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Mounting a TomTom

Post  weasley on Mon May 27 2013, 09:30

I previously used an old car TomTom (GO 710) on my bike, held securely in place with sticky-backed Velcro. However this is currently packed somewhere irretrievable and with BC on the horizon I was looking for some guidance (see what I did there?! rofl2 ).

I have just 'won' a TomTom Urban Rider on eBay and am looking for a good spot to mount it. The two common places are using the Ram mount adaptor bolted in to the brake lever mounting bolts, or using a Ram mount poked down the steering stem.

I have considered third option: mount a Ram 1" ball to the blanked off mirror stem hole in the clutch lever assembly. Does anyone know the thread of this hole? Ram supply a ball with various length M8 bolts.... is it M8?

Alternatively, any other ideas?

Also, if doing the steering stem one, do you use a new stem nut with no domed top, or do you modify the existing nut to remove the dome?
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Post  bobh on Mon May 27 2013, 15:34

If the blanked off hole is for a standard Yamaha mirror, it will be M10. Yamaha, alone among the Japanese manufacturers, use one left-hand and one right-hand thread for bar mounted mirrors. From memory, the l.h. (clutch side) one is the r.h. thread, and the brake side is a l.h. thread.

BUT, I've just measured an old mirror I had in stock and it looks as if the thread is M10 x 1.25 (normal ISO metric coarse is 1.5 pitch). So you might have trouble getting an adaptor to M8 easily. I think Hein Gericke used to sell adaptors to fit "scooter" mirrors with an M8 thread, but can't be certain.

Just something to check - if it's mounted there, will it clear the fairing and screen on full r.h. lock?
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Post  Marine Boy on Thu May 30 2013, 18:21

Post-ignition accessory socket (with weatherproof cap) to the left/below speedo. Sucker on the rev counter. Short lanyard from sat nav to something else in case it falls off (it never has). Small sandwich bag for waterproofing. I've always done this with my £50 Navman Muvi from Morrisons (with western Europe) and used it all over Europe, mainly when approaching a new accommodation spot or to escape from a complex town or city. Other that that it's a pre-read of the route and a tank map for a confidence boost.
A mate of mine got an all singing and dancing satnav for his birthday a few years ago, handlebar mounted on the left, blue tooth telephony, internet the lot, he was so excited. He died the following day when he hit a tree on a quiet bend near where he lived that he had ridden a thousand times, no other vehicles involved. That really made me re-evaluate the whole satnav on bikes thing. Like I said, mine is great but keep those eyes on the road.

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Post  greencat on Thu May 30 2013, 18:45

Yes you had!

Tut tut
Folk posting up with so much as a hello! What is the world coming to nonofinger

Common sense comments about the sat-nav. You should fit right in.
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Post  greencat on Thu May 30 2013, 19:36

Actually, on second reading, I must apologise to Marine Boy for my outburst.
It's Paul who needs a good ticking off. What a disgusting title to a thread. Sick

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Post  greencat on Thu May 30 2013, 19:39

Ahhh, on third reading, it is TomTom and not TomCom.

Must get my glasses Embarassed slap'ed

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Post  0ldcat on Thu May 30 2013, 19:45

Having a bad day Mr greencat confused whistle green smile
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Post  bobh on Thu May 30 2013, 22:10

@greencat wrote:
Must get my glasses Embarassed slap'ed

I'm sharing a room with you at BC - better make sure you've found yer glasses by then! blind
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