Secure your GPS / Made by occupants for occupants – Garmin ZumoXT Locking Mount by MotoPumps | Panda Anku

GPS devices are a great addition to the motorcycle world. Yes, some people hate them, but the people who love them really love them. So much so that they obviously don’t want to “get lost” if they leave their bike for just a minute or two. Knowing this, several companies have jumped on the bandwagon and found a way to “lock” GPS on bikes for security reasons.

Garmin, probably the world’s largest manufacturer of GPS devices, has also developed a way to mount your GPS on your motorcycle. Her idea was simple; All that was required was a small security torx that was fitted with the extra bolt in the middle so a regular torx wouldn’t fit. Theft foiled!

The way to secure it was with a little tool, the one you lost the cap from, and then if the tool was on your keychain it would poke a little hole in your pants pockets when you weren’t driving and all your Change was over up in your pant inserts!!!

Zumo security key and pocket lining destroyer. Photo: GPScity

They designed it so for simplicity and ease. A large cage around the device was and is not necessary. No rubber dampers are required to reduce vibration; it was all designed into the unit.

When the new ZumoXT arrived, most riders who had previously owned a Zumo expected a similar safety precaution, but they got nothing from Garmin. Then the complaints began about the mount being weak and not secure; Tales of units popping out of the mount are not uncommon. Despite putting over 50,000 miles on a ZumoXT, I’ve never had the issue personally because I always double check for leaks before I ride – but that didn’t stop me from looking for a way to secure it. Finally, small, easy-to-steal GPS devices costing $500 or more could become a thief’s dream.

MotoPumps founder Dave saw this and jumped on the job. There have already been a couple of cages on the market but one had supply chain issues to the US and the other, well it’s just that big cage thing again!

He followed Garmin’s example and went the easy route, spending more time on a sleek, functional design than on bulk and weight to deter a would-be thief. If someone wants to steal something from you and is determined, it will happen; This is just one way of keeping honest people honest.

A small precision CNC backing plate cut from sheet aluminum then anodized for durability, machined with the AMPS pattern and a few others to fit all current GPS mounts regardless of brand.

There’s a proprietary screw cap and tool on top, and that’s it.

Image: rtwPaul

Image: rtwPaul

The assembly process is simple, loosen the current four screws, attach the MotoPumps support plate and screw together, align and screw together.

Image: rtwPaul

Image: rtwPaul

I found my backing plate didn’t fit well even after I filed away some powder coat so I contacted Rob at MotoPumps. Apparently I’m the first to try this round RAM mount out of the hundreds and hundreds of others already sold. It turns out it interferes with the mounting and locking pin. Like most of you, I have a stash of this stuff lying around, so I grabbed a square one instead.

Obviously if you use a RAM ball setup, tTighten it extra tight with a pair of channel locks to make it impossible to undo with just your fingers.

Photo: rtwPaul

Photo: rtwPaul

Now remove the locking bar, assemble your ZumoXT as usual and then insert the screw and tighten with the tool provided.

Photo: rtwPaul

Image: rtwPaul

Photo: rtwPaul

To remove just do the opposite. Use this proprietary tool to loosen the locking bar. Once it’s free, use the other end of the tool (shown below) to push it out a little further so you can grab and remove it.

Photo: rtwPaul

The proprietary tool on a keychain is barely noticeable, but it can mean the difference between whether your Garmin Zumo XT is there or not when you return to your bike after a few minutes

Photo: rtwPaul

The price is $69.99 but of course MotoPumps cares about inmates so read the thread and find the magic button with the discount HERE. And maybe go to the MotoPumps website, because Rob does a lot more than just MotoPumps; He also designed a few other very specially machined parts for your bike.

Before you fret about the price and jump into the comments, consider the alternatives – they start at 3x the price and factor in the time spent on R&D and then the specific one-time edit. If you’ve ever worked in machining or owned a CNC machine, you already know how expensive it is to just turn on those fancy machines and let them run for a few hours!

Or consider the cost of replacing your GPS.

Please support inmate-owned companies and the ingenuity and passion they use to bring you the products you want, made where you think they should be made!

For more information on MotoPumps check out some of their threads or the previous front page article about the new MotoPump

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