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View Poll Results: Where did you mount your GPS?
Above the instument cluster 59 62.77%
Left Handlebar 25 26.60%
Right Handlebar 4 4.26%
Other (please elaborate) 6 6.38%
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post #1 of 38 Old 04-28-2012, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Preferred Mounted GPS Location

I have had my new (to me, at least) 2004 Vee for about a week now. I am trying to figure out where to put my Zumo 550. I have see several posts for windshield mounts that place the GPS just above the instrument cluster. This looks great, but how is it for useability?

I have temporarily mounted my Zumo next to the mirror on the left handlebar. While this looks awkward, it is very easy to use.

I am curious to see where other members that have GPSs mounted to their bikes have theirs, and any comments, good or bad, that apply to said mounts.

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post #2 of 38 Old 04-28-2012, 12:15 PM
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Centre of the handle bars with a Ram mount... right in the field of view and doesn't block other instruments...

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I went low budget on my 07 DL1000, picked up a $20 water resistant motorcycle gps mount and case on Amazon, cut a piece of abs waterline to length to go across the windshield bracket and painted it black. It worked great on my el cheapo Garmin 205W I picked up on ebay for $30. Riding to Billings and back last summer, it was helpfull to see my turns coming up a couple miles ahead. I totaled that bike out, so have to come up with a new mounting location for the 2012 650.



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Centre of the handle bars with a Ram mount... right in the field of view and doesn't block other instruments...
+1 for my 2710 Street Pilot. I don't need it in my face.

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I have a smaller hand held Garmin Colorado 300 that I use and it is beside my left mirror, easy to adjust it and easy to see as it has a smaller screen. I go with the handheld unit for Geocaching and Waymarking.

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Left side of handlebar mounted on a Ram mount. (In the past my old Garmin 60Cx and now my Zumo 660.) Easy to reach while riding, not blocking view of anything. To me way up above the dash seems an awkward postion to actually use it.

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To me way up above the dash seems an awkward postion to actually use it.
Depends on how long your arms are, I guess. What I like about that position is that I don't have to move my head to see it like I did with a handlebar mount. I can glance at it without taking my eyes off the road.

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Ultimately there is no right or wrong, just what you like.
That's true. The GPS is your tool for your convenience. I am not trying to find the right area, I was just curious where you all put your GPSs

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+1 for my 2710 Street Pilot. I don't need it in my face.
Same here. I like the ram ball that bolts directly to one of the bar clamps. My $200 GPS wasn't bright enough when it was mounted above the instruments.

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