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Offline Northants trooper

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Sat Nav mounting
« on: June 18, 2017, 09:25:51 »
Hello all,
I've seen on a few stroms a bar at the bottom of the wind shield where people have there sat navs. Any idea where I can find one and any recommendations for a good but affordable satnav
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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2017, 11:31:03 »
Easy - make one.

I used a couple of bits of stiff alloy sheet and a section of old steel handle bar, lick of black paint - job done.





Others have made similar out of copper or even plastic plumbing bits.

There are these things though if you want to be posh.  :grin:

http://ravetechmotorcycles.com/store/en/Suzuki-DL650-v-strom/23-DL650-accessory-bar.html

I just googled "vstrom gps bar" btw.


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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 09:51:08 »
Zumo 350lm is a great GPS for motorcycle. I've had mine for 5 years without problems and free map updates. Remember that motorcycles expose GPS to harsher conditions like vibration and rain so the more robust design may be cost effective.
The Zumo range is expensive but 350lm are discontinued so you may be able to get hold of one that a retailer is holding in stock.

I posted on May31st a home made mounting system for sat nav but it is for the later models with single unit headlight.

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 18:49:09 »
I used this one from Ravetech.
Arrived promptly, and was a perfect fit.

http://ravetechmotorcycles.com/store/en/Suzuki-DL650-v-strom/1-dl650mgps.html

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2017, 21:27:53 »
Made my own, cost me £4!
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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2017, 09:05:37 »
Purchased a cheap ram mount from fleabay - item no 302288415183 which arrived from Hong Kong within 8 days  :thumb:

I do not plan to mirror stem mount it, but will attempt to make up a behind the screen bar and attach the ram mount to it  :fix:


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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2017, 02:46:54 »
We do two dash mounts for the 2012-2017 DL650 RAM mount only or bar with RAM mount. We also have mounts for the new model on the way.
www.ravetechmotorcycles.com

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2017, 02:53:53 »
2017 is the new model, different from the 2012-2016.
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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2017, 10:08:43 »
I have a Zumo 340, one of the discounted ones Aldi were selling last year, and just use the mount that came in the box in the middle of the handlebars.
This puts the unit just below my field of vision which I prefer for an occasional check. I realise some may say this takes your eyes off the road but I think this is preferable to riding to the road on the satnav rather than what I can see ahead with my eyes.
This was brought home to me when working with a highly trained driver on a cross country route and their driving was crap. As an experiment I covered the satnav in the car and immediately their driving improved to what I would have expected from them.
Horses for courses but this is my experience and hope it helps the discussion here?

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2017, 16:38:06 »
I've found sat nav on handlebars too low, checking next turn distance was taking too much time. Having it just above the speedo is perfect, can peek at it without losing road from field of view.

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2017, 18:35:32 »
I have a stem mount ball fitted, which is great, until you use a tank bag..

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2017, 08:16:22 »
I have a Zumo 340, one of the discounted ones Aldi were selling last year, and just use the mount that came in the box in the middle of the handlebars.
This puts the unit just below my field of vision which I prefer for an occasional check. I realise some may say this takes your eyes off the road but I think this is preferable to riding to the road on the satnav rather than what I can see ahead with my eyes.
This was brought home to me when working with a highly trained driver on a cross country route and their driving was crap. As an experiment I covered the satnav in the car and immediately their driving improved to what I would have expected from them.
Horses for courses but this is my experience and hope it helps the discussion here?

That's a good point, I'm looking at getting my first sat nav and trying to decide which is the best mount to use,I already have a 12 volt socket on the handlebars for powering it, looking at the zumo 345 lm.

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2017, 08:46:49 »
I like my 340. You can bend a route from TYRE onto it if you put the waypoints in the right places you just have to go through a bit of faff when you first load the route changing the preferred option to off road then back to normal to get it to comply. I think the 345 has the twisty road option but not sure.
I have just seen the 345lm online for under £300 as looking for a mate who wants one. I also like the smaller 4.3Ē screen as the Glee dash area is quite compact.

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2017, 10:05:59 »
Thanks, the only thing I don't like is 345lm has only got western European maps,
the 395lm has full Europe maps.

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2017, 14:26:18 »
Thatís fair enough but wasnít an issue for me as I doubt I will ever venture abroad anyway. I see the 395 is the same size as the 340/345 which is what mattered to me as itís a little bit of a faff to reach the ignition key anyway, a bigger unit would probably mean taking the satnav off the mount to use the key.

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2017, 17:34:28 »
Yes the 345 has twisty routes, something I'll try when the rain stops. Well you live in hope don't you.
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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2017, 18:05:31 »
Garmin curvy roads took me through a big council estate because it had more twists than the straighter road that went past it.  It's not all that it could be.

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Re: Sat Nav mounting
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2017, 19:07:51 »
Hi
I have this set up on mine just a piece of overflow pipe with two bolts either side which attach through the spare holes from the screen and a satnav case hope this helps photos attached