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post #1 of 15 Old Nov 20th, 2005, 11:08 am Thread Starter
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Help on Compass?

I want to mount a compass on my K1200LT. Looking for one that will work when mounted on the bike. Would like one that looks like it belongs on the bike. Don't want to go with a GPS.

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post #2 of 15 Old Nov 20th, 2005, 11:41 am
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I havenít seen a single post on a compass.

Maybe a maritime site? Camping hiking site?

Think I saw some in an Aerostich catalogue?

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post #3 of 15 Old Nov 20th, 2005, 11:50 am
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This may not help much, but I saw a site somewhere that sell clocks, thermometer, and compasses for motorcycles. I think it was called the Spot, but I didn't save it to my favorites. Try a Google search.

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How about this motorcycle specific compass?

http://www.thecompassstore.com/motorcycle.html

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post #5 of 15 Old Nov 20th, 2005, 12:30 pm
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Interesting how it says the the compass will "work on virtually any bike regardless of model (with the exception of the Honda Goldwing)." Maybe the excess of electronics causes too much interference, which makes me wonder if you'd have the same problem on the LT. It is awfully shiny, though.

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post #6 of 15 Old Nov 20th, 2005, 4:13 pm
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Wanna a good one wherein you don't have to worry about waterproofness, etc? Visit a West Marine store, or check out their website - they have a great selection of various models. Some backlit; some permanent mounted; some gymbal mounted; etc, etc.

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Marine Compass

Also try Boat US; Layline; and West Marine as mentioned above. Our sailboats use these mounted to the aluminum masts so compass (direction)compensation is not a problem as long as you can "swing" the compass.

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post #8 of 15 Old Nov 20th, 2005, 8:34 pm
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Check out Radio Shack

I saw two digital ones there. One was exclusively a compass, and the other had a compass, clock, thermometer and I think it was weatherproof. Both about $30.

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Google search on 'electronic compass' brings up many, many hits. First site I looked at had a broad selection ranging from $30 to over $100. Their top model looks very simialr to some GPS receivers I've seen mounted on bikes.

selection from one site <-clicky

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I took pics of nearly all the bikes on the IBA Rally this year...don't remember seeing a single compass among the cluster of gadgets in each of the cockpits. Guess their GPS serves as the compass function...it works for me. Its deadly accurate, of course, and doesn't wobble, bounce or swing back and forth, lose fluid, and has its own lighting.

I'd sure like to see a good compass installed on the LT and hear how accurate and readable it is. Let us know? Thanks.

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post #11 of 15 Old Nov 24th, 2005, 11:56 am
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try here. looks to be the best I have found yet

www.autogeek.net/pniv7waycom2.html

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The V7000 looks great but is it weather proof????

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post #13 of 15 Old Nov 27th, 2005, 3:13 pm
 
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The marine supply stores have a $25 richie compass that works fine. I mounted mine where the dash light is. Be sure to get one that can be adjusted for the metal on the bike. I set mine up once and never did anything again. I have checked it to my GPS and it is very close. I have use this type for over 80k miles. RIDE SAFE
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post #14 of 15 Old Dec 1st, 2005, 8:54 pm
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Smile Compass

Garmin 60CS GPS has built in compass and altimiter. This is a small unit with a very bright display that you can easily mount a variety of ways - I will velcrow mine to my RKA tank bag. Check it out at REI.com or ebay. Much more than a compass but very useful. You can move it from bike to bike or use it in your car or boat also.
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post #15 of 15 Old Dec 1st, 2005, 9:31 pm
 
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I have the Garmin GPS 60c as well and it works fine mounted on the handlebars. Just a touch of the button and it's in compass mode. Another touch and it's showing your route, speed or mileage.
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