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As any rider knows, stopping for tolls and fumbling for change is a bigger PITA than in a cage. It's also hard to find a place to secure your toll transponder from targets of opportunity.

And frankly, sometimes suction cups or velcro just won't cut it on a bike. I've lost one suction-cupped SunPass transponder in the middle of a tropical downpour (don't ask) and always feel leery about leaving transponders unprotected in parking garages and downtown streets.

My solution on the DL1000 was to secure my SunPass transponder with a leftover piece of metal band between the mounting bolts of the Madstad bracket shown below. Very self explanatory, just unbolt the windscreen, cut your metal band to fit, and re-assemble using the regular bolts of your Madstad bracket.

Head-on view:


Right (starboard) bracket:


Left (port) bracket:


Top view:


Normal view standing near the Vee:


The SunPass transponder is still easily visible beneath a clear windscreen, but I plan to replace the factory windscreen with a tinted shorty version soon. Even if you use a clear windscreen, it would still take a dedicated thief 2-3 minutes to remove the windscreen and metal bracket to reach the transponder. You can replace the bracket screws with optional Torx bits for an added bit of security.

Hope this simple mod helps fellow riders who use EZ-Pass or SunPass toll transponders on their Madstad brackets!
 

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I had a reflective sticker over mine that killed it. I wouldn't use metal to hold it down. 3M dual lock is what I used on Norm's bike.

 

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I had a reflective sticker over mine that killed it. I wouldn't use metal to hold it down. 3M dual lock is what I used on Norm's bike.
Good points.

If I run into problems with the metal banding on my transponder, then I'll probably go this route. My two concerns were minimizing number of layers between transponder and toll reader, and making the transponder theft-proof vs random passerby.
 

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I keep my EZ pass in one of the inside pockets of my tourmaster riding jacket. I've never had a problem with the toll booth readers and I don't worry about losing it or it being stolen.

When I ride my Wing, no need to switch anything since the EZ pass is in my pocket.
 

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Rumor has it that around where I live if you ride your motorcycle within about a foot or so of the dashed white line when you're going under the toll gates that the cameras don't even see you at all. 100% invisible/free. :yesnod:
 

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Rumor has it that around where I live if you ride your motorcycle within about a foot or so of the dashed white line when you're going under the toll gates that the cameras don't even see you at all. 100% invisible/free. :yesnod:
That can prevent the pass from reading but not evade the cameras. I tried carrying the pass in my jacket breast pocket when I got the new bike. Some gates would read it and some wouldn't. Because of that experiment, I got a note to trade in my pass.
 

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That can prevent the pass from reading but not evade the cameras. I tried carrying the pass in my jacket breast pocket when I got the new bike. Some gates would read it and some wouldn't. Because of that experiment, I got a note to trade in my pass.
Trust me. Around here it works 100% of the time. "A friend of mine" has a transponder on every 4-wheeled vehicle he owns and pays plenty of tolls. But when "my friend" rides his bike on the toll road with no transponder, "my friend" rides 100% for free. :devil_37:
 

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I carry my I-Pass in my upper left chest pocket in a little pouch on a lanyard. In Illinois I just leave it my pocket and it has been read every time except once last September when it used my license plate. The pouch and lanyard (so I don't drop it) are for other states where sometimes it has to be removed from the pocket and a few where I have wave it around.

 

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Trust me. Around here it works 100% of the time. "A friend of mine" has a transponder on every 4-wheeled vehicle he owns and pays plenty of tolls. But when "my friend" rides his bike on the toll road with no transponder, "my friend" rides 100% for free. :devil_37:
Not worth it for me. Far easier to talk my way out of speeding violations if I have no outstanding toll violations.

The cameras here in FL will get you every time, but the Orlando Expressway system will usually not bother you unless you've scoffed tolls more than 5x per month.
 

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Mine stays on the top pocket of my tank bag, I always get charged correctly, never an issue.
 

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No need to mount pass.

I don't even carry mine. I just registered my license plate on the website for Sunpass and just drive right through. I know it costs a few cents more. I don't use it often and it's cheaper than replacing a lost/stolen unit.
 
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