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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Nov 27th, 2006, 4:00 pm Thread Starter
 
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Zumo on my K

My blind faith in Garmin led me to order a Zumo before they were shipping. It just arrived and I couldn't be happier. Big touch-screen buttons, easy as hell to use/program, and most of all it looks swell. Here's some pix. I TOLD you guys that the hidden threaded bolt under the BMW badge on the triple clamp was a good place to mount stuff; I had my Valentine there, but this is even better. It's nice and close, and right in the middle (I may never look at my speedo again, besides, the GPS speedo is more accurate). I moved the radar over to the side on a ZTechnic brake-bolt stand. Contact me if you want more info on my centered mounting position - it's the best. I put my radar warning lights over the Zumo on a little bracket, and now they're closer too - easier to spot than ever (though I still prefer hearing the audio from it via earbuds).
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old Nov 27th, 2006, 4:08 pm
 
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looks great. I should be receiving mine this week and will mount the unit in the exact same place as you have done. I mounted the 2820 in the threaded hold behind the centre badge. It is certainly very easy to see the unit.

Enjoy!!
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My blind faith in Garmin led me to order a Zumo before they were shipping. It just arrived and I couldn't be happier. Big touch-screen buttons, easy as hell to use/program, and most of all it looks swell. Here's some pix. I TOLD you guys that the hidden threaded bolt under the BMW badge on the triple clamp was a good place to mount stuff; I had my Valentine there, but this is even better. It's nice and close, and right in the middle (I may never look at my speedo again, besides, the GPS speedo is more accurate). I moved the radar over to the side on a ZTechnic brake-bolt stand. Contact me if you want more info on my centered mounting position - it's the best. I put my radar warning lights over the Zumo on a little bracket, and now they're closer too - easier to spot than ever (though I still prefer hearing the audio from it via earbuds).
Sweet. How much of that was custom and how much did it cost? I have a GT, and was wondering about mounting short of the 125 BMW mount. I want mine in the center not off to the side, andyway I'll look under mine tonight.

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How did you hookup the power to this unit ? I have a Nuvi and I have been using it with the built in battery, but, now that I am taking longer rides, I need auxilary power. Where did you tap into the electrics ?

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How did you hookup the power to this unit ? I have a Nuvi and I have been using it with the built in battery, but, now that I am taking longer rides, I need auxilary power. Where did you tap into the electrics ?
Larry, I notice that you replied on te KGT forum regarding the connector underneath the removable plate above the gas filler. YOu mentioned that you bought one from Max'es BMW, did that not work out?

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Larry, that connector is the answer to all of your problems. My Zumo came with a power cable that goes directly to the battery — one black wire and one red wire. A friend spliced it into the BMW GPS power connector (part no 83300413585, ordered from chicagobmw for about $30). Works like a charm. GPS turns on with the bike and turns off within a minute or two of turning off the bike.

Logoguy, great job on the mount. I'm doing the same — awaiting my Techmount. Currently using a RAM ball, but it's too easy for someone to unhitch it and walk off with my prized Zumo!
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Yep, I am planning on using that connector when I get my bike back from the dealer with $4000.00 on new tupperware, new side case cover, new windshield, replacement motolight, footpeg etc. on all the left side of the bike from my "bambi causes laydown" incident on Election Day. I also will be wiring a new power connector direct to the battery for "plug in" stuff such as electric vest etc.

I hoope to have it back very soon.

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Zumo mount & hookup

The threaded hole under the badge is 10mm 1.5 pitch. Techmount custom-threaded their platform for me (with the shortest arm they sell - I think it was 1 1/2") but charged me only their stock price. It's a great company and will probably remember the details. I used the 4 holes in the round mounting plate that comes with the Zumo as a guide to drill the Techmount plate to receive the Zumo cradle, so I avoided using the big fat and easily-stolen ram ball.
As for power, I already had two leads nearby going to my Valentine coming from the harness the dealer installed (behind the outlet under the seat). I just tapped into those two leads. I paired up the wires under two new weatherproof spade connectors. By the way, the power lead from the Zumo comes with a long wire which I didn't want to shorten since it contains the fuse holder. So I coiled it up and tucked it in right under the battery cover - there's a nice little nook up front that holds it. I left the end of the wire with the fuse holder still accessible inside the fairing up front.
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How did you hookup the power to this unit ? I have a Nuvi and I have been using it with the built in battery, but, now that I am taking longer rides, I need auxilary power. Where did you tap into the electrics ?
The dealer installed my AutoCom. They used some AutoCom switch for the Can-Bus that turns on and off with the key. I tapped into it for the Zumo and it works well. Wish I had known about the plug from Chicago sooner as it took me a day to figure out how to get switched-power. The older BMW Navigator II+ I removed had that plug (on the GT), but it had 4 wires and was too funky to wire into easily without a bunch of cutting and splicing into unknown wires.

On the mount, I used the GadgetGuy.com setup. The left arm extension holds the Escort over the left clutch area, the Zumo rests in the middle (main bar down and the mount inverted upwards). The top of the Zumo matches the curve of the lower part of the dash and I can still see all gauges and buttons with it there. The Garmin GXM-30 XM radio antenna rests on another GadgetGuy.com extension over the right brake cylinder. I put an extension jack for the earphones up beneath the Zumo. All of it is pumped through the AutoCom under the back seat. It's all buttoned together with stainless hex-head fasteners and some chrome cover caps. It would take a little time to steal the entire setup over the RAM-ball mount (ugh!).

So far I am pretty pleased with the Zumo and XM radio setup. I had hopes of it having some sort of Bass & Treble control as most Mp3 players have but it doesn't. It also won't accept a 4gig SD card (yet). I was surprised it allows cover art with the Mp3 files and you can enlarge the cover art as well (press the mp3 cover-art image twice).

I do wish the Zumo had an "altitude" readout though (I can access that through the unit's log later though). Dunno why they left it off the display. Aside, I wish Garmin had some sort of temperature display and would log temperature into the track log, but that is just my wish.

I will say the new Zumo is very fast to acquire from a dead run and even faster to recalculate over the older Navigator II+ (Garmin 2610). I turn a corner and it already is on top of it; the older Navigator would eventually get around to it.


If I could figure out how to post a picture of the setup I would.
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posting pix

Just scroll down below the "reply to thread" screen to the "additional options" screen and click the "manage attachments" lozenge inside the "attach files" box. It'll ask where the pix are on your computer, and allow you to load them. You won't see them loaded until you post. C'mon, we want to see your setup!

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