This worked like a charm until two Fucking Little Scumbags tried to steal the bike. They used two crowbars to force the steering lock* and in the process destroyed the GPS bracket and the fuel-cap bezel.
Although the bracket was badly deformed, the GPS cradle (which is relatively expensive) was unharmed. Which was nice.
I didn't bother making a new bracket. Partly because I was too annoyed and partly because I knew at some point I'd probably be replacing the clip-on bars with handlebars and risers and I had an idea that the bars and the bracket might come into conflict. This turned out to be the case so after fitting the handlebars (You can read about that here - www.mercenary.ie/cbr1000f-handlebar-conversion) I made up the bracket you see here.
I fitted it a while ago and it works great but I only got around to painting it recently. Ergonomically its pretty good. It's just below the clocks so it's easy to read and it's within easy reach - its pretty much in the same position it was before but maybe a little higher.
There is however, one small drawback. Although the bracket doesn't interfere with the operation of the fuel-cap, it does prevent the fuel tank from lifting up. So in order to get to the carbs and coils and all that stuff under the tank, the bracket has to be removed from the handlebars.
This is obviously inconvenient, but its not something I do very often. And when I do lift the tank, I usually do so in the comfort of the workshop so for now I'm happy out. If the tank thing proves to be a problem in the future I'll come up with some other solution...
*This is Fucking Little Scumbag SOP so if you can park your bike with the front wheel wedged in against a corner or a pillar, it really fucks with their heads. Its the first thing they do and if it doesn't work for them, they just might fuck off before doing any more damage.
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