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post #1 of 16 Old 11-22-2013, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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What GPS mount arm length do you use?

A friend owns a 2006 DL 650. His wife wants to buy him a GPS mount, cable, etc. for Christmas. I recommended a RAM bar mount setup because that's what I have, but since I own a sport bike (for now) I use the short RAM mount arm. What length of arm do you guys use on the V-Strom to put the GPS in a comfortable place? Or is there a better setup on for the V-Strom instead of a bar mount?
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-22-2013, 03:25 PM
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get the shortest one that will work, less vibration, the screen wont look as blurry when you are on a bumpy road.

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I use the 5" on the crossbar, which puts it up higher than the tank bag to allow good visibility and clearance of the bag when I turn the bars.

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I also use the same setup as Meefzah and it works great.

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post #5 of 16 Old 11-22-2013, 05:57 PM
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I use RAM Mount Motorcycle Handlebar Clamp RAM-B-367U. This is a hollow ball with a bolt through it. The bolt replaces one of the handlebar mounting bolts. The mounting arm clamps to this. I found that using the u-bolt type handlebar mount would slip.
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I use a 2 1/2 inch ram mount which puts the GPS in a nice visible spot below my dash.


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I use the SW-Motech GPS mount, it has vibration damping. Mounts the GPS just above the speedo and tach under the windshield. I did have to put a foam wedge under the GPS to keep it from bouncing on rough roads but other than that it has worked really well.

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I used the Garmin power cable designed for motorcycles/hardwiring to power it.

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post #8 of 16 Old 11-22-2013, 09:42 PM
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I use 3.5 in RAM mount and I have riser bolt with a ball on it. However, I have to use a 1.25 magnifier on the bottom of my shield to see/read the Garmin Nuvi 1350. The magnifier is plastic and you use water on the shield and after a while it is "glued" on but is easily removable. I can see the SW Motec rig would put the GPS unit further away, which seems appealing although I don't know if I could read at that distance, and the display would be smaller.
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1945, what brand name of magnifier and where you buy? That sounds like a good old guy farkle!

I used an old radar mount and attached a Ram Aqua box to it so I can switch from bike to bike with one screw loosened. The Aqua box has foam in it to dampen the vibrations. The Aqua box keeps my automotive Garmin from being dampened. The rod I mounted the AQua box is very short to, Yah don't want a lot of weight on a long arm to wiggle around.
You could velcro the GPS to a tank bag as a easy remove mount.

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post #10 of 16 Old 11-23-2013, 12:31 PM
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I use 3.5 in RAM mount and I have riser bolt with a ball on it. However, I have to use a 1.25 magnifier on the bottom of my shield to see/read the Garmin Nuvi 1350. The magnifier is plastic and you use water on the shield and after a while it is "glued" on but is easily removable. I can see the SW Motec rig would put the GPS unit further away, which seems appealing although I don't know if I could read at that distance, and the display would be smaller.
I like the distance and location of the SW-Motech; it's closer to my line of sight. But I did have an issue reading the display like you mentioned. Old eye's. I now usually wear safety glasses with cheaters (bifocals). Sunglasses or clear. They solved the problem for me.

Your idea to use a magnifier on the shield is a good idea, for me it would have to be a 2.0 or so but worth looking into.

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