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Location: Ranura de Monedas, NorCal
 
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Location: Ranura de Monedas, NorCal
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Here's my GTS Garmin GPS GB$ (great big $$) solution. (Tikka has been waiting patiently)

I personally didn't like how the RAM mounts worked in 'our' situation. Even the short ones didn't make me comfortable with the size and weight of the GPS I'd selected.

The welding was done locally, and it is stainless steel tubing, with stainless steel weld material. This did make me do something I didn't want to do; make an irreversible mod to the bike. Yes the 'T' can be removed, but the mirror stalk will show that something was there. With the electrical connection I used a vampire clamp that will need a little e-tape to cover the holes when removed, and I used an existing bolt to ground the unit.

The mount is from Touratech, who makes dreamy stuff as far as I'm concerned. There are four foam pads the float the GPS above the mounting part - it shakes a little at idle, but is clear and smooth at speed. I love great machine work, and great designs, and this is one, and you pay for it. The GPS fits in beautifully, and cannot be removed from the mount without destroying one or the other. www.touratech-usa.com/

The GPS; Garmin 2820 - beautiful bright and clear unit. Announces street names, recalculates fast, and acquires signal faster than my handheld units, but a little slower than my built-in units that have legit antennas. Bluetooth; connects with my phone, cheapie Scala earpiece (even has my entire phone book in the GPS for easy dialing or seeing who's calling while riding) It will also play MP3 files, and has XM traffic and music capabilities.

I have been unsuccessful in pairing it with my helmet, but Garmin customer service has been great and is looking into it for me. It does a 3D version of the map, which is a little weird, but I am used to other units that don't have that feature. The touch screen works with my leather summer gloves. You can buy external battery compartment, but it is not internally powered.

The mount has caught my gloves while reaching for the handlebar, and while riding with fewer than two hands is uncommon, I'm looking into solutions to streamline the bottom.

No I'm not going to be rocking out on the GTS or talking on the phone. I'll let you look into pricing.

Bueller....Bueller.... questions comments?
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Piaggio BV 250
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Location: Alameda, CA
 
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Piaggio BV 250
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Location: Alameda, CA
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Innovative and gorgeous! Well Done!! Clap emoticon

And, if you ever wanted to go back 'stock' just get another mirror - no need to give it up
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Location: Bay Area, California
 
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Nice work!
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