Since I get lost easily, and like just driving around and knowing that I can easily find my way back, I wanted to get a GPS unit for my GS. The Garmin Zumo 660 seemed to have the features that I wanted, and was lower priced (relatively) than the Zumo 665, so that is what I chose.
Touratech Locking GPS mount
Since the decision on the GPS unit was made, I needed a place to mount it on the bike. The Garmin 660 comes with lots of different mounting options with it, but I wanted the increased feeling of security that a lockable mount can provide, so I opted for the Touratech Locking Handlebar mount.
GPS Mounting Bracket
I didn’t want the GPS unit to block my view of any of the instrumentation, so I also bought a GPS mounting bracket from Touratech. This keeps the GPS up out of the way, but keeps in in an easily visible location.
Installation was fairly easy, just remove 4 screws from the factory windshield mounting bracket, add the GPS mounting bracket, and replace the 4 screws that you removed with the ones that come with the bracket. Seemed simple in the directions, but getting the 4 screws in and out with the limited space was a bit more difficult than it sounded. I ended up removing the windshield and the instrument console to make it easier, but that probably wasn’t necessary. The lockable mounting bracket just clamps on this bar, after you install the plastic mounting cradle that comes with the GPS unit on it. A little tweaking and adjusting was necessary here to make sure the key was able to be removed from the lock, if things are a little twisted the key will bind and not be removable, but again, not a big deal to figure out. Overall, I’m really happy so far with the way this turned out. I still have to connect up the power and route the output cabling from the GPS unit, but I’ll cover that in a later posting.
Farkles are crap that you add to an otherwise capable motorcycle to make it “better”. A good definition is found at the Adventure Rider website.
With a limited working knowledge of this type of riding and this type of motorcycle, trying to decide which items I can get to make things “better” has been difficult. Using the various internet forums can be as confusing, since everyone has their own opinion, and for every positive thing you hear about an item you hear as many, if not more, negative things. It finally just boils down to just picking something and hoping that it works.
Fastway Evolution F3 footpegs
One thing that I noticed right off with the GS is that the seat-to-footpeg height is a little close for me. I have bad knees, and the bend was bordering on being painful. Raising the seat really isn’t an option as I can barely reach the ground now, so the pegs have to be lowered. After doing as much research as I can without actually being able to talk to someone about it, I decided on the Fastway Evolution F3 footpegs. They have a really wide base that feels REALLY stable when standing on the pegs, and the lower position takes some of the pressure off of my knees.
I paired the lower footpegs with a set of RoxSpeedFx 2″ rise pivoting handlebar risers. This makes for a more upright and back seating position for me on the GS, as well as allowing me to stand up straighter when riding while standing on the footpegs.
AltRider Crash Bars
Protecting the heads on the boxer engine is important when off-roading the GS, so I needed some crash bars. I chose the AltRider crash bars. They were recommended by the RawHyde guys, and the guys at the IMS show in Chicago were really cool to talk to. I also picked up their skid plate.
After riding the KLR650 for one season and getting a chance to ride the BMW R1200GS at the RawHyde Offroad School, I knew that it was just a matter of time until I would be getting one. That happened today! I went to Cycle Werks in Barrington where they had a white 2011 in stock. It has ABS, ESA, hand guards, trip computer, cross-spoke wheels and TPM.
I didn’t want white, but they didn’t have a black one. Luckily, all the colored parts are easily changed so arrangements have been made to have it swapped over.