Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Here is a reason why you don't want it hooked directly to the battery in an unswitched manner... I have several Nuvi 255Ws. In our Kia Sorento the unit is hooked to a live cigarette/power outlet. The Sorento's battery died overnight when the temp fell below 0. Everything else in the circuit then sucked the few milliamps out of the Nuvi battery and killed the battery in the Nuvi. Apparently you should never drain the Garmin batteries completely to nothing; they cannot be saved. Cost me $30 for one of those battery kits you can get on ebay to fix the darn thing.
There are many stories on this board regarding V-Strom batteries suddenly failing (as motorcycle batteries are prone to do as they age). If that happened while the bike were sitting in your garage, the Garmin battery would likely be ruined before you could catch it.
2008 DL1000, Two Brothers, PCV, etc., etc.
2008 GSX1340R Hayabusa, Velocity Racing Turbo, boost controller, water injected
2008 GSX-R600, Akrapovic full Ti, PCV w/AutoTune
DynoJet 250 dynamometer (just learning to use it)