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Old 04-30-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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Wicked KTM 990 Adventure Home made Garmin GPS Mount - lots of photos

Most of the parts ready to assemble.



All wired up.



Rubber pad, bottom support, and mounting bracket.



All bolted up. Used nylock nuts, not to tight, just enough to compress the rubber pad a little.



Top view.


Cool part?







Getting close.





All wired up!




It works!!!!!



DONE!




My view while riding.



Thanks for looking,
Cheers,
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:17 PM   #2
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Yeah, that looks home made-- if you live in the Lockheed Skunkworks.

I think your capabilities are somewhat beyond the typical garage wrench.

Very nice.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:21 PM   #3
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Yeah, that looks home made-- if you live in the Lockheed Skunkworks.

I think your capabilities are somewhat beyond the typical garage wrench.

Very nice.
Yea, holy shit man.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:40 PM   #4
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GPS mount

So, are you selling these? If so, how much does something that purity cost?
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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Dude, those parts look pretty trick. I'm wanting to tap into the the front fairing sub-frame to build a "nav tour" type bracket. But home-made for me is hacksaw, hammer, torch and vise. Nice work.
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Old 05-01-2011, 03:01 AM   #6
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home-made for me is hacksaw, hammer, torch and vise
add beer to that list.

No way that is home made !!! Awesome work btw.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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add beer to that list.

No way that is home made !!! Awesome work btw.
Gee, Thanks Vicks,
& thanks all for the kind words.

My GPS mount is indeed home made.
My garage is of typical size for a small house (1 &1/2 car).
I have no training as a machinist.
I grew up not being able to afford all of the trick parts that my friends had on their race bikes. So I had to make my own. I made a lot of junk while learning. Now I do this for fun.
I have 5 tools that I love to use when I make my projects:
Drill press (garage sale item),
Band saw (Home Depot, with a swamp cooler pulley to slow it down,
Belt sander (Home Depot),
Mini lathe
(Grizzly tools - cheap Chinese tool - 10 years old now),
Jet Micro mill (Amazon.com free shipping). I rough out most parts with the band saw/hack saw before I use the micro mill. It is very weak so I don't make deep cuts.
I do cheat sometimes- If I need to have multiple parts to cut out of flat material, I hire a water-jet shop for the job. It helps that my best friend owns the water-jet machine.





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Old 05-01-2011, 10:31 AM   #8
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Very nice workmanship there.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:33 AM   #9
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Great craftsmanship!

I'm afraid the internal antenna will not work well under the aluminum part over the GPS. The antenna is located in the center just under the metal part that you put over the GPS, or maybe a little ahead, but still pretty close.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:52 AM   #10
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Great craftsmanship!

I'm afraid the internal antenna will not work well under the aluminum part over the GPS. The antenna is located in the center just under the metal part that you put over the GPS, or maybe a little ahead, but still pretty close.

Thanks for the heads-up.
I will check it out. If I have to, I will make the part out of Delrin.

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Old 05-01-2011, 12:07 PM   #11
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Here is a pic where the antenna is:

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Old 05-01-2011, 02:23 PM   #12
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Here is a pic where the antenna is:

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Old 05-01-2011, 06:38 PM   #13
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Nice job.

I bent over a piece of flatbar and I thought that was hi-tech.



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Old 05-01-2011, 08:21 PM   #14
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So, are you selling these? If so, how much does something that purity cost?
Hi Numnuts... feels funny typing that... ,
If I made a GPS mounting kit for sale, I would make some changes to improve the design. As I was building this GPS mount, I would see parts that I wish that I had made different.
I made an oil cooler for my Honda XR650L last year and shared the project here on ADV Rider.
I had quite a few requests to produce them for fellow inmates. It ended up taking over 6 months to get the kits ready. The kit has over 50 parts.
While it is simple to make a one-off part for a bike, I found out that it is whole other thing to make a bunch of parts EXACTLY the same and make it easy for the user to install.
I am now selling the oil cooler kits on the Vendors section:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=652313

I would consider making a batch of these (improved version) if I had a commitment for at least ten kits.

I still have to go out and torture test the one that I made.

I would guess the price to be around $200.00.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:18 PM   #15
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I would consider making a batch of these (improved version) if I had a commitment for at least ten kits.
I think you would be amazed how many people would buy it. Looks like great craftmanship and a lot better than the touratech crap most of us use as a mount.

edit: oh and by the way: you may want to consider a version that fits the 990 as wel (different shape of the instrument panel) if you go commercial...
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