Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Guilford, CT, USA
You'll get lots of info in the GPS section, with most folks going for one of the higher end Garmin units mounted on a shelf. I went a different route (no pun intended) with the Lowrance 500c iWay, primarily because at the time that I bought it it had the largest map database capacity (10 Gigs), MP3 (another 10 Gigs), all US and Canada maps already loaded, 3D bird's eye view, a huge screen with very good daylight viewing, and voice instructions with street names. All of the newer GPS units have most of these features and more now, so I don't know if I would make the same choice today, but it has been a very good unit for my purposes. I also tried several different mounting systems, including the RAM suction cup on the head of the radio unit (it held up OK, but I always was afraid that it was going to pop off) and a homemade shelf that attached to the top of the handlebar covers and to which I screwed a RAM bracket and ball. When I had the bike completely stripped down two weeks ago I played around with all kind of mounting schemes, each more elaborate than the last. I was looking to see if I could use the RAM handlebar mount (threaded U bolt that goes around the bar and attaches to a bracket and ball) even though it would have required cutting the handlebar cover, when I noticed that the hole spacing on the bracket is exactly the same as the distance between the outer (forward) 2 screws on the brake fluid reservoir cover and on the clutch fluid reservoir cover. I pulled one of the (phillips head) screws from the clutch fluid reservoir cover, went to Sears, and got 2 M4 x 20 and 2 M4 x 25 cap head hex screws (not being sure which length would work). Also got washers. After removing the other cover screw I installed the RAM bracket with the M4 x 25 hex screws and washers. The assembly is very solid. I put the 3 inch arm on the ball and the special iWay attachment plate on the other end of the arm, so I now have the GPS almost literally within fingertip distance, and visually just a slight glance down to the left. I ran the power cord under the handlebar cover and dashboard to a fusebox I installed in the nosecone, and from there back to a direct connection with the battery. I've only taken 3 short rides with it so far, but tomorrow I'll do about 400 miles with 4 destinations in 2 states, so that will be a good shakedown cruise.
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