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Thanks, yes, the £130 is the dealers quote to fit the sockets while they have the bike in for service.

They have quoted approx 2 hours for taking the front apart, running a cable from the battery and installing the socket.

They were a bit vague on the phone as to where they thought the socket could be fitted so I don`t think they have done anything similar on a 500, so things may change once they have t in.

Unfortunately I do not have any skills in this area, so barring a idiots guide on youtube, I have to pay.
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Billy_Batch wrote:
I don't see how a cigarette socket can work in the UK, it will fill up with water.
why just in the UK? I have had one installed since 2008 on mine and no issues. it is located right behind the left handle bar area. Others have located them behind the right handle bar area. I chose the left so to keep my hand on the throttle if I need to plug something in.
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I was just making the point about our weather. If using the bike for work and having to ride in the rain' I don't see how a socket will stay dry. My dashboard often has puddles of water on it and I thought a socket would surely take in some of that water.

I often see topics about mounting phones on bikes but they never seem to be waterproof solutions, so I am guessing that stateside, you have better riding conditions. (that will probably spark a conversation drift, but no offence intended)
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Ram mount
Snipped from an earlier post of mine.

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The ball mount comes up at the intersection of the light gray center cover and the seam between the forward and aft handlebar fairings. All three pieces of plastic need to "notched", but if you do this operation slowly with a dermal you will get a very nice fit. This was the hardest part of the mounting operation because you to reassemble the fairings several times to mark where you will make your next cut.

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This is how it looks from the saddle with a Zumo 550
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I got out for a ride today and remembered I said I'd post pics of the set up I mentioned above, so here you go. When I rig the external power, they'll be a lead that runs up into the bottom of the pouch that has a entry point for it. It hammered with rain today and the waterproof zip on the pouch seemed to do its job. I had to cut off the excess bolt ends on the U bolt as they were catching my thumb reaching for the indicator switch on the GTS. Overall I've got used to this set up now and it works pretty well, though I don't use the Sat Nav all the time.

How have you got on with yours?
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Thanks for the pics.

Failed miserably. Had to settle for the service and fitting one 12v cigarette lighter socket.

I purchased a 1 inch RAM mount base, the one with the diamond shaped base, just two screws so needs less space to mount (that was my theory anyway), they failed to find anywhere on the plastic that it would mount that was a) sturdy enough and b) wouldn`t be hit by the handlebars when something was attached.

So back to the drawing board re having a place to attach GPS etc.

I have large hands, so not sure there is enough space on the grip, would need to purchase the U-bolt mount I guess to find out.

Glad I have power up front now, shame I don`t need it.....

Thanks for all the replies.
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How is your 500 differ from my Piaggio MP3 500, with the body style?

I put my GPS on the cowl under the windshield, screwed the knob onto the cowl, then used a extension so that the GPS would just hang down just above the dials on the dash.

Works for me.

I also have a Madstad wind screen. They only make them for the 500 model.

On your 500 .... is your handlebar the same as the 500 that we have in the USA?

Look at the picture, you can see a yellow rubberband, just below that you can see a round black object. That on my scoot is a cigarette female plug I use it for when I'm running my GPS which is located on the dash.

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Good luck on your quest to find the right place that works for you.
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Thanks Ed.
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Uck !!!!! LoL

that doesn't look anything like my 500.

OK, back to the drawing board. But your dash looks interesting. Where you can save things in those areas, where we can't .....

I would probably attempt to fix a knob above on the cowl, and bring the extension stem where your GPS would slightly hang off the rim. It would be close to being in front of your eyes.

Get with Maksor, he can better guide you as he knows more about your model than I do. And he is knowledgeable about your scoot..

good luck !!
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