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post #1 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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I have a Magellan GPS mounted to the handlebars on my K7 650 with the wires ran directly to battery with 10 amp inline fuse, the power outlet is a waterproof marine plug mounted in the fairing near the speedo. It worked fine for a while but this past week it started doing strange things like restarting and finally shutting down. The GPS would say "restarting for increased performance" and a short time later would just flicker and have colored lines flashing and shut down. It would come back on later but not for long, I thought it was a dead GPS unit but it works fine and all day long in the car, just not the bike. Am I getting electrical interference with the power wire ran over the motor? Could I shield the wire? Anybody ever see this or have problems?

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 11:14 AM
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My Magellan didn't like the vibes on the bike and went dead. I had a couple Tom-toms go dead too.
My Garmin's seem to survive the motorcycle environment.
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 11:25 AM
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I have 2 good ole Garmin 2720 units, the old things are just fabulous and tough as nails. These are designed to be hardwired to a motorcycle, but I know that some do not like that and require to be run through there power adapter.

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post #4 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 01:41 PM
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My garmin Zumo 450 is still going strong after 5 years 50,000+ miles. You can get a vibration dampening RAM mount which might help.

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 02:35 PM
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Our 2 Garmins (550 & 2720) units each have over 100K miles on multiple bikes. Initially wired with Marine plugins, I long ago hardwired all the bikes as the plugins became sporadic in regards to their continual connection. I've also found that the interface between the screen and the bezel needs to be cleaned periodically as debris collects there and puts pressure on the touch screen causing intermittent problems.
With the Garmins, they can be re booted via 2 buttons, battery removal and replacement, or data removal and re boot via web connection.

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Quite happy with my 2 year old zumo 220..came with a solid ram mount. Initially had problems with occasional reboot in heavy rain. I packed the contacts with dielectric grease prior to a recent 3 week trip and have had no issues since, even during a full day of riding in torrential rain, also have had the bike over lots of off road bumps etc and no issues at all. Zumo's are rather expensive, but I did get a deal on this older model at a bike show.



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post #7 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 03:23 PM
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Great idea about checking for dirt between the screen and plastic. Never would have thought of that. I am about to wire mine and was going to just use the standard cigarette plug adaptor...wondering if that is a good idea now. If I clip off the 12v plug, is there just a hot and neg wire? If so, then I may just hardwire through fuse box. If not, my plan is to use Rescue Tape around the plug connection to keep any moisture out.
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 03:33 PM
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Don't just cut off the cig plug end. It has some electronics in there for voltage regulation. Look online for a hardwire cable that has all that in a small box in-line or build your own.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-18-2013, 04:40 PM
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Although not familiar with Magellan, most 12V cig charger adapters come with only an internal 1.5-3 A fuse and no power reducer. I believe Garmin uses a 2A. The OPs 10A fuse is likely way too high. Wiring the unit depends whether you want it switched (on and off with bike ignition) or always hot (manual on/off), although many units have a continue on battery power screen option when on switched power
When cleaning between the face and bezel, use a toothpick, alcohol and a q tip being careful not to push debris in further but rather to extract it

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I plug mine into a cigarette plug 12v...this is wired direct to battery with a fuse. Never had a problem with this plug or connector even in heavy rain. The plug that did give occasional issues in rain was the connector on the back of the garmin before I stuffed it with dielectric grease. I have not taken the bike regularly on really dusty roads so don't know about that effect, I do take the Garmin off the bike at nights, it does not get very dirty.

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