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My new-to-me '06 LT came with a Nav II. Since 2003 maps aren't particularly useful, and the Nav II interface is pretty minima and very dated, I have replaced it with a 7" Garmin DriveSmart 65. THis particular device has Amazon Alexa built-in, includes waypoints from the History Channel and Foursquare, and includes voice search for locations via "OK Garmin".

I mounted it on the same mount on which the Nav II was mounted -- with just a bit of additional hardware. The angle works really well, even with the large screen size!

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Nice display but I don't see a weatherproof rating so you might want to keep a plastic bag handy if it rains.
 
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Nice. What ball mount bracket is that?
Arkon Metal 17mm Ball Mount

... I don't see a weatherproof rating so you might want to keep a plastic bag handy if it rains.
I do keep a baggie ready, but for several years I have purchased previous-gen units (cheap on eBay) and have ridden in lots of rain without cover. They all work... until they don't. Then I replace them with another inexpensive unit, usually with better tech. They seem to last me 2-3 years. This unit was an eBay refurb unit which I picked up for $129. This location -- centered behind the windscreen -- seems like it may be better protection than my typical reservoir-mount location. We shall see!
 
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Yeah you should be alright. I have run several Motorola phones in that same area and used to bag them but stopped and they all worked just fine even in down pours.
 

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Wow! I have a Garmin motorcycle GPS, and the Garmin DriveSmart 65... I like the bigger screen though I was not able to hear it using Bluetooth. How do you use voice search?!!
 

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My new-to-me '06 LT came with a Nav II. Since 2003 maps aren't particularly useful, and the Nav II interface is pretty minima and very dated, I have replaced it with a 7" Garmin DriveSmart 65. THis particular device has Amazon Alexa built-in, includes waypoints from the History Channel and Foursquare, and includes voice search for locations via "OK Garmin".

I mounted it on the same mount on which the Nav II was mounted -- with just a bit of additional hardware. The angle works really well, even with the large screen size!

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Nice job, how did you run power to the unit and integrate it into the Voice II system?

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...how did you run power to the unit and integrate it into the Voice II system?
I actually have not run power yet. When I get a chance to remove the side panels I will install a Fuzeblock FZ-1 above the battery to run power to several accessories. That said, there is a channel up through the stock mount which will allow power to run pretty invisibly to the Garmin. I use Sena comms, so I have the GPS connected via Bluetooth. The LT arrived with a Baehr intercom, but I'm really happy with the wireless Senas so will likely let someone else use that.
 
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