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GPS mounts??? thinking small, small, small tank bag?

Thoughts? Know any good tank bags?

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Thoughts? Know any good tank bags?
Hi Mikester - I bought a triumph tank bag for my Bonnie to stash my GPS in... however, the whole of the mounting system for the bag covers the tank. I didn't think the magnetic bags would work as I have the rubber tank protectors on the sides. Instead, I bought a ram mount for my Quest2 gps to mount on the handlebar. I got it from an ebay seller called MisterMount. His list of mounts is here:

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/mister...Q_fromZQQ_mdoZ

I hope this helps!

P.S. My quest2 is, in theory, waterproof. Check your gps before you find out the hard way!
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I don't recommend putting your GPS in the tank bag. I tried that and found that I had to turn my head so far down that I lost all sight of the road, and then had to orient myself to the GPS's location in the tank bag pocket and refocus my vision to read it -- basically, this eliminated any possibility of quickly glancing at the GPS and discerning any useful information. I'd have to take my eyes completely off the road for a second or more any time I wanted to look at the GPS.

It works much better just to put a RAM handlebar mount on the bike. With the GPS mounted on that, all I have to do is glance down slightly right next to my speedometer.

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+1 on the Ram-Mount. Makes a huge difference in visibility and ease of use.

Here is the "handlebar" mount without the GPS on it:


Here it is with my Zumo mounted (picture makes the zumo look much bigger than it is):

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Mikester, are you using the stock mirrors or bar-ends?

If the latter, check out Techmount's GPS mounts that screw right in to the mirror base hole.
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Thanks everyone great suggestions. The problem with the RAM mount is that friggin ball thing that stays behind when you're not using the gps. I wish it was easier to take it off, as in whole thing get removed when not using. Plus doesn't the ram mount stick up pretty high? D9 brackets has a really good solution that works with RAM mounts for where the ball goes and where the unit sit once mounted but they want big bucks for that product. I hear ya on the tank bag and taking your eyes off the road but since the mounts are looking kinda ugly and since i only need the GPS as a safety net i still think a small tank bag and or just a small magnetic case would be ideal.

I could be way off on the RAM mounts being ugly, I have never seen one on a bonnie... anyone with pics of the whole thing attached? BTW I'm probably going to go with the RAM mount.

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This work for you?


Most people don't even SEE the ball on my bike... Since you have a bonnie with a bar, you have more options as to which ball mount to get to keep it as concealed as possible. Honestly, it is a lot less obvious than it seems, and you can mount things to it OTHER than your GPS if you want to. For example, I bought a mount that attaches to my camera that i can mount to that same point, or a radio, or an iPod.....

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I think i'll order mine today. Thanks.

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Thoughts? Know any good tank bags?
I put my garmin Nuvi 205 on the speedo glass with the suction cup.
Tested to 70mph, easy to read and I can even hear the voice a low speeds. It shows the speed so I'm not losing anything by not being ablt to see the speedo. I do tether it just in case.
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