How to Install a Garmin on a BMW R1200GS Motorcycle

Written by chester rockwell
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Turn-by-turn directions and interactive GPS devices are more accessible today than ever before. Many manufacturers, Garmin included, are now developing devices for special purposes such as motorcycles. Installing a Garmin navigation device on your BMW R1200GS brings functionality previously reserved for automobiles directly to the handlebars of your motorcycle.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Electrical tape
  • 1/4-inch open wrench
  • Phillips head screwdriver

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    Connecting to a power source

  1. 1

    Locate a wire that can provide power to the Garmin GPS whenever the motorcycle is turned on. You can identify a power source by following cabling to the motorcycle's battery or generator (located near the flywheel.) If you would like the Garmin to turn on when the ignition is activated, connect to the ignition's power wire, which you can identify by following it from the starter.

  2. 2

    Splice into the power source's wire using scissors, cutting as little as possible. Strip away the wire's rubber insulation just enough so you can wrap the Garmin's power wiring around it.

  3. 3

    Wrap the ends of the red and black wires coming from the Garmin's power cable around the power source's wire and insulate the connection with electrical tape.

    Handlebar Base Installation

  1. 1

    Slide the U-bolt into the handlebar base, the "U" end of the bolt coming out at the front of the base with its arc facing outward.

  2. 2

    Slide the U-bolt's ends through the handlebar base.

  3. 3

    Tighten the included nuts using your 1/4-inch wrench to secure the U-bolt.

    Mount Installation

  1. 1

    Position the mount over the handlebar base plate.

  2. 2

    Secure the mount to the base plate with the included 40mm bolts by threading them through the mount and into the base plate.

  3. 3

    Tighten the nuts at the end of the bolts using the small wrench that was provided.

  4. 4

    Position the ball of the handlebar base below the double-socket mounting arm.

  5. 5

    Position the base plate of the Garmin mount into the top of the double socket arm.

  6. 6

    Tighten the knob on the side of the socket to secure the socket on to the handlebar base and the base plate.

  7. 7

    Place the Garmin's bottom into the mount and push the top back to snap it into the mount and secure it in place.

  8. 8

    Adjust the angle of the mount as necessary to complete the installation.

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