The weather finally got warm enough to ride the motorcyle and so I tried out my new Ram motorcyle mount with my Nuve 680 and it worked great........it never moved once after I set it...........Dave
Don't have a bike, but I have heard here that they do work very well. Glad that it worked for you as well.
RAM Mounts rock! Glad it worked out for you.
I guess that would work for a bicycle as well, huh? Thought about carrying the GPSr yesterday when my daughter and went out bike riding, but didn't want to accidently drop it.
I just mounted my C330 on my HD Ultra Classic and it worked great. I went 420 miles yesterday and it didn't move once. A great product. I also bought the windshield mount for the car so all I have to do is disconnect it from the bike and connect it to the car in a matter of minutes.
I did have to buy the velcro visor so I could see the display in the bright sunlight.
I am new to the GPS thing and have a Harley Ultra Classic Electra Glide and want to be able to quick connect my Magellan Maestro 4040. This thing is so new, Magellan doesn't even list the Maestro series on the accessories section of the website. Any ideas where to start looking for a good shockmount?
I keep the power cord attached pretty tight so in case it would happen to fall off the mount for some reason the cord would keep it from hitting the road at 60 miles per hour.........Dave
How are you liking that unit so far? I was in Circuit City and saw hat model and it looks good. Nice enlarged screen and the volume sounded 10x louder than the Garmin and the price was not bad either. I see they are soon to bring out the 4050 model.
I recently bought a RAM mount for my c530. It is working great. I used the Kuryakyn chrome P Clamp instead of the RAM U Bold clamp to attach to the handle bars. It is a cleaner look. With the volume up all the way the twin speakers on the c530 are loud enough for me to hear voice commands withouth helmut speakers. The voice bounces off the windshield and is quite clear and audible.
Going 10 mph??? I can't hear mine clearly with the windows down, I can, but there is too much background noise.
I can hear mine pretty well at a stop sign or red light but I doubt it at highway speeds......depends on how loud your pipes are. I suppose the people on the street or in the car beside you can hear it as well............Dave
I just changed from a ztechnik to a ram and I like the stability. I have mine mounted on the handlebars of my motorbike and I like the flexibility. However, it is a bit distracting. I have to remind myself to watch the road, not the map.
Yeah, I found that riding a bike and having a mounted PDa doesn't work too well.
I've heard great things about the RAM mount...gotta say, I'm lovin' the Garmin mount that comes with the zumo! Holds it in place, made for bikes (works for anything with a handlebar) and even screws directly into the shifter on the left if you like...
I'd be curious if anyone has any comparison experience....
I am not familiar with the Zumo mount but I am sure it is excellent. Garmin has a good reputation for their mounts.
However, for those of us who own a GPS that was not built with motorcycles in mind a RAM mount is the way to go. The build quality is excellent.
The Zumo mount is a RAM Mount.
Those folks at Garmin are on the ball.
I purchased another Garmin mount for my sports car. It is the one that comes with the Garmin 330. I had to turn the bracket upside down to allow it to keep as close to the window as possible. My only concern is that if it does pop off the window it will fall out of the car. It is connected to the cord but is there a clip or someway of making sure that the power cord will keep the thing from bouncing onto the road?
What some people have done on their motorcycles (as a backup in case the mount fails) is to make a small tether out of a strong fishing leader.
I just mounted my C330 on my HD Ultra Classic and it worked great. I went 420 miles yesterday and it didn't move once. A great product.
I guess if it works on your HD, I may give it a try on my Honda. After I recharge my battery, I will take my c330 for a ride. I just have the fear of seeing my beloved GPS popping off my windshield and rolling down the interstate.
Got mine at Circuit City for $499 & they tossed in a 1GB Ultra SD for me. My brother has the Garmin Nuvi 350 but I chose this primarily because of the larger screen. You can't change the girl's voice on this like u can on the Garmin. This unit does not play MP3 or audio books either but the 4.5 million POI's plus user can enter their additional POI's. I converted a Garmin file with all of the Harley dealers and loaded onto my 4040. The nice thing that this has that the Nuvi350 does not...Bluetooth, yesssss. I have mastered using the excellent quality audio of this unit as my hands free device while working as my GPS. This one gets my thumbs up and belive me, I looked a quite a few before jumping at this one.
I hope I misunderstood ur msg. You are not actually mounting your expensive GPS on the windshield of a motorcycle are you? Seems like the road vibes would quickly break the suction and down it goes. Better hard mount it or get a decent handlebar mount. If I misundertood your comment, I apologize. I would hate to see anyone lose their treasured GPS from road bumps on a motorcycle. What a bummer of a thought.
I just bought a cigarette lighter cord and hooked it up to the battery and ran it up to the handlebars and plug my Nuvi 680 in while riding that way you always have power and don't need the battery and also the power plug would probably hold it from hitting the highway in case it would come unattached from the mount somehow...............Dave
Dave, I hope you don't have any problems, but I wouldn't count on the power cord holding the unit from hitting the highway. It might, but I wouldn't depend on it saving my $$$ GPSr. I would strongly recommend some sort of tether if you are at all doubtful of the ability of the mount to stay where it it supposed to.
Yes, Motorcycle Mama.........I was thinking about some sort of strap but then that is just something extra to take off every time you stop somewhere you have to unplug it and either hide it in the saddlebags or take it with you........sometimes a pain when you have lots of stops............Dave
Check out Gadget's page on making a simple tether.
Other people have done a similar thing using a fishing leader.
Just got in a few hours ago from a better than 1000 mile trip to the NC Outter Banks for the HOG Ralley.Used a RAM Mount that bolts to the clutch control mount to hold my Garmin 2720. Worked great. Very little vibe at sometimes over 80. Easy to remove for safe keeping with unit still attached. Would recomend RAM to anyone. JMO
I hope I misunderstood ur msg. You are not actually mounting your expensive GPS on the windshield of a motorcycle are you?
I just re-charged my battery over the weekend, and haven't done it done it yet. Yeah, the thought of losing my GPS is very much on my mind, so I will do a lot of low speed testing before any road trips. I am also considering some kind of tank bag setup. At this point, I am still weighing my options.
W.W.P.D. (What would Paulie do?)
First, I would not mount a GPS to a bike if the GPS uses a Hard Drive. Learned that from riding with a group into Death Valley at 110 MPH. I was using a TomTom 700. Now I use a TomTom 300 with the SD card. For a mount, I bought what is called a chrome P-Clip. It is named that because it is in the shape of "P". Get the size that matches your handlebars. Next I went to Home Depor or Lowe's and bought a 1 inch or so clamp that mounts a piece of conduit to a wall. this clamp can be bolted with stainless steel bolt/nut or chrome if you like to the P-clip. The mount the TomTom snaps into can be bolted to the conduit clamp. I use a thumb screw and thumb screw nut to hold that on. It is about a 25 dollar solution, and it has some chrome that motorcyclists like. For power, you have some choices, one, on most Japanese cruisers, there is a accessory power plug (for a light bar) inside the headlight. You can power it by splicing into those wires, or run a pair of wires from the battery up under the tank to it. Either way, you will need to use a female lighter socket, as the cigarette power cord has electronics in it. So don't just find the right kind of plug for the back of the TomTom and wire it straight into 12 volts. Also, I add an in-line fuse, just for safety. Also, on E-bay, they sell a stiff cloth hood to help with the glare called glarestomper. Some people might like one in their cars. It is 20 bucks.
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