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I've searched and read through most of the threads I could find regarding the mounts, but none of them quite answered my question...

I'm trying to figure out how 'secure' the different mounts are? I'm not referring to the RAM mounting bracketry or how sturdy it is, but the actual cradle that the GPS nests into. I've seen the locking Touratech mount (which costs almost as much as I paid for the unit), but can't justify the cost. Do any of the other cradles actually mechanically lock the unit to the mount somehow? Either through a series of screws, or some other method? It appears the unit just snaps into the stock Garmin mounting cradle, but I was hoping I wouldn't need to remove and store the unit every time I dismount the bike. That could prove to be a bit of a hassle.

Thanks, gang!

Oh, and I forgot to mention... It's a StreetPilot 2820 I snagged on Ebay the other morning for $300. It is in VERY nice condition, though it appears it was used in a RAM mount before. (Got some tell-tale wear on it)
 

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If you're asking about the Garmin bracket that you attach to the Ram (or other) mounts; it is pretty secure. I've done about 30,000 with it attached to a homemade shelf on the weeniecycle and a Ram handle bar mount on the Sprint. I guess you might throw a zip tie around it if you're going rough dirt or go with the high dollar mount but for everyday use, it's adequate.
 

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I bought the RAM cradle for my 2820. It's secure enough that it held on through a muddy lay down that managed to actually get mud up on the cradle itself. I like the way the RAM cradle wraps completely over both the top and bottom of the GPS. The Garmin mount looks like it clamps to the top and bottom, but does not wrap over the front. I have absolutely no concerns about the RAM letting go of my 2820 while I'm riding, on road or off.
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Secure as in hard to vibrate out or secure as in hard to steal?

I have the Garmin cradle on both of my bikes. It has a small "Security" screw in the top of the cradle and a special "Security Tool" to screw it down with. Certainly not impossible to steel (it's just plastic after all) but would probably stop a casual thief. I did make the mistake of taking off once without locking the "Security Screw" down and had gone less than half a mile and it popped open and the GPS came loose.
 

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Garmin cradle:

RAM cradle:
I have both for my 2720, and I'm using the Garmin one with the little security screw on a homemade shelf. They both seem fine in holding the GPS securely. I like and hate the litte security screw on the Garmin mount; like because of the modicum of gas station security it provides, and hate because it's fiddly. The best part about the Garmin is that it holds the power/data cord in place when the GPS is mounted, and has a little slide in spot for the cord when the GPS is removed.
 

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I've got the 2820 with Garmin cradle on a Lobster mount. I've got 20,000 miles on this set up. No issues.
 

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Secure as in hard to vibrate out or secure as in hard to steal?
I guess I should have been more clear... I meant security as in 'hard to steal.' I'm not so concerned with either unit as I recall reading about the 'security screw' but I also don't want to have to worry about it walking of while I'm inside paying for gas either. It would seem that the security screw might provide at least a modicum of security on that front.

As for the two mounts, I like the fact that the RAM mount comes up in front of the face, but I also like that the Garmin mount allows the use of a cover on the unit. I think if I was going to use one without the security screw to pop it in and out of, I'd go for the RAM mount, but with the screw, the Garmin would work just as well, I think.

I've got the 2820 with Garmin cradle on a Lobster mount. I've got 20,000 miles on this set up. No issues.
Lobster mount? That's not one I saw mentioned... Can you elaborate on that one please?
 

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Garmin Security Mount

For all these years, when i am thinking about security, I simply press down on my ram mount for my 2730 and take the unit into the hotel or lock it up in a side or top box. You are right, i don't like the price of the TouraTech model either.

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Going into the hotel overnight or something like that, yes, that's an option. Jumping off the bike to go pay for gas, or run into the library for a few minutes, or popping into the grocery store... It becomes mighty inconvenient to dismount it every time. I don't have the luxury of a locking case either (yet), so that's not an option at this time.
 

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I run a 2720 and the garmin cradle. I keep the security screwdriver on the keychain with the bike key. I wouldn't leave it overnight or for long in a questionable area, but it is fine for gas or meal stops.
It does keep it from shaking loose and with the cable connection locked in too, it would require tools to steal, not just a quick grab and run.
I had it in a 3" ram mount on a dash I made , but it always vibrated too much, now I have the cradle mounted to the dash via an adjustable bracket for a very vibration free mount.
The Garmin piece is fine, I have done some very rough washboard gravel for miles and it hasn't come loose.
 

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Garmin cradle for mine with the security screw. Mine's mounted on a Ram ball plate in the back with a metal, round plate to attatch the Garmin antenna GXM-30 to it. The whole thing is mounted on a Richland Ricks GPS plate. I like the security for gas stops and such. It could be stolen but the crook would have to bring their own tool and that takes time. Just enough that I could shoot in their general direction......:yesnod:
 

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I use the Garmin mount with the lock screw. I move my GPS between a couple of bikes, so I set both bikes up with a wiring harness and RAM mount. All I do to switch is loosen the RAM stem until the RAM ball on the cradle clears and move the cradle, GPS, and ball to the other bike. I keep my lock wrench on my keychain, but I also put another one in my tool kit.
 

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Cool, thanks gang! I've got the RAM pieces I need on order. Hopefully have it up and running before the holiday (so I can park my cage in the garage again!!)
 
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