I purchased the version for the Garmin 665, and I loved it. Here is why I liked it.gphusky1 said:Anyone had any experience with Touratech's "Locking Handlebar Mount for the BMW Navigator IV" ?
I like the ability to be able to lock the Navigator IV to the mount while getting a bite to eat and not having to remove it every time I get off the bike. Any thoughts are appreciated.
1. Extra security while riding. I actually bought mine because I was tooling down the road, and I hadn't seated my Garmin in completely. It would have been junk on the road if I hadn't caught it with my left hand, deftly put it in my jacket pocket, and pull over. Went online to Touratech as soon as I got home.
2. It has some cushioning while over harsh roads. I know that both the Navigator and 665 are robust products, built for motorcycling, but still.
3. The key does lock your unit down pretty securely. Would I leave it on overnight? Wouldn't even consider it. Would I leave it locked in there while running to the loo on a long trip? Or getting some munchies at the gas station? Yeah, I'd feel safe.
I've got to be honest. Sometimes, I forgot that the nav unit was there, and it was only luck that someone hadn't stolen it. I decided to get the Touratech mount just to be safe.
I know it's pricey, but if you've paid $20K (give or take) for your bike, 800 for the Navigator, and then all the other farkles, what's $180? If I had bought a used 2000 R1100RT, and were counting pennies, yeah, I'd just remember to throw it in my jacket, except I'd forget.
A couple of things. I've had the versions for both the Garmin Zumo 550 and 665. The tolerances are very very tight, meaning some of the screws and bolts just fit, especially if you're mounting it on a plate, which you will. In one case, I had to search down metric bolts (and those are not easy to find) that were precisely right. Just beware.