I haven't posted on the forum for a while, since I don't have a V-Strom any more. I'm still making motorcycle related stuff that can be used on a Strom, though, so here's my latest project.
Recently I got my first smart phone. Since I wanted to be able to use it as a GPS, I needed a new mount that would hold it securely while I was riding. I like the RAM mounts for their function, but I wanted something for the S10 that didn't look quite so utilitarian, so I made one to my own liking. I designed it to be fabricated from easily available materials like aluminum angle, aluminum plate, and ABS sheet plastic. All of the aluminum angle, nuts, bolts, U-bolts, etc came from the hardware store. The 1.5mm aluminum sheet is leftover scrap from an old pannier project, but can be purchased online from places like Metals Depot. The ABS sheet was bought from TAP Plastics. I did have to buy the short double socket RAM connector; I was originally going to build my own ball and socket armature, but without a drill press, it makes it a lot more difficult. The ball mounts are homemade, from 1/4” aluminum plate, aluminum tubing, and a 1” threaded phenolic ball from McMaster-Carr.
As with all my projects, it was made with simple hand tools (hacksaws, files, electric drill, sabre saw, etc). No drill presses, milling machines, etc were used. All the bending was done with a little 4” bending brake that mounts in my 4” bench vise. On this project, I did buy a simple tap and die set; it was the first time I've used that in one of my projects, and it worked out well.
Because of the double socket armature, the phone can be set in a variety of positions, which will be nice when I use my tank bag. It can be moved into my line of sight, or set off to one side, or mounted low over the fuel tank. The phone can be rotated. Once the mount is adjusted for the particular phone, the phone is easily removable; the two thumbscrews on the rear are loosened and the top clamp slides up, releasing the phone. All of the thumbscrews are spring loaded, so there is some back pressure on them to keep them from vibrating loose.
The mount can hold a variety of phones, up to about 5” wide. The side supports can be placed in different slots, to accommodate differing positions of the buttons on different phones. The mount will hold a phone securely even without the side supports, but they are there for added security on really bumpy roads.
I've uploaded some photos into a photo album that shows the mount under construction, if you want to see how it was accomplished. As always, if it provides inspiration to try your own design, feel free to use it. Here's the link to the album: https://www.stromtrooper.com/members/...one-mount.html