&products_id=89

If you are born once you will die twice.
If you are born twice you will die once

Offline scrape

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 25
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 9029
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 10:50:08 am »
techmount + touratech locking gps mount  = safe and secure.

Offline Organdonor

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 29
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2011, 05:49:21 pm »
RAM-Mount balls attached to the inside of my KB Risers from Murph. I lile it because I can quickly remove the whole set up for security and/or ease of cleaning.

I put on the Zumo mount during trips, and put up an iPhone mount the rest of the time.
Benjamin
2009 C14 ABS
1997 Honda CBR1100XX
2007 Honda GL1800 (gone)
1987 Honda CBR1000F (gone)

Offline S Smith

  • Northeast Area Director
  • Officer
  • I Need a Life
  • ****
  • Posts: 5276
    • COG Northeast Area Home Page
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 3184
  • Membership Level: Administrator
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2011, 07:53:33 pm »
Thanks all for the feedback. 

I've opted to use the same clutch control RAM mount ball. This will allow me to use the same Touratech/RAM arm mount I already own, and place the GPS in an already familiar location.  I am not real keen on any mount that places the GPS low where I would have to look down to see it, or in a location where it blocks the console. The mounts are on order and I will take pics when it is setup.  All that is left to do is figure out how I want to wire power.  I've been using the car cord and plugging in to a standard cig lighter type jack in the C10 glove box. I could use the console mounted power connector, but I am not sure the Garmin power/speaker assembly is waterproof.
| Steve Smith | COG #3184 | MSF/CONREP RC |

There is more to be gained by members raising hands saying "I'll do that" instead of pointing fingers saying "nobody's doing that."

Offline bob14

  • Bicycle
  • *
  • Posts: 81
  • AREA: Southwest Area
  • COG#: 8211
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 09:46:53 pm »
I used the HB mount that I ordered with the zumo right side though so Mama can see too.
keeps her in the game  but she can see the speed also  ;)

zumo just pops off for safe storage



Bob Mason  Albuquerque New Mexico  08 Concours 14  05 Triumph Tiger  84 GPZ1100  74  750 Kawa MachIV  71  500 Kawa MachIII

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

Offline Bruce_Reafsnider_TN

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 610
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2011, 01:27:26 am »
I  know you already settled on a mount, but I thought I'd throw my solution out there in case some one else has the same question.
I have the RAM ball mounted on the steering stem nut.  It was a Motorcycle Larry purchase.  I like having the gps right there between the speedo & tach.  For power I just use the power outlet on the dash.  For some reason my Garmin plug likes it.  My phone charger gets spit out in 5 minutes.

Offline Fred_Harmon_TX

  • COG Technical Editor
  • Industry Member
  • Iron Butt
  • *
  • Posts: 3155
    • Angel Ride Videos
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 2170
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2011, 01:35:19 am »
I use a RAM mount on the left handlebar. I like it because it puts the GPS up high in my line of sight, and makes it easier for me to use without loosing sight of the road in front of me.

Fred H.


Thanksgiving Sale in Effect now!  Concours 1400 Maintenance Videos 
http://www.angelridevideos.com

Offline Tonyml88

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 10
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: 9203
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2011, 03:57:57 am »
I just took the round plastic piece that came with my garmin, it's sticky on the bottom, and put on the front brake reservoir and then used the suction mount that came with the unit. Works great, doesnt block the screws..on the cheap.
09 C14 cog#9203

Offline Mad River Marc

  • Sport Tourer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2284
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 8442
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2011, 12:52:50 pm »
I have a techmount but not liking it,  I can't seem to get the angle of the GPS where it comes up high enough to see, yet tilts forward enough to keep sun glare out of it.

On my FJR I had a stem nut that was drilled to accept a ram ball and had the GPS on a Ram Mount from there...worked like a charm,

I am prob going to go back to that setup
http://www.motorcyclelarry.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46_59&products_id=260
« Last Edit: May 24, 2011, 12:55:14 pm by Mad River Marc »
You only need two tools in life – WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

Offline S Smith

  • Northeast Area Director
  • Officer
  • I Need a Life
  • ****
  • Posts: 5276
    • COG Northeast Area Home Page
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 3184
  • Membership Level: Administrator
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2011, 01:03:01 pm »
I use a RAM mount on the left handlebar. I like it because it puts the GPS up high in my line of sight, and makes it easier for me to use without loosing sight of the road in front of me.


+1

This is the install I went with, for the same reason. 
| Steve Smith | COG #3184 | MSF/CONREP RC |

There is more to be gained by members raising hands saying "I'll do that" instead of pointing fingers saying "nobody's doing that."

Offline Jon

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 40
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2011, 04:05:45 pm »
I ended up coming up with a hybrid system to mount my gps/other accessories.  I liked the look of the Tech Mount, but I really like the interchangability of the RAM systems.  I wasn't sure how it would work it or if it'd be possible, but I ordered up the parts anyways. 

The Tech Mount disassembles very easily and the base has a hole in it that can be used to mount a RAM Mount ball.



I took the RAM Mount ball off of my drink holder and screwed it into the base of the Tech Mount.  I had to switch the screw to a shorter one for it to work.



Here's what it looks like with just the mount on the bike



Here's with my GPS mounted



Thought I'd share in case anyone was wondering if it'd work. 

Offline BamaCOGer

  • Mini Bike
  • **
  • Posts: 133
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9317
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2012, 01:58:47 am »
I recently bought a Techmount for my GPS from Murph's and installed it today.  Works and looks great with my Garmin nuvi 1300.
2011 Kawasaki Concours Black - Current
1998 Honda Valkyrie Tourer Black - Current   

Previous Bikes: 2004 Honda Shadow Sabre 1100, 2000 Kawasaki Concours, 1980 Kawasaki Z750, 1972 Suzuki 750 (aka Water Buffalo), 1971 Suzuki 250, 1966 Bridgestone 175

Offline Mad River Marc

  • Sport Tourer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2284
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 8442
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2012, 11:30:24 am »
Has anyone with the techmount had an issue with the mounting plate vibrating loose?  Twice now I've had to pull over to the side of the road and unscrew the 4 screws holding the GPS cradle to the mount so I can tighten the one screw behind it,   this last time i applied some red threadlocker so hopefully I will never have that issue again although the ram ball mod for the techmount is looking like a better and better option.

PS, Fred where did you get that iPod remote control? I have tried a few and have yet to find one I can operate with gloves on....
You only need two tools in life – WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

Offline Fred_Harmon_TX

  • COG Technical Editor
  • Industry Member
  • Iron Butt
  • *
  • Posts: 3155
    • Angel Ride Videos
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 2170
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2012, 01:23:24 pm »
My preferred mounting location for a GPS is on the left handlebar. It puts the screen up high and to my left which allows me to look at it without loosing sight of the road and traffic, and I can use the buttons with my left hand. I simply use a RAM ball mount attached to the clutch handle bolts.



Fred H.


Thanksgiving Sale in Effect now!  Concours 1400 Maintenance Videos 
http://www.angelridevideos.com

Offline Fred_Harmon_TX

  • COG Technical Editor
  • Industry Member
  • Iron Butt
  • *
  • Posts: 3155
    • Angel Ride Videos
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 2170
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2012, 01:47:55 pm »
By the way, I'd like to add this. As I get older and my eyesight starts to get worse, I'm finding it harder to focus on the GPS screen when it is in this position, so this may be a drawback for those over 50 who need reading glasses. I may have to get a pair of bifocal sunglasses if I want to continue to be able to read my GPS screen with it mounted in this position.
Fred H.


Thanksgiving Sale in Effect now!  Concours 1400 Maintenance Videos 
http://www.angelridevideos.com

Offline Devasya

  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 17
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2012, 02:51:54 pm »
My preferred mounting location for a GPS is on the left handlebar.

Yikes. Where does the iPad go?

Offline Gypsy JR

  • American Gypsy
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 6699
  • Living the Gypsy Life
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9279
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2012, 08:16:26 pm »
My preferred mounting location for a GPS is on the left handlebar. It puts the screen up high and to my left which allows me to look at it without loosing sight of the road and traffic, and I can use the buttons with my left hand. I simply use a RAM ball mount attached to the clutch handle bolts.


I'm with you Fred, literally (see my picture previous page). With it up there, you can do stuff with it easily with left hand (no reaching) and you can keep eyes on the road pretty much and still see the GPS zoom in on an impending turn. At least, the 665 does that. heh.

Also, I have bifocals and I can see my GPS just fine.

EDIT: ok, I posted the picture in another thread, so here it is again. Zumo 665 on 665 cradle on ProjekD "handi stick" with Dispatch 1 remote control under it....

« Last Edit: May 22, 2012, 08:19:34 pm by JR »
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2017 Forest River Flagstaff Super-V 27VRL travel trailer
Where are you? [insert random forest name]

Offline A-train

  • Motorcycle Enthusiast
  • Tricycle
  • Posts: 11
  • Old enough to know better, yet still do it anyway.
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2012, 12:08:09 am »
Recently purchased the Triple Tree Stem Nut Ram Mount from MotorcycleLarry. still waiting on delivery, I did not care for the height of the reservoir Rammounts, and thought the handlebar mounts cluttered up the instrument panels. I believe the center tree mount is the cleanest looking mount in general. I use my Garmin 660 mainly as a glorified MP3 player anywho. Pics to come sooner or later!
100 Miles to Breakfast...


Offline ZG

  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 8176
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: 9735
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: GPS Mount Options
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2012, 12:25:26 am »
I use my Garmin 660 mainly as a glorified MP3 player anywho.

That's one spendy mp3 AT...  :o
BAD A$$ isn't cheap, and cheap isn't BAD A$$...