How And Where To Mount A GPS?

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How And Where To Mount A GPS?

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Hey guys

I got a gps for Christmas from some nice people. It's this one

http://www.amazon.com/TomTom-Widescreen ... B003B3P2CY

I searched a couple of things and found some for motorcycles which either use handlebars or the mirrors to mount. I don't like the idea of either (its for a Kymco Agility which isn't suitable for handlebar mounting, and the mirror stem housing is sort of weak.where the threads / stems screw in, i mean

I figure some here have rigged up their own mount and may have some advice. Or maybe you can point me in the direction of a product that would suit my needs? I don't care where it mounts so long as i can see it. I wonder if I can just use the suction cup to mount it on TOP of the handlebars (lots of plastic the gps would lay flat). But I doubt it.

Any DIY ideas are welcome, or a quality product suggestion. I just want to be able to see it and for it not to fall.

Thanks :)
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Post by agrogod »

I've got the TomTomXL, and its a nice unit. But IMO its really not suited for an excursion on the scoot. Your unit is very similar to mine and mounting is definitely an issue.
I would suggest that if you really, really have to mount it, try looking for some type of shock absorbing mounting system, possibly foam rubber and some type of cradle. You don't want a $150-$200 GPS to crash to the ground.
The only way I would have been able to mount mine stably would entail drilling into the plastics around the handlebars, something that I am not willing to do.
You may have already looked at this http://www.amazon.com/ChargerCity-Motor ... 862&sr=1-1

Or try this Google search http://www.google.com/search?q=motorcyc ... =0CIoBEK0E


Then there is this info guide http://researchanalyst.hubpages.com/hub ... g-Brackets

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Post by LunaP »

Ram Mount!!!

I have one, it's awesome.

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Ram Mounts are motorcycle rated, so you don't have to worry about them rattling and loosening. They sell the components separate from each other or in sets.

The problem with our scoots is that most (unless you have a Vino or Mojito, maybe) don't have actual handlebars that typical mounts will clamp to. This particular Ram Mount is made to bolt onto the same place that your mirror stem does, avoiding that problem altogether.

Order that arm, and the cradle for it (watch out, I linked you to an arm that has a diamond plate top- some have I think I square or circle plate... look up the cradle for your specific GPS and double check), and you have your whole GPS mounting system. My TomTom I can hear at its loudest setting at highway speeds, even if I can't see it- and a ziploc bag seems to do the trick for light rain.



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Post by Stormswift »

I would say that GPS mounting is not the biggest problem: it is being able to hear the instructions. I bought a cheap used unit off Amazon that is waterproof. BUT....many of those bluetooth units do not actually connect to bluetooth helmets or earphones because bluetooth only interacts with phone to download traffic etc. The one I got has no bluetooth. I use regular earbud earphones under the helmet.
the holder is custom made out of plastic food container with holes for wires and zip-ties drilled out. It is definitely not the best solution but it was the cheapest
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I hesitated for a long time before I decided to mount my tomtom on the scooter. I've seen too many fall off. I finally went with a ram mount after several friends on my trip last summer had them. It fits securely onto the mirror and it isn't going anywhere. I don't listen to it while riding so I can't speak to the sound quality. I enjoy having it where i can see the route and would recommend the ram mount.
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I guess for me, it's more a "why" than a "how" or a "where."

Google Maps has helped me plot the most ambitious of rides. MyTracks for the Android is also a handy tool, but I don't look at it while riding -- only when stopped.
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Post by CROSSBOLT »

Like LunaP, I got a Ram mount for DWs Buddy 150 and it worked great. The Garmin NUVI color GPS was solid as a rock. HOWEVER, you could not see the screen in daylight. My old monochrome Magellan also in a Ram mount on my Kymco Yager 200 shows up great!

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Post by ericalm »

Your choices on the scooter are a mirror mount or a windscreen post mount if you have a windscreen. Unless you have naked handlebars, that's about it.

You could bolt a mount to the bodywork, but if that plastic's stronger than the mirror stems, you're in trouble.
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Post by JHScoot »

awesome replies. thanks everyone i shall take it all into account. certainly puts me on the right path to a solution. and thanks for the pics for those who posted, and the links as well

happy holidays, all :)
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Re: How And Where To Mount A GPS?

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bump...

planning to mount a gps/phone holder on my 2013 buddy 125...i have bar end mirrors and no windscreen so i'm planning on picking up the following parts to mount on the non-throttle size mirror mount hole since the right side is reverse thread...would be mounting either a garmin nuvi 1350 or an iphone 8...mostly the garmin i imagine and plug it into the 12v port...anyone see any issues or any better options?...i figure the best options are either ram mount or quadlock and i don't want to have to deal with having a quadlock socket on my devices...i will just pull the xgrip and the arm off when not in use so they don't get stolen

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-272U

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-201U

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-HOL-UN7BU

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make sure to glue the rubber ends on and use the tether
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Here is a good quality 6 point holder that has everything you need to mount to your mirror base. It's a good deal for $20. I've had these on a couple of scooters in the past, and the quality is every bit as good as RAM: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Phone-Holder-M ... SwqARfwmho
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Re: How And Where To Mount A GPS?

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thanks...that does look like good option...vibration?...what is the base ball mount where it connects to the scooter made of?...i think the ram mount piece is aluminum...i guess if the ball size is the same i could just use the ram mount part and just use the rest of this mount...the thing i like about the ram is there is a knob on the arm so i can remove it easily if i don't want it on there
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