I am absolutely totally unwilling to even CONSIDER permanently wiring anything up on my Burgman under any circumstances. I have the 12V plug, it will have to be enough.To mount Garmin:
Amazon.com: Ram Mount Cradle Holder for Universal X-Grip Cellphone/iPhone with 1-Inch Ball - Non-Retail Packaging - Black: Car Electronics
Amazon.com: RAM Mounts (RAM-B-346U) Motorcycle Brake/Clutch Reservoir Cover Base with 1" Ball Offset: GPS & Navigation
Amazon.com: RAM Mounts RAM DBL SOCKET ARM A-LENGTH Body Other Bases BLK- RAM-B-201U-A: Car Electronics
To permanently wire Garmin:
Amazon.com: EDO Tech® Ultra Compact Direct USB Hardwire Car Charger Cable Kit for Garmin GPS Nuvi StreetPilot, Great for Vehicle and Bike (no traffic receiver): GPS & Navigation
This all works great. It's very sturdy and safe for most anything you want to mount.
If you want the permanent power wire, and trust me you do, it's cheap and VERY easy to install. I can walk you through it.
Whatever dude. it's your bike. I was just trying to be helpful.I am absolutely totally unwilling to even CONSIDER permanently wiring anything up on my Burgman under any circumstances. I have the 12V plug, it will have to be enough.
You're welcome to take a look at my GPS setup if you want to take a ride out to Amherst sometime. It's totally "non permanent"!You underestimate my total, complete, and utter incompetence. I'm not willing to risk it. If that means I can't use a GPS...then it does, so be it. The probable alternative (having to pay someone to fix what I will screw up) is worse.
One way to do it is to get some 3/4" double-sided velcro cargo straps (fuzzy on one side, prickly on the other). Two loops of this can be threaded through the gap between the front and rear handlebar covers, looped around the rear cover and connected to themselves. This can be used as the basis of an attachment system.So...I want to do this. Is there any way to do so without cutting the plastic over the handlebars, or otherwise hacking the bike?
It doesn't matter what you put in the case, a GPS or phone. As long as it fits. He's just showing you an armband case that needs no fancy installation.If that's the Smartphone it looks like...won't work. I need a standalone GPS because the new "update" means I cannot use the nav on my phone anymore!
Why not? The update shouldn't have broken the GPS; it might have messed up the Navigation app though (try looking for the Maps app instead of Navigation, as Google renamed it -- it still does pretty much the same things it used to).If that's the Smartphone it looks like...won't work. I need a standalone GPS because the new "update" means I cannot use the nav on my phone anymore!
To a degree. I've found GPS sucks the juice pretty quickly. My iPhone 4s was so bad, I would always plug it in, even for local jaunts. While I have significantly better battery with my iPhone 6, using on battery only is something I wouldn't rely on for any significant time/distance (over an hour or so).You can keep your gps charged before your trip, use it on battery power and charge in the glovebox when not in use.
The new version is "offline", and requires downloading a gigantic map file that requires about five times as much room as I actually have available.Why not? The update shouldn't have broken the GPS; it might have messed up the Navigation app though (try looking for the Maps app instead of Navigation, as Google renamed it -- it still does pretty much the same things it used to).
Then I wouldn't be able to play music while using the GPS. (And honestly, I question how well my old phone would run the new program at all.)Even if you no longer have a usable Navigation app, you can download the CoPilot Premium app. Based on your phone, you do have a memory card slot (it's under the back cover with the battery) -- get a 4GB or 8GB card, as they're pretty inexpensive these days. And the CoPilot app has the ability to store its maps on the memory card instead of in the phone's memory (the app asks during installation) so it won't take up internal space you may need for other apps.
[Caution: I suspect you don't have a large data plan; if so, ONLY download the maps over a WiFi connection, NOT the phone's cellular data connection or you'll blow through your monthly data allocation!]
It doesn't look like the GPS I plan to get (Garmin 52M) will fit...at least, not with the charger plugged in. I'm considering the MC cover mount.Anyhow. The easiest setup has to be the armband holder suggested by MacDoc. That's where I'd start if I wanted a foolproof way to do it (it's not as handy to use as some other options, but installing it is simple).