Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts to Stay Connected While You Ride
Believe it or not, using your phone while you ride might actually make you safer.
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BY Scott Murdock / LAST UPDATED ON May 28, 2021
When you jump in the car, you can get turn-by-turn navigation, music, and phone calls right on your car’s dash from a big, beautiful touchscreen. When you throw a leg over your bike to go for a ride, it’s not that easy.
A motorcycle phone mount can bring all the power of your smartphone into plain view so you can say goodbye to trying to remember exactly which exit you were supposed to take. It can also help keep your attention on riding, rather than staring down street signs to spot your next turn.
There are a lot of options out there, good thing you have The Drive to help you make sense of it all. To see what's what in the motorcycle phone mount world, we hand-tested two of the best motorcycle phone mounts on the market and added a few honorable mentions for the best phone mounts we couldn’t get our hands on, but did the research to back our opinions. Here’s what we found.
There’s a reason you see this RAM Mount on so many motorcycles. It’s compact, well-built, and keeps your phone exactly where you want it.
- Compact design is compatible with motorcycles
- Excellent variety in mount styles
- One of the easiest mounts to use
- Tether provides a safety backup
- Might not be cut out for extreme off-road use
- Spring mechanism may weaken over time
- People might think you’re a moto YouTuber
You don’t have to spend a lot to make navigation easier when you’re in the saddle. An inexpensive and effective option.
- Slim design fits most handlebars
- Swap your phone for an action camera without changing mounts
- Switch between landscape and portrait view
- Secure grip
- Not as heavy-duty as premium phone mounts
- Limited mounting configurations
- Might not hold up to hardcore adventure riding
This isn’t for everyone, but there’s no denying how much it has to offer. Sena provides excellent security for your phone alongside premium features and build quality.
- Materials and build quality are top-notch
- Can easily be bolted directly to your motorcycle’s existing mounting points
- Battery bank extends the life of your phone
- One of the more expensive options
- Long stalk amplifies engine vibration
- Oversized plastic nuts require lots of clearance
Why Trust Us
Our reviews are driven by a combination of hands-on testing, expert input, “wisdom of the crowd” assessments from actual buyers, and our own expertise. We always aim to offer genuine, accurate guides to help you find the best picks.
How We Tested
Pretty pictures and slick marketing jargon only go so far, and we've all been let down by something that looked awesome in an advertisement and turned out to be junk — just like every fast food menu item ever. We weren't able to test every single product in this review with our hands, only the Ram Mount and Sena.
With those, I strapped them onto my daily to see what was what, cause if they shook too much for me to read my phone on a V-twin, I wanted to know. If they fell off the first time I hit a rough patch of pavement or set down an alleged wheelie, you deserve to hear about it. During the test period, I logged miles on city streets, highways, and what passes for twisty country roads in Texas. (Ed. Note: A light bend doesn't equal twisties, Scott.) Hell, I even rode in the rain for you, our dear readers.
For the mounts I couldn't test myself, I leaned on the real-world experiences of other riders I know, my own past experiences, and the motorcycling public at large. Motorcycling is a strong community, and it's up to all of us to share our wisdom and help one another find gear that rocks. We did our homework.
Best Motorcycle Phone Mount Reviews and Recommendations
Where does all this testing and research leave us? As far as I'm concerned, the RAM Mounts X-Grip deserves all the hype it gets. This thing is lightweight, compact, and just plain easy to use. With as many accessories as are available direct from the manufacturer, you’ll be able to fit one of these on your own bike (or ATV, or boat, or airplane) with no problem. While my X-grip was sharing handlebar space with Sena's premium charging phone mount, I repeatedly found myself choosing the X-Grip because it was more convenient and transmitted fewer vibrations to my phone. It's a product that doesn't just work; it makes me actively want to use it. That's a winner in my book.
As for the other phone mounts I researched, and the Sena I tested, you can save a few bucks and still get a quality product with the iOttie Active Edge. In addition to being easy on the wallet, it looks like a breeze to install and works with other accessories like action cameras. Pick up an adapter for your phone and your GoPro so you can switch between the two without wasting valuable riding time. I appreciate versatility and value, and the Active Edge checks both boxes.
Pro Tips & Tricks
We've been riding for years and as such, we've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Here are our pro tips for using motorcycle phone mounts.
- Quality is worth paying for. Your phone wasn’t cheap, so don’t trust something worth that much money to an inadequate phone mount. The best mounts are secure, easy to use, and won’t damage your bike. They also cost more than ten bucks. You’ll get more use out of a motorcycle phone mount that’s built to last and grow with you, your bike, and your phone.
- Look at other accessories offered by motorcycle phone mount companies. A phone mount is one thing, but most companies that make them also make a range of mounts for cars, boats, and off-road vehicles. If you think you might want other mounts later, see which brands can cover all your needs and save you money with individual components.
- Test your setup before going kickstand-up. I know you’ll be eager to hit the road with your new phone mount, but take a minute to double-check the installation first. Does the placement impede your handlebar’s range of motion? Can you still see all your gauges and indicator lights? Are all of your hand controls accessible? A little foresight can save you from, say, running out of gas because your phone was covering your fuel light.
- Sync the rest of your gear. Using your phone’s screen is one way to enhance your ride, but wireless headphones and in-helmet headsets can make taking advantage of your phone’s technology even easier. Get audible turn-by-turn directions, listen to text messages you’ve received and dictate responses, make calls, and listen to music all without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the controls.
- Keep your focus where it belongs. As great as all this technology is, remember that you’re still rolling down the road with an engine between your legs. Your primary concern needs to be keeping that bike of yours shiny-side-up and watching out for road hazards. Keep all that under control, and you can reward yourself with your favorite app.
FAQs About Motorcycle Phone Mounts
You've got questions, The Drive has answers!
Q: How much does a good motorcycle phone mount cost?
A. If you want a solid mount from one of the leading manufacturers, expect to pay at least $30. Premium mounts will cost more, but that’s where the good stuff generally starts.
Q: Are motorcycle phone mounts secure?
A. When properly installed and used, a motorcycle phone mount can be very secure. Plenty of riders use them on every ride, and some have trusted phone mounts for cross-country road trips. The keys are quality materials and construction, proper installation, and double-checking it before the kickstand goes up.
In terms of theft, phone mounts are somewhat vulnerable because they can often be removed quickly and without any tools. If you’re concerned about theft, I suggest using a bolt-on phone mount — with a dab of temporary thread-lock to keep things nice and tight. Stay away from the permanent stuff unless you want your bike and phone mount to be partners for life.
Q: How do I install a phone mount on my motorcycle?
A. Installation is easy and usually doesn’t require any tools. Motorcycle phone mounts attach with a clamp, bolts, suction, or straps (in the case of tank bags). Just follow the instructions and be mindful of your handlebar’s range of motion, and you’ll be fine.
Q: What’s the best place to mount my phone?
A. Most riders prefer to put their phone mount on their handlebar. This keeps the phone accessible and visible, just like the bike’s gauges — just make sure one doesn’t block the other. This tends to be the best location, but it might not be an option on sportbikes, naked bikes, or cafe racers with clip-ons or limited space. A tank bag with a clear top pouch is also an option.
Q: Being able to use my phone while I ride sounds super convenient, but is it safe?
A. Everything has its risks, and you should definitely exercise caution when using your phone while riding. Glancing down to check your map can be just as safe as looking at your speedometer. Getting caught up in texts or switching between apps can get really dangerous. If you use some common sense and keep your focus on the road ahead, there’s no reason you can’t take advantage of your phone’s capabilities, too.
Q. What are some benefits of motorcycle phone mounts?
A. Aside from removing the need to stop, there are a few big ones such as real-time navigation, listening to music and podcasts, staying connected, and even record your rides.
Q. What are some types of motorcycle phone mounts?
A. There are a few common types, such as handlebar clamps, suction cups, and tank-mounted mounts.
Q. What are some of the top brands?
A. Yep! Brands like RAM Mounts and Sena produce super high-quality motorcycle phone mounts, in addition to other accessories like headsets in the case of Sena.
Q. What are the key features I should look for in a motorcycle phone mount?
A. Our biggest feature is going to be durability. Nobody wants to buy a product that’s going to fall apart on the road (literally, in this case). You also want the mount to be not only compatible with your phone, but also your motorcycle.