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post #1 of 12 Old 02-01-2018, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Question Ram Mounts: Tough Claw or U-Bolt Mount?

For a 2014 Vstrom 650 - I ordered the Tough Claw from Amazon based on online reviews for "best motorcycle cell phone mounts", and then also bought the Ubolt from a local shop when they told me that one was better.

So I have 2 in my possession unopened and need to return one.
Which is better for motorcycles?

Tough Claw: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

U-bolt: https://www.amazon.com/RAM-RAM-B-174.../dp/B00DUFLHLS
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My guess is that it comes down to whether or not you want it to be easily removable. The tough claw can be added/subtracted without tools while the U-bolt will require a spanner. Once on the bike, they should both do their job of keeping your phone within close proximity of your bike (and hopefully you ).
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I'm using the U-Bolt version. The RAM ball stays on the bike, but the rest of the mount can be easily removed and stored in the side case when not needed.

From the pictures, it appears that the U-Bolt version, which uses the short straight clamp, would be more adjustable and versatile. You can add a longer clamp and/or any one of many different RAM ball based mounts that can attach to the U-Bolt portion.

I attached my U-Bolt mount onto the handlebar next to where it clamps to the bike. By canting the straight clamp to the side, I can position my phone so that it displays map information right next to my speedometer without blocking anything. Touch screen sensitive riding gloves even allow me to make quick adjustments when stopped.



Sorry the picture doesn't include the phone, just the U-Bolt mount.

My U-bolt mount is a slightly different model (see link below). All in all, I'd stick with the U-Bolt version, but that's just me...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002AQV51A
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I'm using the U-Bolt version. The RAM ball stays on the bike, but the rest of the mount can be easily removed and stored in the side case when not needed.

From the pictures, it appears that the U-Bolt version, which uses the short straight clamp, would be more adjustable and versatile. You can add a longer clamp and/or any one of many different RAM ball based mounts that can attach to the U-Bolt portion.

I clamped my U-Bolt only to handlebar support bar (that spans the center between the rises). By canting the straight clamp to the side, I can position my phone so that it displays map information right next to my speedometer without blocking anything. Touch screen sensitive riding gloves even allow me to make quick adjustments when stopped.

My U-bolt mount is a slightly different model. All in all, I'd stick with the U-Bolt version, but that's just me...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002AQV51A
Awesome, do you have a pic of your setup? I'd like to see where you mounted it to get phone near speedo.
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Sorry, I was editing in a photo when you posted (best I could find in my phone's library). I'll get a proper picture with the whole setup when I get home. Give me an hour or so...
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Sorry, I was editing in a photo when you posted (best I could find in my phone's library). I'll get a proper picture with the whole setup when I get home. Give me an hour or so...
Oh ok I can see it barely off center on the left. Thanks for the pic!
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Here are some pics...

I apologize for the quality of this one, since my phone is in the cradle I had to borrow a lesser camera phone:


Since the straight clamp (available in various lengths) has a ball on both ends, it can be adjusted to almost any position.

Here is the cradle and mount from the side:


By positioning it up and out, I can get a quick glance at the map as easily as I can glance at the tach or speedo...

The rubber web can be used as a "safety belt" to strap in your phone, but I've found that under normal conditions (i.e. not crashing) it isn't really needed. Although, the only disadvantage to using it is the extra time it takes to remove and reinstall the phone when you run into the service station for snacks or a bathroom break. I have ridden about 300 miles over the interstate and twisty canyon roads with the "seat-belt" off while monitoring it specifically for any shift in my phone's position and it didn't budge.

I would recommend (as indicated in the instructions) that you remove the 4 side grip rubbers and superglue them in place.

I have also found that a short 90 degree USB cable combined with a QUALCOMM 2.0 (or higher, if your phone supports it) quick charger works pretty well to run with the screen on, GPS, map app, and still have a little juice leftover to charge the battery. I have had trouble with several cheaper cigarette lighter to USB converters vibrating out of the socket just enough to disconnect. Also, I find that the 90 degree connector on the phone side helps mitigate the vibrations by presenting a shorter "lever arm" than the straight connectors. I use a twist-tie to hold any excess USB cable to the leg of the X-Grip (although Velcro wire ties are cheap and easy too).

One last thought... The X-Grip is available in different sizes. When I bought a larger phone, I had to update to the large X-Grip. That gave me a wider grip (i.e. nearer the corners of the phone) and kept the side grippers away from the buttons on the new phone. If you don't like the grip, or it is difficult to avoid your buttons, try a different size.

Search Amazon for "Ram Ball" and you'll find plenty of mounts available for all kinds of bikes and gizmos...
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I thought about those 2 mounts also for my Vstrom, but since I had this setup on my ZRX and didnt want to mar the bars on that bike, I thought I'd do the same with my '14 DL1K:
BURGMAN 400 RESERVOIR COVERS [9004 BURGMAN 400 RESERVOIR COVER] - $19.95 : MotorCycleLarry.com, Wholesale Parts Factory Direct

This reservoir cap w/ball mount is inexpensive, fits like it grew there, and is in the same line of sight as my mirrors. On the DL I have it just to the inside of the right mirror for my GPS. It's shown for the Burgman, but fits many other Suzukis as well. They also have reservoir covers with 2 RAM ball mounts. The covers fit either way on the reservoir.
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Personally, I like the Fork Stem mounting. It's a bit more difficult to set up but once it's in, it's centered and gives you something to hang your helmet on when you're not riding. It drops into the hole in the center of your triple clamp. The difficult part is that you have to cut the cone to the correct length for the diameter of the cylinder and it's pretty hard rubber.

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I have the tough-claw X-grip. Works fine. It's on and off in 15 seconds to swap between bikes. It's lower profile because it doesn't have the in-between arm. But that in-between arm can be useful if you want to position the phone to the side of where the U-bolt is.
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