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I'm to understand that there is a plug tucked somewhere under the fairing that you can plug an adapter to to power a GPS? This would be powered only when the bike is on right?? Most important where the hell IS this plug?

Also can I power a GPS from one of the two 12v accessory plugs my 2011 RT has??

Please, talk to me like a child, I'm technology challenged :eek:
 

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don't know about the hidden plug however I just purchased a 2008 RT and to drive it home I used the rear plug- in to power the GPS unit. Front socket powered my heated vest. I was planning on hard wiring after I got home and would also be interested in a hidden power source.

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The powered socket for the GPS is tied below the fairing support above the front fender. It has a black plastic blanking plug in it to protect it from the weather if it's not used. Shine a good light up there and you'll find it. Snip the cable tie to loosen it for use.

Get the BMW "repair plug", part # 83300413585 at a dealer. It plugs straight into the GPS socket. It is a plug with three wires. The wires have VERY TINY numbers 1,2 & 3 written on them. #1 is ground (-), #2 is autospeed/volume and will only do anything if you're using a BMW GPS. Otherwise cut/tie it off. #3 is 12v power (+).

Splice the wires into a power cable for your GPS and it will have power whenever the bike is turned on. The CanBus keeps the GPS powered on for approximately a minute after you turn the ignition off.

You can power a GPS from the aux. sockets, but it's nowhere near as tidy and makes them unavailable for other accessories.
 

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bikebits said:
The powered socket for the GPS is tied below the fairing support above the front fender. It has a black plastic blanking plug in it to protect it from the weather if it's not used. Shine a good light up there and you'll find it. Snip the cable tie to loosen it for use.

Get the BMW "repair plug", part # 83300413585 at a dealer. It plugs straight into the GPS socket. It is a plug with three wires. The wires have VERY TINY numbers 1,2 & 3 written on them. #1 is ground (-), #2 is autospeed/volume and will only do anything if you're using a BMW GPS. Otherwise cut/tie it off. #3 is 12v power (+).

Splice the wires into a power cable for your GPS and it will have power whenever the bike is turned on. The CanBus keeps the GPS powered on for approximately a minute after you turn the ignition off.

You can power a GPS from the aux. sockets, but it's nowhere near as tidy and makes them unavailable for other accessories.


I did this same thing but used a Powerlet plug with the BMW repair plug so when I wasn't using the GPS I could use the power source for other things such as charging my smart phone. Powerlet also sells a micro USB cable that works well with GPS units and cell phones. It steps the voltage down to 5V and something like 1 amp which is what they need for proper charging. Once you find the plug underneath the front fairing it's a pretty easy install. (my RT is a 2007 and plug was zip tied to fairing stay by headstock/horn)
 

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You wanted a child-like explanation.

YES, there is a plug.

The front of the bike has a part called the Headstock.

The Plug is usually taped to the headstock

See this link: it is blue: http://www.zumoforums.com/index.php?topic=2798.0

put the cursor on the blue link and push the button.

Read the thread. at about the third post there is a picture of the underneath of the headstock.

See the pretty picture of the plug... look it has white circle around it...

Yes the post was started by Mr. Hopz. Yes, that is Mr. Hopz silver motorcycle.

Listen it go vroom, vroom.
 

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hopz said:
You wanted a child-like explanation.

YES, there is a plug.

The front of the bike has a part called the Headstock.

The Plug is usually taped to the headstock

See this link: it is blue: http://www.zumoforums.com/index.php?topic=2798.0

put the cursor on the blue link and push the button.

Read the thread. at about the third post there is a picture of the underneath of the headstock.

See the pretty picture of the plug... look it has white circle around it...

Yes the post was started by Mr. Hopz. Yes, that is Mr. Hopz silver motorcycle.

Listen it go vroom, vroom.
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Can I call you Uncle Hopz?
 

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I cant remember if you need to take the tupperware off to get to it. but its there. Use it, it works great.If I remember its on the right side of headstock as others have explained.
 

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I didn't do this when I connected my Zumo 660 on my 2010 RT. This is why...
The GPS plug at the headstock, according to what I've read, stays powered for about a minute.
The Zumo has a nice feature that when power is turned off to the unit it will ask you if you want to turn it off or keep it powered with the internal battery. It does this within seconds of switching power off. Sometimes I want to switch it off and other times I want to keep it on. I would hate to wait a minute to get the prompt on the Zumo screen. By the way, the default is that power will be turned off so if you walk away your unit will be off when you return (less than a minute).

I leave power on all the time except for extended stops (more than 30 minutes). For example stops for fuel, water, putting on extra gear, taking off extra gear, checking routes, phone calls, etc. I leave the unit powered.

I use switched power from a Fuzeblock to the Zumo, XM, P3, and SAE plug. Have another SAE plug wired directly to the battery and protected with a 25 amp fuse. Btw, I kept the Zumo fuse so it is doubly protected (like suspenders and a belt). I took the switched power off the front parking light.

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I originally used the GPS plug with a USB port to power a Garmin Nuvi. The issue I had with the plug is that even if your keep the unit on after you shut off the key, when you start the bike, the Garmin reboots because of the new power source. This was a PITA, as I was ready to role and then had to wait several minutes for the GPS to find satellites. Not sure if the Zumo's have the same issue.

My solution, I wired the USB port directly to the battery. This keeps the GPS always unless I power it down. Works great for short stops and to charge the cell at a stop.
 

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Travman said:
... The issue I had with the plug is that even if your keep the unit on after you shut off the key, when you start the bike, the Garmin reboots because of the new power source. This was a PITA, as I was ready to roll and then had to wait several minutes for the GPS to find satellites. Not sure if the Zumo's have the same issue. ...
My Zumo 665 does this, also - although it doesn't take that long to find the satellites.
 

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Just got my RT, and purchased the said lead, spliced my zumo 660 into it, put it in the plug and HEY PRESTO, when I turn the ignition off, the zumo 660 stays powered up, the hazard switch backlight stays lit and all my accessories are still live?????? BUT when I turn the zumo off manually everything else stays powered up for the said minute then shuts down, but when the Zumo is on, it stays live, Any thoughts :confused: :confused:
 

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Can I call you Uncle Hopz?
1) If you own or plan to own a Garmin Zumo- go ahead and join the Zumo forums. There is no cost the guys are helpful too. I was the first Zumo Forum Moderator along with two other guys but I "retired" a few years ago. Readng that thread will be worth joining anyway.

2) Yes, you can call me Hopz, Uncle Hopz or even Bob, but my knowledge of the issue is more related to the pre-2010 models.

3) The issue of using Switched or Un-Switched power for the Zumo was the very first MAJOR thread on the Zumo Forum site. Apparently it continues to this day. The bottom line is that there is no "Right" or "correct" answer. There are good arguments on both sides of the issue. My personal answer was to use the switched power- because I did not want to have to remember to turn the GPS off and I did not want the battery drain even though it is tiny.

In pre 2010 RT's the Canbus leaves the GPS (and other circuits) powered up for about 30 seconds. During that period of time the GPS will ask you if you want to continue on battery power. If you say Yes, it will stay ON, on internal GPS battery power. The Canbus power will still shut off in 30 seconds. Post 2010 bike may have different power schemes but I think not.

There are other obscure behaviors associated with selecting Yes to the switch to internal battery power that argue against using this option- just in my opinion. I have spent time measured in hours consulting with guys who have used the Continue on Battery Power option for the Zumo and experienced unexplained GPS behavior. Once I convinced them to just leave it alone and let the Canbus do its thing- things work as they are supposed to. There is no downside to leaving it alone. If you re-start the bike the GPS will restart, no big deal. If you were riding on a route it always re-starts from where you were anyway. If your unit had already located the satellites it will start up immediately anyway... unless the earth moved significantly and the unit had to relocate the satellite.

If you want to install a direct to battery power set-up it is easy - if you do not mind turning the power off when you land. If you leave it on, it will draw down the main battery till it is dead. Your call. It may last for days/weeks/months for all I know. Do as you like.

My personal style is to park the bike and walk away knowing all systems are turned off.

So if you still want to talk send me a PM.

Bob
 

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Hi Bob, the canbus is staying live indefinitly after I turn off the ignition (if the zumo is on).AND its keeping other accessories live.

If the zumo is switched OFF when I turn off the ignition the canbus powers down after 60 secs.

If the zumo is ON when ignition is turned off at NO time is the zumo giving me the option to switch of automatically or stay on (as it used to when the Harley ignition was switched off)

I was hoping to have it switch on and off with the ignition, but I guess I'll have to operate it manually!
 

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I also used a fuzeblock but triggered it from the GPS power plug. I figure this gives me the best of both worlds. If I do not want the GPS to turn off with the switched power, I simple move the fuse to the unswitched position in the fuzeblock. Only takes a few seconds to do and NO rewiring required. One other advantage of the fuzeblock is that I now have switched or unswitched power for all my other toys. FWIW - the switched power on my 2010 RT stays on for about a minute.
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TWheels said:
I also used a fuzeblock but triggered it from the GPS power plug.
Peter
Trying to figure out how you did this?

If you mean the GPS Power Plug under the headstock... isn't that a switched source on your bike?

If it is the plug you used- how do you get the power to stay on longer than the Canbus operates? You say you move the fuse... ok but if the power TO the fuze block is not on what difference does it make?

Are you sure you didn't mount the fuze block to the battery?
 

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The Fuzeblock takes power from both the battery and a switched source ( in this case the GPS plug). It then gives you the choice of switched or constant power to each accessory depending on the fuse placement.
 

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OK... double your pleasure, double your fun... I guess.
 
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