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post #1 of 10 Old 07-30-2019, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Man I vacillated for a couple weeks over whether to use my phone for GPS or get a dedicated. I even read through the 18 pages posted here on the Chinese units!

I dont want anything huge and was very happy for years with my garmin quest but I lost it on one of my home moves.

Ultimately after finding decent software I decided to try the phone. I dont buy expensive phones so if I lost it I wouldn't be heart broken.

I first tried a plastic unit from Amazon from Carcaw. It was about $16 and it was worth about $3. Didnt even finish getting it installed and away it went.

Considering a buy in price minimum of $350ish for anything from garmin and not finding anything on the used market I liked I motored on and bought another mount. I figure if the phone didnt work out I could get a car focused GPS which is much cheaper than mC models and still use the mount. I live in AZ. It almost always rains at night and about 6 times a year.

This time I got one from Tackform on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Metal-Motorcy...gateway&sr=8-4

Been out with it three times all on the road but lots of twists and turns and over about 200 miles and the thing is pretty awesome. The clamp holds my Samsung J3 tightly and you really dont need the included rubber keeper, especially since it lands up behind the dash so isnt subject to wind, though I used it anyway.

The mount and the cradle are nice heavy duty aluminum and just mounting it up gives you a good feeling. I dont mind losing the phone but having it and the cradle bounce along my new tank would suck.

Its not cheap ... in quality or Price!! I went back and forth between it and the ram since I have used Ram mounts in the past with great success and love the articulating arm but I just couldnt get past the 4 small spring loaded arms and reviews that indicated that they often landed up right where a phone button was.

No such issue with this mount as the spring loaded part sits in the middle of the phone. I tried it with my Wifes J7 which is a fair bit larger than my phone and it worked just as well. Its tight .. Even on my small phone the spring clamps have a fair bit of tension!

I noticed after I purchased that they offer a model with an articulated arm for an extra $10 but I mounted mine up right next to the ignition key so the one I have works great.

Just thought I would share a nice solid bit of kit for your bike if you are so inclined. I put a matte shield on my phone screen and I have been very happy so far with the results.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-30-2019, 04:34 PM
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Nice report, thanks for sharing.

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This looks great! Fakespot checks out too. Ordering

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Here is the model with the articulating arm more like the ram I had

https://www.amazon.com/Omni-directio...s%2C212&sr=8-6

I mounted mine just to the inside of my left riser so the straight version from my first post worked out great for me and saved me 10 bucks. I can still access my key and lock the steering without issue.
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Let me throw this one out there as well. It is (IMHO)cheap, but also well built and functional.

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

The exact mount with different branding showed up in my Facebook feed for >$30 and I wouldn't take the risk thinking the price to close to the well known RAM mount (Yes, the Ram would be more, but I had some of the required components from another application).

Anyway, I found this is working great on my 2004 V-Strom with an iPhone Xr in a clear shell case. The range of adjustment is limited, but it works to put the phone centered in landscape or slightly offset in portrait where I installed it. I primarily use the phone for bluetooth music via a Sena intercom. I think the iPhone screen will be tough to see in bright daylight, using it for GPS. You can still get the advantage of voice directions if you are using a bluetooth helmet.

I may eventually add a dedicated GPS if I can find a deal on a used one.
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The first one makes me wonder if the ram mount patents have expired.

Here is another option, https://www.adventuretech.biz/ram-mo...cessories.html

Add the ram mount arm at the bottom of th above linked page and it is less expensive and more versatile. I use it for both my phone and my TomTom GPS. It fit my older Garmin as well.




[IMG]https://www.adventuretech.biz/uploads/1/3/9/2/13924828/7040086_orig.jpg[/IMG

Add one of these and put it above teh dash so you keep teh road in your view while checking it.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/over-t...ps-mounts.html

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Coming from a KLR...i use this setup, works great for me, i can see it easy without taking my eyes off the road too much. about $0.10 worth of velcro, soft side on the phone so it don't stick to anything...
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Coming from a KLR...i use this setup, works great for me, i can see it easy without taking my eyes off the road too much. about $0.10 worth of velcro, soft side on the phone so it don't stick to anything...
I considered doing something similar with mushroom cap fastener but I just couldn't get past the fact that the back of the phone case is only held in place by 4 rather small and delicate plastic tabs.

Of course it is a pain to get the back off when you need to but it would be my luck that I would land up with the phone back stuck to my handlebars and my phone on the road after skittering across my paint.

Now .. silly as it sounds .. if you could make small straps of velcro or even rubber bands to come across to help support the phone from the front you may have a decent mcGyver setup
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Use the Ram X-grip on my mountain bike, pound down some rough trails, never lost a phone. Use the same grip on the Strom. Can't beat RAM for durability!

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-14-2019, 04:13 PM
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Call me crazy but I use this magnetic mount and its worked great for almost 2 years now. Only cost $12 and magnetic backing is $5...

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