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Question Powering A Gps On My 07gt...

I am mounting a Garmin 2720 on my '07 GT and I was wondering if anyone ever ran it straight from the battery. It's so convenient to power it from there AND I like to be able to use mine when the bike is off sometimes. Now...I know that the downside is: If you leave it on...DEAD battery.

Question: Has anyone on here ever had yours wired to a non-switched source?

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Re: Powering A Gps On My 07gt...

Both my bikes are hardwired to battery. Just don't forget to shut it off or you'll have a dead battery if you don't ride for a few days. Someone posted up a new fuse box that has both switched and always on posts.

Edit: found it http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...highlight=fuse

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Re: Powering A Gps On My 07gt...

Cool! Thanks Neil. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only IDIOT out there who decided to hard wire that sucker!!!!!

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Cool! Thanks Neil. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only IDIOT out there who decided to hard wire that sucker!!!!!
maybe I am the only cheap idiot around

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My two sets of aux. lights are hard wired with on/off switches. I left the lights on at a restaurant in Malibu and came out to a dead battery. ARGH!! Take it from me, Ruby is no fun to push start .

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I got mine wired to the battery. It makes it handy to find your next destination without having to start the bike, or have the gps turn off on you when your at a gas stop. I've left it on for an hour with no effect on being able to start the bike up. In fact l left the power on to the bike and motolights and gps on by accident during a lunch break, and she still started fine.

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A lot of GPS receivers have an auto power down sequence when the screen or position is unchanging for a while. It's usually an option in the set-up menu. I had a Magellan RM760 set up that way when connected to constant-on power. It shut off after 15 minutes and always prompted first to check if you still might be using it then did a short countdown (30 secs) to turn off. Try that.
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Hey Jack, I have my GPS wired to a Painless fuse box that has 3 always hot and 4 switched circuits. The GPS is to the always hot. I likes it that way and had it that way on the LT. You don't have to wait for it to start up if you stop for gas, to eat, etc. I'm just in the habit of shutting stuff off if I need to.



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Both my GPS's are hard wired to the battery. No problems, as they draw so little current. The GPS's maintain satellite lock the whole time, and it makes it nice for tracking your averages over a 24-hour period.

Oh, and the Fuzeblock is a great little unit, developed by an LD rider. Expensive, but worth it (kinda like the bike itself).

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Re: Powering A Gps On My 07gt...

I got the Touratech CanBus helper and powered the GPS and other accessories through that. It's has power and ground and is set up to be switched power rather than hot all the time. I connected the trigger wire to one of the parking lamps; it works like a charm.

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Re: Powering A Gps On My 07gt...

Thanks guys...it is now certain that I will not be "the only IDIOT" out there with my GPS wired to the battery!

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I have the GPS and two extra Powerlet outlets wired straight to the battery (with in-line fuses on all lines). I will NOT have any trouble running two Gerbing jackets on my GT, and I can use a standard, non-BMW smart charger to charge the battery.

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Both my bikes are hardwired to battery. Just don't forget to shut it off or you'll have a dead battery if you don't ride for a few days. Someone posted up a new fuse box that has both switched and always on posts.

Edit: found it http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...highlight=fuse
On both my 06 and 09 GT's, I put a relay in near the battery (it fits under the cover) which is direct wired to battery. The relay is tripped on when the key is turned on by a trip wire which comes from the special BMW outlet (standard equipment) just in front and under the battery cover. It is difficult to see. This outlet was for the BMW GPS hook-up.As many as five different accessories can be connected to the relay.

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maybe I am the only cheap idiot around
Nope, you can add me to that list. I thought MC parts were expensive back in the 70's (and they were), but now they are thru the roof. Ah, what the heck. My wife ain't gonna let me put any money in the casket anyway.

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