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July 12, 2012

RAM Mounts for Handlebars

We have been selling mounts from RAM for many years.  They make great mounts which carry a manufacturer lifetime warranty.  They make a lot of mounts.  We mean a LOT of mounts.  Sometimes the selection can be daunting and we thought a blog posting on the various handlebar models would help to highlight the different types and purposes.  Their products range from simply handlebar mounts for bicycles to metal mounts for motorcycles and ATVs.

First up are the mounts most suitable for bicycles.  The RAP-274U is a simple plastic mount that fits bars up to an inch.  It will fit RAM’s cradles that use the two hole diamond adapter on the back.  To attach to your handlebar, simply remove the screw and nut on the bottom, slip over your handlebar and reattach the screw and nut.  The RAP-274-1U also fits the holders with diamond adapter.  These use included 7″ long cable ties to attach to your handlebar.  The cable ties are industry standard and you can easily replace them with the same ones that you can buy in any hardware store.

RAM offers many mounting options for motorcycle handlebars.  We find most motorcycle handlebars fall into the 1-1.25″ diameter range and the mounts that we will discuss all fit this range of diameters.  The most popular motorcycle handlebar mount is the RAM metal u-bolt mount, part RAM-B-149ZU and is available in 1.75, 3 and 6 inch arm lengths.  A variation to the RAM-B-149ZU is the RAM-B-149Z-2U which adds a metal strap option for handlebar diameters up to 3.15″.  Lastly, RAM makes a handy economical model called the RAP-SB-187U.  This one is constructed of plastic and will use a strap to attach to your handlebar.  It fits handlebars to 2.58 inches.  All of these motorcycle mounts have a diamond adapter to fit RAM cradles.  Some can also be fitted with square or round adapters for other cradles or special situations.

RAP-274U

RAP-274U

RAP-274-1U

RAP-274-1U

RAM-B-149ZU

RAM-B-149ZU

RAM-B-149Z-2U

RAM-B-149Z-2U

RAP-SB-187U

RAP-SB-187U

 

 

 

May 31, 2010

Garmin TomTom & Magellan GPS Charger and Power Cable Options

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , , , — mountguys @ 10:39 am

We get a lot of questions regarding this topic so figured it was time for a MountGuys Blog posting on the topic.

First, the easy ones.  TomTom and Magellan.  All of their GPS units made in the past few years use a USB charger.

Now, the difficult one.  Garmin.  It all depends upon which on you guys.  The Garmin Nuvi 600, 700 and 800 series all use a proprietary ending that plugs into their cradle.  Can you use the USB type directly into the GPS?  Garmin does not recommend it but we have found no material effects with doing that.  It’s always good to pay attention to the manufacturer though.  So we suggest that if you can do it, use the flat charger with the cradle.  A few pictures are presented for the Garmin Nuvi 600 700 and 800 series.  By the way, the same charging end is used for the Zumo using the car cradle.

What about the rest of the Garmin Nuvi family?  They use cables that are USB as well but with proprietary pin settings.  Be sure that the cable you purchase is made for a GPS otherwise you risk going into the dreaded PC mode.  Another important tip:  many of the cables made for GPS units with traffic can integrate the traffic receiver with the cable itself, so be sure that the cable you buy is rated for traffic if you choose to retain that feature.

Last one.  Magellan.  They use USB cables with proprietary pin settings too.  Ask us any questions you might have about powering up your GPS at customerservice@mountguys.com.

September 15, 2009

Motorcycle Mounts for your Garmin Nuvi GPS

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , , , — mountguys @ 11:24 pm

When we first started selling GPS mounts eight years ago, we never dreamed of the market that existed for motorcycle mounts.  Today, we probably sell as many motorcycle mounts as we do the car.  There are many options available for putting a Nuvi on your bike.  Today we discuss the many options available for putting a Garmin Nuvi on your motorcycle.

Before diving into the subject, note there are roughly 100 models of Garmin Nuvi.  These model lines range from the lower priced Nuvi 200 line to the premium Nuvi 880.  Throw into the mess, the Zumo, Nuvi 550 and 500 for your motorcycle (these are waterproof), the Nuvi 465T (for trucks) and the new ultra-thin 3000 lines of Nuvi.  Many of the latest models have traffic like the 1350T, 1370T and 3750T.  The first Nuvi mount we ever sold was the Nuvi 350 which is still very much in use today, and in fact if you want a bargain, hit eBay for a deal on a used Nuvi 350 for around $50.  It’s still a very solid GPS!

We covered waterproof mounts for your GPS in a prior article, but today we discuss other types of mounts for your motorcycle.

The type of mount needed is a matter of motorcycle model and preference.  Roughly 80% of all mounts sold are made to fit the handlebar.  The majority of motorcycle handlebars are one inch in diameter.  The majority of Harley models fit this category.

These mounts come complete with a cradle to hold your GPS.  These cradles have allowances for the cables and full access to all buttons on your GPS.  But what if you would like to use the cradle that came with your GPS (it’s probably still attached to your car mount).  Not only can you do that, but you can also save a few bucks by using a standard Garmin ball mount.  These also come bundled with hardwire cables.

What do you do if you do not have any handlebar space?  Honda Goldwings are an example of a bike that doesn’t have a handlebar to mount your GPS on.  Many customers choose the clutch mount.  Many BMW owners like to use the mirror stem mount that can fit between the mirror stem and handlebar.

Garmin Nuvi 1400 Series Custom Handlebar Mount

Garmin Nuvi 1400 Series Custom Handlebar Mount

Weatherproof Handlebar Mount

Weatherproof Handlebar Mount

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