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Pictures of your LT's cockpit

I have been searching old threads hoping to see how some of you more experienced LT riders have your cockpit set-up. I have tracked down only a few...so, I thought I would appeal to the whole forum to show me your pride and joy...(and I do mean your LT's cockpit and nothing else!)

So, any pictures would be appreciated and yes I have seen the Farkle King's set-up--(whew! I am a simple man and Ari's set-up left my head spinning)

Thanks in advance!!

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My 05' cockpit left to right: EZ Pass on the left winglet, IPhone ram mount (phone in use for picture), Garmin 376C, compass, Garmin 378, V-1 in Hontoon box with Spot Tracker attached on top, all mounted a BMR shelf and a SunPass on the right winglet. I have the remote and audio interface for the V-1 mounted under the BMR shelf, the GPS's are mounted to the shelf with TourTech locking mounts. Various switches are located near the headlight adjuster.

Everything is right up front, easy to glance at without leaving sight of the road.

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Thanks for the reply Chuck. A great looking set-up, I noticed that you have auxiliary mirrors mounted on your winglets...what is the brand and how do they mount? Are they drilled through the winglet or clamped on..?

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My 05' cockpit left to right: EZ Pass on the left winglet, IPhone ram mount (phone in use for picture), Garmin 376C, compass, Garmin 378, V-1 in Hontoon box with Spot Tracker attached on top, all mounted a BMR shelf and a SunPass on the right winglet. I have the remote and audio interface for the V-1 mounted under the BMR shelf, the GPS's are mounted to the shelf with TourTech locking mounts. Various switches are located near the headlight adjuster.

Everything is right up front, easy to glance at without leaving sight of the road.

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Wade, a photo of mine is available in any brochure - because it's just as it left the factory. If I wanted a Christmas tree I'd have a Harley or a Wing.
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I was not very happy with the store bought gps mounts so I make my own out of some old plexiglas. It is a Garmin 760 and mounted it at the perfect height and is rain protected. I used the Garmin mount inside and can be easily released by hidden release button. I leave it on all the time wherever I go. Harold
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Like this ..... tho now a Smartire display under right side and camera mount on top of right side shelf.
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This is my current cockpit.
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Which one tells you how deep the fish are?

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Thanks for all the pictures--and even to highroamer...I appreciate the candid opinion. I have a ram mount for my GPS that came with my bike but I prefer the GPS to be in front of me, close to my line of sight... ...not on the handlebar.

Looks like a lot of you use some sort of shelf for mounting your devices on...what bolts do they anchor to?

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I was not very happy with the store bought gps mounts so I make my own out of some old plexiglas.
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Your mount is sweet ...for being 'old plexiglas' you did a great job. Was that labor intensive? It looks like factory work to me...

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Mine a custom taking the idea of a production shelf, them made so GPS sit lower and shelve surrounds it adding more usable space.
Wind screen side has two support legs that attach to top covers anchor screws. Up front side i placed 2 short carbon fiber rods as anti shake supports ... very stable on the road BTW
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Thanks for all the pictures--and even to highroamer...I appreciate the candid opinion. I have a ram mount for my GPS that came with my bike but I prefer the GPS to be in front of me, close to my line of sight... ...not on the handlebar.

Looks like a lot of you use some sort of shelf for mounting your devices on...what bolts do they anchor to?
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I was not very happy with the store bought gps mounts so I make my own out of some old plexiglas. It is a Garmin 760 and mounted it at the perfect height and is rain protected. I used the Garmin mount inside and can be easily released by hidden release button. I leave it on all the time wherever I go. Harold
Damn now that is a nice Job !!! Looks like it could be a factory made unit.

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Up front side i placed 2 short carbon fiber rods as anti shake supports ...
Motorhead are those carbon fiber rods hard to come by? Your bike is the second one I've seen with those...

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This is my current cockpit.
Finally, with those pics I understand why one would want/need more than one gps unit.

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I spent about 12 hours making it. 1st I made a cardboard template. Then cut plexiglas to size and used a dremal tool to custom fit edges. I used a thicker piece on the front side so that I could sand it down to make it curve with the dash. I got the paint from Pep boys (Plast-kote truck&sport utility color 1518 Gunmetal) and it matched up very nicely. I will be at the Spring Training Camp April 14, 15, 16. Hope to meet all you great guys and gals there. Harold
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Just pieces cut to length from a longer section. Carbon arrow shaft is ideal
A small daub of Shoe goop type adhesive on each end, some dry time and wala ... no shelve shakes.

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I spent about 12 hours making it. 1st I made a cardboard template. Then cut plexiglas to size and used a dremal tool to custom fit edges. I used a thicker piece on the front side so that I could sand it down to make it curve with the dash. I got the paint from Pep boys (Plast-kote truck&sport utility color 1518 Gunmetal) and it matched up very nicely. I will be at the Spring Training Camp April 14, 15, 16. Hope to meet all you great guys and gals there. Harold
I've got to say, that's pretty cool!
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I've gotta ask......

What's the purpose of multiple GPS units?
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I spent about 12 hours making it. 1st I made a cardboard template. Then cut plexiglas to size and used a dremal tool to custom fit edges. I used a thicker piece on the front side so that I could sand it down to make it curve with the dash. I got the paint from Pep boys (Plast-kote truck&sport utility color 1518 Gunmetal) and it matched up very nicely. I will be at the Spring Training Camp April 14, 15, 16. Hope to meet all you great guys and gals there. Harold
Wow Harold! That looks like it came from the factory that way. Great job.

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Excellent. BMW should have done this!

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I was not very happy with the store bought gps mounts so I make my own out of some old plexiglas. It is a Garmin 760 and mounted it at the perfect height and is rain protected. I used the Garmin mount inside and can be easily released by hidden release button. I leave it on all the time wherever I go. Harold

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Thanks for the reply Chuck. A great looking set-up, I noticed that you have auxiliary mirrors mounted on your winglets...what is the brand and how do they mount? Are they drilled through the winglet or clamped on..?
The mirrors on the winglets are from Saeng, they are very good quality and take care of the LT blind spot.

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What's the purpose of multiple GPS units?
Redundancy, basically. I can leave one set on the next turn or two, and the other zoomed way out. So when I need gas I can look down and see that there's a town 50-100 miles ahead, then I can call up a list of gas stations and instantly know what's there.

I also do a lot of Long Distance Rallies, where efficiently solving the time/distance/location equation makes a huge difference in how well you place.

So I can leave one on a base route, and with the other I can run scenarios, adding and subtracting way points and roads and see exactly how it affects my overall time. I can instantly tell if I'm ahead of schedule, or behind, or if I have enough time to detour for something else.

Not that big of a deal on a Sunday ride, but when crossing several states in a day on a very tight time schedule it gives me a lot of options.



As for the third GPS, that was picked up in some podunk Kansas town when both of my normal GPS units started going flaky in the middle of a very long ride. Remember that redundancy thing . . .

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As for the third GPS, that was picked up in some podunk Kansas town when both of my normal GPS units started going flaky in the middle of a very long ride. Remember that redundancy thing . . .
Podunk? That's a little to close to my house partner...

Seriously though, your cockpit looks like it's a second home...many hours logged there?

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Podunk? That's a little to close to my house partner…
Actually I think it was Hays, so at least a good couple hours or so from you. I was on my way to the Barbed Wire Museum in LaCrosse to soak up a little local culture.

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Seriously though, your cockpit looks like it's a second home...many hours logged there?
Well, with 115K miles in 3 years, you could say that . . .

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Meese, do you run these scenarios while going down the road?

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Redundancy, basically. I can leave one set on the next turn or two, and the other zoomed way out. So when I need gas I can look down and see that there's a town 50-100 miles ahead, then I can call up a list of gas stations and instantly know what's there.

I also do a lot of Long Distance Rallies, where efficiently solving the time/distance/location equation makes a huge difference in how well you place.

So I can leave one on a base route, and with the other I can run scenarios, adding and subtracting way points and roads and see exactly how it affects my overall time. I can instantly tell if I'm ahead of schedule, or behind, or if I have enough time to detour for something else.

Not that big of a deal on a Sunday ride, but when crossing several states in a day on a very tight time schedule it gives me a lot of options.



As for the third GPS, that was picked up in some podunk Kansas town when both of my normal GPS units started going flaky in the middle of a very long ride. Remember that redundancy thing . . .

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Meese, do you run these scenarios while going down the road?
I know I do... when I'm not texting etc.

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Ghaison, I think you see where I was heading. I immediately thought of the wreck last weekend in Phoenix, AZ. Add in the fatigue from hours on the road and it seems like it would be fairly high risk. Although I would imagine that much of his time is spent in rural areas. Where the deer and the elk play alongside the roads...........

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Here is my cockpit /farcles ; heck the entire travel system for my LT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKRQoAj5BXc

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Looks like a nice set up and I like the hydration system you installed. I'd be a little concerned about the bungees though as they have been know to come loose and fling gear under the rear wheel. Just anecdotal, as I personally haven't had it happen to me.

I was convinced to go to the ROK straps and they seem to be more secure and hold a little better than bungees.

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Hang on to those 376's guys. I just switched to a 640 and it pails in comparison.

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Dan,
I' know exactly what your saying.

The two bags are strapped in independantly with their own straps, under the luggage rack and around the sides. The front one is also secured to the side case handles. No Bungies are required to hold the gear on.

The bungies are used to secure the Net, and of course, the net is able to stay on itself.

But; yes..; agreed; Best not to use them in the future. I've got 2ROK straps, but the bungies were much quicker when needing to access whats under the net, and for putting things I want easily (LIke lunch or water bottel).

Finally, the camel back also serves as a nice backrest ; and cold too ;-)

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Looks like a nice set up and I like the hydration system you installed. I'd be a little concerned about the bungees though as they have been know to come loose and fling gear under the rear wheel. Just anecdotal, as I personally haven't had it happen to me.

I was convinced to go to the ROK straps and they seem to be more secure and hold a little better than bungees.
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I just installed this dash and added a new Sirius Sportster 5. The empty slot on the right is where the Valentine One was supposed to go but someone decided they needed it more than me .


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I just installed this dash and added a new Sirius Sportster 5. The empty slot on the right is where the Valentine One was supposed to go but someone decided they needed it more than me .
Nice set-up. Sorry, to hear about the loss of your radar detector --that brings up one of my chief concerns with having all of this out in the open--it takes time to put it all away under lock and key or run the risk of light fingers. I know there are some products that help secure your gps, satellite radio, etc. but even then if someone wanted it bad enough they could take it. I practice out of sight--out of mind and have actually covered the bike before when my better half and I have gotten off to walk around so she can shop. Probably just paranoid but I cannot relax otherwise.

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Meese, do you run these scenarios while going down the road?
Ever cross Kansas, or Nebraska, or Nevada, or Montana? Trust me, there's a whole lotta nothin' out there . . .

I once heard a race car driver say that family cars shouldn't even have radios, as they're too distracting. And we were cut off just this afternoon by a mom on a cell phone (yes, you do have to look both ways before pulling out . . . ), although we were in my wife's car at the time.

But just like everyone has a different tolerance for their maximum safe speed, folks have different tolerances for distractions and multitasking. The trick is knowing what you can safely do in any given circumstance. And, more importantly, what you can't (which is where most people fail, actually).

And yes, if I need to do something that's very intensive, I can pull off the highway to a safe spot, do my calculations, then get back on the road without ever getting off the bike. But if it's just adding or subtracting a waypoint or two, and I'm not in L.A. or N.Y. traffic, well then it's really a judgement call, based on current conditions and my own extensive riding experience.

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Nice set-up. Sorry, to hear about the loss of your radar detector --that brings up one of my chief concerns with having all of this out in the open--it takes time to put it all away under lock and key or run the risk of light fingers. I know there are some products that help secure your gps, satellite radio, etc. but even then if someone wanted it bad enough they could take it. I practice out of sight--out of mind and have actually covered the bike before when my better half and I have gotten off to walk around so she can shop. Probably just paranoid but I cannot relax otherwise.
Actually, the detector was lifted out of my truck...along with my satellite radio and my work tools.

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Actually, the detector was lifted out of my truck...along with my satellite radio and my work tools.

OUCH!!

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