Getting closer to riding season and I received a Garmin Zumo 595 GPS for Xmas, so it was time to start getting this installed and ready to go. The GPS comes with two sets of mounts. One that needs to be hardwired to the motorcycle and one that you can use in a car if needed.
The basic contents for the motorcycle mount are the GPS bracket with wiring harness that includes power, USB, and audio connections and a RAM mount.
I wasn’t sure about the provided RAM handlebar bracket, so I had a couple of other options on hand for the handlebar mount.
I thought that the ones on the middle and right would have a cleaner look on the handlebar with less chance for damage to the handlebar. I started with the bracket on the far right, but in the locations where it fit on the handlebar I did not like that it was partially blocking the view of the instrument panel or possibly rubbing on the hydraulic clutch line due to the added depth.
In the end, the bracket provided by Garmin worked the best since it was much thinner in the depth of the bracket behind the handlebar so that it did not rub anywhere and still provided clearance to the fuel tank and wind screen with the handlebar in full lock to either direction.
I added some cork handlebar tape to the bar first so that the U-bracket wasn’t digging into the anodized finish of the handlebar and possibly helping a little bit with vibration control.
As you can see in the picture above, there is quite a bit to the wiring harness. I suspect that Garmin expects most end users to fish the harness all the way back to their battery location and just direct wire the GPS to the battery. The Ducati, however, provides a switched power source for the GPS at the left front of the fuel tank.
Popping off the center console cover, removing two Allen head screws, and sliding the entire black fairing piece towards the front of the bike releases that fairing and provides access to the Ducati power connector.
With the connection so close to the front of the bike, it is difficult to find a location to stuff all of the extra wire. I also have Bluetooth in my helmet and don’t have a real need for the audio connections or the additional USB port.
Since I didn’t need the extra features beyond the power connection and didn’t want to deal with a few feet of coiled up wires at the front of the bike I decided to take my chances and cut into the harness to make it shorter. It would be $70 to purchase a replacement harness if this did not work out.
I cut of the harness just above the plug that fanned out all of the provided connections. There were quite a few smaller wires inside the main wiring bundle.
At least the power wires that I needed were obvious from their grouping and red and black insulation. I continued to cut back the wires that I did not need and shrink wrapped the end of the wiring harness to reveal only the power cables.
Although the Ducati connector only showed a pair of black wires, you could see enough on the other side of the plug to see which one was red on the bike side of the wiring harness. I marked this wire with some masking tape before removing the connector to add it to my harness. No worries about cutting the plug wires apart since they also had some solid wire end caps inside the shrink wrap
Unfortunately, I should have left longer leads coming out of the Garmin side of the harness. I slid some heat shrink tubes on to each wire before soldering the wires together, but the shrink wrap was too close to the soldering area and activated before it could be slid into position. I had to wrap the area in electrical tape instead and could only find some orange electrical tape lying around, so it didn’t look as good as it could have, but it won’t be visible on the bike.
After that, it was just a matter of plugging in the connector and buttoning things back up.
Looking forward to some warmer days so that I can get out and see how the GPS works on the road.