After looking at ways to mount a phone on my GTS 300 I found a suitable water-resistant holder / cover (not water proof!) unit for $12 on eBay.
This unit had a clamp that would adjust down to the mirror stalk. To increase the stability of the unit I put a long self-tapping screw through the case and into the swivel adjuster plastic moulding, and another at the bottom of the case to a 3mm rivet nut insert that was put into the plastic just above the engine kill switch.
For navigation I used my Samsung S5 phone which has a GPS receiver in conjunction with a navigation application for Android (or Apple IOS) by the name of ‘OsmAnd’ which does not require a mobile phone signal to work. This uses the ‘Plotaroute’ GPX file information which VCOM uses for run planning. OsmAnd can also be used to give directions to a street address etc, and if you have a Bluetooth helmet headset it also will give you voice prompts. More detail is in the article I wrote for the MX5 club of Victoria on page 30.
To allow the phone to run with the navigation screen constantly on without running out of battery I bought an 8 amp hour battery pack and right angled USB lead which fits neatly in the phone holder with a bit of foam padding between the phone and battery pack. I decided on a battery pack instead of adding a USB socket on the scooter.
Hope someone finds my notes of interest. – James Lang
I thought of doing this but was always concerned about leaving an expensive phone baking in the sun on my longer rides ...
… so I bought a tomtom rider which is designed for this sorta enviro. it's pretty horrible but gets the job done.
for power I wired in a water proof 12v lighter socket into the left plastic panel (not sure what this little panel is called - it's the left black one in your photo)
Great Post James!
Thanks for the simple and easty to understand advice and leads.
I'll be adopting this for all of my two wheel navigation needs!
I've got a cheap but reliable Motorola phone so I'm not so precious about its vulnerability.
The battery pack I used would only put out power once a button was pressed, and timed out after a couple of hours....I am going to replace it with a unit that puts out power all the time it is plugged in to the phone.