Eklipes Cobra Motorcycle Hardwire USB Charging System

The Eklipes Cobra Motorcycle Hardwire USB Charging System is an excellent addition for most motorcycles. It includes everything needed to enable  a power outlet onto your bike. This hardwire solution is one of the most cost-effective and functional that I have seen.  If you are looking to power your device on your bike, this is what you need.  Most hardwire kits have a pair of bare wires, a fuse in the middle then either a 12-volt DC outlet or a mini-USB at the end without an on/off switch.  This power outlet includes not only a DC outlet but also a USB port and … Read more

How to Hardwire your Garmin GPS with Traffic to a Motorcycle

Garmin, why did you integrate the traffic receiver into the cable?  A lot of owners of a Garmin GPS don’t even realize this is the case.  You would be amazed of how many people we heard from over the years that never realized this.  They would lose the charger then buy an inexpensive GPS charger, plug it in, and voila, no traffic! I’m not a cable expert so can’t tell you why Garmin opted for this design.  Each traffic GPS has the actual traffic subscription tied into the cable itself.  This means if the charger stops working or you left … Read more

Can I Use a Car GPS on a Motorcycle?

Roughly ten years ago, TomTom and Garmin smartly made a decision to manufacture GPS units specifically made for motorcycles.  Models such as the TomTom Rider and Garmin Zumo series were marketed specifically for motorcycle use.  They sold a lot of them, and we sold a lot of mounts for these models.  There are several key differences between units made for motorcycles versus the car.  Most motorcycle units are weatherproof.  Note we use the word weatherproof and not waterproof.  Waterproof implies you can dunk it in a bucket of water and have it come out fully functional and that’s not the … Read more

How to Hardwire your GPS to a Motorcycle or Car

Many GPS owners, especially motorcycle owners, would like to power their GPS while in use.  For most car owners, it’s an easy task to simply use the included charger and simply plug into the accessory port.  Not so for a motorcycle.  If not one of the lucky few to have an accessory port on your motorcycle, the likely solution is to either wire up an accessory port or hardwire your GPS to your motorcycle battery.  I always like to steer this task towards a motorcycle dealer but many motorcycle owners have the confidence and sometimes the ability to do it … Read more