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Like many others, BMW's free GPS offer lured me into buying a new K1200S. I'm told the GPS will be here in about two weeks, but meanwhile I'm wondering about the installation point atop the battery cover. It seems like it's way out of my line of sight, enough so that I'd have to take my eyes way off the road to see it. I'm 6-foot-3, and it seems like my head would be right above it.

I'd love some feedback/pix from other K1200S owners with Nav II/IIIs installed. The alternative is selling the Nav III and mounting a smaller GPS to the bars, like a Nuvi or Zumo. Pirate's installation is really sweet — as is his helpfulness in sharing how he did it.

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FYI, the size of the Zumo 550 is a bit higher than the 2820 and I assume higher than the Nav III. For instance, the Zumo height is 3.9 vs. the 2820 of 3.2 inches. The Nuvi is a mere 2.9.
 

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Yikes, that's kinda big. The only downsides to the Nuvi series are (a) not waterproof, which doesn't really matter to me since I don't ride much in the rain and can always pop it off and put it away if it starts drizzling and (b) the Bluetooth is only for phone calls, not voice prompts.

I'd like to be able to see the GPS, as well as choosing not to look at the GPS. That's what Bluetooth voice prompts offer on the Garmin 2820 and Nav III.

Here's what Garmin says about the Nuvi:

http://www.garmin.com/products/faq.jsp?product=010-00540-00#faq2
 

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I've sat on a K1200S using the BMW mount. I am 6'3" and the location seemed to be very good as long as you use a small tankbag or the specially designed K1200S tankbag for use on the K1200S with the Nav II/II
 

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Like many others, BMW's free GPS offer lured me into buying a new K1200S. I'm told the GPS will be here in about two weeks, but meanwhile I'm wondering about the installation point atop the battery cover. It seems like it's way out of my line of sight...
Don't have Nav II/III, but use a Garmin 276C on a 4" RAM ball arm. The RAM-B-236U threaded 1" dia. RAM ball screws directly into the steering axis beneath the BMW roundel badge on the K1200S. It doesn't look great, but it's functional.

The arm allows varying the GPS position in three dimensions. Optimally positioned it's just beneath the gauges, and a little closer to my face. It works great and visibility and sight lines are good. See attached pictures. Maybe a similar mount would work on the Nav II/III? But that's a little more complicated, being a wired (not battery powered) unit, plus the BMW modifications to the Garmin form factor.

One good source if info: http://www.gpscity.com/gps-mount.htm. You normally enter your GPS model to see the available mounting accessories, but I suppose the BMW navs are specialized.

The RAM-B-236U 1" RAM ball is also available here: http://www.mountinginnovations.com/
 

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I'd love some feedback/pix from other K1200S owners with Nav II/IIIs installed. The alternative is selling the Nav III and mounting a smaller GPS to the bars, like a Nuvi or Zumo. Pirate's installation is really sweet — as is his helpfulness in sharing how he did it.

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I used the Ztechnic mount on my S and mounted a 2720. I find it easy to read and easy to operate and allows me to use a Chicane Canyon tankbag for lots of capacity. The picture of my installation is here (the righthand picture) on Pirate's site. I did change the XM MyFi out for an Inno since this picture was taken.
 

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diggitydogg said:
Like many others, BMW's free GPS offer lured me into buying a new K1200S. I'm told the GPS will be here in about two weeks, but meanwhile I'm wondering about the installation point atop the battery cover. It seems like it's way out of my line of sight, enough so that I'd have to take my eyes way off the road to see it. I'm 6-foot-3, and it seems like my head would be right above it.

I'd love some feedback/pix from other K1200S owners with Nav II/IIIs installed. The alternative is selling the Nav III and mounting a smaller GPS to the bars, like a Nuvi or Zumo. Pirate's installation is really sweet — as is his helpfulness in sharing how he did it.

Thanks.
I use the handlebar control clamps from the K12ST, etc. with the mirror mounting hole in them. The 3/8" mounting, 1" RAM ball screws right in (use a little blue locktite). Then I use a double ball RAM and a couple of short arms to put the NAV III where ever I want it.
 

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Garmin Mount

For the K1200R I removed the BMW badge and picked up the female thread form revealed in centre to bolt on a fabricated bracket. I believe the S is the same. This puts the display much nearer line of sight. It also allows a higher tank bag load.
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I use the handlebar control clamps from the K12ST, etc. with the mirror mounting hole in them. The 3/8" mounting, 1" RAM ball screws right in (use a little blue locktite). Then I use a double ball RAM and a couple of short arms to put the NAV III where ever I want it.
I meant to write handlebar control clamps from the R12ST.
 

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diggitydogg said:
Like many others, BMW's free GPS offer lured me into buying a new K1200S. I'm told the GPS will be here in about two weeks, but meanwhile I'm wondering about the installation point atop the battery cover. It seems like it's way out of my line of sight, enough so that I'd have to take my eyes way off the road to see it. I'm 6-foot-3, and it seems like my head would be right above it.

I'd love some feedback/pix from other K1200S owners with Nav II/IIIs installed. The alternative is selling the Nav III and mounting a smaller GPS to the bars, like a Nuvi or Zumo. Pirate's installation is really sweet — as is his helpfulness in sharing how he did it.

Thanks.
Howdy diggitydogg,

I'm 6'4" and have the Nav II on the K-R, essentially identical configuration to K-S. I like the layout and position of the unit. It is not as easy to see as on my LT which is above the dash.

I like it down because, with the lean forward riding postition it's pretty natural feeling to leave your arm and hands down. It might be better to raise it up, but it's good where it is for me and I am not motivated to change it.

The max speed was from the LT.....honest :eek:


Nav II rider view on K-R

NavII side view on K-R


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Do it right and use the Nav III. It's a great gps and the cable for power is under the cover. I bought an extra cover because most of the time I don't use the gps and just swap covers as needed.
 

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I bought an extra cover because most of the time I don't use the gps and just swap covers as needed.
That's an idea I really like. Fact is, I use the GPS only one out of every 10 or 15 rides. So you're telling me I can easily pop off the GPS-laden battery cover and swap it with a clean one — hmmm, carbon fiber perhaps from Pirate — without much effort? Could even keep the GPS on the cover in the bags and swap on the fly if needed? Pls confirm... Thanks
 

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Yep. Two screws and one plug. Put it on this morning to see how fast I went during the ride, which it keeps track off automatically and took it off when I got home. Hit 145 by the way.
 

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Yep. Two screws and one plug. Put it on this morning to see how fast I went during the ride, which it keeps track off automatically and took it off when I got home. Hit 145 by the way.

That's just what I needed to hear — the two screws and a plug, not the 145 part! :) Well, the 145 part is intriguing as well!

Thanks. I'll be paying a visit to Pirates Lair any minute now!
 
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