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post #1 of 32 Old 06-08-2006, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all my farkling is about to start! Question for you all. I'd like to mount a garmin quest to my bike and would like it within line of sight, but easily adjusted, i was thinking of maybe a RAM mount to the handlebars between the risers or possibly a dash mount. Anyone else have suggestions/experiences for what/ does not work. I'd rather not buy the mega-expensive metal brackets from aerostich. . .

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post #2 of 32 Old 06-08-2006, 05:04 PM
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I used the Garmin bike mount for my ETrex Legend C and put it over by my left hand. There's a space right beside the mirror mount that works fine. Have to move my head to read it but it's within easy reach of my hand.

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post #3 of 32 Old 06-08-2006, 06:06 PM
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I used the powered motorcycle kit for the quest, a 1.75" arm, a handlebar clamp with a stainless u-bolt and that standard round base to mount mine on the right side of the bars where it angles up. It fit perfectly above my tank bag, but just below the gauges.
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post #5 of 32 Old 06-08-2006, 06:27 PM
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I mounted mine between the risers centered on the instrument cluster. It is a Garmin eMap, and is easily read in this location and the controls are easy to get too. Out of all the locations I looked at mounting it this one worked best for me. Take your Quest out and try it in different locations on your bike and settle on what works best for you. Good luck!

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post #6 of 32 Old 06-08-2006, 11:52 PM
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I just bought a Quest and I'm about to get into this. I looked it over and decided I'm going to try to mount it to the plastic windshield bracket. I need to fab up a plate to attach the quest motorcycle mount to. The plate should attach nicely to the windshield bracket. I have to get my hands on a piece of aluminum or stainless.

I plan to post pics of the install.

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post #7 of 32 Old 06-09-2006, 01:16 AM
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I'd rather not buy the mega-expensive metal brackets from aerostich. . .

You're looking in the wrong place in the Aerostich catalog..
RAM and Garmin's motorcycle mount/cable is wonderful..
You get a solid mount that you can put anywhere, and a headphone cord so that you can listen to the routing, if you wish..
I bought my RAM mount from Aerostich for $40 and the MC kit for $50 on Ebay..
A little pricey, but worth it once mounted..
Much cheaper if you didn't want the headphone jack that comes with the Garmin kit..

I have mine mounted on the bar, so it's above my tank bag, but below the gauges...

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post #8 of 32 Old 06-09-2006, 12:23 PM
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I have a Garmin Quest on a RAM mount. The ball is on the left handlebar, inboard the mirror mount. The arm is angled so that the GPS is towards me, below and inside the mirror, and in front of the mirror arm from my POV. I find that spot gives me an unobstructed view of the mirrors and instruments, and I can see it over the tankbag.

I also have a Powerlet outlet on the left cowl to plug it into. For day trips, the outlet isn't necessary. The Quest's battery life is good enough to last all day.

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post #9 of 32 Old 06-09-2006, 09:21 PM
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I used Garmin's motorcycle mount, it has the regulator for the Quest's power and the amplifier for the audio and has a manual lock to keep it from bouncing out. I attached it to a Ray Fagan shelf with a short piece of 2-inch aluminum L-stock from the hardware store. The resulting view angle is just about perfect and the whole thing is very solid.
post #10 of 32 Old 06-10-2006, 12:47 AM
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i used the garmin sw-motech mount from twisted throttle for my 2610, the garmin electronic cable (from attached to the switched outlet in the harness behind the radiator (on the left side.) i bought the pigtail from suzuki for about $8. got the garmin holder from this arrangement puts the gps center, above the speedo and tach.

i also added a cb speaker in the center of the handlebars, as i don't much like earbuds or helmet speakers.

whole thing works great. not sure about the specific mounts for your gps.

post a picture when you're done . . .



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