Originally Posted by NikonJeff
Hi Rob -
Yes the factory GPS mount takes the place of the black plastic cover on the underside of the handlebars. Uses all 4 screw holes instead of the 2 screws and 2 plastic tabs that the cover utilizes.
I initially bought the Techmount that uses the handlebar allen bolts but it looked like access to the ignition switch was partially impeded so I'm glad I found the thread about the factory GPS mount.
I have the Techmount (Z-Technik z6150) on my 2007 K1200GT. Here is the mount I installed.
Apparently, this version was discontinued by Techmount and Z-Technik. The newer mount is similar, but with a round plate and a short stem. Longer stems are available from Techmount.
Jeff is right, the mount does interfere with inserting and removing the ignition key. For me, it isn't a big deal, I got used to it after a while. Some people may be very annoyed, however.
The long stem let me adjust the position and angle of the GPS so it is just under the view of the dash displays and angled to optimize the view and minimize glare and reflections. Once set to my satisfaction, I never changed it.
I tried the BMW mount, and it is lower - you have to look down more. It also has a fixed angle. If you have a large tank bag, it might block the view of some GPSs.
Someday I might reconsider and put the GPS above the dash. I like the idea of a head-up view, but have concerns about more glare, a longer reach to change a setting, etc.
'Hope this helps.