How to wire a sat nav into your motorbike? There are different options to solve the same issue.
Sat Nav wiring, why is it so complicated?
Why is such a big thing? On one of the Facebook groups, there was such a big discussion about the rights and wrongs of Sat Nav wiring. Why is such a big thing? On one of the Facebook groups, there was such a big discussion about the rights and wrongs of Sat Nav wiring.
Facebook the source of all confusion
Now I'm no expert, so I ask a car electrician for advice. You may wonder why I didn't just look into the user manual and follow manufacturer advises. Now that would have been too easy and on the other hand, it wouldn't be excepted by my Facebook pals anyway.
Ask the spark
Here was the official unofficial statement of the car spark.
"every auxiliary equipment should be wired into an auxiliary loom controlled by the ignition key."
All clear then? But maybe there is another solution? This is where the fun begins.
Switched to "genius" mode
My Facebook friends switched to "genius" mode and established the following theory: "If you wire inline with the ignition of your bike and you turn the engine off, your satnav will shut down as well." For that reason only it is recommended to wire the device straight to the battery ( include a fuse in the wiring). This will keep your sat nav running all the time.
Let's check it out!
So here we come to the conclusion.
There can be only two reasons to wire the sat nav directly to the battery. A: you are not confident enough to wire the device into a switched circuit. B: you came to the conclusion it is too much effort to press the button on the screen after switching the engine off. Either way, you are cheating yourself in believing this will do. My advice is to go to your local car spark and get it wired in. You may have to spend £20 for half an hour work, but it is worth it. Just mount everything yourself and let the electrician do the wiring.
Cutting corners never end in a great result. Let the pro do it!
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