K1200GT Custom GPS Mount
I'm rather fond of the stock look of my bike, and consider many of the mounting options for a GPS to be intrusive or ugly. Consequently, I spent a little time creating a custom installation for my Garmin Quest II GPS.
The obvious location for me was just above the instrument cluster mounted to the dash / wing between the instrument cluster and the windshield. To begin the installation, I removed the two screws holding the wing to the bike, lifted the front of the wing, and unclipped the back. Then I figured out the best means to mount the GPS.
First I purchased the Garmin motorcycle mounting kit. A nice mounting cradle showed up a few days later, along with the requisite power and audio cable. Eschewing the including extra mounting bracket, I fabricated 2 angle brackets from aluminum stock purchased from Home Depot. The aluminum stock is 1/8" thick, and 3/4" wide. The two brackets started out 3-1/2" long, and were bent at roughly the 1" mark to slightly more than 90 degress. I located the angle brackets against the back of the mounting cradle, and drilled holes and mounted the brackets to the cradle.
To locate the cradle at the correct location and height to clear the windshield in the lowest position, the cradle was located in the exact center of the wing. To acheive the correct height, four 1/2" spacers were used between the angle brackets and the wing (on the underside). Four screws were used with the spacers to mount the cradle to the wing. I suspect two screws may have been sufficient, but I decided on four to minimize vibration. All hardware is stainless, and the nuts are of a nylon locking type. All the mounting hardware came from the local Home Depot.
While the wing was off, I also mounted my EZPass (highway electronic toll tag) to the underside of the wing. After mounting everything, the wing was re-mounted on the bike.
To install the power wire, I ran it around the outside of the instrument cluster (IC) and through the metal loop underneath the center of the IC. From there, I fished it through the fairing to the left of the gas tank, and led it down inside the side panel to the auxilliary socket on the left side. The wire was ty-wrapped to keep it place. At the auxilliary socket, I stripped back the wires going to the socket, and directly connected the GPS power to the socket connector wires. Everything was soldered into place and wrapped with electrical tape for insulation.
The job turned out very well. The GPS is front and center, and appears to be a stock installation. The wire is invisible. Attached are a few photos for your viewing pleasure.
I'm sure some vendor will eventualy devise an easier means of doing the same thing, but I need the GPS now! The K1200GT has serious legs, and serious navigation is required to match.
2006 BMW K1200GT
2001 Honda RC-51