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    GPS Mounting on K1200GT

    Any suggestions for mounting a Garmin when you don't have round handlebars, like on a 2004 K1200 GT? Are there specific aftermarket clamps available? (Please don't suggest a farkle bar.)
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    This is the one I used on my '04 GT.



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    Another option is a Ram ball that mounts on top of your clutch or brake reservoir.

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    I went to Wunderlich that has a mount that fastens to the fairing interior just above the indicators.
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    Thanks, several great suggestions in a variety of styles! Thanks also to Darrell P for his offline help. I liked all the concepts; it just comes down to where you want it located, how flexible you want to be, and budget, all yet to be decided.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MANICMECHANIC View Post
    I went to Wunderlich that has a mount that fastens to the fairing interior just above the indicators.
    I'm having a hard time picturing that location working on a 04 K1200GT.
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    I used a bar from Hornig that mounts to the two uprights and then recesses enough to fit back under the windshield. I really like the location as it puts things much more just below my line of sight and makes the speedo on the screen far easier to catch of view of than the bikes speedo. In my setup it only blocks the top half of the top most marks on the instrument faces.

    I found some cheaper and in a similar design that just ran from one upright to the the other. I liked the recessed quality of this one. The mounting bracket is a very versatile one as well

    It was pricy but each time I think of this and how well it works, price per month of great functionality hasn't been that much





    I have an ram mount on the clutch cover that is for a camera mount. It works great but having a gps over to the side like that, imho, would result in a bit more of the eyes from the road to consult it.

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    A close up of the ram mount from the front. The ram products are also well thought out and functional. I have a ball mount on my other bike and transfer the upright portion and camera mount super easy with just a few twists of the tightening mechanism to undo it and attach it to the other ball mount



    Hope this helps in your considerations

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    What you want is a mirror hole thingy from here : http://www.perfectswitch.com/support/mirrormount/

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    You do have to buy your own Ram ball (a standard size which is stocked by anyone who sells RAM products).

    FWIW I ride a 2008 k1200GT and can attest to the fit.

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    What I ended up with...

    I went with the RAM ball mount and attached it at one of the fairing attachment points. It took a M5 x 50 bolt and a washer, and I put a #10 x 5/16" x 3/4" long spacer through the barrel of the mount to keep the bolt snug. I can see why RAM did not suggest this mount for the bike - there really are no handlebar bolts where it can be mounted.

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    I have to say the hardest part of this installation was running the wiring harness. Garmin complicates it by including separate microphone, headphone, and antenna connections in the harness, but the splitter is halfway down the harness, which is now somewhere between the side panel and the fuel tank. If you actually wanted to use them, I don't know where you would leave the ends to make them convenient. I just bundled them all up with tape and covered the ends.

    Thanks to everyone for suggestions!
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