2016 Vaquero and Garmin 395LM GPS
I just wanted to share my experience with installing the Garmin 395LM GPS on my 2016 Vaquero, since I haven't been able to find information I wanted.
First, I did some research, and decided I didn't really want to spend $700-800 to get the 595LM, as nice as its few extra features and larger screen may be. Then, I ordered the 395LM from Amazon for $499. Of course, it's now listed at $399, and the 595lm is only $699. Only 3 weeks since I ordered it, ugh.
The 395lm works just fine for what I need it for (not getting lost on the bike), and I've used it to create some "adventurous" routing, and that works. Reviews everywhere talk about the pros and cons of this GPS, so I suggest those who are interested go that route. I'll concentrate on the installation.
First thing I did when I received the GPS was to unbox it, take stock of what all it comes with (and it's a LOT), and lay it all out on my kitchen table. I did a trial fit of the mounts to see how they work, and then took stuff out to my bike. Pro tip: use your pickup truck's tailgate (if you have one) as a work bench - makes life easy!)
The include U-bolt for the mount was too narrow to fit around my Vaquero's handlebars, and the also-included handlebar control extended bolts were too short, so neither of the instruction manual's listed installation methods were going to work. Luckily, the U-bolt fits around the right-side mirror mount (the hexagonally-shaped base of the mirror), and after several hundred miles, it hasn't come loose.
Next step, power. While I originally wanted to use the Kawasaki power port in the right side of the fairing (which I also ordered with the Garmin), the motorcycle mount precludes you from doing this, since it blocks the power input on the Garmin (the car mount is narrower, allowing you to use it there). So that was a no-go. Oops.
I rode for a couple of weeks where I only used the Garmin when necessary, and the claimed battery life of 7 hours seems pretty accurate. I charged it at home using a wall-mounted USB outlet and the mini USB cable (the latter was included, the former was not).
Fast forward to last night. I had prepped the included motorcycle power wires by installing crimp-on ring terminals, as the wire comes bare (but soldered ends - no split ends!). I went out to the bike and removed the GPS mount and the bike's seat. The battery box top comes off easily enough once you move the connectors out of the way, slide the gray one out of its holder, and remove 2 phillips head screws.
The same phillips head screwdriver removes the two battery terminal bolts.
Attaching the Garmin's power cable was easy enough, but I already had ring terminals installed for my heated gloves, so it was a bit tricky getting the battery terminal bolts to bite into the square nuts on the battery. I had to use a tiny flat head screwdriver to position the square nuts below the bolt, push down with my phillips head screwdriver, and use gentle pressure to ensure I didn't cross thread the bolts.
With that accomplished, I realized that since I was unable to route the wires for the GPS back towards the stock wiring, I had to slice open the red rubber positive battery terminal cover. No biggie there. I then reinstalled the battery box cover and routed the GPS' power wires out through the pass through built into the aforementioned cover.
I wanted to route the power wire underneath the tank, but there simply didn't seem to be enough of it, so I undid the right-side allen bolt on the gas tank trim piece (the front-to-back plastic piece that surrounds the gas cap), and tucked the power wire underneath of it. Then, the end of the wire came out at the front of the tank and went straight up to the handlebars (I did this whole install with the handlebars turned full left - where the GPS' power wire would be fully stretched).
I followed the GPS' install instructions and threaded the end of the power wire through the mount and used the provided screw to secure it in place, threaded the weather cap for the power wire through the mount, and reinstalled the mount on the bike. I had JUST ENOUGH wire to get this done. A future clean-up would involve using power inside the fairing, but time was not on my side this time.
The Garmin power wire includes a 2A fuse close to the battery, which I tucked underneath the battery cover, as well as what I think is a control box, which I simply left sitting on top of the fuses and relays in front of the battery box. Hopefully this is OK.
I hope this helps someone else looking to add navigation to their bike and DIY the install. It may be slightly ugly, but it works, and that's what matters to me.
2016 Vaquero (mostly stock)
2005 VN800B Bobber (Blue Collar Bobbers kits)