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post #1 of 15 Old Jan 22nd, 2012, 8:19 pm Thread Starter
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Adapt Car GPS for Motorcycle Use

I have a TOMTOM GPS I have been using in my car for a couple of years. I purchased a 12v BMW outlet socket adapter in order to be able to plug in the TOMTOM 12v charger. The TOMTOM 12V charger has the following specs:Input 12/24V, Output 5V1.2A.

Is this going to cause any problems when I hook this system up to my K1200LT?

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post #2 of 15 Old Jan 22nd, 2012, 9:11 pm
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Re: Adapt Car GPS for Motorcycle Use

Its Same/Same Stan, I see no problem.

Good way to go... the other way would be hard wire a dedicated circuit.

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Re: Adapt Car GPS for Motorcycle Use

I see no problem here. I use a Garmin Nuvi 2460LMT ($299) mounted above the dashboard with RAM mounting and hardwired to wiring of the Navigator or directly to the battery. I removed the Navigator and all its crap. I take out the GPS and lock in topcase when I leave the bike. Works flawlessly. If weather says its going to rain I simply put the GPS in a ziplock sandwich bag and mount it. I have a few spare bags in my topcase

The 2460 has a 5 inch screen and lifetime updates and traffic. You can also plan your routes and save. I figure whats the use of paying $600+ for the Zumo with a 4.3inch screen. The only advantage is the SENA SMH10 I use in my helmet can listen to voice navigation prompts from the ZUMO. I prefer not to pay the extra $$$ and have the Garmin lady voice silent. Garmin GPS have been designed not to communicate with bluetooth helmet gadgets with the exception of the Zumos. Its all about money..

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Re: Adapt Car GPS for Motorcycle Use

I have been thinking about the same thing. I don't need to here her "recalculate". I figure with the money I would save over a Zumo I could buy a few Nuvi's if one got caught out in the rain. I also noticed Ztechnik has a "weather proof" case that works on their stuff for protecting non motorcycle specific gps units. Of course the zip-lock baggie is the choice of champions everywhere and cheap too!

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The 2460 has a 5 inch screen and lifetime updates and traffic. You can also plan your routes and save. I figure whats the use of paying $600+ for the Zumo with a 4.3inch screen. The only advantage is the SENA SMH10 I use in my helmet can listen to voice navigation prompts from the ZUMO. I prefer not to pay the extra $$$ and have the Garmin lady voice silent. Garmin GPS have been designed not to communicate with bluetooth helmet gadgets with the exception of the Zumos. Its all about money..
Have you though about taping into the speaker and running that output into the SENA as a hardwire?

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Have you though about taping into the speaker and running that output into the SENA as a hardwire?


John I did not follow you. Can you clarify/simplify your suggetion please ?
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Re: Adapt Car GPS for Motorcycle Use

I have been thinking about how to use one of the non-motorcycle Garmin with my SENA. Since the bluetooth will not talk to the SENA I was thinking about breaking open the Garmin to pickup the speaker wires, run those outside to use as a hardwire connection to the SENA 2.5mm input. Most of the newer GPS have no factory installed headset connection now.

I have NOT tried this yet but it should work, I was just waiting to buy a cheaper GPS to do the experiment on.

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Re: Adapt Car GPS for Motorcycle Use

I've been looking at the First Gear Laguna GPS tankbag ($152), or the mini version ($50) for use with my Garmin Nuvi 1490LMT. The big bag may be too big for the LT, but does hold, not only a GPS unit where you can see it, but also a phone or music player.

http://www.amazon.com/Firstgear-Lagu...=pd_sbs_auto_3

http://www.amazon.com/Firstgear-Lagu.../dp/B004J131WU

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Bluetoo...7437754&sr=1-2

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Here's an example of a car specific gps mounted on an LT using a combination of BMW and Garmin parts.
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I have been thinking about how to use one of the non-motorcycle Garmin with my SENA. Since the bluetooth will not talk to the SENA I was thinking about breaking open the Garmin to pickup the speaker wires, run those outside to use as a hardwire connection to the SENA 2.5mm input. Most of the newer GPS have no factory installed headset connection now.

I have NOT tried this yet but it should work, I was just waiting to buy a cheaper GPS to do the experiment on.
I have, and it works fine. Although I used the waterproof Garmin Nuvi 500/550 model, which has no speaker output.
Here's the link I followed, with pics, of how easy it is.

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I have, and it works fine. Although I used the waterproof Garmin Nuvi 500/550 model, which has no speaker output.
Here's the link I followed, with pics, of how easy it is.
Thanks for that link...just what I was looking for

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I have, and it works fine. Although I used the waterproof Garmin Nuvi 500/550 model, which has no speaker output.
Here's the link I followed, with pics, of how easy it is.
Chris, Thanks for the info. Now I need to go out and get it done.

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Re: Adapt Car GPS for Motorcycle Use

I would like to install the Garmin2460LMT where the just above the dash, so that I can use the existing power and audio cables. Does anyone have a procedure for this? I know I'm going to have to cut wires here, so I'm prepared for it.


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I, too, have used my Tom Tom GPS on the LT. My son is a BMW car tech and gave me a replacement BMW cigarette lighter. I hard wired it to the battery terminals and ran the power cable from the GPS to under the seat. I put the GPS into the clear part of the stock LT tank bag and I'm all set. Not very high tech but it works. Oh, I took a small tupperware container and cut 2 slots for the cables from the cigarette lighter and the GPS. I put the lighter into the container. This is under the seat. Now there's no worry about the connection getting wet either.

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I would like to install the Garmin2460LMT where the just above the dash, so that I can use the existing power and audio cables.
where the.... (what?) ... just above the dash....

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