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post #1 of 20 Old May 16th, 2009, 8:47 pm Thread Starter
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Maybe not too original, but the high dollar BMW Cup Holder that came with the used LT I bought last fall interferes with the way I mounted my Zumo & tank bag, so I came up with an alternate, that is very low cost, and not to much more of a reach. Easy to install; no holes to drill or clamps to attach. The holder can be removed easily when not used, leaving only a couple of small pieces of velcro on bike, which are hardly noticable. So far it seems to work just fine, and if I want to I can remove it completely in less than a minute with no sign it was ever there.

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post #2 of 20 Old May 17th, 2009, 8:40 am
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Re: $2.00 Cup/Drink Holder Project

The Velcro idea is great. I use it to mount my garage door remote. That position for the cup holder however, would prevent me from putting my left foot up on the tip over wing when riding long slabs - which is really quite comfortable.
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I like your thinking. There was no way that I was going to part with $150 to hold a $2 drink. I made a camera mount for my bike that installed into the left mirror hole on the handle bar. It did a great job of holding the camera but that was all that I used it for so I thought about removing it until I walked through Wal-mart's automotive section one day and came across the plastic cup holders....4 for $2.00. I bought a set and cut the end where it was supposed to hang in the car window and then drilled one 1/4'' hole to go over the screw on the camera mount. Tightened it all down with a nylon nut. It holds up to a 44oz drink and stays out of the wind in most windshield positions that I use. And I can still mount the camera on the bike at the same time without interfering with the drink removal and replacement. The most difficult part was bending the mount so that the camera was level when riding.

My total cost nearly broke the bank in comparison. I spent about 7 times the amount that you invested in your cupholder. $150 for a cupholder, cut me a break.

I have three cupholders remaining in the pack. I do not have armrests for the pillion, but I plan to acquire them within the next year. Has anyone come up with a way to mount a cupholder onto the pillion area without using an armrest? I would like to see pictures. I'm trying to figure out how to do it without causing a permanent scar on the bike because I plan to eventually mount the drink holder to the arm rests.
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The Velcro idea is great. I use it to mount my garage door remote. That position for the cup holder however, would prevent me from putting my left foot up on the tip over wing when riding long slabs - which is really quite comfortable.

Yes, it would be in the way for resting a foot there, but I have installed the Mick-0-pegs below the crash-tip-over-bars, so I'm taken care of in the alternate leg position area.

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Very Cool idea. I am now thinking about picking up a bicycle type carbon fiber bottle holder and mounting it like yours. As others have said, much better than the BMW ripoff, and for about $20 I can go high tech

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Re: $2.00 Cup/Drink Holder Project

When I purchased my 2005 K1200LT there were 3 holes on the left side handle bar. Not sure what the previous owner had there. A new cup holder is $190 CDN so I purchased the one pictured at Canadian Tire for $10. Two of the holes lined up perfectly and I filled in the third hole. Looks almost factory made.
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Maybe not too original, but the high dollar BMW Cup Holder that came with the used LT I bought last fall interferes with the way I mounted my Zumo & tank bag, so I came up with an alternate, that is very low cost, and not to much more of a reach. Easy to install; no holes to drill or clamps to attach. The holder can be removed easily when not used, leaving only a couple of small pieces of velcro on bike, which are hardly noticable. So far it seems to work just fine, and if I want to I can remove it completely in less than a minute with no sign it was ever there.

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And that position keeps your drink nice and warm in the winter too!
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I like your thinking. There was no way that I was going to part with $150 to hold a $2 drink. I made a camera mount for my bike that installed into the left mirror hole on the handle bar. It did a great job of holding the camera but that was all that I used it for so I thought about removing it until I walked through Wal-mart's automotive section one day and came across the plastic cup holders....4 for $2.00. I bought a set and cut the end where it was supposed to hang in the car window and then drilled one 1/4'' hole to go over the screw on the camera mount. Tightened it all down with a nylon nut. It holds up to a 44oz drink and stays out of the wind in most windshield positions that I use. And I can still mount the camera on the bike at the same time without interfering with the drink removal and replacement. The most difficult part was bending the mount so that the camera was level when riding.

My total cost nearly broke the bank in comparison. I spent about 7 times the amount that you invested in your cupholder. $150 for a cupholder, cut me a break.

I have three cupholders remaining in the pack. I do not have armrests for the pillion, but I plan to acquire them within the next year. Has anyone come up with a way to mount a cupholder onto the pillion area without using an armrest? I would like to see pictures. I'm trying to figure out how to do it without causing a permanent scar on the bike because I plan to eventually mount the drink holder to the arm rests.

If you have a bakup back rest, there are two mounting bolts holding the backrest to the support. Get yourself a bicycle water bottle holder (or similar) and mount it to the back of the bakup. There is plenty of room. You may need to increase the lengths of the original bakup bolts, but go ahead! This will give the pillion a place to put their water or other bottle.

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Re: $2.00 Cup/Drink Holder Project

My $.02.
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That's great, but what do you do if your riding 2 up?

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If you have a bakup back rest, there are two mounting bolts holding the backrest to the support. Get yourself a bicycle water bottle holder (or similar) and mount it to the back of the bakup. There is plenty of room. You may need to increase the lengths of the original bakup bolts, but go ahead! This will give the pillion a place to put their water or other bottle.
There wouldn't be "plenty of room" on my bike for this water bottle holder. My wife is quite slim, and there simply isn't much room between the back of my Bakup backrest, and her. So a water bottle holder mounted there would be out of the question. I was considering putting a custom made pouch/pocket there too...but she said...no way. And for what it's worth, I have my top box(trunk) moved back to the rear-most mounting position, so I have no way to gain any additional room...'lest I remove the trunk of course.

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Not $2.... but well worth the cost and it can be modified to hold other handlebar mounted items...

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Have you tried this setup? With the drink holder mounted to the footpeg, I would imagine that any type of liquid on the road would end up on the mouth piece.... I suggest that any drink holders be mounted behind the windshield area.

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That's great, but what do you do if your riding 2 up?

The cup holder doesn't get in the way when the pegs are down. And I haven't found a women yet that can go too long without a rest stop.
The other question about the mouthpiece getting dirty, well ah....I don't think it gets any dirtier than my mouth.........
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That's great, but what do you do if your riding 2 up?

The other question about the mouthpiece getting dirty, well ah....I don't think it gets any dirtier than my mouth.........
I think we may know why your passenger pegs don't get much use.

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Well I tried to be of help. I just can't figure how anything behind my leg get dirtier than my face flapping in the wind. I think I've looked at every position up front and all of them obstruct or seem like something to poke me in the eye if something happens.
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Oh come on ppl... it's the button, I tell you, the button! The BMW holder was the first farkle I got. That satisfying clunk when you pop it open, the amazement on faces of nearby riders....priceless.

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When I purchased my 2005 K1200LT there were 3 holes on the left side handle bar. Not sure what the previous owner had there. A new cup holder is $190 CDN so I purchased the one pictured at Canadian Tire for $10. Two of the holes lined up perfectly and I filled in the third hole. Looks almost factory made.

I looked for this model to see if it is feasible - can not find it. do you have a name brand or something I could look up and research.

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