Intro: Customised Motorcycle Satnav Mount
I wasn't satisfied with the awkward and 'clunky' looks of manufactured satnav mounting kits, and though they are very flexible to cover a large range of bikes, I thought that I could do better! Luckily, I found a pair of unused pre-threaded bolt holes under the front edge of my top yoke, otherwise this would not have been so straightforward. So half the problem is finding a suitable method of attachment. Let's get on with my first instructable...
Step 1: Raw Materials
Here are most of the bits that you need. I spent Â£3 on the metal offcuts, and having them cut to outline shape by a local metal suppliers. Sizes in this case were a sheet of 4mm aluminium plate, 100mm x 50mm, and a 50mm length of 25mm diameter alloy tubing, with a good wall thickness for putting a thread in. A couple of M5 bolts and washers completes the package. You obviously also need the satnav cradle - mine is the standard Garmin cradle for a bicycle or non-powered motorcycle application.
You will require a selection of metal-shaping tools; I used some hand-held electric tools and common hand tools for shaping work. Band saws, pillar drills and mills would improve speed and accuracy, but are not necessary.
Step 2: Making the Mount
Drill the mounting holes first to get everything in the correct position. Check by offering up pieces into position at crucial points in the proceedings. Check the pictures for additional detail.
Step 3: The Final Fitting
All that is required is to fit the mount and the satnav clip. Job done!