There are several GPS navigation devices designed for use on motorcycles but they can be quite expensive. If you already have a portable GPS for your car or other outdoor use, installing one of these mounts will be a very cost-effective solution. There are a few disadvantages in using a car GPS device on a motorcycle. Most are not waterproof but you can use a plastic bag when riding in rain as a temporary solution.
The display can be difficult to see in direct sunlight and there is more glare than in a car. Some owners have made a hood to block out some of the light. It can also be more difficult to operate with gloves on. I installed this in 2010 on my 2009 Suzuki V-Strom and it was very easy to do. Remove the windshield mount, drill a couple of holes and use 2 bolts to attach the lower GPS base to the windshield mount. You may have to get different bolts and cut the length to make them fit. The ends can not stick out too far.
There are other ways to mount a GPS but I preferred this one because you can easily see the screen without taking your eyes from the road ahead.
These are the RAM parts I used:
RAM Mount Diamond Plate with 1 inch Ball RAM-B-238U $5.36
RAM Mount Motorcycle Handle Base with Single 1 inch Ball RAM-B-309-1U $10.95
RAM Mount Short Arm B-Socket RAM-B-201U-A $9.95
RAM Mount Garmin Nuvi Cradle RAM-HOL-GA25U $7.91
Total was $34.17 + $9.54 for 2-day shipping. Regular shipping from GPScity was about $6. The GPS I used is a Garmin Nuvi 285WT. You’ll have to get a different cradle for other devices. I also bought the Gilsson Direct Wire Cable for Garmin Nuvi from Amazon for $23.41 so I didn’t have to use the car adapter and install a 12V socket on the bike.
The cable was routed from the battery to the plastic tank fairing and up to the headlight area. The cable has a transformer so it converts 12V from the battery to 5V for USB charging. I think it also has a fuse in there but it is a good idea to also install an inline fuse near the battery.
This setup was used with the stock Suzuki windshield and later with an aftermarket shield. Both fit fine with this mount installed and could still be adjusted in height. This solution works for the DL650 2004-2011 and DL1000 2004+ V-Stroms.
Feel free to ask any questions, share your experience or discuss other solutions in mounting a GPS on a motorcycle in the comments.