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Old 08-08-2011, 07:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hard wired Garmin on '2010 Road King

Hi all- I want to pick you brains again for some sage advice. Is there any reason why I would be unable to or should stay away from making a hard-wire connection for my handlebar mounted Garmin Nuvi ? I have a 2010 Road King and was thinking that I could hook into the harness/wiring behind the headlamp, and take it thru the bars for a nice clean installation. It would be much more convenient than using the long cable that I am currently running along the tank from the side mounted accessory plug. Also, seems I have an extra toggle switch on the LH side that I could incorporate so it wouldn't be a constant drain on the electrical system? Any ideas?
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had mine hard wired on my 2007 RK and on my 2010 Ultra and both work perfectly. I suggest you get the harness from HD as the wiring is so much easier and this way the voice module will be able to be used on the acc mode of your radio, if you choose to install one.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure if the '10 Road King is any different than the '09 Road King, but there was a set of spare hot and ground wires behind the headlight nacelle on my '09 Road King that were there just for this reason. As you are looking into the open nacelle from the front, the spare set of wires is on the left side. Whether you use a power cable that is run external on the handlebars or run the wiring internal, remember to use an in-line fuse on the hot side.

Also, when you said 'handlebar mounted', I'm not sure if you are referring to something like a RAM mount, but H-D has a GPS mount that comes off the left side handlebar controls. Using it sure cleans up the handlebars.

Here's a photo of the mount on my Ultra, I used the same one on my 2009 Road King. This is my older Garmin 2126 GPS, I replaced it with a Garmin 550 model last week, but still use the same H-D mount. I went to the 550 because of the XM radio feature.



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Old 08-10-2011, 12:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Does the Nuvi hold up to the vibration of the bike and the road? I know the Zumo is specifically designed for m/c use.
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I have a handlebar mount for my Nuvi and it works just fine, I can't remember where I got it though, it is the defacto place for that kind of thing but I'll be darned if I can remember the name.

I think the only difference in the "motorcycle" GPS units is that they are waterproof and are probably brighter than your average Nuvi. Of course, you can buy 6 Nuvi's to 1 of the HD's so I decided to buy the Nuvi and if I kill it riding in the rain I will buy another and still be ahead.
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I did route the wire along the handle bar, down along the column and along the fuel tank, connected with an inline fuse to the battery. --this works and does not damage any other leeds--
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