Best motorcycle phone mount
Practically all motorcyclists have smartphones; therefore it is important to think about something that can assist them to operate their phones while riding, rather than carrying in a pocket or in your hand that could get in the way while on the road. With a phone mount, in fact, it is possible to watch the route via GPS, take photos or check your notifications with total safety. However, due to its usefulness and the wide range of products available in the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one.
Moreover, every mount has different functionality and is not always suitable for your motorcycle. You must therefore be cautious while choosing the one that best matches your style of riding. In today’s blog we will share some of our recommendations that can help you narrow down your choices in finding the right motorcycle phone mount. But, before that, let’s take a look at some of the criteria that should be kept in mind before purchasing.
How to choose your motorcycle phone mount?
With endless features offered by our smart phones, we somehow find it obligatory to use them while riding as well. GPS device, for instance, which when purchased separately costs a lot more and may still lack some of the features that you would require in real time traffic. A cell phone on the other hand, serves this purpose flawlessly. But, in order to attach it to your motorcycle handle bar or dashboard, you may need an additional mobile mount. To help you narrow down on choices, we have identified few things that should be kept in mind:
- Clamp Type
This part of the phone mount is responsible for supporting the entire module on the motorcycle. The style usually varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and may or may not fit on your motorcycle handle bar. Especially in sports bike, we have seen most of the mobile phone mounts are incompatible.
- Support System
Once you have shortlisted the mounts based on the clamps, you should now check if the holder that is going to support your mobile is appropriate. The grip should be tight so that the handset does not vibrate or it may fall while you are riding your motorcycle on bumpy tracks. Furthermore, the support should be made of rubber and not of cheap plastic (cheap plastic models are readily available on Chinese web store, you can check them for comparison). And finally, the operation to mount and dismount your handset from the holder should not be too tricky or time consuming.
Since handlebars vary in size depending upon the type of motorcycle, you should definitely make sure that the cell phone mount you choose really fits. This should be neither too wide, nor too narrow. For example, while the handlebar on a tourer motorcycle has a diameter of 22 mm, this can be up to 38 mm on a roadster. It is best to measure your handlebars before you shortlist any mounts, however, the most practical decision would be to choose a mount that is adjustable for any type of handle bar.
Once the above two criteria are met, it is now time to check for the stability of the mobile holder. This is can be tested on an off road trail where the ride is a little bumpy than usual. A good phone mount holder will keep your handset stable at all times.
The last thing to check is its compatibility with your riding style and your motorcycle. Check if the angle of the mount can be adjusted / rotated as per your requirements. In case it does, then the mount matches all your essential criteria and is ready to be purchased.
Types of motorcycle phone mounts
Basically, there are four different types of cell phone holders for motorcycles. Let’s take a look at them in detail.
Adhesive mount: This cell phone holder for motorcycle consists of two parts; firstly, a ring that is attached on the handlebar and secondly, a holder that is glued to the back of the phone. The minimalist design is very unobtrusive and hardly takes up any space on the handle bar and is especially convenient on long and bumpy rides that require a strong hold. The only disadvantage is that the adhesive strip can leave residue on your cell phones.
Clamp mount: The clamp mount is slightly larger in comparison with the adhesive mount. Here, too, the frame is attached to the handlebars and the cell phone can then be clamped into the holder. The most practical thing with this type of mount is that you can adjust the holder according to the size of the cell phone. Clamp mounts are particularly safe for motorcyclists as they completely grip the phone including the front edges.
Grip holder with rubber band: Just like clamp mounts and adhesive mounts; Grip holders get attached to the handlebar and protrude gripper arms which are used to hold the phone. The disadvantage here is that the rubber band of the cell phone holder can become porous due to heat or strong sunlight and thus no longer serve its purpose. You may need to check the tensile strength of the rubber on regular basis or else it can break.
Magnetic mount: Similar to the adhesive mounts; Magnetic mounts consist of two parts. You will have fastening rings for the handlebar and a magnetic clamp for holding the cell phone. For additional security and stability, they are usually accompanied with rubber grips as well. Thus, just like rubber phone mounts, you need to check its functionality on regular basis.
10 Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts
Our research team carefully tested various phone mounts before shortlisting few of them. These tests were conducted based on their versatility, effectiveness, quality, and price. Let’s take a look.
Givi is a very renowned international brand when it comes to motorcycle accessories; it is therefore not surprising that among the best mobile phone mounts for motorcycles, Givi holds the number one position.
Although Givi has a lot of variants and models, however, the S957B is undoubtedly the most versatile and compatible mount. It can be used to mount cell phones of almost all the brands including Apple and Samsung, which are the most common ones you can find on riders now a days.
Givi S957B is also compatible on Apple 11, XR, XS, XS Max, X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and 6s. For Samsung, it includes compatibility with Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 models. As for Sony mobile phones, this mount is compatible with all the models of Sony Xperia. You can check the entire list of compatible devices here.
Both the bottom and the top of Givi S957B are thermoformed in EVA covered PU, the special bracket can also be fixed both to the mirror and to the tubular handlebar (Givi holds a patent for this design).
Givi S957B is absolutely water proof, not only because it is equipped with a rain cover, but also because its zipper is water resistant. Due to this, S957B is much appreciated in the motorcycle community.
- Touch sensitive transparent outer cover.
- Sunshade at the top for better view of mobile screen.
- Bottom opening to allow mobile charging on the go.
- Waterproof with zip closures and flaps.
MYCARBON Bike Mount
Second on our list is a latest generation motorcycle phone holder built with high grade rubber that makes it durable and robust. MYCARBON mobile mount allows you to have greater stability compared to the other mounts available in the market, thanks to its rubber grips that firmly holds the mobile together. It also reduces the risk of any slips due to sudden bumps or jerks.
This mount is compatible with almost all the popular smartphone brands in the market including IPhone X, 8, 8 plus, 7, 7plus, 6S, 5S, Samsung Galaxy S7, S6 , S5, G4, P8, P9, and many others.
Its scratch-resistant design reduces the risk of any defect that may arise while clamping over the handle bar. The holder provides a 360° rotation that makes it much easier for the rider to serve it as a touring cam as well. Furthermore, the strong hold ensures stability even during the bumpiest trails.
- Silicone band straps for extra security of your mobile.
- Compatible with any type of motorcycle handle bar (18-32mm).
- Complete 360° rotation of the holder.
- No additional tools required for installation.
- Premium plastic grip.
Ullermoto Handle Bar Phone Bag
The phone mount manufactured by Ullermoto has a slightly different design, but completely efficient in its function. It comes with a mobile case that can securely hold the handset, but still, allowing the rider to view the mobile screen, thanks to its transparent outer cover. Apart from making it waterproof, the outer cover is also touch sensitive that allows the rider to operate while wearing gloves.
It is best suited for sports bike and can be affixed to the upper part of the fork on the half-handlebar with the help of Velcro straps, minimizing the use of any additional tools for installation.
Depending on your smartphone, the mount offers three different sizes; Medium (150 x 75 mm), Large (160 x 85 mm) and Extra Large (165 x 90 mm).
- Quick and easy installation thanks to the Velcro straps. You can quickly attach and detach it in case you need to get away from the bike and don’t want to leave your smartphone unattended.
- Protects your smartphone from water.
- Outer case features a transparent PVC cover for display.
- Card slots for storage.
- Product of Germany. The quality is satisfactory and long lasting.
Moto Quad Lock
Small, light, and practical; the Quad Lock mobile mount is truly a blessing for motorcycle riders. Developed by an Australian company, the product captured the accessories market overnight due to its versatility and adaptability.
Speaking of its functionality; it is practical as you can easily attach and detach your smartphone from the mount. The handlebar clamps are pretty solid and looks pretty good. However, it does not come cheap; price of a standard Moto Quad lock starts from $50 and may vary depending on your handset.
Apart from the price, there are few more disadvantages as well, for instance, you will have to immediately detach your mobile in case it rains. It does not come with a sun visor and you do not have any protective casing which usually protects your phone from foreign objects.
To conclude, this mount is robust, unique, and aesthetically impressive, however, essential features (360°rotation, water resistance, etc.) that may be required by the rider during a tour are not present.
- Phone attaches and detaches easily.
- Light in weight.
- Aesthetically pleasing.
- Occupies less space around the handle bar.
The Grefay PB03AC is a high quality motorcycle phone mount that is compatible with all the recent variants of iPhones, Android smartphones, and GPS devices. The phone can be securely attached to your holder using the clamps that has 4 support corners. In addition, the installation of the bracket is quite simple.
PB03AC is particularly made for navigation purposes as it offers excellent stability, thanks to its overall design and support structure. It can be used on handle bars ranging from 22 mm to 32 mm in diameter and its installation does not require you to purchase additional tools.
It is completely unique from any mobile mounts we have discussed so far. The support corners are reassuring even on the rockiest paths. Moreover, it can fit any smartphone, GPS, or any other electronic device that is less than 6.5 inches in size.
- 360° free rotation.
- Compatible with any type of handle bar.
- Nylon eagle claw or strong hold.
- Quick release button.
- Rubber gasket paint protection for handle bars.
- Security lock.
iOttie Active Edge Go
The iOttie Active Edge is a compact phone mount that is compatible with almost all kinds of motorcycle handle bars and mobile phones. Additionally, it comes with a 2 year warranty. The fasteners look really neat and are slightly raised above the handle bar. Instead of a clamp you get an elastic band that grips the mount around the handle bar. The design, however, limits the freedom of the holder as you can only change the direction from vertical to horizontal. Moreover, it does not allow 360° rotation of your mobile phone.
Installing the mount is very easy; all you need to do is tighten the latch with your hands. The set includes two seals of different thicknesses, and is suitable for both very thin and very thick handle bars. The solid fastener have a reverse locking system for the smartphone; while inserting your mobile, you need to push it, and while removing it, all you need to do is press the button.
- Silicone straps instead of plastic clamps make it versatile for all types of handle bars.
- Easy mounting and dismounting.
- Strong and secure grip.
- 2 year warranty.
RAM Mount X-Grip
Another well-known mobile mount for motorcyclists is the X-Grip. It is based on a more classic solution of supporting the smartphone using its four arms coupled with a rubber grip. Its metallic composition and reliability makes it an excellent contender in our list. Interestingly, you can either buy a complete ready-to-install kit or buy the stand alone kit and customize it as per your requirement.
Ram Mount has an impressive catalog of mounting solutions and it seems that X-Grip is just another masterpiece. Within minutes of installation, you realize the quality is top-notch. The phone can be mounted without worrying and the robustness and the stability will make you fall in love with it. Furthermore, you get an elastic band in case you wish to add more support (completely optional). The mount is easy to install and does not hinder your vision while handling the phone.
- Its price is justified given the quality of the product.
- It is modular with countless possibilities.
- Guaranteed functionality.
- Provides a firm, stable and vibration-free support.
- Spare parts are also available separately.
- 360° free rotation.
A brilliant innovation from Sena, the PowerPro Mount is an innovative mobile mount that secures your handset on the go while simultaneously charging it from its 10,000 mAh battery reserve. It is designed to be used on almost any kind of motorbike with tubular handlebars.
The #rideconnected philosophy of Sena provides us with a versatile solution so that we are never left behind. PowerPro enables you to securely place your mobile phone on the mount while ensuring that your handset does not drain itself, thanks to which, you do not need to install an additional USB socket on your motorcycle.
Its QRM™ system (quick-release mount) makes it easy to quickly assemble its main clamping and charging part so that we can use its power supply to recharge similar devices such as tablets, GPS device or Sena intercom. Make or receive calls, view GPS directions, change songs, and when you’re done with your ride, easily remove it from the mount.
- Inbuilt charger that can charge a device up to 5 times.
- 360° free rotation.
- Quick-release mount (QRM™).
- Robust quality.
We have already discussed about Grefay PB03AC, however, the PB03AC only supports the handset size between 3.5 and 6.5 inches, and in case you are wondering if there are any mounts that can support a very large mobile phone, Grefay PB04AC is the answer. It is a slightly upgraded version of the previously launched Grefay mobile mount and can support any device that fall under 4 inches to 7 inches in size.
It has a 360° rotation system that allows you to place it in the position that is most comfortable for you and comes in a metallic finish that makes it modern and definitely eye catching as well!
In addition, this variant is made of stainless steel that comes with a guarantee of safety and security of your device.
- Stainless steel arms for added protection.
- 360° rotation.
- Easy to install.
- Quick lock switch.
- Security lock.
Waccet Motorcycle Phone Holder
A waterproof phone mount that cannot be overlooked, Waccet phone mount is ideal for motorcyclists who are looking for high sensitivity touch screen, which is usually the case since you normally wear motorcycle gloves while riding. The mount is compatible to almost all the mobile devices that have a screen size of 6.5 inches and comes with an adjustable Velcro strip that gives your handset a perfect snug fit.
This product easily adapts to any kind of handle bar and provides a clear transparent display, thanks to its TPU screen. It does not interfere with the normal functions of your mobile and allows you to enjoy on the go. You also get slots to insert headphones or USB chargers.
- Scratch resistant TPU touch screen.
- Multiple pockets for storage (grid pocket for earphones, 3 credit card slot, 1 zipper pocket).
- 360° free rotation.
- Waterproof design.
We sincerely hope that you found our guide to motorcycle phone mounts useful. This buyer’s guide would not have been possible without our amazing research team who were responsible in compiling all the information and test results. If you think we’ve missed a model, or in case you want us to test / review a particular one, please feel free to reach us. Happy to help 🙂