GPS

I mounted my gps unit a few weeks ago. I don’t trust the suction cup to hold it to the windshield, so I decided to make my own mount. I fabricated a bracket from a strip of steel, carefully bending it with the correct gap for the mounting stem. I then drilled holes for the long bolt that holds the stem to the suction cup assembly. Finally, I needed a friction plate on the mounting bracket so that the stem would hold position. I’ve used bee’s was as a mold for epoxy before, to make “plastic” parts. I planed to use it to duplicate the ratchet face from the original mount onto the bike mount. Temporarily I used friction tape to give the teeth on the stem side something to bite into.

Fabricated handle bar mount.

Fabricated handle bar mount.

The other issue is that this is not a water proof unit designed for a motorcycle. In the past, I just had to take it off and store in a water tight bag when the rain set in. Of course I can’t use it that way, so no navigator in the rain. I’ve seen some water tight cases for them on a site that sold gps accessories. They ran from $18 to $45. But these were all designed to use as hand held. None of them had a mounting system that would work on the bike. So I began to think about how to fabricate them.
I was showing this to a friend and explaining what I was trying to do. He looked at my bike and gps for a second, then stuffed the mount with suction base still attached down into the area between my gauges and the windshield. There was just enough room to gently wedge it in place where it rides quite securely with out blocking any of the other gauges. He then told me he uses a plastic bag slipped over his gps and a twist tie to hold it shut at the bottom to prevent mist from coming up from below.

Well Duh! Sometimes the simple solutions are the best.

gps mount

gps mount

Mount with gps

Mount with gps

Bag over gps

Bag over gps

— Guy Wheatley

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