When we buy a GPS, what is the first thing we try? Yes, using the suction mount on the tank. But what if the tank is too rounded or too irregular on the top? You won't really risk having it falling after some shakes, will you? Me either. The GSXF's tank is too rounded, the suction cup just won't sit firmly, so I looked over the net for ideas, and boy did I see some complicated things, including overpriced kits that will cost you another GPS.
Yes I could have used a smart phone as GPS and bought one of these, but you know, smart phones are not really weather resistant. When on a highway we must be prepared for the worst and it includes rain. So what about placing an extension to the handle bar? All that was needed was a steel piece of the same diameter of the handle bar, cut at a given length and placed with the clamp at the steering unit.
Have a look, click to enlarge:
I also bought a small 1/4 socket kit that allows me to disassemble handle bars, fairing and the oil drain. This will be needed on long trips should basic maintenance become necessary, such as an oil change or carburetor adjustment. It is made by Bahco, a Swedish company who also owns Snap-On, and being made of chrome-vanadium (so they say), it will last for quite some years. But more importantly, it will not destroy the bolts due to bad fitting, which is always the case with cheap tools (DO NOT BUY CHEAP TOOLS TO USE ON YOUR BEST FRIEND... you will understand when you ruin a bolt, I know myself). What is unfortunate is that it doesn't fit the small, no, tiny compartment under the pillion seat. In fact nothing seems to fit under the seat, which is annoying considering the GSXF is a touring motorcycle. From 1998 on they made some room under the seat. Have a look, click to enlarge:
So that's it for today. I am waiting for a Bluetooth phone so I can hear what the GPS says, because today when testing it, the interface was not clear enough (which really means I didn't read the manual) and I took an exit that I shouldn't, it took me to the other side of the city, which can be a problem when riding abroad. BTW, I will post about the GPS itself in another opportunity. It is a Peaklife 4,3" Waterproof if you are wondering.
With the bike almost ready, I will plan a trip to Italy in March/April during this winter, when riding season is over. I have a customer who wants to take his bike to Italy, sell it there and buy one here, and just invited me for this trip. I don't see why not.