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08-12-2003, 05:43 AM
I'm considering buying a GPS system for my Tuono. Can anyone recommend a good mounting system? I'd prefer one that works off the riser, rather than just bolting to the bar.

Also any other GPS advice?

I think there was a thread on this prior to the move to the new host, but I can't find it here.


08-12-2003, 11:01 AM
check out http://www.cycoactive.com They stock RAM and other adapters that should fit the bill perfectly. I don't have the superbike-style bars you guys do, so I got an expandable plug and ball that fits into the steering stem. Works GREAT!

I have a Garmin GPS V, which eats a set of batteries in the course of a long day. So, I also pulled apart the car adapter that came in teh box and wired it to the battery harness so I could power the thing directly from the bike. Nice!!

Scott :)

08-12-2003, 12:54 PM
did you want one that has an extendable arm? i use a ram mount for my street pilot III and it works well. i've also wired mine directly into the battery. but mine is a bar mount. they have different mounting system though.

08-12-2003, 02:54 PM
might try www.stemstand.com too

08-12-2003, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the pic Scott. I agree that direct wiring is the way to go.

For the Tuono, I'm actually after something which hooks into the bolts which hold the handlebar clamps to the risers. I'm really into something that will look fairly integrated and not stick out like dogs' bollocks. ;)

Cheers, Nick

08-12-2003, 06:27 PM
for the ram mount, what i do is take the arm and gps off together. so when it's not on the bike it's just a ball joint attached to the bars. doesn't look too bad. when the gps is on the bike, i have a tank bag on there anyway, so i can't see what it looks like.

Drt Boy
08-12-2003, 08:03 PM
I use a TouraTech mount for my Garman III+ on the dual sport bike. Have used it for about three years and am happy to report both the GPS and the mount (and myself) have survived many spills, including twice when only one handgrip was visable above the water! I just returned from 5 days of riding the trails around Silverton, Colorado. Those rocky trails just pounded the equipment (and me), and the GPS did just fine. I came back with a broken rib!

I think the best place on the Tuono is going to be the little shelf above the instruments and under the windscreen. A little velcro to mount the GPS, wire it into the battery, and you've got a super light and simple mount. Isn't that the best kind?

Just did the second service and getting close to 5,000 miles. What a blast this bike is!!!!!


08-12-2003, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by thunderex
did you want one that has an extendable arm?

Actually, I bought the short arm, plug and expandable plug... Then I decided I didn't like the short arm because the GPS was too far out of my line of sight, so my eyes were off the road for too long when I checked it. So I went back and bought the long arm, which holds the GPS just below the windscreen, but just above the guages. Perfect! Looks a little too long by itself, but when I'm in Sport-Touring mode, I have the tankbag in place anyhow.

And yes - I take the arm off and leave the ball in place. The power wire I got a little more elaborate with: I noticed the cigarette plug that came with the GPS had a 1.5A fuse in there. So when I "created" my new power cable, I used a 1.5A mini breaker in there, and grafted on a plug that fit the Battery Tender cable I had already installed on the bike. Parts cost me less than $10 at a local electronics supply house, and it took me about half an hour to put together 'cause I suck with a soldering iron. I have those little air ducts in the tail, so that's where I make the connection when I need.

Works GREAT!

Scott :)

08-12-2003, 10:34 PM

i have the garmin V on the the bar mount system which moves to every bike i currently own, as well as the jetskis, boat and suv's.

no more then $50usd shipped

08-12-2003, 11:58 PM
AM do you have a picture of your Tuono with the GPS mounted?


08-13-2003, 12:59 AM
i mounted the bar ball-mount on the left side of the bars, so i may operate it right-handed while on the gas. its just inside of the clutch master-cycl. and the gps unit sits just above the triple bar clamps, centered. you can still read the gauge cluster, and it tucks just below the stock windscreen.

i have a 6" extension arm which attaches to a 3/4" ball at the bar and garmin base mount. it can move to many locations from those ball mounts.


post some pics

08-13-2003, 02:41 AM
hahaha. well, i'm going to get the bike back on thursday. so i'll post some on thursday night.

here are some pix from when i had it on my zrx.


this is the only thing that i leave on my bike. this is the handlebar ball mount that bolts onto the handlebar. the ball joint has a sort of rubber coating (to reduce vibes i'd guess)


here you see the arm and the second ball joint that attaches to the garmin's mounting bracket. so it's two ball joints with a wingnut that tightens and loosens the joints. so you can position it in your preferred location and then tighten it down.


another angle.


this is the cable as it goes into my trunk and attaches to the battery. the battery is behind that door on the left of frame. i installed a fuse inline from radio shack and crimped on a couple of ring ends to screw it into the battery terminals.


here's the garmin street pilot III+ mounted. this is the view from the seat.


side view.


side view. you can see the power plug from this angle. it attaches to the top-left of the unit. i usually just wrap the extra cord around the arm of the ram mount and run it under my tank bag to the trunk. or i tuck it under the tank edge.


slightly different view from saddle. a little bit lower.

Tuono Tex
08-13-2003, 07:00 AM

I don't know what kind of GPS you have. I've got a small, handheld unit. When I want to use it, I simply put a piece of velcro on that nice flat part of the tank and stick it down.

08-17-2003, 06:52 AM
I'm thinking of getting the Garmin Streetpilot III. I know there's a new Garmin unit out (2196?), but it has a touch screen, which doesn't seem too clever for bikes.

Drt Boy, the Streetpilot don't fit under the screen on a Tuono. :(

I'm thinking of getting a BMW or Ducati mount. The BMW GS1150 mount is very neat and will fit right on if I make up a small tube to run from one bar riser to the other. I haven't checked Ducati yet, but they make one for the Monster, which has conventional bars and risers too.


Drt Boy
08-17-2003, 10:04 AM
Hi Nick, Right you are, the street pilot is too big to fit under the windscreen. I use a smaller GPS, the Garmin III+. I got it a few years ago to use on the dual sport bike so I wanted something small and light. I have a mount for every vehicle and move the GPS from the Dodge PU to the '56 Ford panel truck, my wifes Toyota ECHO, the dual sport bike, and soon I'll fix a simple velcro mount for the Tuono. It's a cool little toy/tool and is a great help in the woods. I've also used it to keep track of average speed for the few enduros I've run.

I found the folks at www.cycloactive.com very friendly and helpful.