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post #1 of 7 Old May 21st, 2009, 1:30 pm Thread Starter
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Picking up my new bike next week. Bike is out of state. I haven't decided exactly which GPS I want, much less find the mount I want, much less get it to the out of state dealer in time for a permanent install. But, I really want a GPS for the ride home, So,

SQ: Is there any reason why, if I find a gps locally that I like, that I cant just plug it into an 12 v accessory socket and do a temporary install using suction cups or velcro like you would in a car???

Am I missing something other than a few screws?

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post #2 of 7 Old May 21st, 2009, 1:42 pm
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If you went with the nav III and advanced cradle all you need is a small hex wrench (don't remember the size). Only takes a couple minutes as the mount is already on the 09

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The only obstacle to "plug and play" power on a BMW is the Powerlet plug. Running a pigtail from the battery with a standard cigarette plug is a quick and cheap work around.

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Should work. Just make sure you choose a waterproof GPS Unit.

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SQ: Is there any reason why, if I find a gps locally that I like, that I cant just plug it into an 12 v accessory socket and do a temporary install using suction cups or velcro like you would in a car???
Do yourself a favor and put the GPS in a tank bag instead. If the GPS comes loose in the car, you just stick it back on; if it comes loose on the bike, you're buying a new GPS. The suction mount is meant to go onto glass, not plastic. Velcro might be better, but why take the risk? Assuming your tank bag has a map pocket you should be fine.
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You won't be able to hear the sound from the 12v adapter/speaker either. So as long as you have to hardwire the sound you might as well do the power and get a bracket to hold it better than a suction cup.

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I found a Tom Tom on Craig's list for $150 and use a Ram Mount with a plug to the accessory outlet. I have an Aqua Box from Ram Mount I can use if it rains but have also used a sandwich bag. I intended this to be a temporary solution 18 months ago but it has been quite satisfactory and I don't plan to spend more until this gives up the ghost. Good luck.
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