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post #1 of 34 Old 04-13-2017, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Dash or Bar Mount for GPS?

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New to me 2015 Vstrom 1000se arriving soon. Got great deal on new old stock from out of town dealer. Looking for some farkles and considering the various dash mount systems and handle bar mounts for GPS and Hero Session. It looks like the dash mounts from Ravetech and Sw-Motech appear to have significant vibration issues associated with the fairing flex. Would a center handlebar mount vibrate less? Thoughts.

OEM Nav bracket looks good for GPS, but pricey from Suzuki.



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post #2 of 34 Old 04-13-2017, 05:29 PM
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I've had both and the bar mount was much more stable - actually it was Rick's mirror extenders drilled for a RAM ball.
That said I still use Rick's over dash mount and find it adequate for my needs.
If I'm on a bumpy ass road the last thing I'm doing is trying to read the GPS screen!
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We have also tried both, yes the handle bar mount does give the GPS a very stable platform and is easy to read/reach



But we prefer Ricks over the dash mount, it does shake around a bit but the only time we really want to see the screen is when we are in town even tho we get directions thru the headset its good to be able to see the map which you can.

As its in the centre we both find it a better position.



Something to consider is there is a slight reach to the GPS when mounted over the dash which you don't get with it on the bars.

Maybe sit on your bike and try reaching forward to the top of the dash versus the position you might install your GPS on the bars and see what feels comfortable for you.

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I would be worried that the extra vibration from having it up front could effect the GPS in a bad way. I have always had mine on the bar and it is fine.
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I like mine on the left bar were it's easy to use my clutch hand to hit the screen. I have had them centered and more in my line of site but they are hard to reach. Both locations work fine to me.

I know I am gonna die using a GPS on the fly....no need to educate me. I plug tires too. Lets see what gets me first.
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post #6 of 34 Old 04-14-2017, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks All

Great info.



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This is my solution. It's a piece of 3/4 EMT with the ends flattened, drilled, and painted. I added 2 spacers and some hardware to raise the mirrors up and out. Works great.
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Damn Zip-Zag that is a great mount!!!!

I will post a pick in a bit, I have tried angle iron mounted to windscreen brackets which was too woobly and then a piece of square aluminum tubing mounted on the windscreen brackets and it still shook. Then I put the extra heavy springs on the windscreen brackets and that helped, it will work, but drives me crazy with wiggles and bounces at slow speeds.

The bar mounts are the only way in my mind and your bracket gets the GPS up high and more stable than the 'dash mount',

PLUS love the price of this fix !!!
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post #9 of 34 Old 02-07-2018, 11:33 PM
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I prefer to have mine on the dash mount. At a glance you can look at it and keep the road in your peripheral if not directly in line of sight. With them being on the bars you have to look down and away from the road ahead to see it, at least I do. I am over 6' tall though so YMMV if you are a munchkin.
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I prefer bar mount as I can orient the phone to avoid glare and easily access the controls.



Too far away on the dash.


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