Smartphones have integrated themselves into almost every aspect of modern life. So, it should come as no surprise that people want to make them more accessible while riding their motorcycles. A well-placed phone can make it easier to follow GPS directions or check to see who the incoming call is from to determine if you should answer on your Bluetooth communicator. This has lead to a burgeoning selection of phone mounts for securely placing your smartphone on your bike where it can be easily glanced at. Here, we’ve gathered a listing of what we think are a few of the best motorcycle phone mounts that we know of. If we’ve skipped your favorite, let us know in the comments.
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The SP Connect smartphone mounting system all starts with a compatible phone case. Integrated into the case is a mount that mates to any number of accessory mounts that you can attach to your motorcycle, whether on the handlebar or mirror. CNC machined from aircraft-quality aluminum, once you attach your phone to the mount, a 90-degree turn locks the system together. From there you can turn your phone 360 degrees so you get the orientation you want. SP sells bundles with phone cases and mounts together, or you can purchase the pieces individually. There are even Ducati-branded mounts for the Ducatisti to enjoy.
Bottom Line/A tough, sturdy, and easy-to-use phone mount, but requires a phone-specific case.
The Quad Lock Motorcycle Handlebar Mount is also part of a case and mount system with multiple applications. There is even a Universal Adapter that allows phones without a Quad Lock case to be used with the system. The company claims that the patented dual-stage lock holds your smartphone secure over the roughest terrain. To remove the phone from the mount the blue lever must be depressed, and the phone must be twisted 90°. While the handlebar mount is shown here, a variety of mounts are available, from mirror mounts to steering stem to 1-inch ball mounts.
Bottom Line/A patented dual-stage lock locking system for your expensive smartphone
Riders on a budget will appreciate the list of features on this inexpensive mount. The Roam Universal Premium Bike Phone Mount secures your phone with six points of grip, and the mount will adjust to any angle for convenient viewing while riding. Although those whose bikes with clip-ons are out of luck, the Roam mount will fit a wide variety of handlebars, ranging from 7/8” through 1-1/4” diameter. If your phone can fit within the 3.5-inch grip, you and your smartphone are good to go. The list of phones includes: iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 8 | 8Plus, iPhone 7 | 7 Plus, iPhone 6 | 6s | 6 Plus. Samsung Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S9, OnePlus 3, HTC 11. Google Pixel / Pixel XL.
Bottom Line/An inexpensive alternative
Peak Design has created a sleek, elegant, durable, adjustable, and easy-to-use phone mount. Two, actually. One can clip onto your bars, or for sportbike riders or those without handlebars, a stem mount (seen here). The secret to its secure mounting is the ultra-strong magnetic/mechanical mounting technology called SlimLink that grabs and locks your phone. Then, when you’re ready to release your phone, a simple press of a button lets it loose. A rigid adjustment arm lets you customize your phone’s position so you can move it just where you want it. And if you want a slimmer profile, you can simply remove the arm altogether and mount your phone to the base. A vibration isolator protects your phone from the buzz of your engine and the road. The Peak Design mount is machined from aluminum and anodized to protect it from the elements. *Requires a dedicated phone case.*
Bottom Line/A versatile phone mount system that latches on to your phone both magnetically and mechanically.
While the company has other mounting methods, Rokform’s Billet Aluminum Motorcycle Perch Mount is specifically designed for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. However, it will also fit metric cruisers and Indian motorcycles with 25mm – 50mm bolt spacing. Constructed of CNC Machined Aircraft Grade Aluminum, the Rokform mount secures your smartphone via a twist-locking system. Naturally, this requires a Rokform case, but the company stresses that this makes your phone part of a wide-ranging phone support ecosystem – not just a motorcycle mount.
Bottom Line/Part of an ecosystem of phone protection and mounting products
The OG Phone mount, Ram was an early player on the motorcycle phone mount scene. Ram Mounts has a deep well of accessories to draw from to make your phone stay on your motorcycle. Shown here is perhaps the company’s most universal mounts. The X-Grip cradle grips your phone tightly. The spring-loaded X-Grip cradle expands and contracts, allowing for a custom fit of your cell phone without obscuring your phone or requiring a bespoke phone case. Those who want a more secure fit can use the included rubber web that wraps around the four corners of the phone. While the X-Grip is cool, the real advantage of Ram Mounts comes from the wide variety of mounts for the X-Grip. Although the U-bolt here will accommodate rails from 0.50″ to 1.25″ in diameter, options for the steering stem and other locations are available.
Bottom Line/Multiple mounting options are available from Ram Mounts
Motorcycle Phone Mount FAQ
Where do you put your phone when riding?
One member of our staff always carries their phone inside a jacket pocket and listens to turn-by-turn directions over a Bluetooth communicator. The rest of us have experimented with a wide variety of mounts. The most popular location is on the handlebar within the rider’s field of vision. If you have a tank bag with a clear top, this is also a good place for your phone to be within an easy glance.
Are motorcycle phone mounts legal?
Good question. As far as we know, motorcycle phone mounts are completely legal, but it is always wise to consult your local laws..
Are Ram Mounts any good?
Because of their early entry into the motorcycle phone mount scene, Ram Mounts briefly enjoyed the Xerox effect where the brand name became the generic name for a category of products. Today, with a wide variety of mounts available, the question needs to be brand specific. However, Ram Mounts have been and continue to be a major player in this category of products.
August 8, 2022: Added SP Connect and Peak Design mounts. Added SP Connect MO Tested review to Additional Resources.
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