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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-17-2017, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

Going on a long trip in a couple weeks. I need to figure out how to get 2 USB ports and one for my Garmin GPS. The GPS, Id like to be permanently wired I think.

A buddy of mine is saying to get this
https://www.motorcycleinnovations.ca...60_p/pdm60.htm

Looks very easy and convenient, which is exactly what I am looking for... easy.
(Not good with electrical)

Anyway suggestions are appreciated
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Why not go to Walmart and pick up a cig lighter attachment? It plug in on the right side of the fairing and has two USB outputs, I have this charging my phone and running my GPS and it has been over a year no issues

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I think hard wiring the GPS in is a good idea. A lot of folks have done it, including me. Just had to remove the headlight and locate two extra wires. Do a search on this site and you'll get some specific information. Good luck and have a safe trip.

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Thank you for the suggestions. I had bad experience with the cigarette lighter setup on my Concours. Anything I plugged in would vibrate out and I'd have to keep pushing it in again.
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Thank you for the suggestions. I had bad experience with the cigarette lighter setup on my Concours. Anything I plugged in would vibrate out and I'd have to keep pushing it in again.
4 small magnets. Superglue one to each side of the USB plug and one to each side of the USB socket. If you make sure you don't glue it like pole to like pole it shouldn't vibrate out and I'd think the magnets would affect the current minimally, if at all.
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I installed a Kury PowerPoint on mine and works great. Kury also makes a USB PowerPoint as well.

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What model bike? What GPS?

Garmin Zumo's are plug n play on Voyager/Vaquero.
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Why not go to Walmart and pick up a cig lighter attachment? It plug in on the right side of the fairing and has two USB outputs, I have this charging my phone and running my GPS and it has been over a year no issues

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I have same set up. Attached it to left inside of fairing with good 3m double sided tape. There is already a hole to run the wires into the fairing to hook it up. Cigarette power hole for Garmin to plug in. 1 USB to keep extra intercom headset on charge. Other USB is for cell phone to stay charged up.
Works fine. Get them off eBay or Amazon...

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Thanks all for the suggestions. Ordered the Power Distribution Module (PDM), a few USB port cables and a Garmin power cable to wire directly to the bike. If I get a cigarette lighter it will be to light up my smoke only. It's all they're good for in my opinion and experience.

Magnets and superglue.. that's good
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You'll appreciate having the GPS direct wired. I have a Zumo model, which is DESIGNED to be wired right into the bike.

My only tip with that; is that if you're wiring it INTO the fairing, make sure to REMOVE the inline fuse. The fairing accessory circuit is fused already (the fuse is located under the seat). A fuse inside the fairing is too far away from the battery to be effective, and if it blows; it'll be a huge pain to get back to. And, again, it's totally unnecessary since that circuit is already fused.
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