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post #1 of 11 Old Nov 6th, 2006, 12:07 pm Thread Starter
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GPS, CB, XM etc on shelf or handlbar or...?

For your goodies, GPS, CB, xm, radar, coffee, TV remote control, Hamm radio and DVD player, what is your favorite placement set up? The shelf looks clean and provides a good line of site, but it does seem a bit far away for onboard use. The handle bar is close, looks good, but may start getting cluttered. How are folks liking the GPS ahead of the radio? It seems clean, but pretty low visually.

I am curioius as to what you are using, with pics too if you want, and what you would do differently if you did it again. Thanks.
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This decision seems to be one of those that is highly, highly subjective and very personal. Some people say "no way I want anything on the handelbars -- I like the clean look"; some say "everything must be installed on the handlebars/stingray/shelf". You get the idea.

I haven't made up my mind yet, and that's one reason I don't have a GPS yet on my bike. I've taken dozens of pics at rallies (BMWMOA, CCR, etc.) of other people's setups and I can't decide yet which is the "best" (for me) way to go. I'm leaning toward a trivet mount (I think that's the term) -- mounted on the stingray just forward of the radio controls. I have my cell phone and FRS/GMRS radio in the tank bag, but would like to have those more-easily accessible. Until then, I'll just keep thinking about it. I do think a GPS, which is something you'll be looking at more frequently than anything else, IMO, should be in a straight line-of-sight between you and the road. That puts it on a shelf or on the stingray. Just my $0.02.

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Not shown is the Remote Camera / "Active" Jaming system / GMRS Radio / Cell Phone and most importantly the added LIGHTS!!!!


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So tell me more about this "Active" Jamming system.

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Tell me about all the stuff you have mounted on the bike behind those devices (front of bike)!

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My arms are to short to reach the gadgets on the shelf. I like the XM radio, radar detector and cell phone on the handle bars. Easy to access. I do like the GPS on the radio stingray it is right in your sight and easy to access. I have my smart tire mounted on the left side if the stingray so I can push the button to check tire pressure. I installed the volt meter in the dash where the older computer use to be. I have changed them around several times and this is where I like mind. But everyone for is own liking.
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BMR Co-Pilot shelf for GPS with side shelf for radar detector.....................
XM radio is in sting ray out of the rain.............................................. ...
The distance is perfect as any closer would block speedo and tach tops.....

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I had a CoPilot shelf on my previous LT and loved it. But you have to keep in mind, that a CoPilot installation requires drilling holes (for the mounting screws) in the dashboard cover. Also, as far as I can tell the only clean way to route the wires from the CoPilot is through the map light. Which means the the maplight either has to be removed, or another hole be drilled close to it for the wires. So the CoPilot is pretty much a permanent mod (can't undo).
Mounting stuff on the handlebar means running the wires under the handlebar cover which usually requires no drilling. Stuff mounted on the handlebar is closer to you which maybe handy in the case of an XM radio, for example.
On the other hand the CoPilot installation affords better visual than handlebar mounts when it comes to stuff like a radar detector.

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post #9 of 11 Old Nov 17th, 2006, 11:03 am
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So tell me more about this "Active" Jamming system.

I have the escort radar detector with the Laser Jamming. It works very well. I have been saved a few times from the extra Highway Tax Collection System.

One Antenna in the rear and two up front.

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I tried it on the handlebar and it blocked and/or distracted me from the view in my mirrors, so I moved it to a BMR shelf. Nice clean look and out of the way. A bit of a reach but you really should not be playing with it while riding anyways : )
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Another thing to think of is if you wear bifocal glasses you need to put as much stuff where your glasses and mind want to work good.. No.. Make that work great together. . DAMHIK

Sometimes you need to read the street names on the GPS and operate the bike at the same time.. But only you would know what you can handle..

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