Mounting a phone on a motorcycle doesn't have to be complicated. (In fact, it's less complicated than learning how to USE some of these phones!) But it helps to put a little thought into what is most important to you.
Below you will find helpful tips and things you should think about when considering a motorcycle phone mount.
Planning: What is Important to You?
It's a good idea to decide what functions of the phone you are most likely to use when riding. This can help you narrow down your mounting preferences.
Do you use the phone to see who is calling? Or do you wait until you’ve stopped to check?
Do you play music via your phone?
Do you want to be able to take pictures with your phone as you ride?
Do you use a GPS (navigation) feature on your phone?
How often do you need to touch the phone’s screen? If you need to touch it often, you’ll want to make sure whatever mount you use makes it easy (and safe) to do so.
Do you prefer to mount your phone in the ‘typical’ vertical fashion? Or is it easier for you to view features (such as GPS) in a horizontal position? Will you need to be able to change it from vertical to horizontal depending on how you’re using it that day? Would you like to be able to tilt or turn your phone if you get sun glare?
If these issues are important to you, you'll want to make sure your chosen mount has plenty of flexibility for different angles.
Places to Mount a Phone on a Motorcycle (View detailed Demo Videos of Leader Mounting Brackets!)
There are quite a few options these days:
Handlebar Mounts: this is the most flexible option, because you can position a round-bar clamp anywhere along the entire length of the handlebar. In our experience, you get what you pay for. So if your phone is important to you, our recommendation is: don't skimp on the mount!
Switch housing/reservoir mounts: This type of mount utilizes the two bolts that hold your brake or clutch assembly together. This is a great option for bikes with little handlebar space (such as Honda GoldWing and Harley-Davidson dressers). Just keep in mind that this puts the phone farther away from your eyeballs. Having a tilt/swivel capability (so you can aim that phone screen at your eyes) can become very important.
Windshield mounts: with other products, this option involves a suction cup of some sort. Drawbacks: suction cup mounts do not provide as many angles as you might want; vibration may make the phone difficult to read; AND you wouldn't believe how many customers have told us their suction became loose and fell off (goodbye, phone!).
Thankfully, there's another option for those that don't have space on their bar or brake/clutch reservoir: the eCaddy Windshield Mount.
Specialized mounts: Some types of motorcycles don't lend themselves well to any "standard" mounting system. For example, we offer specialized mounting brackets for the Can-Am Spyder and the BMW motorcycles.
Pick your Phone "Gripper"!
Just like you may use a holster or case to carry your phone on your body, you need something that "holds" (or "grips") the phone, which can be attached to the motorcycle. This is important, since it can be a "weak point" and cause your phone to fall from your bike. (We've road tested many a product, and most are not made with motorcycle vibration and the condition of today's road surfaces in mind.)
There is no such thing as a "universal" gripper - the sheer volume of phones (not to mention cases and covers for them) means that what works for one will not necessarily work for another. That's why the eCaddy line features four different "grippers," each of which excels at different things (see the video to the right).
Waterproof Phone Cases and Covers
Nothing will put a damper on your day like your phone getting soaked and damaged by rain water. There are ways to protect your phone:
Aftermarket cases protect your phone, but make it difficult to remove the phone from the case. If you don't want to part with your case when you ride, you'll want to look at mounts that accommodate your case (e.g., eCaddy Tri-Grip and eCaddy Deluxe Universal).
For a slimmer, cleaner look, you can slip your phone into the eCaddy Ultra waterproof case. The Ultra has a clear cover that lets you operate your touch screen and mounts to your motorcycle via a slim plate with Ultra-Swivel.
The most obvious power source is a fully charged phone itself. But have you ever wondered if your phone would run out of power just when you need it most (especially the way some of these phone go through power)?
USB Power Port
Mount a USB port on your bar or near your dash. Your phone plugs in there; the other end is wired to a switched circuit. Details here
One end is wired to your motorcycle's battery. The other plugs into your electronic device. Details here
Motorcycle Phone Mount: Which is Right for YOU?
(Also: View detailed Demo Videos of each Mounting Bracket!)
Made for Big-Ass phones, either with or without a case/cover. Two sizes that can be adjusted, and arms that accommodate different thicknesses.
X-Grip Adaptor Mount
The most flexible phone mount on the planet. Spring-loaded X design that expands and contracts. Rubber grips for great holding power. Ultra-Swivel for maximum angle-ability.
eCaddy Tri-Grip Phone Mount
Specially designed for larger phones either with or without a case/holster; works especially well with rubber-sided cases.
eCaddy Deluxe Universal Phone Mount
The Universal Cradle works with a large variety of phones both alone and in cases. It has a soft, no-slip holding pad, movable feet and padded locking side clamps that close tightly on your phone. The optional UltraTilt provides rotation in every direction.
eCaddy Diamond for iPhone Mount
Possibly the most aesthetically pleasing (and most secure) phone mount. Features a cradle specifically formed to your model iPhone so your phone will never fall out.
eCaddy Ultra Waterproof Phone Mount
If protecting your phone from rain is important to you, the eCaddy Ultra is the best choice. Waterproof case has a clear vinyl front that allows use of the touchscreen.
Waterproof Phone/GPS Case
Perfect for larger phones, or riders who just want to know their phone is protected from the rain. Zippered sides, hole for wires.