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post #1 of 8 Old 07-08-2009, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Garmin GPSMap 60CSx Mounting Question

Hey guys, I've been looking around at GPS units (most notably the Zumo) but they're quite pricey and then while doing a bit of research I found out that I can actually use a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx for road navigation! As luck would have it I actually own one of these devices already for walking/geocaching and all this time I had no idea it would be suitable for road use too!

What's the best way to mount a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx on a strom? I've seen various RAM mounts and there's the expensive Touratech mount, but which is best? Ideally I think I'd like to mount the device above the dials, just tucked up behind the screen but I'm open to suggestion!

Have you ever used this GPS for road navigation before? What's it like? I've been informed that smellybiker's wanderlust maps are the way to go, would you agree?

Thanks for the help!

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I have the Garmin 60Cx. Pretty much the same unit without the compass and Barometric Altimeter.


I have used it on my bike for most of the 76,000 km. I have used it in my car for many tens of thousands of Kilometers, used it in my Ultralight for hundreds of hours of navigation, and used it as a backup on a flight from Toronto to Long Island, Bahamas on a Cessna 182.

It works fabulously and the only shortcoming (for some) is the lack of Voice prompts and the smallish screen.

Mine is mounted on my machines using Ram Mounts. These are simple, cheap, and work very well. They don't lock so if security is a concern then perhaps the expensive Touratech is a better solution. (Well the Ram mounts can lock if you want but the GPS mount doesn't) Me, I just take it off when worried about theft.

I have three ram balls mounted on my bike.. two in the center of the handlebar, one on the right Mirror mount. The GPS goes on the left ball and is angled to the side so that it is fairly close to the left hand. This allows easy operation when on the bike. The right side handlebar ball is for my Ram Aquabox, which holds my iPod, and the one on the right side mirror mount is for my FRS/GMRS radio that I use the odd time I am riding with other bikes that have radios.


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Well, I guess it'll do the job then! I can't believe I've had it all this time and just used it for hiking!

Do the ram balls attatch right onto the standard bars then? Which part/model ram mounts do you use (never done this sort of stuff to a bike before)?

I wonder if this would do the trick...

http://www.ram-mount-uk.com/ram-b-149az.htm
http://www.ram-mount-uk.com/ram-hol-ga12.htm

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I would get it with the medium length arm, so that would be the B149 or B149Z (I don't understand the difference). I also think it better to have the arms running sideways from the mount so that it does a better job of shock absorbing. (I see a lot of people mounting the arm straight up from the bike and I can't help but think that directs any shock straight to the GPS.)

You need the B149 as is has the handlebar mounting hardware, an arm, and the diamond which attaches to the actual GPS mount. When you put the unit in the mount it gives a satisfying click and is pretty secure, but my flying side says to always tether it and I do. When removing, it took me a while to learn to push on the back of the arm that goes up to the loop while pulling back on the tab at the top. This might make more sense when you have the unit in your hand.

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garmin mount

I just use the Garmin handlebar mount. Works on my wee and my mountainbike. When I plan to be parked for a while I just take it off and put it in a case.

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I just use the Garmin handlebar mount. Works on my wee and my mountainbike. When I plan to be parked for a while I just take it off and put it in a case.
One thing I like with the ram mount is the interoperability. I can move my Garmin from Bike to Car to Airplane by simply undoing it on one and putting the whole thing on the other base. If I want to mount other devices on different machine I can use the same base.

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I like the RAM mounts as well; for the Vee I use the RAM 11M and RAM 9M - places them perfectly under the mirrors, On my ST, I use the RAM HB2 and a couple of short arms.

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Hey guys, I've been looking around at GPS units (most notably the Zumo) but they're quite pricey and then while doing a bit of research I found out that I can actually use a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx for road navigation! As luck would have it I actually own one of these devices already for walking/geocaching and all this time I had no idea it would be suitable for road use too!

What's the best way to mount a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx on a strom? I've seen various RAM mounts and there's the expensive Touratech mount, but which is best? Ideally I think I'd like to mount the device above the dials, just tucked up behind the screen but I'm open to suggestion!

Have you ever used this GPS for road navigation before? What's it like? I've been informed that smellybiker's wanderlust maps are the way to go, would you agree?

Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for the help guys, in the end I went for the B149Z and then the Garmin GPSMAP cradle (RAM-HOL-GA12).

Fits the bike fine and was super easy to fit!

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