Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
Who needs a RAM mount!
I've been searching for a way to mount a Garmin i5, one of Garmins cheapest, most basic, and non-waterproof car GPS units, on my DL650. The i5 has one of the ball and socket mounts that suction cups to a car windshield. Garmin doesn't admit to making any other mounts for it. RAM doesn't admit to making a mount for it, although I've recently discoverd the little 1/2" ball is common to some of the Nuvi units will do the job.
So I tried suctioning it to the windshield, just above the dash, with a bungee cord creatively used as a safety cord. It worked well one day, but wouldn't take on a hot and humid day. Then I tried suctioning it to the tachometer face. That worked okay, but the GPS was getting hit by the bars at full lock, and the tach is partially obscurred.
So, while I'm waiting for a machinist friend of a friend to create a u-bolt ball mount, I discovered my new and cheap way to firmly and securely mount the i5. It involves two zip ties and the Garmin supplied suction cup ball mount on the brake master cylinder. It puts the GPS just below my sight line, and seems to be solid as a rock. The added bonus is that in the quick rainstorm I rode through yesterday, I discovered that area seems to be a dead air zone. Everything else on the bike got wet. The GPS stayed dry.
Oh, and the scotch tape on the side of it is the safety feature to keep the battery hatch from shaking off
'04 650, and goshdarnit it's fun - matte silver (#9 in the Silver 'Strom Club)
farewell to an '81 KZ550, '83 GPz750, '83 V45 Sabre, R-Reg GT380, '84 GPz550, early '70s DT175, and a '72 Peugeot 102
Last edited by KZDon; 08-11-2008 at 11:50 AM.