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Another thread described a plug under the tank somewhere that takes a GPS cord. Does the '12 Classic have one of these? can it be converted to a USB output?
 

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The classic and the non Classics are the same bike except cosmetically. There is a GPS plug under the tank.
 

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Ok, I'll bite

What is a "GPS" plug?

There is a Powerlet power port on my 2013, on the left side, mounted to the frame about halfway back. This port will power anything with a compatible plug.

Is there something else I've missed?
 

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GPS plug?

+1 las
websterize,new member but veteran R1200R rider, had a good post 3/19!
 

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What is a "GPS" plug?

There is a Powerlet power port on my 2013, on the left side, mounted to the frame about halfway back. This port will power anything with a compatible plug.

Is there something else I've missed?
I believe it's a vernacular analogous to "cigarette lighter outlet"
 

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A GPS plug is what it sounds like- a wired plug that, unused, you will find under the tank. It is switched and OEM for a GPS unit. When one adds a GPS to the bike, the wiring is already there to be used.it is in addition to the Powerlet outlet on the bike and plugs directly into the BMW GPS unit, and, I believe, other Garmin units.
 

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A GPS plug is what it sounds like- a wired plug that, unused, you will find under the tank. It is switched and OEM for a GPS unit. When one adds a GPS to the bike, the wiring is already there to be used.it is in addition to the Powerlet outlet on the bike and plugs directly into the BMW GPS unit, and, I believe, other Garmin units.
Calling it a GPS plug is a bit like calling a wall socket a "vacuum cleaner socket" though.
 

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gps?

websterize called it a GPS plug in his post. Most readers understood what he meant. A navigation device.
The photograph was clear.
Did BMW put it there to facilitate using their navigator?
I'm just glad that our newer bikes have it included. drDave was curious.
las was being helpful and patient with his explanation IMO.

Would you please tell us what the correct term should be?
 

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Bah, I don't think terminology matters at all; it all depends on your local vernacular, and besides, most of the time you'd be using that plug for a GPS/navigation/tell me when to turn device anyway.
 

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My point was simply that the plug in question can go by many names, and that it has more than one specific use. If you read anything else into my post, then that falls 100% on your shoulders.
 

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Wow. Who knew this was going to be a controversial question! :) Can that front outlet be adapted to USB? Is there a USB port adapter for it?
 

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Yes, you will need this adapter: Powerlet To Cigarette Socket Cable - RevZilla
And then you can get this: Powerlet USB Type A & iPod 3G to Cigarette Adapter - RevZilla

Disclaimer: No relation to either company.
I thought the front outlet was a different plug from the side powerlet, no? Does anyone have a close up of the actual plug underneath the tank. If it's a dedicated Garmin plug, that's not going to be called a powerlet.

Where is the emoticon for "I'm SO Confused!!!!":confused:
 

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I thought the front outlet was a different plug from the side powerlet, no? Does anyone have a close up of the actual plug underneath the tank. If it's a dedicated Garmin plug, that's not going to be called a powerlet.

Where is the emoticon for "I'm SO Confused!!!!":confused:
OH! Ditto :) I misread your question.
 

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Does anyone have a close up of the actual plug underneath the tank. If it's a dedicated Garmin plug, that's not going to be called a powerlet.
It's a dedicated BMW plug (gray and black below). The Garmin Zumo 660 mount ships with bare wires that you should solder to the separate BMW connector plug adapter thing – white with yellow wires, about $20 at the dealer. See that photo I posted in the other thread. it's connected to the 660 mount with posiconnectors. Recommend soldering I stead of the connectors.

With the Navigator IV mount, no soldering necessary. You just plug it into the GPS plug under your tank.

gps_connector | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Lots of GPS photos and R12R pron in the link under my sig.
 

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Found some additional information on that plug.

**WARNING** - the onboard GPS power connector supplies 12 volts (12V) and therefore is not suitable for direct connection to GPS units that require a 5 volt (5V) power supply without modification. Typically 5V systems e.g. 'TomTom One' charge/are powered via a USB type socket only but check your manual. 5V SatNav systems will require a 12v to 5v voltage regulator incorporated into the power lead (available from electrical/electronics retailers e.g. Maplins)
Motorcycle Info Pages - R1200GS Electrical stuff > GPS Sat Nav Power Connection

Good to know since most smart phones are 5v. I would probably just try to mount a 12-5v cigarette plug somewhere up in there.
 

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F-word. So. . .if I have a plain-vanilla Garmin Nuvi 310 or something like that. . and I want to solder/snap in/solder in etc. to that plug, I can order the BMW wire doodle, but now do I need a voltage regulator too? Has anyone posted how and what they've done for this? What about just setting it up as a 12v-to-USB socket. Any easy doohickies that would work? Sorry for all the technical terms. . ..
 
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