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Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts: Stay Safe and Connected While You Ride

Just like their four-wheeling friends, motorcyclists deserve to stay connected while on the move.

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BYRobert Bacon, Scott Murdock/ LAST UPDATED ON May 18, 2022

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.


Getting off your motorcycle to make sure you’re headed the right way—just to see you missed a turn two miles back—is a thing of the past. A motorcycle phone mount works with your smartphone to feed you turn-by-turn directions and alert you to incoming notifications. Not long ago, this was a privilege reserved for riders who were willing to fork out for a motorcycle GPS unit. Now you can tackle your next adventure into the unknown with the confidence of a navigation system, but without buying an expensive GPS unit. I’ve created a buying guide to help you know what features to look out for when choosing a motorcycle phone mount. You’ll also find a list of all the best mounts on the market below.

Best Overall

Ram Mount Tough Claw X-Grip

Summary
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.
Pros
  • Compact design and secure
  • Variety of mount styles
  • Easy mounts to use
  • Tether is a safety backup
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not weatherproof
Best Value

Lamicall Bike Phone Holder

Summary
It’s hard to beat this mount if you’re working off a tight budget, but it’s not suitable for anyone who rides over bumpy terrain.
Pros
  • Great value 
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • Sturdy locking mechanism
Cons
  • Ball and socket joint rotates over bumps
  • Made mostly from plastic
Honorable Mention

Rokform Pro Series

Summary
Phone mounts don’t come much sturdier than this. It’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum and is one of the sleekest looking models on the market. Unfortunately, you need to be prepared to pay a premium price for this premium piece of kit.
Pros
  • Extremely secure
  • Sleek design
  • High-quality materials
  • Very compact
Cons
  • Requires case or adapter sold separately
  • Expensive
Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts: Stay Safe and Connected While You Ride

Our Methodology

To choose the best motorcycle phone mounts I tested the Lamicall Phone Bike Holder, which I own, and Scott Murdock tested the Ram and Senna models on this list. To complete my selection of products, I employed The Drive’s comprehensive research methodology and evaluated dozens of other mounts. My selection is informed by consumer testimonials, expert reviews, discussions on relevant online forums, and my institutional knowledge of the automotive industry.

I visited the motorcycle subreddit to get a more informed opinion of what motorcyclists felt about the products on the market.

Some brands are already well established in this niche, and priority was given to their products. Other lesser-known brands were also evaluated. The main features taken into consideration were phone security, stability, durability, materials used, weatherproofing, vibration dampening, and price. Mounts were immediately disqualified from consideration if their locking mechanisms weren’t secure.

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Specs

  • Manufacturer: Ram
  • Model: Tough Claw X-Grip Mount
  • Additional case required: No

Pros

  • Compact design and secure
  • Excellent variety of mount styles
  • One of the easiest mounts to use
  • Tether provides a safety backup

Cons

  • Higher end of the price spectrum
  • Not weatherproof

Ram Mounts made the X-Grip easy to use because motorcycling should be about fun and independence, not fumbling around with cumbersome gear. This motorcycle phone mount makes it easy to keep your phone accessible with a secure spring-loaded mechanism and a slew of options for attaching it to your bike.

The X-Grip is a simple but elegant solution to the problem of holding your phone while you ride. It doesn’t take up much space, either. During testing, the internal springs and soft rubber grips held my phone in place, whether I was cutting across city streets or cruising down the highway. The rubber tether added an extra element of security that I appreciated on rougher roads. I have no hesitation using this on paved roads, but off-road use might involve more risk than you want to take.

The simplicity of this phone mount is what makes it stand out. It strikes a great balance between minimalist mounts that raise questions about stability, and bulkier mounts that clutter up the cockpit. When you consider the vast selection of mounting accessories, the X-Grip looks very tough to beat.

Best Value Motorcycle Phone Mount
Lamicall Bike Phone Holder
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Specs

  • Manufacturer: Lamicall
  • Model: BM02-B
  • Additional case required: No

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • Sturdy locking mechanism

Cons

  • Ball-and-socket joint rotates over bumps
  • Made mostly from plastic

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t need a mount that’s made to handle bumpy terrain, the Lamicall Bike Phone Holder is for you. I should know: I own one. Keeping your phone in place is a spring-loaded clamping system, which has soft rubber on the inside. You can easily pop your phone in and out using just one hand, and it’ll accommodate phones between 4.7 to 6.8 inches. Once your phone is in the mount, you can secure it by flicking a switch at the back, which locks it in place.

When this mount’s system is locked, your phone will stay tightly gripped. The downfall of this model is that the ball-and-socket joint, which allows you to switch between horizontal and vertical views, isn’t as tight as you’d hope. So, if you encounter plenty of bumps or potholes when you ride, you’ll find yourself readjusting this model quite a bit. But if you need a mount to make your way through a well-paved urban environment, it’s hard to beat the Lamicall in terms of value.

Specs

  • Manufacturer: Rokform
  • Model: Pro Series
  • Additional case required: Yes

Pros

  • Extremely secure
  • Sleek design
  • High-quality materials used in construction
  • Very compact

Cons

  • Requires case or adapter sold separately
  • Highest-end of the price spectrum

If you fit your phone to the Rokform Pro Series mount, it’s not going anywhere. This model works in conjunction with a Rokform phone case, but if there’s no Rokform case for your phone, you can use a Rokform mount adapter that works with practically all cases. Unfortunately, the cases and adapters are sold separately. The primary form of security is a twist-and-lock system made from aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, and a dual-retention magnet works with a magnet in your case or adapter as a secondary form of security. As a final means of protection, you also get a lanyard.

This mount is so secure that you can even use it when riding in rugged terrain. Since the system is so tight, the only problem is that vibrations coming from your bike’s engine or the road could cause damage to your phone’s camera. For some people, damage to your camera might be too much of a risk, especially when you consider this mount’s high price point. This model’s other big selling point is its style. You can pick it up in matte black or polished aluminum and, although style is subjective, it's fair to say this is one of the best-looking mounts on the market.

Best Charging Phone Mount
Sena PowerPro
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Specs

  • Manufacturer: Sena
  • Model: PowerPro
  • Additional case required: No

Pros

  • Charges your phone while you ride
  • 10,000-mAh battery
  • Mixture of metal and high-quality plastic
  • Water-resistant

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Takes up a lot of handlebar space

The Sena PowerPro was built to last, and it made me want to hit the road and start hunting state lines. Anyone who’s used Sena headsets knows the brand doesn’t skimp on quality, and the PowerPro phone mount is no exception. Every component is made of metal or high-strength plastic. The quick-release mechanism is secure and easy to use. The 10,000-mAh battery bank adds much-needed life to your phone’s battery when you’re hours deep into a cross-country road trip. Although this model is water=resistant, it’s not waterproof, so be mindful if you’re going to leave your bike in the rain.

The handlebar attachment works well and provides a strong grip, but the plastic fasteners need lots of space; fitting this to my naked Ducati Monster took a bit of creativity. If I were to use this mount full time, I’d pick up some bolts and fix this mount directly to my brake reservoir to clean up the area around my gauges. Another consideration is the long stalk. It does a great job of getting your phone into a position that’s easy to see and reach, but it also amplifies vibrations from your bike. If you have a particularly unruly V-twin or stiff suspension, this can make reading the screen at a glance tricky.

High-end materials and extra juice for your phone make this premium mount worth the extra cost. Riders who log lots of miles and require navigation and communication aids they can trust will definitely appreciate the attention to detail that went into this phone mount.

Specs

  • Manufacturer: Whale Fall
  • Model: WF-6692
  • Additional case required: No

Pros

  • Weatherproof case
  • Touch-sensitive waterproof film
  • Rear storage pouch

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not as sturdy as other cases on the market

Anyone who rides in the rain needs a water-repellent mount, and the Whale Fall Phone Mount is a great option. This mount covers your phone entirely. At the front, there’s a touch-sensitive film that’s 0.25 mm thick and offers frost protection. This film, combined with EVA material, makes this case water repellent. However, it’s best not to soak it unnecessarily, as it's not waterproof. If you’re worried that water could get through in heavy rain, you can use the rain cover that’s included in the sale.

The case and mount are relatively sturdy but don’t offer the best security for sport or off-road riding. The mount fits handlebars with a diameter of up to 1.75 inches. The case can house phones sized up to 6.5 inches, so while it’s relatively large, it’s not as versatile as other models. Pockets at the back of the case give you some space to hold credit cards and cash, meaning you could leave your wallet at home on some trips. It’s not recommended that you use this case for extended periods in hot weather, as it could cause your phone to overheat.

Specs

  • Manufacturer: Quad Lock
  • Model: QLM-FSM
  • Additional case required: Yes

Pros

  • Easy to use clip-on mount
  • Extremely secure
  • Very compact
  • Fits the majority of motorcycle stems

Cons

  • Requires case or case adapter sold separately
  • Vibration dampener is sold separately

Anyone who rides a motorcycle with clip-on handlebars can feel short-changed by the lack of bar space needs the Quad Lock Motorcycle Fork Stem Mount. This mount works with a Quad Lock case or universal case adapter (sold separately) and a patented dual-stage lock to ensure your phone isn’t going anywhere. The fear with some mounts that require cases is that they can damage your phone’s camera, but thankfully you can get an optional vibration dampener with this model, which I would recommend doing.

The mount is compatible with stem tubes ranging from 12.7 to 24 mm, so it should fit just about any model on the market. You can easily adjust the expanding clamps to fit your bike’s stem, meaning you don’t need to use different attachments if you use the mount with more than one motorcycle. Multiple mounting configurations allow you to get the best angle and ensure your dials aren’t cluttered by your phone.

Specs

  • Manufacturer: Quad Lock
  • Model: QLM-MIR
  • Additional case required: Yes

Pros

  • Great for bikes with no handlebar space
  • Works on mirrors sized between 10 and 16 mm
  • Extremely secure
  • Slim design

Cons

  • Case or adapter required (sold separately)
  • Vibration dampener sold separately

If you ride a scooter or you can’t fit a phone mount to your motorcycle’s handlebars, check out the Quad Lock Motorcycle/Scooter Mirror Mount. This model uses a patented dual-stage lock, which keeps your phone firmly in place even over rough terrain. The mount and lock are made from glass-filled nylon and stainless steel, making the whole unit durable. Included in the sale are multiple stem spacers ranging in diameter from 10 to 16 mm. Quad Lock offers a vibration dampener (sold separately) for this model, which can reduce vibrations caused by motorcycle engines by up to 90 percent.

You can either get a Quad Lock case for your phone or a universal adapter that fits on the back of most smartphone cases, but whatever option you choose, you’ll have to buy it separately from the mount.

Our Verdict 

After testing the Ram Mount Tough Claw X-Grip, Murdock believes it deserves all the hype it gets and is our best overall pick. It’s lightweight, easy to use, has plenty of add-on accessories, and ensures your phone is staying firmly in place. If you’re on a tight budget and need a basic mount to help you get from A to B, check out the Lamicall Bike Phone Holder.

Consider Secondhand

When we start shopping for tools and products, we never overlook the secondhand market. In fact, it’s usually the first place we look. Whether you’re scrolling through Amazon’s Renewed section, eBay for car parts or tools, or flipping through the pages of Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, you have hundreds of thousands of used tools, parts, and gear ready to be shipped to your doorstep. Refurbished to like-new status, they’ll be willing to give you many more years of faithful service all while saving you money. It also has the benefit of you not having to cut open an Amazon box inside an Amazon box with bubble-wrapped around the part.

If those options above don’t have what you need, your local salvage yard is great for car parts, while swap meets are a great resource you should absolutely tap. Just Google either and head on down.

Secondhand Tips

To make your secondhand search easier, here are two tips to finding the best deals and making sure your new-to-you stuff wasn’t destroyed by the previous owner. 

  • The two most important areas to check are the locking mechanism and handlebar grip mount. If either of these parts have too much give when you fit the mount to your motorcycle, don’t buy the mount.
  • Inspect the material to see if it has cracks or if the color has faded due to exposure to harsh weather. If you find small cracks, it’s best to avoid that mount as it’s uncertain how many more miles you can cover before one of those cracks turns into a bigger issue.

What to Consider When Buying a Motorcycle Phone Mount

There are tons of motorcycle phone mounts on the market, and many operate quite similarly. So, what separates the wheat from the chaff? The differences are largely based on the quality of the materials used and the primary locking method. But, depending on what kind of riding you do, a lower-quality, more inexpensive phone mount could be fine for you. Check out the buying guide below to see what you need.

Motorcycle Phone Mounts Key Features

Materials

The main thing to consider before choosing a phone mount is the materials it’s made from. These mounts are constantly absorbing vibrations, both from the road and your engine. If you’re into sport riding or off-roading, a cheap plastic mount won’t last long. Zinc alloy, aluminum, and steel should be your primary choices if you’re into off-roading or looking for a strong, durable mount. If you’re only commuting a few miles each day on well-paved roads, a mount made from ABS plastic should be fine.

Locking Mechanism 

You need to discern if the locking mechanism on a phone mount is secure. There are tons of different locking systems on the market, and some of the most secure mounts attach to a case made specifically for your phone. Other mounts come with rubber tie-down grips, which add an extra element of security. Materials come into play here again, as a locking mechanism's reliability depends on the quality of the materials used.

Vibration Dampener

There’s an increasing number of reports of phone cameras being destroyed from absorbing vibrations on a motorcycle phone mount. It seemed initially that only iPhones were at risk, but any modern smartphone can be damaged. Thankfully, phone mount manufacturers are adapting to this issue, and some of them have started offering vibration dampeners. These dampeners come in several forms. Some have silicone bands that absorb vibrations at the handlebars, whereas others have rubber grips absorbing vibrations just before they reach your phone. If you’re worried about damaging your camera, choose a mount with a form of vibration dampening.

Size and Fit

Before buying a phone mount, you’ll need to make sure it fits on your bike's bars and that your phone fits in the holder. Depending on what style the holder is, your phone’s width might be the only important measurement. To ensure the mount will work with your bike, measure the diameter of its handlebars and make sure it falls in line with the mount's sizing guide. If you ride a sportbike and its clip-on bars don't leave enough space for a regular mount, you should get a stem mount.

Weatherproofing

When talking about weatherproofing, you need to consider the mount and the case (if one is required). Some mounts have been treated to make them weatherproof, so they’re more durable. The best weatherproof mounts are made of metal. But if you plan on riding come rain or shine, you’ll also need a weatherproof case. These cases usually have a TPU film covering the front, keeping your phone protected and usable.

Pricing

You can pick up a phone mount for less than $20, and although some of these will work quite well, they're usually made of relatively cheap plastic. If you pay between $20 and $60, you'll get a much more durable mount that will be partly or entirely made from metal. Once you venture above $60, you'll find the most secure mounts on the market, many of which are suitable for off-road riding. 

FAQs 

You’ve got questions. The Drive has answers.

Q: How do I install a phone mount on my motorcycle?

A: The installation process varies from mount to mount, but it’s usually straightforward and doesn’t require too many tools. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions and be mindful of exactly where you place the mount so you don't impede your handlebar's range of motion. 

Q: What mount should I use on my sport bike?

A: There are two mounts you can use on sport bikes: mirror mounts and fork-stem mounts. The mount you choose is up to you, but fork-stem mounts look neater and are arguably easier to use while you’re on the move.

Q: Are motorcycle phone mounts secure?

A: When properly installed, a good motorcycle mount is secure. Plenty of riders use them on every ride, and certain mounts are even capable of keeping your phone secure while off-roading. Regularly inspect your phone mount and ensure that it’s tightly fastened to your handlebars and that its locking mechanisms are working properly.

Q: Are motorcycle phone mounts legal?

A: As long as the phone is secured in a mounting fixed to the bike, it’s legal to access the GPS, music, and call functions with your finger while riding.

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