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post #1 of 19 Old 02-06-2015, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Gps and Gps mount

Hi all, I'm starting to look for a gps and a mounting system to do some distance riding and was just wondering ppl out there are running and recommending? Thanks
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You can find some mounts here.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000a-...ps-mounts.html

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Hi all, I'm starting to look for a gps and a mounting system to do some distance riding and was just wondering ppl out there are running and recommending? Thanks
I bought one of these, $20 from HongKong to my door

5 6 Inch Motorbike Pushbike Waterproof GPS Phone Case Cover Mount | eBay

Then I went to the JB HiFi and got a 5" Garmin Nuvi 2597 on special. It's for a car bu tthe case is waterproof and has several padded mounts to put under the GPS to soften vibration.
Working great so far and easy to use with gloves on.
I thought I'd take my chances and spend $150 rather than $800.
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We use the Garmin Zumo 660, we have them mounted to the handle bars using a RAM mount.



We run our music thru them to our headsets with an 8g micro sd card loaded with music, more than enough for any trip we have done.

They have been great and being made for bikes are waterproof and quite robust, but not cheap.

But then you get what you pay for & we would buy another one in a flash.

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A word about position of the GPS mount.

I am a firm believer in placing the GPS above the dash for safety. It lessons the amount of focusing and refocusing when glancing at the GPS and the road stays within your peripheral vision while looking at the GPS.

This is something all of can determine the validity of right now sitting at your computer.

Search "view of road."

Select a picture and make it full screen. This one will do. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...k_Michigan.JPG

Look down at the support base for your screen where an over the dash GPS would be located. Notice how you can see the road in your upper peripheral vision.

Glance back and forth a few times.

Now glance down to where your GPS would be if it were mounted on the handle bars or on a tank bag. Notice how it requires greater adjustment of the eyes and how you see less of the road in your peripheral vision.

With some tank bag mounts the road is completely out of your peripheral vision.

While some of us may have reasons for going another way, this little exercise may help some who haven't made up their minds.
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A word about position of the GPS mount.

I am a firm believer in placing the GPS above the dash for safety. It lessons the amount of focusing and refocusing when glancing at the GPS and the road stays within your peripheral vision while looking at the GPS.

This is something all of can determine the validity of right now sitting at your computer.

While some of us may have reasons for going another way, this little exercise may help some who haven't made up their minds.
Totally agree. I learned when I got my first cruise control in a car that the biggest benefit was not having to constantly re-adjust my eyes as they wandered from road to speedo.
I guess it depends on the amount of use made of the GPS. I only use them when negotiating an address in the city/suburbs. There are enough traffic lights to check the next turns while stopped.

Out of the city it's maps,maps,maps. I read them, hilite them, imagine what's there over the hill
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Get a Garmin Zumo and mount it above your speedo just below your natural eyeline.
It seems to be much safer than looking off to the left or right when looking at the GPS and then back at the road again. There is a nifty above dash mount available too
Car Gps is a cheap fix but try and program a custom offroad etc route and you'll be pulling out your hair. Get a Garmin
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A word about position of the GPS mount.

I am a firm believer in placing the GPS above the dash for safety. It lessons the amount of focusing and refocusing when glancing at the GPS and the road stays within your peripheral vision while looking at the GPS..
while I agree wholeheartedly, and that is where I have my Zumo mounted, with my curmudgeon hat, be aware that some state laws prohibit "video devices" from operators view

one of my friends was recently "warned" during a stop.... the officer also had him do a sobriety test, he was stopped not because he was doing anything wrong except riding a motorcycle in a snowstorm so he musta been drunk, was the officers assumption

I had a local fabrication shop make a mount for me. First, I made a cardboard prototype, for test fit, and took that to the fabrication shop, it's made from aluminum plate about 3/32" thick, it also stiffens my Madstad mount and lets my have the Madstad mounted in the highest position



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Since my new bike is sitting in a warm heated garage while its -20 and snowing outside I have had time to look at mounting locations. The above photos look to me to be the best for my Strom. I have used a GPS on all my dirt / adventure bikes for the last 10 years. On my other bikes I never had this mounting option. Not having to look to the side and refocusing looks to be a much safer option IMHO.

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My GPS mount was custom made locally and I added the Kradellock for on bike security!
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