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How do you mount cell phone on bike?

I've decided to throw my Garmin GPS in the garbage can as it has never worked reliably and use my phone with HERE app (does not require network data unlike Google Maps to work) for my GPS needs. What is the best way to mount a cell phone to the bike? Found this on EBay for $10, thoughts? Note I already have a SW-Motech GPS mounting plate I would like to use but need something to attach to it to hold phone.


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Get the RAM mount from your local CycleGear. The X-Grip works super well. Plus RAM stuff is built to last.
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Get the RAM mount from your local CycleGear. The X-Grip works super well. Plus RAM stuff is built to last.

I definitely agree with Ram mounts but I prefer this holder for my phone. Very secure and less than $14 on EBay. ImageUploadedByMO Free1446787428.601884.jpg


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Get the RAM mount from your local CycleGear. The X-Grip works super well. Plus RAM stuff is built to last.

I definitely agree with Ram mounts but I prefer this holder for my phone. Very secure and less than $14 on EBay. [iurl="http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=75521&d=1446787430"][/iurl]


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Yep. Also a RAM product, and the one I had previous to the X-Grip. The X-Grip is their newer design, and it just makes it a tad easier to get your phone in and out. Mine holds solid, even when creeping past 100.
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I definitely agree with Ram mounts but I prefer this holder for my phone. Very secure and less than $14 on EBay. Attachment 75521


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this what I use . I dont trust the x ram mount have seen phones fall out of them.
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I've tried the handle bar ramp mounts. I tend to get a lot of vibration on those that eventually result in the phone moving. I'm inclined to place it in the clear pouch on a tank bag instead. many tank bags now have power pass-throughs also.
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I've tried the handle bar ramp mounts. I tend to get a lot of vibration on those that eventually result in the phone moving. I'm inclined to place it in the clear pouch on a tank bag instead. many tank bags now have power pass-throughs also.

I tried the tank bag route but phone overheated in hot sun. To each his own.


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I have the RAM mount. Pretty much a game changer for me, I run Waze when I'm in networked areas for police notifications, and osmand when I'm off network in the mountains.

I've also used it for video, when I forgot my GoPro.

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I tried the tank bag route but phone overheated in hot sun. To each his own.


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I don't have a suitable tank bag yet to do that, maybe I'll combine the two and have a ram ball mount on the tank bag
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I have the X-Grip. While it's been rock solid every time I've used it, I tether the phone just in case it were to slip.
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Wait a minute. You mean Gorilla tape isn't the recommend method? Oh no!

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I have the X-Grip. While it's been rock solid every time I've used it, I tether the phone just in case it were to slip.
They suggest removing the rubber pieces, and adding superglue for extra strength hold. I'vw had zero issues with slippage. A tether never hurts though.
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They suggest removing the rubber pieces, and adding superglue for extra strength hold. I'vw had zero issues with slippage. A tether never hurts though.
I haven't been at all concerned about the rubber pieces coming loose. I've been thinking more about the phone popping out of the mount but I think I'd have to hit something pretty bone-jarring to have that happen.
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What are you guys doing, multitasking while riding a motorcycle? lol
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crazy glue by x grip, is a great idea! before I did that they vibrated loose. have been running my iphone 6plus in an otterbox case just like that. Been up to 120 and phone hasn't moved at all.
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I use a smallish Joe Rocket (cheap) tank bag. If it is too hot I tuck the phone away in my mesh jacket, out of direct sun.

My experience with locations has been the opposite of yours. I find my Garmin more reliable, especially where cell coverage is spotty, and the Garmin Zumo works in the rain pretty well. I blue tooth phone to Garmin and Garmin to my headset. My GPS is also more glove friendly than my Android.

There are spots where the phone navigation is better, heavy tree cover and similar, but generally I prefer the GPS for nav. Most of my riding friends navigate by phone.
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Recently came across this review of phone mounts on WebBikeWorld

Motorcycle Phone Mounts Reviewed - webBikeWorld

Does anyone have any experience with the liquids you can put on your glove finger to make them touch sensitive to a phone screen? Recommendations?

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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Schwinn-U...Mount/47369022

Works like a charm... just enough wiggle the vibes don't get to your phone... won't let go, even off road. Holds my S6 with a case around it...

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Looks like I need to finally get a phone mount. Been wanting a more convenient way to run the Scala app anyways.

Anyone had any issues with police having a dash-mounted phone? Iowa just put through new texting-while-driving rules (yay!), and they've been heartily on the lookout.

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Looks like I need to finally get a phone mount. Been wanting a more convenient way to run the Scala app anyways.

Anyone had any issues with police having a dash-mounted phone? Iowa just put through new texting-while-driving rules (yay!), and they've been heartily on the lookout.
If you're using it as GPS and not actively dialing or texting, I cannot see what would be wrong with that. I use an app that reads incoming texts to me. I also rely on voice prompts from the GPS software so never or rarely need to look at screen. Sound connection is via Bluetooth and Sena Headset in helmet.

With the quality of Android GPS software and the other motorcycling Android apps there is no reason to buy a dedicated GPS unit these days. Even screen resolution and view ability is equal or better on a phone and most people have a large screen, touch screen phone these days.
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