Saturday, June 1, 2013

The king is dead, long live the king!

I had my Garmin Zumo 660 for one and a half year. It worked pretty good but I was not satisfied with its navigation logic. It just made strange routes, illogical "shortcuts", mp3 were not played fluently sometimes. So I decided to sell my Garmin Zumo 660 and buy the brand new TomTom Rider 2013 instead.
I bought it at local Touratech dealer together with locable holder. Great stuff when you need to leave a bike few minutes alone (gas station, coffee etc...), it should also decrease vibrations coming to GPS from handlebars. So here it is:

Everything necessary - TomTom GPS, Screen protector, RAM Mount,
Touratech locable holder for TomTom Rider, cables and other stuff from GPS package
Problem number one - the RAM mount that was included within the TomTom had different (or at least it seems like that) bolt spacing. I took a driller and tried to modify it - just forced the driller to cut the material on desired side. Problem solved:
Adjusted RAM Mount - enlarged holes with modified eccentricity 
Problem number two - Touratech holder is in three pieces that you have to put together, there would be nothing so difficult about it if... there were all the bolts accessible. Minimally two or more likely three of four bolts are hidden behind something (TomTom holder or lock of the Touratech holder). I had to take one L-shape Allen key and cut it to be able to get between the TomTom holder and wanted bolts. It took me some time but it works!
Backview of the holder already installed
Locable Touratech holder from back view
When this was finished, I found the best position of the GPS on my handlebars to be able to see all warning lights, gear indicator etc. When I found it I was ready to make the cable work. I conected the cable to navigation and followed the bundle of cables comming from handlebar switches. Then I continued under the gas tank and finished at the battery. Just for sure I also placed there a fuse on the cable - just in case that something goes wrong and it was done.

TomTom Rider 2013 ready to navigate