Motorcycle GPS SatNav System Installation

Motorcycle GPS SatNav System Installation

Motorcycle GPS Systems
Installation / Mounting / FittingWiring / Power Supply

See also: Which Motorcycle GPS?
Motorcycle GPS Systems – Which SatNav for your motorcycle?

Before you can fit your GPS SatNav System to your motorcycle some serious consideration needs to be given to:

  • Location – where and how will you mount the GPS on your motorcycle?
     ~ so that it is accessible, the screen is easily viewed and…
     ~ to ensure it does not obscure your dash instruments or handlebar controls
     ~ is securely mounted
     ~ suffers as little vibration as possible
  • Power Supply / Wiring – you need to get power to the GPS cradle / mount
     ~ what power source? (direct battery connection? – dedicated GPS socket? etc)
     ~ routing of the power cable (and other GPS leads e.g. audio cables)

Of course considering personal requirements, the ever increasing number of motorcycle specific GPS SatNav Systems, the use of GPS systems designed for use only in cars and the variations between different motorcycle models….pretty much every installation will be different!
One way to make the job easier is to compare what others have done already…..even if the installation is for a different brand/model of motorcycle and/or motorcycle GPS SatNav System you can pick up some handy hints 😉

So, that’s the longer introduction than I intended for this page…..a list of the pages on this website (and a couple of recommended external links) relating to installing / fitting / mounting and connecting a GPS system on a motorcycle including many pages relating to specific motorbike installs but not in the GPS Section of this site:

Gadgetguy – GPS, SatNav & ‘Gadget’ Mounts and Mounting Brackets

FuzeBlocks Motorcycle Fuse Blocks
Power distribution panels / fuse blocks for motorcycles and other vehicles.

The Zumo Forums
Aimed at Garmin Zumo owners but a mine of information and tips relating to the use of GPS systems on motorcycles including lots of posts relating to mounting options for SatNavs on a wide variety of motorcycles.

GPS & Sat Nav Resources
Main page / introduction to the motorcycle GPS section of this website

RAM-B-367 GPS RAM Mount

Security Lock For Motorcycle RAM Mounts

Garmin Zumo 660 Cradle – Wiring Loom / Cables Modification

Ducati Multistrada 1200 GPS SatNav Mount Installation 
Garmin Zumo 550 ‘DIY’ installation

Multistrada 1200 Motorcycle GPS Mounting Project
Garmin Zumo 550 ‘DIY’ mounting 

Multistrada 1200 Motorcycle GPS Mounting Project (2)
Garmin Zumo ‘DIY’ mounting

R1200GS Above Dash GPS / SatNav Mounting Bracket
DIY GPS cradle mounting bracket

GPS Sat Nav Motorcycle Power Connection 
R1200GS related but useful tips and ideas;-)

Multistrada 1200 / MTS1200 Custom GPS Power Lead 
As are many motorcycles now-a-days, the Multistrada 1200 is prewired with a GPS / SatNav electrical power connector socket. Here’s how to make up a custom power lead for your GPS SatNav system to connect to the OE GPS power connector.

Related topics:

Motorcycle Electrics, FAQ and ‘how to’

BMW R1200GS (R1200) motorcycle CANbus system
CANbus electrical systems are becoming more and more common on motorcycles, I now own my second bike with a CANbus electrical system (Ducati Multistrada 1200). An article put together for the BMW R1200 GS section of the site but much of the information is relevant to any motorcycle CANbus system.

Fitting an additional auxiliary power socket
Installation of an additional power socket on an R1200GS

Ducati Multistrada 1200 – Installing an Auxiliary Power / Fuse Panel

Replacement Security Screw for Garmin Zumo 550 GPS holders