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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 2007, 11:08 pm Thread Starter
 
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Gadgets.

Okay I know you've all heard this before but, I haven't been around.

Apparently, I need some kind of accessory relay for my GPS, IPod and Escort Radar Detector. My dealer tells me that, unlike the RT, they won't just mount on the bike using any power supply. I also need some direction on how to mount the things. I'd like to mount the GPS- Garmin Quest 2, between the bars. and the Radar Detector on the periphery, perhaps on the mirror holes that are not used. I might want to reverse it, as well. I thought about mounting the Radar Detector on the opposite side of the glove box using velcro, but I am afraid of damaging the paint.

Also, I'm thinking about replacing the Quest with another GPS unit. Even though the Quest is waterproof, the screen is so small it is difficult for me to see easily, on the highway, and I I'd like a much larger screen with easier to use controls..

I'm also looking for frame sliders and city bag covers. Good luck, right?

Again, any input would help. They just don't seem to offer accessories for this bike anywhere.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2007, 12:22 am
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Geez Paul, you got enough motorcycles?

Can't help you with the electrical stuff, except to comment on the pecularities of the accessory outlet versus the battery charger you just bought. I assume you bought the BMW thing. From what I hear, the computer shuts down the accessory outlet a few seconds after you turn the key off, so the garden variety battery charger won't work with that. Maybe there's a problem with the gel battery too, I don't know. I bought the new battery charger too, and mine came with a one-page flier which says to turn the key on, plug in the charger to the accessory outlet, plug in the charger to a powered outlet, wait five Mississippis, and turn the key off. Supposedly that makes the computer leave the accessory outlet open. Works for me.

I've been looking for frame sliders myself, and from the responses I get, there are some from R & G, but you have to cut holes in the fairing. Pirate's Lair sells a different brand for the K1200S which are bolt-on with no cutting, but I can't find anyone who knows if they will fit the GT. From the pics, it looks like the right side would fit, but I don't know about the left. And it looks to me like they would not stick out far enough to be any protection for the GT's fairing.

If by "city bag covers" you are talking about "city lids" like will fit the system cases on the GT1 to make them slimmer, there is no such thing for the GT2. If you mean some sort of protection, there is some sort of a piece which others have posted about which apparently sticks onto the lower half of the painted surface. From the posts, it didn't seem like any of us were very excited about it.
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Geez Paul, you got enough motorcycles?
There is no such thing as a man having enough enough motorcycles. Actually, before I started riding "modern" motorcycles I needed all those Brits to make sure that at least ONE of them ran.


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Can't help you with the electrical stuff, except to comment on the pecularities of the accessory outlet versus the battery charger you just bought. I assume you bought the BMW thing. From what I hear, the computer shuts down the accessory outlet a few seconds after you turn the key off, so the garden variety battery charger won't work with that. Maybe there's a problem with the gel battery too, I don't know. I bought the new battery charger too, and mine came with a one-page flier which says to turn the key on, plug in the charger to the accessory outlet, plug in the charger to a powered outlet, wait five Mississippis, and turn the key off. Supposedly that makes the computer leave the accessory outlet open. Works for me.

I've been looking for frame sliders myself, and from the responses I get, there are some from R & G, but you have to cut holes in the fairing. Pirate's Lair sells a different brand for the K1200S which are bolt-on with no cutting, but I can't find anyone who knows if they will fit the GT. From the pics, it looks like the right side would fit, but I don't know about the left. And it looks to me like they would not stick out far enough to be any protection for the GT's fairing.

If by "city bag covers" you are talking about "city lids" like will fit the system cases on the GT1 to make them slimmer, there is no such thing for the GT2. If you mean some sort of protection, there is some sort of a piece which others have posted about which apparently sticks onto the lower half of the painted surface. From the posts, it didn't seem like any of us were very excited about it.
I'm likin' to have some slim covers to narrow the profile of the bike, in traffic. the GT, with the bags on, is the widest bike I have ever ridden. Ironically, it has a very narrow front end.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2007, 11:08 am
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I found this on the zumo forum. It looks like a nice GPS mount for the new GT from motorrad conceps in England.

I got a between handle bar mount from Gadgetguy for my "old" GT and he makes them for the new one.
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Richie,

Thanks for sharing. I think you're becoming the resident guru on the Zumo!

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"There is no such thing as a man having enough motorcycles"

You got me there. I've always said the same thing about guns, but it's equally true about motorcycles.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2007, 3:58 pm
 
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Me TOOOO

Yup, need to hook up:
1) GPS.
2) Radar Detector.
3) XM Radio.
4) iPod

So, if I go with the Zumo, I get #1 and #3 together, that helps.

I figure I want the Zumo between the handlebars like the BMW Nav III. I was hoping I could just get the Nav III mount but don't know yet. For the Radar Detector I plan to put some Velcro on the dash and velcro the Detector there. That's what I did on my Wing. For the iPod I'll either put it in the pocket in the right or maybe carry it. Not sure yet.

From a wiring perspective, you need to figure out what has precedence. Kennedy Technologies has a 4 into 1 device that takes care of this. I can set it up so that port 1 is the iPod and port 2 blank. Port 3 is the GPS / XM Radio and Port 4 is the Radar Detector. When the iPod is on, I will hear it, if there is anything from the GPS (directions), they will over-rider the iPod (and thus if I have satellite radio on, it will overrider the iPod as well). Finally, if the radar detector goes off it will override the other ports and I'll hear it.

For this unit, I'll have one power input. I understand that I can get a BMW part which plugs into an unused connector near the battery and will supply power that I can plug into the Kennedy unit and then use that to distribute power and sound (as I recall) to the other devices.

I have one of the Kennedy Technologies devices on my Wing and it works well.

For actuall listening, I plan to get a molded earplugs that have speakers in them. That way I should be able to reduce the wind noise but still have the music.

Anyway, that's where I am with my planning at this point.
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The Zumo can replace the Ipod. It will accept a SD card with MP3 files. I have read where a guy got a 4 Gig card to work. That should be more than enough tunes for any trip.

I am hooking my up thru an Autocom system. So only the GPS and the radar detector would have to be hooked in. Everything will then be handled by the autocom. Phone will be bluetooth to zumo, then zumo to autocom.

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Pics of the gadetguy handlebar mounts for the "new" GT. There is also a ball mount that threads unto the nut under the BMW emblem on the yoke. Cyclegadgets has this.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2007, 7:45 pm
 
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Make a platform

I think I attached a photo of the platform I made of light steel and painted it black
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