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Today was a nice sunny day here at my place, and instead of riding I have decided its time I tackle the GPS power cable installation. After looking around under the seat, and failing with finding any suitable place, someone has suggested to wire it up to park light.

So I have taken the mask off and had a look inside
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I have stripped the park light wires and tested the polarity. White wire is positive (+) and the brown is negative (-). After that I have found a nice place for for the fuse holder and soldered everything together. Its a bit of a mess behind the headlight on those Enduro models.
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Fuse holder sits nicely above the connectors and tightly wedged untder the dash screws.
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The GPS plug is located at the brake and speed sensor cable guide.
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Here is everything buttoned up, also with new mirrors.
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And the view from the seat is great now, and I won’t get lost any time soon, hopefully.
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Stay safe!

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Hey all!

A few months ago I bought a SW-Motech GPS Bag and did a review. I bought that in hopes of getting a car GPS and use in ton the bike, so it would have a bit of protection from the elements.

But that plan went down the drain a few weeks ago when I won a Garmin 60CSx handheld GPS unit. So now I have a different unit that fits in that GPS bag. So I needed a new mounting system for this unit. After reading a lot of things of different mounts on the forums I decided on RAM mount as the Touratech lockable mount was to expensive for my pockets.

I ordered my set from gpscity.com. They are great to deal with, and fast to. The set I ordered is a RAM Mount GPSMAP 60C Series Stainless Steel U-Bolt Mount, here is the link to it.

Here are a few shots:

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Complete set

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GPS cradle

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GPS Cradle with ball

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Handlebar bits

But there isn’t all so good about these mounts. The mounts I got look like they have survived a world war. They are scuffed up, the paint is flaking. Though this doesn’t effect the operation.

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Here are a few pictures of it with GPS in the cradle:
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Stay tuned for some mounting “instructions” in a few days 😀

Hey all!

All over the winter I have been looking for a suitable GPS to use on my motorcycle trips this years. I have been set on buying a car GPS, something in range of 1490T. But than one day, when I lost a bidding for a 1490T, I noticed a 60CSx on a very low price and very short time till the end.

And in the anger of not wining the 1490T, I started bidding on a 60CSx. Kid’s when angry don’t be on E-bay :D. In this wake of disappointment, I went over my budget for a GPS. I lost the 1490T because I didn’t want to pay more than 110€ for a GPS, and 30min later I won the 60CSx for 155€, way over my intended budged. Oh well, a few hours of working overtime to fill the gap in my bank account.

Enough of the talking, lets get down to the fun stuff. First of all here are some technical details Garmin 60CSx.

The unit was used, maybe once or twice. I was without a scratch, dent… Just like I bought a new unit. I really liked that. When I connected it to my PC and checked it out, all I found was 7 search results, so I assume that is the most it was used, for seven searches.

Here is the retail package:
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Paper work, I forgot to mention I also got a original Italy&Greece maps:
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The GPS itself its packed in a cardboard shell:
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The shell opened up:
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I had a chance to test the GPS out in a car, and I must say that I am very happy with it. I have no regrets in buying it so far.

For setting up your gps for motorcycle riding, mostly dual sport, you might want to check out the dualsportwest.com where you can find a step-by-step guid on how to set up you 60CSx.

Also as we all know standard mapping on Garmin devices is a bit poor, so a upgrade to more detailed maps is suggested. You can find a lot of info on noeman.org, it’s full of interesting and helpful articles on how to download and use your maps on your gps and PC.

Soon there will be a set-up guide for mounting it on a KLE, so stay tuned!

Hey!

Having a GPS on your motorcycle can often spare you some headache when you get lost in the middle of nowhere or help you find a point of interest (gas station, hotels, camps,…). But as we all are aware of motorcycle GPS systems are quite expensive, due to being dust and waterproof. And because of that a lot of people are using car devices that are cheaper but not so resistant to the elements. In this case, if you want to protect your GPS, you need a bag for it. Most of the bags protect from dust and water and there is also a wide variety of brands, styles, and quality of the bags.

For my GPS unit I chose the SW-Motech bag and clip adapter to mount it to the bike (still in process of designing). I like SW-Motech’s products a lot so I prefer to stick with it, though it is a bit on the expensive side, but the quality of the product is really on a high level (personal experience).

Here are the links to the SW-Motech’s site for the products I bought. For the clip adapter click here, and GPS bag is here.

First lets take a look at the packing in which the items came. Clip adapter is in a hard plastic case with hardened paper backing, inside you can see both adapters, male and female, and a black paper box. GPS bag comes in a soft plastic bag, and there is only the bag in there.

Now lets take a closer look at both items. First the clip adapter. Inside the box there are both plates and a cardboard box. The adapters are made out of plastic with brass (i think) inserts which are threaded.

Inside that black box are all the bolts, washers and nuts to mount the adapter to the bag and to the GPS holder you have on the bike. There is also an instruction sheet which is in English and German.

Now moving on the GPS bag. SW-Motech makes different sized bags to accommodate the wide variety of GPS devices. The bag I got is a medium size. The dimensions are 145 mm x 95 mm x 35 mm. What I found interesting is that every single bag they make is individually checked that everything is included, there is no damage and everything works.

Here is the bag itself:

It is really well made product, no bad seams or any faults on the bag. It has a sun visor to give some shade to the GPS so it is better visible on those really sunny days. The zipper is inverted and feels rubberized to deflect water. It also includes a eyelet for a lock.

On the bottom and on the right hand side there are integrated cable lead-through holes for cable such as power supply or headphones if your device has this option.

Now lets open up the bag. Inside the bag there are two foams that are different in their density. The back one is stiffer that the one in the front. There is also a set of bolts and instruction manual, that is again in English and German.

Back plate of the bag is made out of thick plastic which is riveted to the fabric. This plate has factory drilled holes for mounting the clip adapter or any other mounting plate in SW-Motech’s line. Only thing left to do is to cut through the fabric and make holes for the bolts.

In this bag I will be using my Garmin 2460LT GPS which is quite large with its 12,7cm (5 inch) screen. It is bigger than zumo 660 which is the biggest motorcycle GPS and it costs one third of the price of zumo 660. Here is the picture of the Garmin in the bag with only the hardest foam in the bag:

Here is a short video I made to show that touch screen works through the bag without any problems. Quality is a bit low as I didn’t have any good cameras to make a video and the music sucks.

At the moment I am still working out where to mount it on the bike, but once I will have a fixed mounting position there will be a write up in the modification section of the blog.

Have a nice day!