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01-30-2019 06:10 PM
K00Motorrad Thanks, I hadn't thought about researching this in a long time. The 25mm to 17mm ball to ball adapter is the easiest to do, but you'll see it mentioned that the Garmin "G" ball isn't for high vibration environments. And from personal experience using my 590LM in the car with the suction mt isn't very secure, it's mostly ok as long as I don't touch it. The RAM-HOL-GA50U cradle mentioned by Brockie will need another adapter - RAM-B-238U. But that setup will allow you to quickly unclip it from the bike.
I am on my 3rd Garmin and am still looking for one that doesn't wash out in direct sunlight. A bigger visor helps but only some. Just head East in the morning and West in the afternoon.
01-30-2019 05:21 PM
trooper06 I just mount my Garmin LM52 to the X ram mount. I use a zip lock bag for waterproofing. Ridden for 20K miles and had 0 issues.
01-30-2019 12:47 PM
Redlined New here but figured I'd post a pic of my gps location. It's on a 2013 Wee. Doesn't have to be 'Strom specific, but made use of the MadStad bracket with a simple piece of aluminum purchased from home depot.........
01-29-2019 01:40 PM
DesertBike The biggest drawback I've found in using a smartphone for navigation is that the silly thing won't stay charged.

It's only happy fairly close to room temperature, and out of direct sunlight.

Otherwise, it gets too hot or too cold and won't charge. Having the screen constantly on at maximum brightness doesn't help either.

I went through a few 12V chargers & cables before I finally figured out what was going on.
01-29-2019 10:38 AM
Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
However, I did not like the Google app because it did not function like a GPS unless you put in a destination. The top of the map is always north and you appear to travel along the map.
FYI, you can change that by pressing the compass. When you do the map will orient towards North if that is what you prefer.
01-29-2019 08:59 AM
Hmm Nice mount Ni. I just couldn't get past the glare and lack of brightness on the Drive 50. Luckily, with the purchase coming from Amazon, it was easily returned yesterday for the refund of my $50. I tried Google maps on my iPhone in an X Grip mount and one of those safety tether things and found that the phone was not going anywhere. However, I did not like the Google app because it did not function like a GPS unless you put in a destination. The top of the map is always north and you appear to travel along the map. Then I discovered a TomTom Go app. You can turn this app on without a destination and it functions like a GPS with your location in the middle of the screen and the map scrolling from top to bottom. I also like the colors of this app which seem kind to your eyes. There is a subscription fee but it is only $20 bucks for a year. App plus the tether equals $28 bucks invested and I am happy.
01-29-2019 08:49 AM
dean.peckford Have you considered the SW Motech Navi Case Pro? I don't have personal experience with it myself, but have considered it to use with my Garmin Nuvi 56LM.
01-28-2019 01:25 PM
Nihilate I'm new to these parts (post number 1!) so how's sharing experience for an introduction.

I picked up a refurb Drive 50 for cheap around the holidays and have been using this with it ever since. c=1

Sorry, can't post an actual link with my post count, so copy / paste will have to work for you on the above URL.

The price is right, provides waterproofing, fits very well, and the screen can be manipulated through the clear plastic front. The only down side is that the glare off the plastic front can make seeing the Garmin display really difficult in direct Sun light.
01-27-2019 10:32 PM
Stalky Tracker Hmm

I have a Drive 60 that we use in the car or truck. On the Drive 60 the ball mounting attachment on the back of GPS is removable which in your case should allow it to fit in the RAM-HOL-GA50U cradle mentioned by Brockie. Then you could use a diamond plate ball like the RAM-B-238U (aluminum) or RAP-B-238U (composite) mounted to the cradle and it attached to your RAM socket arm.

Otherwise you will need to use the Akron adapter mentioned by Zekester63. Also, then might want to connect a tether to the GPS just in case the ball mount/Akron adapter does not hold on rough surfaces.

Hope this helps.
01-27-2019 08:01 PM
Brockie The reality is that unless you need to ride to a specific street address or follow a preentered planned route down various side roads something like a Garmin eTrex 20 and a map is all you need to find your way.
I always carry a map and compass when exploring anyway and rely more on them than the GPS.
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