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post #1 of 7 Old 12-13-2010, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Windshield Suction Mount

I just bought an entry-level GPS and was going to try to figure out a way to mount it to the wee. I have seen all kinds of mounting contraptions on this forum, but has anyone used the suction cup mount that comes with the GPS? I stuck it on the factory windshield, and it seemed to be very secure and just below the line of sight. I took a 40-mile ride last week with no problems. In addition, the suction cup provides a good amount of vibration dampening. The bike sat outside last night with the temperature in the teens, and the mount was still solid this morning. Looks like a winner to me, but I would hate to send the unit skidding across the asphalt. Has anyone else tried this?
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-13-2010, 11:47 PM
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I've had the suction cup come off the car windshield a number of times. It can't be trusted over the long haul. At least reset it every day and tether it so it doesn't go away entirely.

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tether, my friend, tether. I found that my suction cup mount would always last 500 miles, but not much more.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-14-2010, 12:22 AM
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Move it a little to the left or right and zip tie it to the windshield mount. I had an entry level Garmin i5 mounted that way for quite some time, including riding through Hurricane Ike. It also worked by zip tying it onto the brake fluid reservoir, but I prefered it up by the windshield.

As for getting away with an entry level GPS (read: not waterproof) there are some magnetic tank bags around like the Firstgear GPS tank bag designed to hold the GPS inside and out of the weather.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-14-2010, 05:24 AM
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Before I bought the RAM mount I used zip ties to hold the bracket to my handle bar. It actually served me well. It held tight and I was able to easily cut the ties and remove it. I have also zip tied it to the windshield brackets. It had less vibration on the handle bars. I would tether it regardless.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will only use this occasionally so I really don't need or want a permanent mount. I will definately tether the mount to the windshield bracket though. The plan is to just throw the GPS in the topcase if it begins to rain.
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The plan is to just throw the GPS in the topcase if it begins to rain.
I thought that way too...until it started to rain and I realized that is exactly when I wanted the GPS. I tried the sandwich bag with an elastic band route for a while, but it was difficult to manage and ended up getting blown off. Given the low cost of the GPS and the nasty storm I decided to risk sacrificing it. Up behind the windshield, however, it wasn't getting directly hit by rain. It got wet, but it still works fine and lives in my wife's van.

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