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Hi, I could use some advice from those that have some first hand experience. I just bought a new 2011 R1200RT and I want to mount a Garmin 60CSX GPS and a Passport 9500ix Radar Detector and a SPOT.

Anyone out there got a similar setup in place already? I've got brackets for the Garmin and Spot. Not sure about the Passport yet.

Power.......I'm electrically challenged! Is there a simple solution or should I just bring all this stuff to the dealer let them do it?

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Being electrically challenged make an answer difficult because there will be some small measure of thinking on the fly with respect to want you want to do; but this kind of wiring is easy.

First you should take your power directly from the battery, through a fuse and some kind of switch (to turn everything off so as not to accidentally drain the battery.

The fuse is easy; put it in series with the positive side of your load (red wire going to the peripherals). The switch is not hard, but the approach depends upon what you want. You can have a manual switch that you must remember to turn off (easiest approach), or you can have a switch controlled by your ignition key via a relay.

All of the devices you mentioned are low current loads - summed at less than 3 amps sustained loads by my guess. You can likely fuse them at 5 amps.
 

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I'm about to mount up a GPS and radar detector on my '07. I was thinking of putting in an aux fuse block with ground under the seat, and run the wires from the detector and GPS back to it under the fairing. I was planning on getting swtitched power via the aux power point on the left rear of the bike.
The GPS will be mounted between the bars using a Ram mount that replaces a handlebar bolt. I'm leaning toward putting the radar detector in the front right fairing pocket with a Radar Screamer behind the left speaker grille and a remote display unit somewhere on the dash.
I'll probably break ground on this project in the next week or two.
- Skitch
 

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I put a fuse block under my radio box with relays for all farkles.
Built a "shelf" similar to co-pilot out of 5/16 plexi.
Shelf holds my GPS, radar detector and MP3.....
 

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Easy to do. I have on my 2010, a "shelf" from RCU industries. Mounted on the shelf are the Zumo 550--nut and bolted to the shelf, an Escort Solo 2 detector, a radar screamer--both mounted using industrial grade velcro. On the bottom of the shelf is my temperature control for the heated clothing. Also velcro mounted. The whole thing as one friend said looks "aviation." Neat and purposeful. And it all works. The shelf helps take away some of the glare on the speedo, tach, and monitor. I use the Solo 2 (now there is a "3") because it is powered by simple AA batteries, and they last months-it also features an auto shut off after 20 minutes of no movement. The Radar Screamer comes from Motorcycle Radar and really works great. I found that the anemic little beep the detector makes is fine for a car, but useless on a bike. The little LED that attaches to your helmet was distracting and annoying to me. Motorcycle Radar sells a complete kit to make it all very easy. The whole thing is wired directly to the battery through a fuse box, very easy to do and no problems with the CANbus.
I'll send a photo later in the day if you would like. Hope this helps!
Dave
 

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heavynikonf3 said:
Easy to do. I have on my 2010, a "shelf" from RCU industries. Mounted on the shelf are the Zumo 550--nut and bolted to the shelf, an Escort Solo 2 detector, a radar screamer--both mounted using industrial grade velcro. On the bottom of the shelf is my temperature control for the heated clothing. Also velcro mounted. The whole thing as one friend said looks "aviation." Neat and purposeful. And it all works. The shelf helps take away some of the glare on the speedo, tach, and monitor. I use the Solo 2 (now there is a "3") because it is powered by simple AA batteries, and they last months-it also features an auto shut off after 20 minutes of no movement. The Radar Screamer comes from Motorcycle Radar and really works great. I found that the anemic little beep the detector makes is fine for a car, but useless on a bike. The little LED that attaches to your helmet was distracting and annoying to me. Motorcycle Radar sells a complete kit to make it all very easy. The whole thing is wired directly to the battery through a fuse box, very easy to do and no problems with the CANbus.
I'll send a photo later in the day if you would like. Hope this helps!
Dave

Please send a photo for all of us to see. Nice to see how each person attaches accessories. :)
 

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OK Rod, and for several others who have PM'd me.
Dave
 

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Good "switched" power sources for you fuse block are the parking lights, the GPS connector just behind the head light (it turns of 60 seconds after the bike), the green with black stripe wire in the factory computer connection device under the seat. Be cautious about using the power outlet connector for this, sometimes the load of the fuse block and small things will keep it going. If you use BMW repair connector # 83 300 413 585 you can plug into the GPS connector and then have wires to hook to, run back to your fuse block and trigger the power relay for the block. Put a 1N4001 (radio shack, cheap) diode cathode to the positive side of the trigger signal/relay coil connection (pin 86) and the positive side of the diode to the negative side of the relay coil connection (pin 85 on a standard bosch type relay). Some people put them in series with the trigger wire then you need to put the cathode end of the diode (marked end) down stream, now you will protect your system from voltage spike feed back when the relay opens. (that coil can kick out a couple of hundred volts back into the system when it opens).
The link has some good relay information for those who would like to look.
http://www.autoshop101.com/forms/hweb2.pdf
Here is a good way to tap into factory wiring if you must,
http://www.amazon.com/Posi-tap-Connector-20-22-Gauge-Wire/dp/B00389UT3I
 

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Hey Dave,
That looks great! Can you also attach a photo of your fuseable link on your battery for all your accessories? Also do you have it wired to your headlights wiring to auto shut off or do you have a seperate switch? If you could show that, it would help all us noobs and electrically challenged (aka myself!).
Thanks!
 

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Rod---

The GPS, and screamer are wired to the battery, as is the control for heated clothing. I have no shut-off switch, and nothing is wired through the headlight, on purpose, basically to keep it all separate from the bike's electrical system. The screamer only draws when the detector is on and active. The detector has an auto shut off at about 20 minutes--with a loud alert signal when it does, and runs on AA's anyway. The GPS was on my Road King and left on overnight, no problems starting in the morning--very light draw. The heat control wire is coiled up and disconnected as of a month ago, zip tied to a frame member under the seat--simply don't need it now in the desert.
Yes I must remember to turn things off, but it's easy and has kept everything very simple. I'll take an under seat photo this evening. I do plan on putting a switch for everything on the shelf within the next couple of weeks.
Dave
 

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Dave:

That looks like a tint windshield? Did you replace the stock one? Perhaps you can advise us what else you did on your '10 RT? Thanks.
 

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Hi Desert John---

Correct, the windshield is a Cee Bailey Rally Sport Shield. Works great at speeds above 45-50 mph even though it is about 2 inches shorter than OEM. The small laminar lip at the top ports the on coming air up and over my helmet, no pressure, no buffeting. Best of all, I can ride comfortably, and enjoy a big decrease in wind noise---with my face shield wide open---of course, sun glasses on. Your height will determine if it works for you. I'm 6 foot even, I raise the shield about 2 inches.
I put Hyper Lights (constant blink) on the rear end. Thats it for modification. I like things simple, easy to get to (if needed).
As far as chassis and handling go--all stock--except I ditched the Metzlers and now roll on Michelin Road Pilot 3's. I might add a steering damper at some time in the future.

Dave
 

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I just wanted to say thanks to all that took the time to reply to my question. Your suggestions / feedback was very much appreciated.

I have some items on order that should fulfill all my needs.

Ride safe. :bmw:
 
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