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GPS Mount

Postby OC4648 » Sun May 20, 2012 12:57 pm



Does anyone make an after market molded GPS mount (TomTom) similar to what the new Goldwings have? I'd like to find a center console type (where the ignition key is) that I could drop my GPS into. Any ideas?



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Re: GPS Mount

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 21, 2012 12:12 pm

RAM mounts will likely make something like what you're looking for.

I went the cheap way - I bought one of Rudy's ABS panels - meant for fixing cracks in fairings, etc. It has extremely high-strength adhesive on the back. I heated it and bent it to the profile of my left speaker grille, then I cut the main part off a TomTom mount, and using ABS cement, bonded it to the ABS panel. Once it had cured, I removed the tape from the adhesive, and stuck it in place. It's in the perfect position, directly in my eye line, doesn't block any instrumentation or windshield view, and it's rock solid. Lots of the speaker grill is still open, so I don't find it affects the sound at all (although I hardly use the speakers - mostly the headset). I also have a GlareStomper sunshield on it, to make it easier to see in bright sunlight.

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TomTom mounted in place
TomTom mounted in place

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby m2102 » Thu May 31, 2012 4:18 pm

how about a few how to pix. looks like a good idea. i use mainly the head set for all listening too :)

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby KB9VBT » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:50 pm

I just velroed mine to the dash just above the radio! Kind of hard to see sometimes but it works!

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby artgrantz » Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:59 pm

I took the cheap way to mount mine. I have a Garmin Nuvi, the car model, not the motorcycle model. I just glued the disk that came with it to the shelter cover and use the suction cup mount that also came with it.
I will attempt to attach a picture, not sure if it will work.
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby DocFrancois » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:14 am

Dear Artgrantz

I removed the GoldWing badge and had a bracket made to fit exactly in the hole, using the same mounting places. Here's what it looks like (notice that the GPS is perfectly in your line of sight and does not interfere with your view of the instruments):
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby artgrantz » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:24 am

Nice set up Doc. I am always impressed by the ingenuity of many riders.

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby m2102 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:50 am

nice set up. going to do same for mine only used 1/4" plexi and made a strip long enough for a gps and my phone. have it assembled just have to put it on. going in same place,remove the badge and made to fit the hole where it was,paint it black when done. have everything ready,just have to put it on.need to get it done before riding takes over the little tweeks would like to do

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby Bamaeagle » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:56 am

If you want to order a mount you can get one here: www.mountguys.com

I have ordered from them and did not have a problem with the service they provide.

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby m2102 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:28 am

managed to get my gps,phone set up put toghether. 1/4"plexi under removed badge opening,one to fit badge hole and one piece to go
over it all to keep from falling thru. the scres on the ball mount keep it all toghether. use it for phone but longer plexi for phone and gps
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby liquineer » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:24 am

The PO has done the same as artgranz and stuck the disc on to the shroud in the same position- pity he did not leave me the rest (including sat-nav) of the bits. Seems a good idea thouh.

The funny thing was I could not figure out what the disc was there for when I got the bike- it was much later that I guessed what it was for. :D
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby artgrantz » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:52 am

liquineer - You can purchase the suction cup mount directly from Garmin's site for under $25, at least it was the last time I bought one. I also bought an extra power cable that remains on the bike full time. So now both the car and the Goldwing have a mount and power cable, only the GPS gets moved between vehicles.

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby TennX » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:29 pm

artgrantz wrote:I took the cheap way to mount mine. I have a Garmin Nuvi, the car model, not the motorcycle model. I just glued the disk that came with it to the shelter cover and use the suction cup mount that also came with it.
I will attempt to attach a picture, not sure if it will work.


I may do this, at the moment I have mine suctioned to the instrument dash glass/plastic, my clock doesnt keep time and I dont listen to the radion so I dont need to see the display...so far so good...
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby TennX » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:12 am

artgrantz wrote:I took the cheap way to mount mine. I have a Garmin Nuvi, the car model, not the motorcycle model. I just glued the disk that came with it to the shelter cover and use the suction cup mount that also came with it.
I will attempt to attach a picture, not sure if it will work.


I just got around to doing this today, used a zip tie hold down to attach my tether to...drilled and installed my 12volt , just need to hook it to the battery....great idea
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby robb » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:41 am

Tried mounting my Garmin low but it was in the way of my cup holder. Have found the suction cup works fine mounted directly over the tach. Never use it to get somewhere, but have needed it to get back from a Get Lost ride.

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby TennX » Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:59 pm

robb wrote:Tried mounting my Garmin low but it was in the way of my cup holder. Have found the suction cup works fine mounted directly over the tach. Never use it to get somewhere, but have needed it to get back from a Get Lost ride.


As I mentioned above, had mine over the clock, as it doesnt work and I dont use the radio...but I opted to move it where it is now...seems like it will be ok....Im going to have to lengthen my plug wires to get to the accessory panel, and man I hate having to take the shelter off to run just 2 wires...I may wait till I go in and replace my air filter and sub filters later this month....as for using GPS to get home been there done that on my VTX....
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A tightwad's GPS Mount

Postby cardinal » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:56 pm

Anybody else build their own GPS Mount? I was too tight to buy a real mount, plus I don't like having the screen up in constant plain view......I get distracted too easily :oops:
Back of mount
Back of mount

I used 2 peices of the type of plastic Trophy Shops use to engrave white letters into a black field and a peice of Polyurethane foam. I bought the plastic and scavaged the foam from our maintenance shop. Velco to hold the mount and GPS Unit in place on the bike. The pic above shows the Back side that attaches to the bike.
Side view
Side view
attaching point on the bike
attaching point on the bike


Total investment about $10 for velcro and plastic. I have one of the Goldwing GPS Audio input devices I bought here, that works great. The GPS is an old model that won't let me program my own route, so I do that on a piece of paper that I check occasionally. I used the GPS while my Brother and I toured around Wine country here in California. We'd see an interesting road, take it, and eventually tell the GPS to take us back to our room. It took us on some great roads when I programmed it to avoid Freeways!

So......whaddaya got that's more Redneck, skinflint el cheapo than that one??
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Heres the side the GPS Attaches to
Heres the side the GPS Attaches to
And here's the unit on the bike
And here's the unit on the bike

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Re: A tightwad's GPS Mount

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:29 pm

cardinal wrote:Anybody else build their own GPS Mount? I was too tight to buy a real mount, plus I don't like having the screen up in constant plain view......I get distracted too easily :oops:


Hi Cardinal,

I merged your message with this "GPS Mount" topic, because it contains quite a few ideas that people have created (including mine). So scroll up to the very top of this thread and you can see quite a few different methods that people have used.

I like your method of angling - however, you might want to coat or cover that foam with something, as I suspect it might quickly degrade from exposure to sunlight.

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:54 pm

DocFrancois wrote:Dear Artgrantz

I removed the GoldWing badge and had a bracket made to fit exactly in the hole, using the same mounting places. Here's what it looks like (notice that the GPS is perfectly in your line of sight and does not interfere with your view of the instruments):


That could have been a picture of my bike.That's exactly what I did with my Ram mount and Nuvi 550.I like it there as it is directly in line with the road in front of you.
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:25 pm

I made a gps mount from aluminum flat bar for my 2720 and now it holds my Zumo 550.

Here is a pictorial review of what I did...





















It bounced too much this way so I added support legs to the rear..



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Re: GPS Mount

Postby mtn_boy1 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:31 pm

I went to Wal Mart and purchased ($10) a cassette converter. Looks like a cassette tape with a wire coming out of it with a 3.5mm jack. Started out listening to my ipod on that, bluetooth on my phone, and a GPS (Motorola) mounted by suction cup. My GPS did not have a 3.5 jack so it was hard to hear the verbal prompts. Got an Iphone 4s. Downloaded my music on to it. Bought a dash mount for it. Now I have my music, GPS (on phone), phone in one. I listen to music, if someone calls me I can answer it thru my headset, if I need to call someone I use siri, the gps gives me vocal prompts, all of which works thru my headset and mike. When I stop, I unplug the 3.5 jack and take my phone with me. So far it has worked like a dream.
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby cal3san » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:27 am

I made my GPS mount for less than $20.00.

Taking a page from both DocFrancois and Wingsconsin, I removed the 1500 GW logo from the console but from there on I did things a little different.

a. Using a sharp box cutter I separated the portion of the holder that houses the 1500 logo from the remainder of the mount. (Note: Put logo in safe place in case of future need.)
b. Expoy glued a piece of diamond plate to the back of the holder.
c. Drilled two 1/4" holes through both plastic holder and diamond plate.
d. Using diamond plate I had pre-cut and bent to the shape I wanted to hold the GPS, I drilled two holes that lined up with the holes in above step.
e. Mounted plastic holder with diamond plate back on the trike console.
f. Used 1/4"X3/4" SS bolts and nylon nuts ($1.00) to mount piece of diamond plate that holds GPS(Step d) to Step e.
g. Snapped console back in place.
h. Mounted all-weather GPS case to Cal-made mount and installed GPS and hooked to the power tap.
(Note: Case was bought a couple years ago on e-bay for about $16.00)

GPS is mounted directly in line of sight with speedometer and windshield. Have Glare Stomper that I'll attach to case,

If I upgrade to a different GPS at a later date I can easily make a new mount to bolt in place.
If I were to sale the 1500 and new owner didn't want the GPS then it's all a matter of removing two bolts and gluing 1500 logo back in it's original place.
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby ebsecor » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:08 pm

I use a Garmin GPS and find the levered-suction cup mount that came with the Garmin to very nicely adhere to the lower left portion of my windshield. I do wet the suction cup with clear water. It's within clear sight & doesn't take my eyes off the road. Easy to disconnect the GPS & stow when parked, leaving mount on windshield. What could be cheaper? Oh yes, to be sure, I keep a tether line on the GPS.
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Re: GPS Mount

Postby Dennis613l » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:44 am

I do the same by putting on windshield, like it in my line sight so I can still see the road by not looking down too far.
Only downside I've found that when hitting bumps, the screen will tilt down. Might try a piece of pipe foam in behind the mount this season to see if that fixes that.
Further to this, I'm working on adding a gps for the missus on her arm rest, let her do some of the navigating when trying to find things, let me focus on the road.
Got a fold down cup holder on her arm rest (not too thrilled with it for holding drinks - tend to fall out), going to do a starter test just by using the factory suction cup mount stuck to it. If that works fine, will stick to that.
If that doesn't work, might try a ram mount off of the arm rest.

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Re: GPS Mount

Postby Big Blue UK » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:51 pm

I do exactly the same, I have a very thin bolt securing the mount to the screen

ebsecor wrote:I use a Garmin GPS and find the levered-suction cup mount that came with the Garmin to very nicely adhere to the lower left portion of my windshield. I do wet the suction cup with clear water. It's within clear sight & doesn't take my eyes off the road. Easy to disconnect the GPS & stow when parked, leaving mount on windshield. What could be cheaper? Oh yes, to be sure, I keep a tether line on the GPS.


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