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Hello,This is my first post. I just acquired a 2014 FJR ES with only 11,000 miles, looks like just came off showroom floor. Been riding bikes since 1968, a long time ago. Anyway, I have been thinking about putting a GPS on bike. When researching mounting options, ram balls, etc is all that was discussed. I had an old Garmin Nuvi 50 sitting in a drawer for a couple of years that worked fine, but I had upgraded to a newer model. Got it out and decided to try the old suction cup mount that I had used before with no problems. Seems very solid and I really like the mounting location compared to bar mounted locations. While it is not the most up to date model, it should work for 98 % of the places I will use it for, and cost me nothing.
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IMHO it'll probably be fine tho I'm not a "stick-it-on-bare-paint" guy. I'd get some clear film to put down first. I used a Garmin nuvi 780 for yrs and yrs.

A quick search will give you dozens of different mounting ideas. Here's 2 current threads on that very subject:


 

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I used this same mount on the tank of a 2006 Triumph ST for years with no paint damage, but I then I only had it mounted during trips. Same with FJR, will be mounted only when needed.
 

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Mind as well smear RTV silicone on the suction cup, your GPS mount might last longer than 30 seconds on the road that way.

I was going to say mount onto your tank with wood screws...I still chuckle when I think of a neighbor's kid who asked me "whats the green stuff spilling into the passenger footrest area on my pickup"? He just finished installing his new car stereo. He used 3 inch wood screws to fasten the stereo and managed to drive a screw into the heater core.
 

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As long as both surfaces are clean should stick..... however, for peace of mind maybe use a tether.
 
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In September 2018, I went on a two-week guided tour of the European Alps on a rented R1200RT. I used my Garmin and suction mount on the tank. I lightly licked my finger and smeared it on the suction cup beforehand, just to create a better seal, and never had a problem with it not staying in place.
 
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In September 2018, I went on a two-week guided tour of the European Alps on a rented R1200RT.
Do you remember a fellow named Wendell in your group?
 

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There wasn't a Wendell in our group. There were only six of us; one from Portland, OR (Leland) ; two from Canton, OH (Rick and Loren); two from Australia (David and Andrew), and me. I assume Wendell was on another tour.
 
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Do you think looking down at your tank regularly is a good, safe idea?
 

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I've always thought that that is one of the silliest statements motorcyclist make. What's the difference between glancing at a gps and glancing at a speedometer? Or a tachometer? Or in a mirror? Or at a passing vehicle? Or anything else? Geez Louise, don't you ever look at anything around you when you're riding?
 

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I've always thought that that is one of the silliest statements motorcyclist make. What's the difference between glancing at a gps and glancing at a speedometer? Or a tachometer? Or in a mirror? Or at a passing vehicle? Or anything else? Geez Louise, don't you ever look at anything around you when you're riding?
I believe keeping the eyes on the road is the best practice. Having a GPS located higher up, above the dash, would be preferred over looking down at your crotch frequently.
 

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Rationalize it to yourself however you need to. To each his own. What I'm saying is do what's right for you but don't think for a moment that the same is right for everyone else. We're all adults, we can agree to disagree can't we?
 
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