KTM 390/790/890 Sat Nav Setup and Mount

Like many, I have used and abused a bunch of different phones, SAT Navs, and mounts over the years. I have slowly switched from a dedicated SAT Nav device to a phone with SAT Nav/GPS apps.

These days the options are almost endless on what phone GPS/Map apps are available.
Live data, online, and offline downloads, GPX imports, etc are all readily available and often free.

I have done a lot of touring in South America, Europe, and parts of Asia using just a phone as a SatNav and never missed or wanted a dedicated SatNav.

That said, all my setups to date had their positives and negatives, and I never found any combination that ticked all my boxes, until now, with the setup I’m using on my KTM 890 Adventure and KTM 390 Adventure.

These are some of the features I was looking for:

  • Large easy to read screen
  • Multiple map options
  • Import GPX files
  • Securely mounted
  • Easy to remove device
  • Handlebar controls
  • Rainproof
  • Doesn’t get in the way
  • Doubles as a backup phone/camera

Not an easy task to tick all the boxes above, but I think I have managed it with my current setup. Plus it is easily switchable between my current bikes, KTM 890 and 390 Adventure.

Also, on my Hearing Protection & Helmet Audio page, I talk more about how I set up and control the music on my bike.

KTM Cockpit
KTM Cockpit

Below is a list of all the individual items that make up my setup, along with a few details of why I chose each item.

Phone: Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

It’s got great reviews, is relatively cheap, large screen, and fits all the requirements I want in a dedicated Satnav. It’s IP53 (splashproof) rated and I have ridden with it in the pouring rain without issues. It also doubles up as a backup phone if anything happens to my iPhone.

Website:
https://www.gsmarena.com/poco_x3_nfc_long_term-review-2264.php

Control App: Drive Mode Dashboard

Drive Mode Dashboard Home
Drive Mode Dashboard Home

This is a fantastic Android-only app from Thork Racing that basically forms the command center or dashboard of my entire setup, much like CarPlay from Apple.

The app can be set up as a launcher, so when you boot the phone you go straight into the dashboard.

I can control my maps, audio, and way points from one central screen or dashboard, which also connects and works flawlessly with the CARPE Bluetooth handlebar controller I use.

Drive Mode Dashboard Map
Drive Mode Dashboard Map

It works in both horizontal and vertical orientations.

Drive Mode Dashboard Plugins

The basic app is free and I would say all that is needed for most users. For those that want fully integrated maps or a roadbook facility, the app has multiple plugin options that you can purchase, with more in development.

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OBD2 Reader

For the more hardcore amongst us, it also has a digital roadbook built-in.
They even have bike nerds like me covered, as you can also display OBD2 bike/engine data on the main dashboard screen.

Drive Mode Dashboard OBD2
Drive Mode Dashboard OBD2

Why we are on the subject of OBD2, it also makes it easy to show information all in one place/screen from apps like “Torque” which offers more OBD options than the Drive Mode Dashboard app.

Torque App
Torque App

The bottom line, it’s a very good app and well-supported by the developers who are obviously bikers.

Website:
https://www.drivemodedashboard.com/
https://www.thorkracing.com/en/software/
https://torque-bhp.com/

Active thread on AdvRider covering the ongoing development and updates
https://www.advrider.com/f/threads/drive-mode-dashboard-for-android.1425433/

Maps: Locus Maps

Locus Maps
Locus Maps

In my opinion, this is the best map app right now.
They offer a full range of offline, downloadable country maps.

Integrates easily with the Drive Mode Dashboard and can be controlled using the Carpe handlebar controller.

They have free and paid versions.

Website:
https://www.locusmap.app/

Phone holder: RAM Mounts Quick-Grip XL Phone Holder With Ball

RAM Mount Quick Grip
RAM Mount Quick Grip
RAM Mount Quick Grip - Ball
RAM Mount Quick Grip – Ball
RAM Mount Quick Grip - Ball & Holder
RAM Mount Quick Grip – Ball & Holder
RAM Mount Quick Mounted
RAM Mount Quick Mounted

RAM has a great reputation and this mount is large, and holds the phone securely, with its spring-loaded action making it very easy to remove the phone when needed. You can also adjust the side supports to get a perfect fit for the phone.

On the back, I have mounted a ball, that plugs into the swivel mount shown below.

It’s a solid piece of kit, well made and I’m sure can take plenty of abuse.

Website:
https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-HOL-PD4-238AU

Swivel mount: UA 25mm Ball Socket to 4-hole AMPS Adapter

UA 25mm Ball Socket to 4-Hole AMPS Adapter
UA 25mm Ball Socket to 4-hole AMPS Adapter

Not a lot to say works as described 🙂
Has the commonly used 4-hole AMP layout.
It’s made of plastic but feels good quality, tough and so far no issues.

Websites:
Buybits Ultimate Addons Adaptor Plate Amps 4 Hole Layout to 1″ Ball
ChargerCity 25mm/1″ inch Ball socklet to AMPs Connection Adapter

3D printed Mount: Motominded

3D printed Mount: Motominded
3D printed Mount: Motominded
3D printed Mount: Motominded
3D printed Mount: Motominded

This is a tough-as-nails 3D printed polycarbonate mount, that plugs straight into the Nav Mounting post on the KTM 790, 890, and 390 ADV bikes.

It uses heat-pressed brass inserts laid out in the AMP bolt pattern.
This makes it easy to bolt the above swivel mount straight onto it. Use some blue or Loctite 243 thread lock and it’s not coming loose.

Website:
https://www.motominded.com/collections/ktm-2019-790/products/ktm-790-gps-mount

If you want the same design mount as the Motominded 3D printed one above, I have seen an aluminum version on Amazon that looks like it’s identical and cheaper.

If you want to print your own similar mount, STL files are available on Thingiverse.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3611546
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3719560

Remote Controller Ver 2: Carpe

Remote Controller Ver 2: Carpe
Remote Controller Ver 2: Carpe
Remote Controller Ver 2: Carpe
Remote Controller Ver 2: Carpe
Remote Controller Handlebar Mount
Remote Controller Handlebar Mount
Remote Controller Mounted
Remote Controller Mounted
Remote Controller Mounted
Remote Controller Mounted

Let’s deal with the elephant in the room first, this is not cheap.
I’ll be honest, it is a little overkill for the type of riding I personally do.
Most of the time I use my gloves/finger to change something on the screen.

I primarily use the controller to zoom a map IN or OUT when I’m riding, for this it’s very handy.
If I was doing Enduro, Rally, or similar, this would be an essential piece of kit.

That said…

It’s cool, connects via Bluetooth to the phone, and allows you to move around the screen using the joystick and assign the buttons for specific commands. e.g. Toggle between apps

It connects seamlessly with Locus maps and the Drive Mode Dashboard app, plus a bunch of other commonly used apps by riders.

I currently have the version 2 model, which is a two-button controller with a joystick.

It’s very well made in the Czech Republic, aluminum, waterproof, and comes with a quick-release slide mount that fits on the handlebars.

Website:
https://carpe-iter.com/support/ci-controller-support/

The same company also makes a dedicated ruggedized tablet with the Drive Mode Dashboard fully integrated into the tablet.

https://carpe-iter.com/carpe-iter-pad/