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Please show us your GPS mounted to your X-Bike in your favorite location .
 

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I would be afraid it would fall off , mine in the car seems to fall off from time to time , it could be catastrophic on the bike !
 

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Love the center of the dash. Had the x-grip on the bars and worked fine, but this is much cleaner looking and easier to see (in sight line)
BTW it's a Zumo 665LM
 

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I like the looks of the center mount, but I still think the left handlebar is the most PRACTICAL location to mount the GPS on the Cross Country. Here's my bike and my mount.
 

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I like the looks of the center mount, but I still think the left handlebar is the most PRACTICAL location to mount the GPS on the Cross Country.
I agree, plus I don't want anything in the windshield vent area.
I'll be switching out the X-grip for the Tom-Tom mount on the left bar.

 

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Got GPS in my phone but its always turned off and in my inside vest pocket.
On the rare occasion that I'm lost I just stop and work out where Im going.
Not really into all the technology.
Actually I got a bit lost last weekend and when I turned my phone on there was no coverage anyway, so I waved down a passing car and they had a paper map!
Worked out I was actually going in the right direction anyway. :)
 

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Actually I got a bit lost last weekend and when I turned my phone on there was no coverage anyway, so I waved down a passing car and they had a paper map!
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No matter what...I always have a paper maps (several actually, and even a small atlas) that fits under my trunk liner...doesn't take up any space.
 

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My Garmin (car GPS) goes into a RAM mount/holder made for the particular Garmin model. I then use the Victory/RAM half moon mount on the clutch perch. It works great in that position and the 12VDC power supply is also right their on the left side of the fairing. I use a simple quart size Zip Lock bag held on with two rubber bands for the Garmin in the rain.

I have a second Victory/RAM mount on the brake perch. When I'm in an area that has toll roads, my I-PASS transponder (from Illinois) easily attaches on the right side of the handlebar using a RAM X-Grip holder. I have a vacuum sealer so I have my toll road transponder in a vacuum sealed bag to keep the rain and debris out of it.

Both my Victory/RAM mounts have two RAM balls on them for additional options like the RAM cup holder or even a second RAM X-Grip to hold a phone, a camera or something similar. The Victory/RAM mounts are very easy to use plus they look and work great.

I'm not sure if Victory or RAM still offers the machined aluminum half moon mount but I'm glad to have the two I have mounted on my CCT. In colder weather and with my cruise control set, I'll sometimes use the RAM ball mounts as a place to rest my hands. It keeps them out of the airstream and they work fine for steering input.
 

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I have a Ram X-Mount on the left handlebar. As far as my favorite location, it'll take me a while to get back to Lake George :D :D
 

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I have a Ram X-Mount on the left handlebar. As far as my favorite location, it'll take me a while to get back to Lake George :D :D

X2 , with my Phone (GPS on phone)

 

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No matter what...I always have a paper maps (several actually, and even a small atlas) that fits under my trunk liner...doesn't take up any space.
I'm with you Arkiebiker. I have a GPS but I found it took away, rather than added, to the riding experience. I'll look at a paper map, and if I need to I'll make turn notes and tape them to my tank or place them in the window of my magnetic tank bag. Sometimes a map goes in that bag window.
 

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Whose/what tank bag did you find that does not interfere with steering?
 

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Whose/what tank bag did you find that does not interfere with steering?
I have a tank bib similar (or maybe identical -- it's hard to say, from that one pic) to MTVic's. The one I have I ordered from Sage Brush Designs right around a year ago; see 10 oz latigo leather motorcycle tank bib.

Sage Brush is the retailer, but at least the series I have are -- or were -- made by Frank's Leather, because the installation and care instructions were written by Frank. I believe this is his site: Leather Tank Bibs

I have a pic in my gallery, currently here: 2012 Victory Cross Country Tour

More to the point, I have a small sub-gallery of pics of only that tank bib here:

2012 Victory Cross Country Tour with Sage Brush Designs Tank Bib
 

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Four Balls, No Waiting

Please show us your GPS mounted to your X-Bike in your favorite location .
To refresh your memory, or if you weren't paying attention in Brattleboro:

Three RAM Balls on the Left:

I have the official Vic clutch or brake replacement bracket, in my case installed on the clutch side. This can hold up to three balls, and I have two installed (with red thread-locker).

I chose the left because that's where the dash outlet is. The center is nice for visibility, although a mount fabricated there may block air flow, and also is likely to allow for less adjustability in terms of positioning. Or not -- I suppose it's all in how you fab it up.

I also have a third mount on the left side, one I've recommended before, from Mounting Innovations: their "Chrome-B-231U-Black" mount. See RAM Bases & Balls and Chrome Handlebar Mount .

RAM Products:

To go with the three balls, I have assorted RAM products, including (but not limited to):

- Some medium socket arms (which is what RAM calls them -- I'd call them extensions): RAM Double Socket Arm for 1" Balls (Overall Length: 3.69") Unpackaged - RAM-B-201U | RAM Mounts

- A long socket arm: RAM Long Double Socket Arm for 1" Balls (Overall Length: 6") - RAM-B-201U-C | RAM Mounts

- A locking knob. This serves as a replacement to the default socket-arm twister. When I'm traveling, I use the locking knob, as it's a theft deterrent to whatever cradle you have mounted; e.g., when you're at a lunch stop, you just take your phone out of the mount, but leave the mount in place. That regular (i.e., non-locking) handle is what you might call an "attractive nuisance," it sort of invites some passing low-life to unscrew it. See KNOB W LOCK 1/4"-20 STEEL INSERT B SIZE Unpackaged - RAM-KNOB3LSU | RAM Mounts

- An X-Grip, typically for a phone (in a case, or not in a case): RAM Universal X-Grip® (Patented) Cell/iPhone Cradle Unpackaged - RAM-HOL-UN7BU | RAM Mounts . This is my newest mount, from a few months ago. RAM suggests putting some super-glue inside the rubber bumpers, and I did that.

- A base for tripod-mounts, e.g., for small video cameras. RAM makes several of these, and I think this is the one I have: RAM 2.5" Round Base with 1" Ball & 1/4-20 Threaded Male Post for Cameras Unpackaged - RAM-B-202AU | RAM Mounts

- A Tough Claw, for when you want to mount some RAM stuff temporarily someplace else (such as a crashbar): RAM Small Tough-Claw? with 1" Diameter Rubber Ball Unpackaged - RAP-B-400U | RAM Mounts

In the attached pic of RAM goodies, also present are two single-purpose RAM mounts:

- In the lower right is for the Garmin Nuvi 200-series of GPS: RAM Cradle for the Garmin nuvi 200W, 205W, 250W, 255W, 260W, 265W, 265WT, 285WT, 2455LMT, 2475LT, 2495LMT & 465T Unpackaged - RAM-HOL-GA25U | RAM Mounts . (I hardly ever use that, in the age of smart phones.)

- In the middle, second from left, is a cradel for an iPhone 4, without any case: RAM Model Specific Cradle for the Apple iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S WITHOUT CASE, SKIN OR SLEEVE Unpackaged - RAM-HOL-AP9U | RAM Mounts . (I no longer have that phone, so this cradle is no use to me.)

In the upper right are two non-RAM products. The rain case has a RAM ball on the back, and the thing next to it is a sunshade. I've never used those products, which I picked up at Americade or the NYC show last year. Go figure.

Truth be told, I hardly ever use any of this stuff. I don't mind getting lost -- exploring -- on day trips. Sometimes on a break, I'll consult my phone, if I really am lost, and am looking for suggestions or guidance in terms of how to get home.

On the superslab -- for visiting my kids, for instance (NC and TX) -- I may fire up a GPS or a GPS app on the phone, mostly so I can call ahead (a kid or a hotel), and say, "I'll be there around 6:45pm." Also, on those long trips, I like to verify the speedo and odo with a GPS.

I've lately switched from using Google maps on my phone to using Here. Also, I've taken up something like 6GB on the phone in order to have Here's maps and POIs downloaded, so I can use Here off-line, i.e., with no cellular connection.

The Right Side:

I have a smaller set-up on the non-outlet side of the handlebar. Over there, I have a Moto X Tek gripper, which holds my E-ZPass (although there are other gizmos that can use that smaller size ball, and the Gripper can hold other things, too). That's all; see the last two pics.
 

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A couple of those bikes are more like Boeing 747 cockpits than a motorcycle's. No offense Bill and MTVic, but when do you find time to see the scenery and enjoy being on a motorcycle? When people ask me what motorcycling is about, I tell them, adventure and freedom from the gadgets that seem to want to control peoples' lives. Just sayin'.
 

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A couple of those bikes are more like Boeing 747 cockpits than a motorcycle's. No offense Bill and MTVic, but when do you find time to see the scenery and enjoy being on a motorcycle? When people ask me what motorcycling is about, I tell them, adventure and freedom from the gadgets that seem to want to control peoples' lives. Just sayin'.
No offense, taken, Ric.

And I agree with you:

- 90+ percent of the time, what you see is what you get. That is, those balls are just sitting there, unused. I haven't ever turned on the radio during a ride, I don't have an iPod or iPhone plugged in or turned on (for tunes). And I don't have headphones, earbuds, bluetooth, etc. Like you, I just enjoy the ride.

- The only permanent device added to my cockpit is that TPMS. I click that before a ride, to make sure my tires are up to snuff (because I'm too old and too lazy to get on the floor to check that back tire). And of course it turns red (as does an added LED up by the windshield) if I ever have a problem. Once in a while -- every couple of rides -- I'll click it mid-ride, just out of curiosity (to see how much more the run-time heat increases the pressure).

- The most-used empty ball is the one on the right, when -- maybe half a dozen times a year -- I'll put my E-ZPass on. As I wrote a couple of years ago in a webBikeWorld article -- Motorcycle EZ Pass Toll Holders - webBikeWorld -- as implemented in NY state: 1) you really don't want to miss having your toll-tag read, and; 2) I've had a problem having it read in a jacket pocket. And besides NY, the E-ZPass is good throughout the eastern US, e.g., the NJ and PA turnpikes, the Chesapeake Bay bridge system, etc.

- A few times a year, I'll mount a video camera (or use a phone's camera for that purpose). I have an Ego 727, but I plan on getting a GoPro model one of these months. I'm like some other folks, e.g., when I ride Deals Gap or some other favorite twisties or scenic roads, I -- very occasionally -- like a video as a memento.

- As I mentioned, I hardly ever mount a GPS (phone app or dedicated device).

Hence, my 90+ % bare-bones figure. However, if I sometimes do mount something, I like to have flexibility in where I want to put it, what angle, what position, etc. And hence, the different balls, and the different extension sizes.

Make more sense now?
 
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