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post #1 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Fabricated Windscreen Bracket for iPad RAM Mount

I have experimented with alot of GPS navigation options on the bike ever since I bought it. All had their issues. The Garmin Nuvi units have alot of short comings I dont like at all.

My Garmin 60csX is a fantastic unit, but more suited for hiking, not car or bike navigation, and the screen is way too small.

The TomTom app on my iPhone is excellent, but the iPhone screen was just a bit too small for my tastes also.

So, for the hell of it, I mounted the iPad on my handlebars one day and ran the TomTom app on it.
it was fantastic, and by far the best solution I had used. But, lets face it, the iPad is pretty large to be mounting on a bike.... or IS it?
On the handlebars it was blocking my view of the gauges, and I had to look down just a bit too much.
I tried it slide into the map sleeve on my tank bag, but the sleeve created too much reflection from the sun making it hard to see. Plus I had to look down WAY too much, making it unsafe.

So I decided that mounting the iPad up above the gauges was the best option. I noticed I never looked through the bottom portion of my windscreen much at all, so I didnt mind covering that up.

I wanted a firm and steady way to mount the iPad, and knew that I would use a RAM mount like I have for everything else.
But there was no good surface to mount it on, so I fabbed up a bracket that bolted on using the windscreen bracket bolts.
I drew up a template, designed it in AutoCAD, and had the shop I work for cut one out on the CNC Plasma Table.

All in all I really like how it turned out. The photos make it look like I am covering up the gauges alot, but when you are sitting on the bike, only the top inch or the gauges are covered.
I can still see the fuel, temp and clock easily.
I cant wait to make some long trips with this setup, its super easy to see, its the best nav program I have used, and with the big screen it is also easy to operate.
I plan on getting a nice water proof case for the iPad as well, so that I dont have to worry about road grime or rain.

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ipad

used an ipad for marine nav in tahiti - great device due to LARGE screen - but it was under a bimini (roof) (out of the sun)

did you try vieweing your iPad in direct sunlight before you started ths project

or do you have an add-on polarizing screen or similar to deal with the sunlight
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The iPad does pretty well in the sun I think, much better than some of the older Garmins.
The key is the angle that you mount it.
For example, when it was on the handlebars, it was facing up and angled toward me, well the sun would hit it and reflect right in my eyes like a mirror.
Mounted where I have it now at the windscreen, its far less likely to focus any reflection into my eyes.

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Is the iPad water proof??,shock proof??.I would think the vibes from the bike even small would cause problems!.Also when useing the GPS app,does it use minutes??.Sounds like a great idea if it lasts.


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Is the iPad water proof??,shock proof??.I would think the vibes from the bike even small would cause problems!.Also when useing the GPS app,does it use minutes??.Sounds like a great idea if it lasts.


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Ya know, I haven't used any of my laptops since I got an iPad 18 months ago, but the LAST place I'd want to use it is on the bike. I mean, it can ride in the luggage and all that, but it won't be going on the tank bag or instrument panel.

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The iPad is not water proof that's why I plan to get a water proof case for it soon.
Life proof is supposed to release theirs soon which should be nice.

The iPad should not care about the vibrations really. It's all solid state, no moving parts. Think about how much your phone gets knocked around.

Some apps will use minutes yes. But the tomtom app does not need an Internet connection. It is completely stored on the iPad.

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what is your iphone mount that is depicted
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Thats a fairly new mount from RAM Mount. Called the X-Grip
http://www.amazon.com/RAM-Mount-Univ...ram+mount+grip

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