Wanting to mount my GPS on the GT, I struggled with the available options and settled on the machined mounts available from the GadgetGuy.
I chose to go with the new bracket that spans across the top of the windscreen pillars. Genna was very helpful in recommending the correct parts for the application.
- “Bracket Kit II” modified for above the dashboard installation on K1200RS/GT, P# ABK02150-0000 or ABK02150-00101 at: http://shop.store.yahoo.com/gpsforless/unbrackitii.html
- “Base Plate II”, P# ABP00002-0000 or ABP00002-0101 at: http://shop.store.yahoo.com/gpsforless/baseplatei.html
- Cradle from Garmin “Marine Mounting Bracket”, P# 010-10257-00 at: http://shop.store.yahoo.com/gpsforle...mounbracf.html
Item #3, above, is for the StreetPilot III I already had on hand (until I get the new 376C). The parts are machined from aluminum and are nicely finished - parts an engineer can truly appreciate.
Installation was very straightforward:
- Attach the cradle to the baseplate with the supplied screws.
- Slip the baseplate onto the rod.
- Slip the rod into the mounting brackets.
- Remove the two torx-head screws from the top of each pillar (using the supplied torx tool - a nice touch).
- (Optional) Remove the pillar cover and route the power and audio cables. Care must be used to insure cabling does not interfere with the windscreen actuators.
- Screw the mounting brackets into the holes on the pillar, taking care to push the screw in to insure it engages with the captive nut. Note, I had to gently push the bracket into the torx-head screw reliefs in the pillar to get this to engage properly.
- Adjust angle and tighten everything up.
On the test ride, everything was secure with no vibration or wobble. The high mounting point of the GPS was very nice, allowing a quick glance without any head movement from my normal riding position. Another plus is the ignition key and speedo/tach are clearly visible with no blocking from the GPS. After mounting everything, there is room for another base plate for XM if I desired. However, I plan on waiting until I get the 376, which has XM built-in.
While the parts may seem quite expensive (over $150 for the parts I ordered), it is well worth the money in my mind. Again, quality is top-notch. Nice additions like providing all the tools you will need are welcomed. Another nice addition is the wire clamp screwed into the back of the base plate, providing a convenient cable securing and relief point.
I'll post pictures soon (after a longer ride, perhaps).