Goldwing Gadget's GPS mount

About the time I got the Goldwing my GPS5 went bellyup on me. For about the price of fixing the GPS5 I was able to get a factory refurbished Garmin 2610. The 2610 is an order of magnitude more advanced than the GPS5. It can use a 2GB memory card to hold all the maps of North America with plenty of room left over for routing. It also has a touch screen, integrated antenna, and other nice features.

I mounted the 2610 on the handlebar with a RAM mount. It took about 2 minutes to know this wasn't going to work. The screen was horribly washed out by glare even when it wasn't sunny. I did some research and found that many Goldwingers used and recommended the custom GPS mount by Goldwing Gadgets.

(Update 2009: He has retired and no longer makes the mounts.)

I initially balked paying $145 for a mounting bracket. I thought about it for a few days and decided even though I could build something myself it would probably look like crap and rust, so I eventually decided to support the Goldwing community and get the bracket. Sometimes it's nice to let someone else do the fabricating and thinking.

When I received the mount I was impressed with its quality and construction. It's well thought out. Here are some additional views of the mount.

Mounting the bracket isn't hard, but it takes some time. You have to remove the upper windshield parts. The hardest part is getting to the bolts that hold the upper windshield garnish on. The bike manual says to remove the mirrors. The GPS mount instructions say this isn't necessary. I had to strike a balance and loosen the mirrors to make enough room to safely reach the bolts. If you drop the bolts they will fall into the dreaded Goldwing black hole.

Here the upper garnish has been removed.

The windshield hold-down bracket is removed, then the windshield is removed.

The bracket is set in place and centered.

I used a drill bit the same size as the holes to make the initial holes. There is about 3/4" under the dash before you hit anything important so be careful when drilling. The final step is to drill the holes to 3/8", but I had to go 1/64" more to get the wellnuts to go into the holes.

The bracket is mounted and screwed into the wellnuts. All the screws/bolts are Torx head for theft prevention.

Here is the GPS in place.

Additional views of the GPS and mount.

I used a burr bit to groove the underside of the dash for the power wire, then I ziptied the wires out of sight under the bracket.

To help alleviate the glare I also ordered a Glarestomper sunshade from Goldwing Gadgets.

When I took it out for a test spin I still had problems with glare. I adjusted the display color and settings to an acceptable level. I guess color displays are just more suseptible to glare than the old black & white GPS5. The center-mounted position is much nicer than on the handlebars. The GPS blocks the 50-70 mph portion of the speedometer but I use the GPS speedometer so I don't care.

Update (May 2008) - After using this setup for awhile I had to do something different. There was just too much glare on the 2610 screen. I ended up buying a Garmin 276c and mounting it on the handlebar with a RAM mount. I currently have the Sirius radio mounted on the above mount. The 2610 was moved to my Jeep. Also, the Sirius antenna lead shortening proved marginal...hence the 18 feet of coax bundled behind the Sirius radio.

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