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post #1 of 8 Old Apr 12th, 2012, 1:04 am Thread Starter
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Suction Cup Reliabiality

Does anyone here use the Garmin suction cup to secure your GPS to the bike? What was
your experience...does it work or not?
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post #2 of 8 Old Apr 12th, 2012, 1:59 am
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Re: Suction Cup Reliabiality

Patrick, I do use the Garmin suction cup on my "tank", and have zero problems with it. Just give her a good lickin', and she'll keep on stickin'.

Sorry, was that "icky"?

But it does work.
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I'd do it, as long as the GPS was tethered so it didn't hit the ground when it fell off.
I have the same paranoia with my GoPro's..... last time I used a suction cup it was also gaffer taped to the metal body with a lot of tape, plus a tether.
If the base gets sun on it, I've found they tend to fail after time.

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Re: Suction Cup Reliabiality

I use one in a cage everyday, and sometimes it lets go. Not bad in the cage but if it was on the bike without additional attachment it would be gone.

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Re: Suction Cup Reliabiality

I just got back from a 2,000 mile trip earlier this week. I have four GPS devices, but took my TomTom Via this time, mounted using the suction disk. It never came lose, but I did tether it just in case.

Regarding the GoPro, the suction unit for that camera is so strong you can use it to pull dents out of auto body panels. It has never come lose on me.

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Re: Suction Cup Reliabiality

I tried the suction mount on my 05LT. I had a Garmin Street Pilot mounted on the flat spot near the BMW badge on the "tank". It did come off a couple of times. Once I nearly lost the whole darn thing. I finally used the adhesive mount but used black silicone instead of the adhesive. It lasted a couple of years and about 50K miles and never had a problem with weather or temperature. Nice thing was I could remove it without damaging the paint.
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post #7 of 8 Old May 7th, 2012, 6:43 am
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Re: Suction Cup Reliabiality

I've been using the suction mount stuck to the plastic sun visor over the gauges on my 1200RT during shorter test rides and it seems to work fine.

It also keeps the GPS in your line of sight, above the gauges and behind the windshield. I would think that as long as you re-suction it before a ride it should stay secure. I guess time will tell.

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Re: Suction Cup Reliabiality

I've used my suction cup several times without a problem, until 2 weeks ago when my bike was on the driveway and the cup let loose. There was no damage, so I ordered a GPS mounting bracket for my Bags Connection tankbag and a RAM cradle. I haven't received either yet, but I shouldn't have to use the suction cup again.


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