ALP's RX, TX, Netradar DSP, Bluetooth, GPS instal on a 2018 BMW R1200 GSA

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As I am waiting for the goodies to arrive and find the time to install I thought I would post some pics of the front and back of the bike so I can get some brilliant advice and interjections from the collective savant brain trust of RDF as to the best overall locations for parts and pieces of the kit before I dive in. I figure I can learn something from previous users and history before making judgment calls on my own behalf.

The bike is a 2018 BMW R1200 GS Adventure, I plan on running RX, TX and Radar front and back since I have the room on this bike. You may be thinking this is overkill but this bike is only one of 3 different bikes I will be kitting out this year and this one not only has the most real estate to mount to but is the most forgiving for install practices. In other words, if a part or segment of the system won't work on this bike I can use it on another less forgiving bike and learn my lessons on this one. After all, it is merely and very fast dirt bike, but I use it most of the time. I have a 3D printer and pretty sure I will have to draw up some mounts/flanges/shrouds in fusion and print some iterations of pieces to get the proper fit and finish I am looking for.

Here are some pics of the front and back. Excuse the dirtiness, it has been sitting all winter.

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On the front, I basically have all of the areas from the bottom of the windshield down to the headlight and from the headlight clear down to the fender to play with. The small piece of clear plastic under and behind the windshield can be tinted and cut to fit anything that is not very deep. The space in the louvered vent below the headlight is very deep, thus thinking the radar head.


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As for the rear, I have a ton of room and options from above the plate clear to the luggage rack, A small TX may work at the bottom of the plate but not sure how well it would hold up over time.


What're your thoughts RDF brain trust?
 

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You call that a ton of room, maybe it's bigger in reality .

Fabrication of the brackets and finding the best operational location while keeping it semi stock looking and discreet were my biggest challenges while doing my bike install.

Also be sure to consider the riding position of the bike when loaded so that your heads are level when you're on it and not when it's sitting on the center stand.

Keep us updated, I am looking forward to seeing your setup.

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I already had the suspension gone through and it is auto adjusting and dampening so the load won't change the angle of the dangle much. I am pretty confident that the final install will be fairly sleek and non-descript after a few days of tinkering.

My biggest piece of advice thus far is making sure the heads and sensors are at least 6" apart from each other.
 

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Only one thing i can say is make sure you keep at least 7 inches of space between the RX and TX, less than that and you can get interference. and the TX needs to be at least 20 inches off the ground.

perhaps the RX on the bottom left of the headlight assembly and tx on the top right?
 

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Only one thing i can say is make sure you keep at least 7 inches of space between the RX and TX, less than that and you can get interference. and the TX needs to be at least 20 inches off the ground.

perhaps the RX on the bottom left of the headlight assembly and tx on the top right?

Once I have the time to sit down and measure all the parts with a micrometer I can draw them up in fusion and will be able to essentially make any object to surround and mount them. I will just have to lay all the parts around the bike to visualize the parts and components and where they won't interfere with each other.
 

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Excuse the dirtiness, it has been sitting all winter.
It's a GS Adv, you're NOT supposed to wash it! I have a 2019 GSA and will be watching with great interest. I've got a V1 mounted on a RAM magnetic plate off of the right mirror stalk and a Marc Parnes visual alert above the GPS. I'm trying to figure out how to get the TFT, Nav VI, iPhone 8, PackTalk Bold and V1 audio alerts to all play nicely together. No luck so far.
 

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