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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-31-2009, 09:47 AM
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Ok, I read in another post about the port for a cigarette lighter on our bikes (or cell phone/GPS charger, etc). I should know this but I don't so screw it, I'm asking. Did you guys install the port on your bikes somehow? Is it factory and I'm just oblivious? I looked briefly one day after reading the post but I couldn't find it. If there's one already on our bikes, where is it?
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There is NOT one already on our bikes... I bought one in the boating Dept. of china-mart and installed it on mine... I mounted mine (2-screws) under my rear luggage rack (see edit) and run the wires under the seat and wired it into the 2 accesory wires under the right side plastic cover (where the Vulcan thing is) and fused it and also put a toggle switch on the front of the plastic cover...
NOTE-The one I bought used 2-screws and had a spring snap cover and was water proof... The next one I bought (for my lawn mower) was a bit different (they didn't have one like the first one) from the 1st, it used 4 screws and had a spring snap cover and was water proof... I don't smoke but use them to check (volt meter) and charge my batteries, and on the cycle to charge cell phone, GPS, and whatever, very handy & useful little add ons, especially for the cycle I think...
Edit- It is under the luggage rack but mounted on the signal light extention plate...
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OK-Pulled the trigger and ordered the Garmin Nuvi 500 from BrodwayPhoto @ $293 w/free shipping... We'll see how it does as a bike GPS, I'll put the Nuvi 200 in the cage and leave it there... I believe the 10 Hr. battery, water proofing, and for me the ability to pick routes will be a good thing...
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Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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Be sure to give us your evaluation once you've broken it in...

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LOL... Just don't let it break! did you get a bike mount for it or are you leaving it on your tank? Secure that puppy on there.
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LOL... Just don't let it break! did you get a bike mount for it or are you leaving it on your tank? Secure that puppy on there.
Yep, gonna be leaving it on the tank where I like it and use a safety lanyard like I put on the Nuvi 200... The lanyard I made is just a strong cord with a knott in the end that I place under the gas cap near the hinge with the knott on the other side, so far using the dash disc it has not needed the safety lanyard... I did have it come loose and the lanyard catch it before I put the dash disc on the tank, I guess the slight curverature tank may have caused the suction cup to release...The 200 weighs 5.2 Oz. and the 500 weighs 7.6 Oz. which could make a bit of difference, but I don't think it will shake loose either...
I'll keep y'all up on how it does, but I think it will be the trick for me since I aint into all the complicate stuff...lol... The main things I liked over the 200 for my cycle use was the water proofing, and the main thing was the 10 Custom Routes, I hated the 200 always trying to take me a route that I didn't want to go...
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09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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LOL... Just don't let it break!
Don't think I mentioned this before, I did drop the Nuvi 200 the first time I started to put it on the bike and it hit the concrete on the corner and made a place with a chip but didn't bother it a bit...
I did track the 500 order (UPS) and it is on time for delivery tomorrow...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
PS-Got it in today 2-6-09 and am charging the battery....Back later...

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Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...

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