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post #1 of 13 Old 07-15-2015, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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I'm about to order a RAM mount, but I have several choices of where I will place the mount (mirror screw, handle bar, above console, etc...). Why do you like where yours is, or what do you suggest?
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I like above the instruments. It doesn't take your eyes too far off the road ahead. Fighter jets have head up displays for a reason.

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I use a motorcycle clamp ball, part# RAM-B-367U. It replaces one of the handlebar mounting bolts. With an arm attached I can move the GPS to any position I need to.
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I'm about to order a RAM mount, but I have several choices of where I will place the mount (mirror screw, handle bar, above console, etc...). Why do you like where yours is, or what do you suggest?
I like mine in my line of sight. Mine is mounted on a Tourtech vibration dampened mount. I've been using this arrangement for over 8 years.

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I use a motorcycle clamp ball, part# RAM-B-367U. It replaces one of the handlebar mounting bolts. With an arm attached I can move the GPS to any position I need to.
That won't put the GPS above the instruments. Also, the longer the arm is and the farther it is from vertical, the more vibration transfers to the screen.
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I have it mounted on the left side of my handlebar using a Ram Mount. (BTW Ram Mounts absorb vibration.) It is on a fairly long Ram arm so that it clears my tank bag and is visually is slightly to the left of the instruments. It is easy to reach at any time and takes no more effort to look at than does the speedometer or fuel guage.

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Read this a few weeks ago and thought it was interesting, suggesting that Head-Up displays might not be that good for safety:

Study suggests that HUD tech may actually reduce driving safety

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That's a true HUD though. The driver has to look through it to see the road. A GPS above the instruments requires the rider to look down but still have the road in peripheral vision. The display, on the other hand, cannot be read using peripheral vision. The braking truck in front can register on the brain while looking at the screen but the screen can't be read while looking at the truck unless the rider has much better peripheral vision than I do.

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Lt side Ram mount

I have mine mounted on a ram mount with a 6 inch so I can use it easier than trying to reach forward to the dash. I did try mine on the dash shelve and had the same vib problem GW mentions. I found that just about anything in the dash vibrates a lot and Im trying to come up with a solution.

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As others have mentioned, I too like mine right above gauges/console. A quick glance down and then back to the road.

My Zumo is mounted to the Touratech locking mount which is mounted to a SW-Motech vibration-damped mount (leftover from my StreetPilot 2730 days). On rough roads there is some bounce but other than that it was worked well.

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