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post #1 of 28 Old 12-22-2008, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting a Zumo 550

I will be purchasing a Zumo 550 soon, and I am trying to decide on the mounting method. I'm not really interested in a RAM mount, as I think they look kinda tacky. I like the concept of mounting the GPS in the center, above the gauges.

I am interested in the following setup, and I'd like to know if anyone else has done this, or if they think it doesn't make sense for some reason. My thought is to pair an SW-Motech Accessory mount ($80) from TwistedThrottle.com with a Touratech Locking Mount ($159). Expensive setup, but I like the locking aspect of the Touratech mount for gas station breaks. I would remove the GPS from the mount if I were to leave the bike unattended for extended periods. It looks like you could mount the Touratech to the silver rod on the SW-Motech, ditching the swiveling bracket on the SW-Motech first. Does that make sense?

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http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2596/203/


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http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/sh...A0DCHsM3708614




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post #2 of 28 Old 12-22-2008, 10:07 PM
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I attach the Zumo directly to the SW-Motech mount with the provided hardware that came with the Zumo. When I leave the bike unattended I just pop the Zumo off it's base and put it in the trunk.

Actually the best position I've found for a GPS on the bike. Hope this helps.

EDIT: Almost forgot, removing the Zumo from it's base is made much easier with the following security replacement screw.

http://www.st-owners.com/forums/show...2zumo+screw%22



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I like this alot. It blocks the stock speedo which is totally inaccurate anyway. Used only what came with the Zumo 550 kit.


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I have been using a Tourtech locking mount for about 5 years now. Same mount and I use it on both the FJR and the Wee Strom. Well worth the money especially when traveling so it doesn't need to come off at all times.

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It's obviously a matter of preference but I like mine over towards the left that way I can still use the buttons without removing my hand very far from the bars.

I just used the supplied handle bar clamp, works well.


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Bahill, I really like your setup and this is what I am looking for to do with my bike.
I have a Zumo 550, a Madsatd and a Givi windscreen. Would it be possible for you to post a couple of pics to show your setup from different angles (particulary without the Zumo on the cradle).
Thanks in advance!
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I fabbed an aluminum tube that fits across between the screws for the Madstad bracket. It's rock solid.


Before I had the Madstad bracket, I mounted it directly to the plastic piece that sits there.



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Bahill, I really like your setup and this is what I am looking for to do with my bike.
I have a Zumo 550, a Madsatd and a Givi windscreen. Would it be possible for you to post a couple of pics to show your setup from different angles (particulary without the Zumo on the cradle).
Thanks in advance!
First welcome to the forum Francoiscqc!

You have the same setup as I do however you will need the SW-Motech mount. This mount, and I believe all the photo’s you will need, is on the Twisted Throttle web site at the link below.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2596/

With that mount and the base that comes with the Zumo it’s a simple process of bolting the SW-Motech mount in with the windshield bolts and then bolting the Zumo mount onto the SW-Motech mount. I think I might have had to drill out a couple of holes on the SW-Motech mount for the bolts that came with the Zumo. If you still have questions let me know and I’ll see if I can get some photo’s up.

* * * EDIT (1-25-09)* * *
Took a couple of photos tonight. Would have been better during daylight but I didn't have the time. Hope this shows you what you're looking for.








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I bought the SW Motech mount a couple of years ago. The decision was easier when it cost $50. Anyway, I've been happy with it.


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I mounted mine using the Garmin in the box bracket & cradle on the handle bar close to my left hand just like Roger123. I figured temoraily it would be ok until I got a better idea. Well, it works great and I'm not moving it. It's very handy to use and view but not in my direct line of sight to the road.
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