Satnav

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  1. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

  2. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    I've got an old car satnav fitted in a universal waterproof case which has an integral RAM type mount on the back. This is connected to 1" ball mount in the forkstem. Got mine from Fleabay but I've long since lost the link.

    Here's the official one:

    https://www.ram-mount.co.uk/fork-st...1-ball-arm-diamond-base-p-1008-c-450_369.html

    Here's a cheapy one:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-Ball-1...lackbird-Kawasaki-Motorcycles-f-/380956902301

    Power is from a USB adapter similar to one of these:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-Blac...er-Adaptor-Socket-Waterproof-UK-/261585810761
     
  3. Beardybiker

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    Thanks that's clever - like the central mount.
     
  4. Beardybiker

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    Oh...Where does the charger connect to?
     
  5. noobie

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  6. andybirdless

    andybirdless Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    This is one subject that keeps coming up and many of the solutions offered are to my mind over-engineered and needlessly expensive.

    As above, ram Mount ball through the head nut, arm then cage for the particular model of satnav.

    Stick an auxiliary charger under the seat, preferably switched by the ignition, and away you go.

    Things like the Telferizer may be beautifully made, but it doesn't do anything more than the ram Mount ball does for a fraction of the price.

    As an aside, if you don't wear earplugs the speaker on the satnav is probably going to be loud enough. If you do wear ear plugs, achesp hang over the ear type earpiece tucked into the helmet lining does a good job. I got mine from the sadly now defunct Maplins.
     
  7. Cougar377

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    Connected to the battery.

    The wires on a lot of these USB power adapters tend to be too short, so check the length before you buy....or be prepared to extend the wires.
    To keep the connection waterproof, cut a hole in the adapters dust cap, fit a rubber grommet and push the smaller end of the USB lead through.
    I would recommend fitting it horizontally to minimise the risk of water getting in.

    An alternative is to connect it to a power pack. A mate has got his bike rigged up for this with an old phone running satnav software (copilot I think) and connected to a powerpack, which is held in one of those mini tank pads (which also holds a spare powerpack.
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2018
  8. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    Thanks all! the power pack sounds a good idea with the central pin mount in steering column..
    Will get ordering
     
  9. andybirdless

    andybirdless Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Although satnavs use very little juice, personally I would make sure that the charging socket is wired so it switches on an off with the ignition.

    If you do wire it direct to the battery (and even if you don't), make sure it is protected by a fuse!! An inline job costs pennys and may save your knackers if you get a short across the battery:hollering:
     
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  10. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member

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  11. Cougar377

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    +1 for the fuse. (y)

    One of the big problems with using a phone as a satnav is the drain on the phone's battery due to having the screen on full time and on max brightness ..... and you will need max brightness to read it...! Even then, most phones are just crap in bright sunlight (and the adaptive brightness is a waste of time). You can get anti glare screen protectors, which help to a certain extent. Having a dark screen on the bike also helps, as it gives a bit of shadow, but if the sun's behind you then it's going to be tough to see it so rigging up an earpiece for audio directions is worth considering.
     
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