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#322207 - 04/13/08 06:17 PM Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT?  
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I have ordered a new Zumo 550 GPS and should have it in a week or so...

In the meantime, I am looking at figuring out on where to mount the unit... as I figure it, it comes with cradle and attaching bar clamp with the kit... A friend has one on his R1200R and I saw how he had it set up... what I want to know is there a mounting bracket/or setup for putting it between the handlebars without too much trouble? Anyone here got something setup like that on their RT and with links to sources for mounts... maybe pictures as well?

Once I figure that out, it then only leaves the question of plugging it in... directly to the battery or the Can-bus... any tips on that would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance.


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#322208 - 04/14/08 12:51 AM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: RoadWolf]  
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there is a bracket that goes right into the handlebar bolts, problem is it can be hard to see with a tankbag in place. i prefer mounting it higher. cycle gadgets has several ram mount options for the rt. or u can look at RKA motorcycle luggage. They have a tank bag that hard wires directly to the battery and u can mount the zumo to the tank bag plus u can put a audio device in there too like a starcom or autocom


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#322209 - 04/14/08 01:12 AM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: RoadWolf]  
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You need to acquaint yourself with the zumo forum... this is a good place to start. You will have to register first, easy, fast no charge:
http://www.zumoforums.com/index.php?action=forum

then see my thread on the R1200RT

http://www.zumoforums.com/index.php?topic=2798.0


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#322210 - 04/14/08 03:11 AM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: RoadWolf]  
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Do a search on this site for the jackfrost mount. He makes an aluminum piece that fits into the center hole between the bars. I have one and its great. He does this in his spare time so you may have to wait until he has time to make one.

As to power - I am using the plug on the front of the bike that BMW put there for their GPS. If you do some searching here you will find that you can buy an adapter from BMW that fits the plug and can be used to power the GPS.


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#322211 - 04/14/08 04:28 AM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: RoadWolf]  
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I've just completed mounting the zumo above the instruments with a migsel mount from cyclegadgets. Beautiful mount and puts the screen in a good spot. There is a BMW plug available to fit an empty gps lead. The empty lead is taped to the harness just below the triple tree. The notes on this board and on the Zumo board were invaluable in setting up. No worries about tapping in to the CANBUS if you use the proper socket.


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#322212 - 04/14/08 04:45 AM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: RoadWolf]  
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You might want to check out gadgetguy.net; they have many pics. I have my Zumo 550 along with a Valentine and my Roady2 on gadgetguy's hardware. Genna, the owner, is very responsive to questions even when he may not directly profit from the discussion. Tell him that I referred you. His hardware is very clean looking, IMHO.


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#322213 - 04/14/08 12:44 PM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: RoadWolf]  
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Thanks guys for the responses here... for one thing, I am going to get hooked up on the Zumo forum... thanks for the link, btw.

Secondly, that Migsel mount looks like the way I want to go... one question though... probably isn't a concern, but just visualizing the Zumo up there when the windshield is at it's lowest setting, seems to me that the clearance up there would be fairly tight... guess there is enough room for it to mount up there.

One last thing, anyone running MacOS X and the Garmin Mapping Software and have any issues... I seem to remember some comments on another board that Garmin was dragging their feet on getting up to speed with Mac compatibility.

Thanks for the advice... will update when successfully installed. Hopefully by next week.


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#322214 - 04/14/08 01:02 PM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: Pictou]  
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Quote:

Do a search on this site for the jackfrost mount. He makes an aluminum piece that fits into the center hole between the bars. I have one and its great. He does this in his spare time so you may have to wait until he has time to make one.




Thanks for the promo Andrew...and if anyone wants a look, here is my little gallery of pics.

http://gallery.mac.com/jkwinchester1#100037&bgcolor=black&view=grid

The shiny bit is 6061T6 solid billet CNC machined and polished aluminum. The 1" Ram ball is 'Made in the USA"...I also supply a hex head stainless bolt to connect the two parts. Its a pressure fit so no mods necessary!

Jim (aka jakfrost)


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#322215 - 04/14/08 01:58 PM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: bmwdude]  
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Quote:

You might want to check out gadgetguy.net; Genna, the owner, is very responsive to questions even when he may not directly profit from the discussion.




+1 on Gadgetguy and Genna - have his products for the RT and ST - top quality


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#322216 - 04/14/08 03:17 PM Re: Where to mount Zumo 550 on R1200RT? [Re: RoadWolf]  
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I have the BMR Co-Pilot Shelf. It puts the Zumo up front and very close the normal field of view like the Migsel. I chose the BMR because of the money back guarantee and the wide variety of stuff you can attach to it. I'm delighted, it's one of the best products of bought for my RT.

BMR site

Prior to using the BMR I had a techmount that went into the mirror hole. It was good, but had more vibration and you have to look quite a ways to the left. Having hand the Zumo in that position on my HD it was comfortable. Having had the Zumo front and center up high I would never go back.

I ran mine off the canbus GPS plug up front initially, then hardwired it directly to the battery later. I went to the battery to reduce intercom noise when using the Zumo audio for directions and intercom noise. Many go to the battery to make sure the Zumo stays on when they want it on, even for a stop of 10 minutes or the like.


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