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GPS Relocation

Discussion in 'R1200RS Appearance Mods' started by Fitzharris, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    The on-site review gives another example of why manufacturers don't supply tools any more.
     
  2. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    I agree, raising the GPS more than 1.5 inches to 2 inches will start to block the dash, unless you mount it completely above the dash.
     
  3. Jim Evans

    Jim Evans Well-Known Member

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    OTOH, raise them above the dash and they start to block the road...
     
  4. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    I painted my windshield black and I can still see the road :)
     
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    darrell Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I'm with Lee on this that just above the dash but below the windshield you won't be blocking any of the road. I've had mine in this position nearly 50,000 miles and cannot imagine riding with it below the dash. Vortex 1.jpg Vortex 2.jpg Vortex 3.jpg Vortex 4.jpg
     
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    I don’t think so.
     
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  7. Boxerboy55

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    I’m thinking of painting my cut down OEM screen black on the inside :)
     
  8. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    Go for it. I think you'll be happy with the results.
     
  9. Grumpy Goat

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    :D Funny guy ... :D
     
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    Correction: All GPS mounts that bring the GPS higher than the original position (so you can see it with a tank bag) do, or the rider has to be taller than 1.90m.
     
  11. Aussie Import

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    I am 183 and the Vortex has created no issues for me.
     
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  12. Paffen

    Paffen New Member Contributor

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    Aussi Import,
    Is the oldest member of this forum
     
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  13. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    Not me. I am only 67.5
     
  14. Phillo

    Phillo Active Member

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    Likewise :)
     
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    :) 77.5
     
  16. Boxerboy55

    Boxerboy55 Well-Known Member

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    Having modified my GPS mount long ago and followed a few threads on here, I now realise that there are 2 fundamental differences.

    (a) those that use a tank bag and have to see the GPS over the tank bag - may be a short or tall rider, but end up wanting the GPS to be “above the dashboard”. This kind of mod requires serious engineering and usually costs XXX GBP / USD.

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    (b) those among us who do not use a tank bag and can happily add a simple jack-up bracket to the OEM mount and have the GPS “below the dashboard”. Again, we may be short or tall, but this kind of mod costs around 50p (cents) or so. Keeping the GPS “below the dashboard” is preferable if you are running an after market “Sport Screen” or a simple cut down screen (that’s me btw).

    Happy GPS-ing :)
     
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  17. Aussie Import

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    Or (c) those that want to read the GPS display quickly, to minimise delay while riding.
     
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  18. petedarlo

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    what he said :)
     
  19. Grumpy Goat

    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Thanks for saying that ... saved me the effort. :) Dropping your eyes a few degrees for a few seconds is much better than dipping the entire head. Even better if you wear bifocals, the raised location is much better. To me these are the biggest reasons.

    The standard position was ill-thought out at the outset and BMW should be ashamed. There is only benefit from having it higher, and I can see no downsides to that. I have never come across anyone saying that they preferred (not didn't object to) the GPS in the original position. The fact that BMW would put the GPS above the dash on the GS but merely "stick it on" in the most convenient place on the RS, when both are bikes whose mission is focused on long distance travel, is a bit insulting. Maybe it is because they categorize the RS as a "Sport" bike.
     
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