This week's Friday Feature introduces David from New England. David has a dilemma with his Kawasaki Concours. He explains, "I had four items I needed hard-mounted on my Kawasaki Concours as opposed to just stuffed in a tank bag: a Garmin Zumo GPS, its XM radio antenna, an EZPass toll transponder, and a Valentine1 radar detector."
With limited space, David realized it is not easy mounting four items on a motorcycle. After all, he had to make sure everything fit securely and he had full visibility for driving. Below, David provides a step by step account of how he carefully installed all four items.
David starts by explaining, "Originally I just mounted the Zumo using its kit but really hated how it took a very active look down to see its info. Next I put it up on a RAM-B-201U-C long arm which got it much closer to where I could just glance at it but still not quite as heads up as desired. The final solution was to then put a RAM-B-230U 1" double ball connector and a medium arm to finally have it up high enough."
He continues, "In the middle of the bike I put a RAP-326MU ezy-mount raised male plate, which connects to the RAP-B-326FU ezy-mount female clip with ball. Attached to the ball is a short arm and on the other end of that a RAM-B-347U rectangular plate with ball, drilled with the AMPS pattern. This is bolted to the radio antenna plate. The Zumo XM antenna attaches magnetically to the plate. The sloping front of the antenna plate was the perfect orientation for attaching the EZPass with 3M Dual Lock, the Velcro-like removable fastener that's stronger than Velcro. Excess antenna cable is kept neat by wrapping it around the plate above the EZPass."
To complete his mounting project, David explains, "On the right, another RAM-B-309-7U was attached to the brake reservoir and a short arm leads to an ezy-mount male plate. This connects to a RAP-326FU ezy-mount female clip (without ball) which is bolted to the bottom of a Legal Speeding waterproof radar box. It is adjusted so that the box does not contact the windscreen in any of its adjustable range when the handlebars are fully turned. Having a good view of the radar display isn't terribly important as it signals me via helmet speakers."
Despite all of the equipment involved, David can easily store his gear when leaving his bike. He said, "When I park and need to secure my gear it is a simple matter to push the quick release on the GPS bracket, unplug the XM antenna and detach the ezy-mount, and then unplug the detector and pop its ezy-mount too. Just stash it all in the luggage and I don't have to worry about it." Read here for David's original story and pictures.
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