GPS Mount for Garmin Nuvi 350

REASON FOR PURCHASE: Navigation
I had an older Garmin Nuvi 350 laying around the house and decided it would be much more useful if I put it on my Bee. However, I needed a ball mount to put the GPS unit on. So, I searched for “Garmin Nuvi 350 Mount” on Amazon and the Arkon GN032 came up. It was inexpensive and looked like it would do the trick!

COMPANY EXPERIENCE: Great
Amazon is fast and competitive as always – I paid $10.02 (the price is currently only $7.20!) with no shipping charge and a two day delivery thanks to Amazon Prime.

INSTALLATION: Easy
Installation was very simple and done in 3 minutes! Just unscrew the two screws leaving the two halves separated, then place them around your bar and re-insert the screws – that’s it!

MY THOUGHTS:
I know that the Nuvi 350 is not weather proof or rugged like the Zumo series. However, what I have works great and was already paid for! So, after a quick installation, I setup my 350 and it works great! I can easily see the screen and the readout, and it’s nice having a GPS available to use. So if you have an old GPS laying around the house, why not use it on your bike!?

The mount
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Showing where it will be mounted (on the bar, just below where you see the ignition)
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View from the side
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Rider’s view – looks great!
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A Motorcycle for Missions

It’s time for something a little different, but still motorcycle related!

Last month our church had an opportunity to help purchase a motorcycle for an indigenous missionary. Pastor David lives in the country of Liberia, West Africa and was WALKING three hours, ONE-WAY, to reach some of the churches that he was helping minister to.

Our church wanted to do something special for Pastor David, so we partnered with Teamwork Africa to help purchase a Meilun ML125-5. These bikes can be easily fixed in a 3rd world nation like Liberia, and they are very inexpensive to maintain.

Facts About the Meilun:

  • 125cc
  • Drum brakes
  • 2.6 Gallon Tank
  • Over 100 miles per gallon (!)

I think this is a neat story to share not only because of the interest in a motorcycle from half a world away, but also because of the purpose of the motorcycle. It will be used to help a Liberian Pastor be able to reach other Liberians for God! How awesome is that? Here is a picture of Pastor David on his brand new bike!

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(Note: the date on the picture is Euro format which Day/Month/Year. Ex: 11th of July, 2013.)

1000 Miles!

Today was a good day…I have now ridden 1,000 miles since owning my V-Strom!

To celebrate, I had the opportunity to take my 10 year old daughter for a short ride, and then my 7 year old son. We just bought them each a kid’s full-face helmet a couple of weeks ago, and this was their first time on the Bee. I enjoyed having them on board, and hope it will be the first of many more rides together!

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