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RAM mount vs Touratech

Hi guys,

Any thoughts on the above?
I've had a RAM mount for a qhile now and so far so good (Garmin Quest). However, my next trip will roughing it a bit more. Is it worth investing into one of those Touratech mounts with the rubber bits against vibration?
I would have thought that the RAM mount is good enough as is, no?

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I enhanced my Zumo ram mount by fitting the same rubber dampers as TT inbetween the base-plate and the zumo cradle. Haven't tried it out yet due to frost, ice & salt on the roads ;-)

At least for the Zumo TT doesn't do any more except for an additional clamp over the GPS because they consider the clamp down mechanism of Garmin not sufficient for off-road.
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I have a Garmin 2610 (big and heavy, but awesome!) and initally used it in Garmin's own motorcycle bracket, with a Ram arm - which was fine and the vibration acceptable, although I found that after three weeks of high speed dirt road riding, (presumably the vibration) had cracked the casing around the adjustable backplate pins on the GPS - due to the way the unit clips into the standard bracket.

I therefore tried the Touratch mount which cradles the unit, but found the MvG version (with the foam pads) while great around town, vibrated so much that you couldn't read the screen over 50mph even on tarmac...

So I now have the Ram cradle (on the Ram arm), which seems to be the best of both worlds - it cradles the unit completely, and doesn't vibrate excessively at highway speeds...

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, it only cost £8.99!

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I use a Garmin Vista HCX with a ram cradle and mount. I was in doubt before going offroad the first time, but not after. It works! and I am very happy that I didnt throw money after a TT overpriced gag.

Very stable and I simply take the cradle and arm off (with the gps) and throw it in my helmet when I go to a shop or the like.

I also like the way that you can easily adjust the ram while riding. Just undo it a bit and adjust it so the sun doesnt cause glare and re tighten it.

And what is that lock crap on the TT mounts? A screwdriver would easily break it and then your gps is gone... Much safer to bring it with you.

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zumo 550 plus tt mount

i switched to touratec locking mount 1 for security{sort of..lol} the other is i ride a harley and they vibrate a lot. trust me the tt is 100% better can see screen clearly now. takes most of vibration out and i can lock it.

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i use my quest in the garmin motorcycle mount on a RAM mount, no probs at all and i would never leave the gps on the bike when i stopped whether it was locked or not
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I just bought a Garmin 2620 GPS. I'm totally new to GPS.

I understand the RAM-craddle is good
GPSW: Holder for Garmin StreetPilot 2610/2720 (Buy/Full Details)

What else do I need to fit the GPS on my bike?

Is it only this one?
GPSW: RAM U-Bolt Mount (Stainless Steel U-bolt) (Buy/Full Details)

One last question:
Is it possible to get the power cable somewhere else (cheaper)? Or is the only way the original Garmin one?

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The RAM cradle, or the standard Garmin one are fine for normal road use. On rough tracks the plastic mounts will break - I used a RAM mount to hold my Gaarmin 276 on my greenlaning bike and it lasted about 6 rides. I've got the TT aluminium mount on my KTM which is a lot more solid, but it's quite bulky.
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I just bought a Garmin 2620 GPS. I'm totally new to GPS.

One last question:
Is it possible to get the power cable somewhere else (cheaper)? Or is the only way the original Garmin one?

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There's a few people selling garmin fit cables on ebay - the two I've bought have been around
£8 and work fine
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What else do I need to fit the GPS on my bike?

Is it only this one?
GPSW: RAM U-Bolt Mount (Stainless Steel U-bolt) (Buy/Full Details)

One last question:
Is it possible to get the power cable somewhere else (cheaper)? Or is the only way the original Garmin one?
Hi Frank -

Yes, along with the cradle, you'll need some way of attaching that to the bike, and the arm kit you show above is ideal if you want to mount it to the handlebar - there is also a version with a shorter arm (149z I believe) depending on how you want to position it.

RAM also do a bracket that replaces the brake/clutch perch bracket with one that includes a ball mount, plus a number of others such as a ball with either a 9 or 11mm hole that can be bolted through etc and even replacement fluid reservoir caps with a ball for certain bikes - check out the Ram-Mount UK website (which is a subsidiary of GPSW).

GPSW do their own power cable for the 2610 too (basically a copy of the Garmin one). Although you can possibly get standard power leads cheaper?, the Garmin/GPSW 2610 one does include the headphone socket (2.5mm) so you can listen to the voice commmands with a headset/earphones on the bike...

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One last question:
Is it possible to get the power cable somewhere else (cheaper)? Or is the only way the original Garmin one?
Here ya go Frank:

Garmin GPS eTrex compatible cables, USB serial converter.

READ it well!

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