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

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

byRobert Bacon, Scott Murdock| UPDATED Jul 22, 2022 2:44 PM
Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts: Stay Safe and Connected While You Ride

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BYRobert Bacon, Scott Murdock/ LAST UPDATED ON July 22, 2022

Getting off your motorcycle to make sure you’re headed the right way—just to see that 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 without buying an expensive GPS unit. Just make sure to pick the right style for your bike.

Best Overall
Ram Mounts X-Grip Large

Ram Mounts X-Grip Large

Summary
There’s a reason you see this Ram Mount on so many motorcycles. It’s compact, durable, and keeps your phone exactly where you want it.
Pros
  • Secure
  • Premium materials ensure durability
  • Fits many phone sizes
  • Infinite adjustability
  • Fits practically all handlebar sizes
Cons
  • A bit pricey
Best Value

Lamicall Bike Phone Holder

Summary
It’s hard to beat this mount if you’re working off a tight budget, but it won’t stand up to harsh weather for too long.
Pros
  • Great value for money
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • Secure locking mechanism
Cons
  • Made from plastic
  • Won’t last long in harsh weather conditions
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.
Pros
  • Extremely secure
  • Sleek design
  • High-quality materials
  • Very compact
Cons
  • Requires case or adapter sold separately
  • Expensive

Our Methodology

To choose the best motorcycle phone mounts I tested the Lamicall Phone Bike Holder, which I own, and Scott Murdock tested the Senna PowerPro. 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 also visited the motorcycle subreddit to get a more informed opinion of what motorcyclists felt about the phone mounts on the market.

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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.

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Best Motorcycle Phone Mount Reviews & Recommendations

Honorable Mention: Rokform Pro Series

Best Charging Mount: Sena PowerPro

Best Weatherproof Mount: Whale Fall Phone Holder

Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts Reviews & Recommendations

Specs

  • Make: Ram Mounts
  • Model: RAM-B-149Z-UN10U
  • Additional case required: No

Pros

  • Extremely secure
  • Premium materials ensure durability
  • Fits virtually all phone sizes
  • Infinite adjustability
  • Fits practically all handlebar sizes

Cons

  • A bit pricey

Ram Mounts is the biggest name in the phone mount industry, and the X-Grip Large is its flagship product. The spring-loaded X design is tried and tested and is suitable for phones that are 1.75 to 4.5 inches wide. You can also get a Ram tether (sold separately), which adds another layer of security.

The X-Grip is made from powder-coated marine-grade aluminum, stainless steel, and high-strength composite, meaning it’ll stand up to the worst weather conditions. This package includes a U-bolt base that fits handlebars ranging from 0.5 to 1.25 inches in diameter and a medium length B-size Ram double-socket arm. You could pick up this model for less without the B-size Ram double-socket arm, but I wouldn’t advise it. The arm gives you infinite adjustability.

Specs

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • Made from plastic
  • Won’t last long in harsh weather

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t encounter harsh weather, 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 ball-and-socket mechanism keeps my phone in place surprisingly well, even on my KTM Duke 390 with its little thumper. The only negative is that it’s made almost entirely from plastic. If you’re going to ride in extreme heat or wet weather, you’ll notice it’s not as durable as the other models on this list. But if you need an inexpensive mount to use in mild weather, it’s hard to beat the Lamicall in terms of value.

Honorable Mention
Rokform Pro Series
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Specs

  • Make: 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 with a Rokform phone case, but if there’s no Rokform case for your phone, you can use a Rokform mount adapter. The adapter fits on practically all phone 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. 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 over 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, 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 sleek, minimalist style. You can pick it up in matte black or polished aluminum.

Best Charging Mount
Sena PowerPro
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Specs

  • Make: 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 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 it 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.

Best Weatherproof Mount
Whale Fall Phone Holder
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Specs

  • Make: Whale Fall
  • Model: BM02
  • Additional case required: No

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not as sturdy as other cases
  • Could cause phone to overheat

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 and a one-piece molding process, makes the case waterproof. If you’re worried that water could get through in heavy rain, you can use the rain cover that’s included.

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 1.80 inches. The case can house phones sized up to 7.0 inches. Pockets at the back of the case give you some space to store 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

  • Make: 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
  • Vibration dampener sold separately

Anyone who rides a motorcycle with clip-on handlebars can feel short-changed by the lack of bar space, but the Quad Lock Motorcycle Fork Stem Mount is here to help. 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 a bike’s stem, meaning you don’t need to use different attachments if you want to use the mount on multiple motorcycles. Multiple mounting configurations allow you to get the best angle and ensure your dials aren’t cluttered by your phone.

Our Verdict

The Ram Mounts X-Grip is the gold standard of motorcycle phone mounts. It’s secure, durable, and reasonably priced when you consider its high quality. If you’re on a tight budget, check out my value pick, 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 I 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. 

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. Make sure the locking mechanism is secure and that the mount stays firmly in place on your handlebars.
  • 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.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Motorcycle Phone Mount

Materials

The main thing to consider before choosing a phone mount is the quality of its materials. Phone mounts are constantly absorbing vibrations 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 and 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 

There are many 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 through motorcycle phone mounts. This issue is almost exclusive to mounts that connect directly to a phone’s case. Thankfully, manufacturers are adapting to this issue, and some of them offer vibration dampeners. These dampeners come in several forms. Some have silicone that absorbs vibrations at the handlebars, and 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, 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.

Pricing 

Before buying a phone mount, you’ll need to make sure it fits on your bike's handlebars 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, get a stem mount. 

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 as not to 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 correctly.

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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