R7 mounted to BMW R1200GS

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Finally mounted up the R7 to my scooter. Power is delivered through Hex EZCan accessory channel. Ordered a custom Safe-n-Sound harness with flat mute button that will run along the right handlebar towards the throttle control. For the time being I'm just running +12V and Grd wires using RJ11 jack. I slid my Nav 6 over to the left to make from for the R7. The R7 is 99% protected by the windshield.
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Hex EZcan sits under passenger seat and ties into the CANbus through the TPMS. Vent holes on R7 are unobstructed by magnet. (Caution: the double-sided 3M sticky tape should not be trusted. Strength of magnets caused the 3M tape to fail!!)
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Perfect Squeeze phone mount. Used my MacBook to take this photo so resolution is crap lol.
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Nice setup on a nice bike! :quagmire: Hows your range through the windshield? I see you have it mounted high so it should be A OK! ;)
 

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Thanks @oktavf :) I've only owned the R7 for a couple weeks so I can't speak to the range through the plexiglass windshield vs auto glass. I mounted it at about eye level so the alerts will be "in my face." Eventually I'll pickup a BT transmitter as a pass-through between my R7 and Sena SRL headset. Originally I was going to run with a V1 and JBV1 instead of the R7 and Waze but I got tired of waiting two weeks for the update :rolleyes:
 

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@aleaddict, how did you attach the lower RAM ball to the GPS frame? Your approach os pretty intriguing. I have a '19 R1250GSA and used a base on the right mirror. Power comes from a V1 Direct-Wire Power Adapter buried in the tank bag (along with a Remote Audio Adapter). I can either mount the V1 and have visual alerts from the Marc Parnes unit above the GPS or use the R7 and hope I see it light up (I use Dark Mode). I'm still waiting on Cardo Systems Tech Support to answer my questions about integrating another Bluetooth transmitter into the existing wireless jungle.
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@BMW rider, I’m using the RAM mini handlebar rail base. It comes with 4 inserts. I used the smallest insert and reamed it out by hand to fit the diameter of the crossbar.

So far I’m very happy with this setup. The R7 is almost completely protected by the windscreen. When I get home I can lookup the other components I used but the mini rail base is what holds everything to the GPS crossbar.

I’ve been following your trials and tribulations with regards to your BT connectivity. I’m only using a phone and GPS but I loathe the idea of adding one more device. Since I already have a Sena headset I’ll start with the SM-10. Hopefully it will be a simple handshake but that seems like wishful thinking.
 

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I found the RAM mount and ordered one; should be here tomorrow. For $20, it's worth it to experiment. I've got a growing collection of arms, mounts, etc. that I've accumulated over the years so I'm set. After taking the pictures above, I decided to mount the R7 "sideways/across" the RAM Power Plate III. It keeps the vents completely unobstructed for car use and lets the R7 sit flat on the mount. Previously, I had the steel plate attached longitudinally and it was blocking some of the vents.
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I also use the R7 in my truck and agree the vent holes were a concern for me too. The reason for my orientation is to accommodate the steep angle of the plexiglass windshield. You might find some figment issues with the top of the R7 as these units are much taller than most other RDs. Trial and error!

I hope this mounting system works as well for you as it does for me. Keep in mind that the wiring harness for the Nav 6 is a little tight. I had to cut a zip-tie to create more slack. I was only able to slide it about 3/4” to the left but that was all I had to work with. When reaming out the insert do all this work by hand. Measure twice, cut once! I used HSS drill bits. Roughing up the inner surface also aided in the “gripping” of the bare insert to the crossbar.
 

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@aleaddict, the RAM mount you recommended arrived this afternoon and I moved the R7 from the mirror base to the GPS bracket. What a great piece of kit! It fit perfectly (no milling) with the adapters GPC City enclosed with the ball mount. I used the shortest bar RAM makes to tuck it in as close to the Instrument panel as possible. It's a much cleaner installation now than I had before. I'll need to eventually make a slightly longer power cable, but this will do for the time being. Now I just need to hear back from Cardo Systems on taming the Bluetooth jungle so I can get audio into my headset.
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Nice mount trickery guys! I love ram mounts myself as well especially on the bike! Currently since I run a ALP/NR combo and my R1 having HORRIBLE sensitivity behind the extremely angled and tinted front windshield I just use it for a X-Grip to hold my phone and she has not flown off yet! :cool:
 

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Speaking of reduced sensitivity, my V1 was mounted upside down inside a tank bag (velcroed to an aluminum plate screwed to the top of the bag) and had to “see” forward through the instruments and rearward through me.
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It worked, but I’m sure its detection range was seriously degraded. Getting an R7 mounted up with a clear forward line of sight, should dramatically increase range.


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Speaking of reduced sensitivity, my V1 was mounted upside down inside a tank bag (velcroed to an aluminum plate screwed to the top of the bag) and had to “see” forward through the instruments and rearward through me.
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It worked, but I’m sure its detection range was seriously degraded. Getting an R7 mounted up with a clear forward line of sight, should dramatically increase range.


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Ouch... I literally had maybe 1/10th the range I normally would and CT being LIDAR heavy anyways and then to top it off moving to GA which is Stalker/DE country it was kinda useless on the highways anyways! Of course back roads is a whole different story with even K band being used down here! :cop:
 

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@BMW rider, glad to be of assistance! Sharing ideas and being able to make a positive contribution to other forum members, especially as a new member myself, is what makes this site great. I've got a lot of learning to do myself but reading your reply tonight made my day :)

Now you can get back to the really fun stuff like BT connectivity lol...
 

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How heavy is the magnetic base itself? I have an idea for using just the base. I have to determine if my mounting are will be strong enough. Thanks
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The base itself is made of a high impact plastic, so it's very light. The biggest contributor to weight is the mount attached to the underside to keep the two magnets in place. It's been a while since I messed around with the components individually, but I believe if one were to put them in order from lightest to heaviest, it would be: base, magnets, then mount.
 

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Thank you. I am planning on using the base with the magnets and of course the plate on the detector. I dont think I will use any other of the ram parts but we will see..

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The base itself is made of a high impact plastic, so it's very light. The biggest contributor to weight is the mount attached to the underside to keep the two magnets in place. It's been a while since I messed around with the components individually, but I believe if one were to put them in order from lightest to heaviest, it would be: base, magnets, then mount.
 

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Nice mount trickery guys! I love ram mounts myself as well especially on the bike! Currently since I run a ALP/NR combo and my R1 having HORRIBLE sensitivity behind the extremely angled and tinted front windshield I just use it for a X-Grip to hold my phone and she has not flown off yet! :cool:
I would love to see a picture of your setup.
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@BMW rider, just some final thoughts on the RAM mount...

Interesting you were able to fit the inserts to the crossbar without any modification. My inserts had numbers associated with each pair. I don't remember the number but it was the smallest diameter I had to choose from. Did you use the smallest or next size higher? Any issues with "grip'tion" to the GPS crossbar?

Finally, I noticed you zip-tied your RJ11 to the RAM arm in two places. I don't use the smallest arm but the one I do use allows for selectively choosing which ball-joint is loosened first. Riding in wet weather or along the road less traveled the RD comes off with the base/arm as one unit. That may not matter to you but the OCD in me likes to see a clean cockpit :) When RD is not in use I unwrap the RJ11 cord from around the post and tuck it down and out of sight.
 
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I used the 2nd smallest inserts and they hold well when I really tighten up the two Allen bolts. I cut most of the zip ties holding the GPS cable and slid it as far left as possible without stressing the cable. I used zip ties on the mount when it was attached to the mirror base, but haven’t settled on how I want to run the cord now that it’s attached to the GPS crossbar. I made, but haven’t installed a new power cable as the current one just barely reaches the mount. I also switched to the medium RAM bar. I really liked how the short one positioned the R7, but at full left throw on the handlebars, the brake reservoir pushed the mount up. Plus, it was close enough to the windscreen that at speed (60-70 MPH) the wind was deflecting it back against the R7.
Just tested everything on a 500+ mile ride today (99% interstates). It vibrates a bit on bad pavement, but not enough to worry me. With earplugs playing music and cruising along ~70 MPH, audio alerts are virtually impossible to hear. The display is in dark mode, so when it lights up, it tends to get my attention.


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I cut most of the zip ties holding the GPS cable and slid it as far left as possible without stressing the cable. <snip>
I also switched to the medium RAM bar. I really liked how the short one positioned the R7, but at full left throw on the handlebars, the brake reservoir pushed the mount up.
My experience exactly :) I got maybe 3/4" slack to move the GPS cradle but that's better than nothing lol. I prefer the RD as close to eye level as possible so I went with the longer arm and like it a lot. When R7 is not in use the only piece left on the cross bar is the mini rail base. Also running "Dark mode" so when I do get an alert its pretty obvious :omg:
 

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