Mounting a GPS to your car is usually straightforward: you either suction cup it to the dashboard or windshield, or perhaps clip it to an air vent, or even a custom mount like this one I use for my old Garmin i5.
On a motorcycle, things are a bit different. Real estate is at a premium, and you don’t want your accessories getting in the way of your instrument cluster. Furthermore, if you’re one to put a GPS on your motorcycle in the first place you probably want some other shit on there too. Next thing you know, you’ll have a radar detector (where legal, of course), CB radio, satellite radio receiver, and a chain gun. Some fellows have taken to building dashboards and other contraptions, while others have tried to mount stuff creatively on other parts of the bike. Folks who are really desperate have to do both.
I only have my Garmin Nuvi 360 GPS unit for now, but here’s how I mounted it on my 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A.
There is an unused bolt hole on the clutch reservoir. What’s it for? I don’t know, but I put a RAM Mount 10MM ball (Motorcycle Larry, part # RAM-B-349U) in there:
Next I added a regular RAM arm and a cradle bracket specially made for my series of the Nuvi. Motorcycle Larry sells the arm and bracket (part # RAMHOL-GA21):
The cool thing about the mount is that there are two points of articulation: one at the base and one near the cradle. This allows me to tilt the unit forward and back so that the “reach” is just right for my arm length, and then tilt the head up or down to give me the best viewing angle. Once you get the angles just right, hand tighten a knob as tightly as you can and you’re all set.
I was skeptical of how well the RAM Mount would deal with road vibration and highway speeds, but I have been very impressed. I have put about 3500 miles on the bike since installing the RAM mount, and it has not moved once on its own. I even bashed it with my arm by accident once and it stayed in place. I did put a little Loc-Tite blue on the threads of the 10MM mount, but that’s it.
The RAM Mount and ball come out to $39 without shipping from Motorcycle Larry. He was great about fulfilling my order quickly and it arrived in short order. Big thumbs up on their order fulfillment. Unfortunately they aren’t super responsive to email, so I am neutral on their customer service.
If you are looking for a clever way to mount a GPS (or any device of similar weight), try the 10MM RAM mount ball and cradle system, it is