I had an inquiry from reader Eric about how I run my GPS. Here you can see how I set it up on the Flexx bars. This is the Garmin Etrex 20 and RAM mount.
This is a combination that works very well. It is what I should have used at Romaniacs. If you recall, I broke two of the bicycle style mounts during the event. Fortunately it did not cause any real issues for me.
I really like the Garmin 20. It has lots of internal memory, the screen contrast has improved and it is simple to use. The one problem I have is with the main button. To move through the different pages, toggle the button side to side, or up and down. Then push the button to select the page. It is fine, except with gloves on. When I push the button, it tends to toggle instead of push. So it is a little annoying trying to move through pages while riding.
By comparison, I can move through the pages on my Garmin 76 with ease while riding. I tend to use the 76 more when I need to do real GPS work, not just follow the map.
As for the RAM mount, it has come a long ways from the old Garmin 60 series set up that had to be zip tied in place to keep from losing it. The mounts for both the Garmin 76 and 20 wrap clear around the unit and hold it safely in place. I have not had any issues with either.
I typically buy my RAM parts online at GPS City. Looking at the home page, I see they have the Garmin 62 on sale for $199 right now, that is a pretty good deal. The one potential problem for these newer units is that they do not hard wire to motorcycles very well. They use a USB connection for power instead of the old pin connector on the 60 series. It does not seem to be very durable. It doesn’t hold up well to vibration. I just use lithium batteries, they will last for many days so it is not a real issue for me.
The U bolt is a US thread and has 7/16 size nut. My 11mm wrench fits it perfectly. Of course I have an 11mm in my tool box to fit the bleeders on older Brembo brake systems. If you want a little extra security for mounting, look at something like this GPS Tether.
I let Jesus Zavala borrow all the pieces you see in this photo for the Ukupacha Extreme Enduro. Admittedly, he added a few wraps of duct tape around every thing, but it all survived the race in one piece.