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If so, how and where do you have it mounted? Just curious what other folks are doing.

I don't have a picture, but I used to have it mounted using the upper right hand bolt for the handle bar clamp, via a mirror mount RAM ball and a 2" arm, but have since moved it to the left side of the handlebar, again using a RAM ball, but this time it's mounted to the location where the mirror used to be (changed to bar end mirrors). Both options have worked well, although I prefer having it mounted to the left side of the bars - more convenient to operate with the left hand

I really should have pictures of this - probably better/easier to see than describe
 

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Creaks When Walks...
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Gps...

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I have run a GPS unit on bikes, but not on the XR1200.

I ran a small Magellan Meridian Color on my old BMW R1150R, and then went to a Garmin 2730 for use on my Yamaha FJR1300. Sold the FJR and have since only used the Garmin on my Yamaha Stratoliner S on rare, rare occasion. Mostly the Garmin gets used in my trucks these days.

I have toyed with the idea of mounting it on my Kawasaki Versys, but I just haven't found an instance where I have needed it on any of my more recent rides.

Like you, I used RAM ball mounts on all of the bikes I have mounted up a GPS, and have never had any problem. I still use RAM ball set-ups to mount an ancient Escort 8500 radar detector to some of my bikes, like the Stratoliner and my Ducati Hypermotard, and have plans to rig up such a mount on both the Versys and the XR1200.

Down here in Texas you often find a radar detector more important than a GPS... ;)

Dallara


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All things considered I'd rather be at the FloraBa
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blue painters tape

put it on you tank with directions no it , GPS will never show routes like the Dragon on the unit you must plan your route from the bar stool first.then the map and word of mouth from others.
 

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Gimme fuel gimme fire gimme that which I desire
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Shoot, I've got to surface long enough here to say that GPS units do not belong anywhere on a XR1200. Much cooler to get lost that it is to dork up a perfectly good motorcycle.

furyus
 

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furyus!

Glad to hear from you! Take care dude!
 
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I have been using Garmin Zumo 550's on my bikes ever since they were released. They are very easy to use (touch screen) and were developed for bikes (shock & waterproof).
I can answer calls by Bluetooth, and have the ability to play MP3's whilst on the move. Never got to mount it on the XR1200, but the ram mount that comes with the Zumo 550 kit would do the job.

Regards Bob
 
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Ive got the Garmin setup from Harley on order. I'll post a write up when I finally get it, although at the moment Im not holding my breath on the delivery date. I only got my braided brake lines last week that I ordered in November 08 when I picked up my XR1200. The braided brake lines are good though.
 

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I have been using Garmin Zumo 550's on my bikes ever since they were released. They are very easy to use (touch screen) and were developed for bikes (shock & waterproof).
I can answer calls by Bluetooth, and have the ability to play MP3's whilst on the move. Never got to mount it on the XR1200, but the ram mount that comes with the Zumo 550 kit would do the job.

Regards Bob
Damn, what IS all that crap??
 
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I made a bracket to mount the TomTom Rider II
The unit sets just below the instrument panel inthe center of the bike very nice install. I don't know how to post pics. If did I would.
 

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Warning! Fat people are harder to kidnap.
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Gold Wing pictures shows why you should never take pictures naked.:oops: Later,
 

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I have the Harley Conquest (which is made by Garmin), it's the smaller unit so it's not obtrusive. I originally bought it for my Night Rod. I rode the bike to Wyoming and when I got to Colorado I bought a Street Glide (Night Rod is not a good touring bike) and swapped it in the parking lot. I then traded the 06 Street Glide for an 09, swapped the GPS too. Now I have the XR and the one constant - the GPS is on the XR. Works great. I used the H-D lever clamp mount so it's very easy to move from bike to bike and you don't really notice the thing.
 
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i mount my blackberry and use verizon navigator.
the touchscreen doesnt work with gloves on...probably better, so i dont get the urge to text and ride. just kidding!
 

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Back in Black
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I bought a Navtek refurb that was on sale at Best Buy for $69. It has an internal battery, so I just stuff it in the clear map pocket of my tank bag and I'm set. It works very well, it even has real time traffic info and can reroute around traffic incidents. Very cool.

Of course I also have my personal Blackberry and the company supplied Blackjack cell phones, which with Google maps also work as navigation tools. So even if I momentarily become disoriented, I can't stay lost for long.

I haven't used a paper map in at least a decade.
 
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