Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Austin, TX, United States
Re: GPS Factory mount issue
I'm looking for information about this factory installed mount. I just bought an LT and it came with the factory mount. It's got two wires hanging out of the hole behind the mount.
When I rode the bike off the lot, I was aware that there was a cover of some sort for this mounting bracket. It was in the left saddlebag. I saw it there, wrapped in bubble wrap. But what I didn't know was, it really isn't a cover intended to fit over the mount when not using a GPS. It's a plastic accessory, painted to match the color of the plastic around the radio. It fits over the factory installed bracket, but with the cables in the way, there is no way to use this cover. I tried to tuck the wires down in the hole is far as I could, but there's just no way to make this thing fit. So, I'm not really sure what this "cover" is for. Perhaps it's actually an adapter that is installed when used with a certain type of BMW Navigator GPS. I don't really know.
I have learned that the BMW Motorrad Navigator III is actually a Garmin Street Pilot 2620, sans the BMW "Advanced Mounting Cradle". In theory I should be able to take a generic Garmin 2620 and plug it straight into the BMW connectors and mount it to the mount. But that's not exactly the GPS I want to use.
I would prefer to mount a Zumo 660 on this bike as soon as that GPS hits the street. I am trying to find some information on converting the cables that came with the factory mount so that they can be used with other GPS untis. The factory mount has two cables. Just thinking logically about it, I think that one of the cables is the power cable, bringing juice to the GPS from the bike without having to mess with batteries in the GPS. I believe the other cable is an audio-out cable, allowing the GPS to route its voice commands to an external audio system.
Can anyone point me to some info on these wires, if there are any cable converters, adapters, etc that will allow me to use any GPS of my choosing with this BMW factory mount on my beautiful shiny new 1200 LT???