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    RT owners with GPS units

    RT owners with GPS units. I'm curious how and where you installed a GPS unit. I have a Zumo XT I use on my 2018 GS and would also like to use it on my 1988 RT. Wiring it up is less of an issue than the mounting location and hardware. Thanks in advance.
    Jeff
    1988 R100 RT (the other woman)
    2018 R1200 GS (the mistress)
    "I got my motorcycle jacket but I'm walking all the time." Joe Strummer

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    I've only used it once because the bike is still in the shop.
    I put the Zumo in the tank bag map pocket, and run the power from the charge port.
    Not the easiest to view, but with the wireless connection to the helmet, it worked well.
    Also fast to take off and bring with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmdualexhaust View Post
    I've only used it once because the bike is still in the shop.
    I put the Zumo in the tank bag map pocket, and run the power from the charge port.
    Not the easiest to view, but with the wireless connection to the helmet, it worked well.
    Also fast to take off and bring with you.
    The Zumo XT has been the best navigation tool for me. I just like how easy it is to use, the move AWAY from Basecamp and ability to create routes on any other navi tool and easily import them wirelessly. I have adapted it for use on ALL my bikes. For the RT, i just bought a 1/2 inch piece of aluminum bar-stock and had my buddy mill the edges and drill holes for mounting the ends to the handlebars with wiring harness clamps. I then bolted a Touratech lockable holder to the bar stock. Works like a charm and it’s perfectly positioned where i can see it and the dash. Hope this helps.
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    RAM Mount with the RAM ball that replaces one of the handlebar mounting screws. RAM arm from the ball to the GPS cradle. Someone will probably post a photo of the ball mount.

    My apologies. The response I gave is for my Oilhead RT with separate handlebar parts for each side.

    My Airheads both use the RAM ball U mount on the Airhead round handlebar.
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    i'm a little late in posting my solution. Since I wasn't sure how much I will use the GPS on the bike, I wanted a minimal expense solution at first. Since I used the 3DAM adaptor for my 2018 R1200 GS, I had most of the mounting hardware and wiring that came with the Zumo XT. However, I did have to purchase the mount bracket ($20). I liked the location between the handlebars that Franz chose, but I wasn't prepared to purchase Touratech's mounting bracket, nor making a bar to go between the handlebars at this point in time. The mounting hardware that came with the Zumo XT seems to be a good option to see how much I use it and like it there. I chose a photo without the Zumo XT, so you can see the mounting hardware and how I installed it.
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    2018 R1200 GS (the mistress)
    "I got my motorcycle jacket but I'm walking all the time." Joe Strummer

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    I had a RAM mount ball mounted on the left handlebar and mounted a Zumo 550 near the left controls. I zoomed in on an old photo that shows the location. Ignore the duct tape holding the windshield together.
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    Zumo XT mounted on RT

    I mounted my Zumo using the Nav VI cover plate. Mostly free and not too difficult an install. You can see step by step instructions on this post.

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