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post #1 of 24 Old 12-17-2018, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys just wanting to know where everyone puts there usb charging sockets. Handle bar mount ones aren't to good of an option for me ad I've got a quadlock phone mount and control unit for my heated grips. Thanks
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Would help to know which year and model.
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Anywhere you can, I guess?

Year and model could help.

If handlebar mounting is out of the question, you do have other options.

One is the Vstrom Auxiliary Shelf offered by AdventureTech LLC (hi Rick!):

Auxiliary Shelves (main page) - AdventureTech, LLC.

I like this one - it provides extra real estate that moves with the handlebars. Room for both a 12V socket and voltage monitor, if you don't already have one. Will not interfere with a Scott's steering stabilizer/handlebar risers/etc.

Also, a 12V socket is very versatile. I use mine to power a portable tire pump, alternately with a 12V USB charger.
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I have a Super Tenere, so this won't be directly applicable, but I made a shelf out of some pieces of sheet steel that were cut out of a 20MM ammo can. The shelf was made to attach the the windshield mount, and sits above the instrument cluster. You might be able to adapt the idea to your bike. The shelf wasn't complicated; I cut it out with a handheld jigsaw and bent the pieces in a vise.

This is the shelf before I installed it:



The USB outlets are Motopower, which I bought on Amazon. I made little brackets for mine because I wanted to be able to screw the USB cable into the plug so it wouldn't vibrate loose (that's what that long threaded knob is for), but the Motopower plugs have mounting holes in them so you can just screw them into a flat surface.

This is the shelf installed on the bike. It bolts into a couple of unused holes on the windshield mount.





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I put mine here using the Heated grips source and running the power first through a voltmeter.
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Sorry its a 2015 model
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Sorry its a 2015 model
1000 or 650?

For my '15 650, I previously posted the location of my USB socket install and how I'd do it differently next time.
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Just buy one of these chinese type plug and velcro/tape it to your tank, or an easily accessible part behind your fairing. Problem solved.

There's always the cigarette lighter (if you have one) to usb that is useful. Just need to buy a very short one (like, flush mount) so it won't vibrate out of the socket.
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I installed this combo USB / Volt Meter on the right side of my cowl. Wired with inline fuse directly to the battery. Has a waterproof flat when not in use. Very happy with both the outlets and the ability to monitor voltage.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0294R5...0-f9307a5a46b8

To install the rectangular body in the cowl plastic simply mark off the the cutout with masking tape, heat the tip of a box knife or any razor blade knife with a lighter or propane torch and it slides through the plastic like butter. Piece of cake.
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With that setup, do you have any issues due to the cord running between charger (in the non-moving cowl) to the phone (presumably, mounted on the moving handlebars)?

I had one of the Oxford 12V sockets on my handlebars when I bought my Vee. I've had to repair it once already, and would be open to putting a new socket somewhere else if it breaks again. There's some good real estate available on the '07 style dashboard, although the backside wiring would get in the way a little when I have to do a fuel tank removal (that is, for practically any service more intense than an oil change...).
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