Mega mobile mounts! The best motorcycle phone holders

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A mobile phone can provide a relatively inexpensive alternative to a dedicated sat nav, so we’re taking a look at some of the best motorcycle phone holders to help you choose the right one to meet your needs.

With easy access to your phone, you listen to music, take, make and manage calls or use any number of navigation apps to get you to where you need to be.

And while much of the phone’s functionality can be controlled by a relevant and compatible motorcycle helmet intercom – essential for music, calls and navigation instructions – having your phone tucked away in your pocket can often be a pain, especially if you want to actually see your navigation route, for example, or make changes on the go.

The best motorcycle phone holders at a glance:

If you want your phone located safely where you can see those directions, you need to fit a phone mount.

Best motorcycle phone holders

Best smartphone case

The case you need for the Quad Lock system is specific to the make and model of phone you have, so make sure you get the right one. You'll also need the right accessories to form the rest of the mount.

Tested by Michael Guy for two years, 18,000 miles. Quality 5, Value 4. Quad Lock's system includes a neat and adjustable mount that fits to your handlebars. Your phone goes into a specific Quad Lock case, which has a recess in the back that locks onto the mount with a 45° turn. The case itself isn't much bulkier than a standard phone case.

There's also an optional waterproof cover, which keeps the worst of the weather off. Buy all three parts together, and bundle is not cheap, but in two years of use, it has been faultless, and I expect it to last for many years to come. Plus, it's an awful lot cheaper than having to buy a new phone when yours falls off and gets run over by a car....

Pros

  • Convenient fitting system
  • Wide variety of mounting methods
  • Vibration damper and wireless charging heads available

Cons

  • Needs separate protective cover for full weatherproofing
  • Expensive as a bundle
  • Fit
    5.0
  • Ease of installation
    5.0
  • Quality of materials
    5.0

Best vibration damper

Some phones have proved sensitive to the vibrations they are exposed to when used with a smartphone mount. iPhones are particularly prone to damage of the camera mechanism. Quad Lock's vibration damper solves the issue.

Tested by Jordan Gibbons, for two months, over 1,000 miles. Quality 5/5, Value 5/5. There's a plethora of phone mounting systems, but when you're attaching your latest big-money smartphone to a bike's bars, you need to be confident it's going to stay put.

With Apple recently warning users to steer clear of motorcycle vibrations as they can ruin the image stabilisation on your smartphone camera, now seems the perfect time to point out that Quad Lock solved this issue a while back.

Sold separately from the case and mounting systems, the damper simply installs between the two and protects your phone from harmful vibrations. If you already have a Quad Lock, adding the damper takes seconds. I've used it for over a thousand miles on my Pan America with zero signs of damage to the phone.

Pros

  • Well-engineered
  • Effective
  • Works with all Quadlock mounts

Cons

  • Adds to overall cost
  • Fit
    5.0
  • Ease of installation
    5.0
  • Quality of materials
    5.0

Best for simplicity

Price: £48.99 (was £49.99)
Some mounts attach to your handlebars, but if you have an exposed fork stem, this mount from Quad Lock can be a really sleek and convenient option.

Tested by Gareth Evans for six months, 3,000 miles. Quality 5/5, Value 4/5. I've been using Australian-designed Quad Lock modular kit for a few years, but this Fork Stem Mount has made it more useful than ever. My R7 has so much to recommend it, but one thing it lacks is any sort of built-in navigation. With this kit, I can use my smartphone's Google Maps, with the phone hidden behind the fairing so it stays out of the wind and rain.

Installation couldn't be simpler, but only once you've sourced the correct open-top yoke nut – I got mine from Flitwick Motorcycles, who can sell you the whole lot in a package. The nut is fantastic quality, with the black matching the R7's frame and the Quad Lock mount perfectly. The whole setup looks OEM if you ask me.

So, once you've got your top yoke nut torqued correctly, simply insert the mount into the hole and fasten with an Allen key. This holds the mount in the stem, and then you can adjust the angle your phone sits at relative to your riding position using two other Allen key bolts.

I sandwiched the Quad Lock anti-vibration mount in there, too, to prevent the bike's vibes shaking anything loose inside my phone. Again, it's simple Allen Key fixings, and all the same size too. For a mod that takes minutes to install, it's a very pleasing thing, albeit rather expensive, once you've bought the nut, the bespoke phone case, the damper and the mount.

Pros

  • Subtle looks
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • You need to have a compatible fork stem layout
  • Expensive
  • Fit
    5.0
  • Ease of installation
    5.0
  • Quality of materials
    5.0

Best for sports bikes

Another option for those looking to mount in their fork stem is this sleek magnetic design from Peak Design. Renowned for their rugged and dependable camera accessories, the brand also makes phone mounts that are beautifully made and designed.

Tried and tested by Group Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "Having previously ridden big adventure bikes with masses of space behind the screen, I've now got a diminutive Triumph Daytona 675 that barely has enough cockpit room for me, let alone a phone or sat nav.

None of my old mounts fit so this very minimalistic clamp from Peak Design looked like the ideal solution. Secured into the hollow centre at the top of the steerer by an expanding bolt, its short arm can be positioned perfectly to ensure my phone doesn't crash into my tank or screen.

Not that this is usual phone clamp criteria for me, but the machined aluminium construction looks absolutely brilliant too, and more importantly, feels rock solid when the bolts are tightened down. There's a rubber damper to stop vibrations from finding their way to the phone, of course.

The device is held on with strong magnets and a mechanical clasp and this system is both secure and easy to use - just line your phone up vaguely with the holder, and the magnets do the rest. It's less effort than a Quad Lock mount, in the sense that you don't need to twist it on to secure it.

Obviously, this means a specific case is necessary, but it's a slim and attractive design with less bulk than the similar Quad Lock offering. I previously had to stick a universal adaptor to my old phone, and this was quite a bulky combo. But I've now got a Peak Design phone case and the user experience is much better - it looks much sleeker and takes up less space in my pocket.

The mount takes up next to no room, can be used with your eyes closed, and its metal construction means it looks like an extension of my motorbike rather than an afterthought. Full marks from me!

Pros

  • Slim, attractive design
  • Non-bulky phone case
  • Extremely easy to use

Cons

  • No cases for old phones (a stick-on adaptor is available)
  • Marginally heavier than a plastic mount
  • Fit
    5.0
  • Ease of installation
    5.0
  • Quality of components
    5.0

Best for phone protection

Price: £48.99
The Ultimateaddons setup is based on buying a case for your phone, then choosing the mounting method. The UAO case completely encloses the phone, is waterproof and has a vibration damping inner silicone sleeve.

The front window works with the phone's touchscreen, and there's a cut-out on the back for the rear camera, while a waterproof port on the bottom can be used to allow a charging lead to connect when on the bike. The whole thing can be disconnected from the bike easily and used with the phone still in the case, though it is rather cumbersome.

Read our full Ultimateaddons phone case and bar mount review

Pros

  • Completely encases phone
  • Charging port built-in
  • Variety of mounting options

Cons

  • Phone must be removed from day-to-day case to be fitted
  • Case clips can break
  • Fit
    5.0
  • Ease of installation
    4.0
  • Quality of components
    3.0

MCN Rated

Price: £17.49 (was £24.99)
All manner of clever mounting systems offers to keep your fancy smartphone in view while you ride. But few setups are as simple or as affordable as Oxford's Cliqr. Universal application.

Tested by Martin Fitz-Gibbons over three months and 500 miles. Quality 3/5, Value 4/5. Stick one square plastic pad on the back of your regular phone case, clamp the bracket to your 22mm handlebar (one hex bolt), and bingo: one quick-release phone mount. Obviously, it offers no weather protection or vibration insulation, so beware if your smartphone isn't waterproof or if its camera has optical image stabilisation.


Having your precious phone held in place with glue feels a bit disconcerting, but it's held firm so far – though it remains to be seen how the adhesive stands up to time, rain, windblast and varying temperatures. I'm not mad keen leaving that little mounting square on my phone case 24/7 either.

But for folk who don't want the cost or complication of a bulkier, more expensive case-based setup, it's worth a look.

Pros

  • Universal so works with your existing case
  • Variety of mounts
  • Great value

Cons

  • No weatherproofing
  • Doesn't instill confidence
  • No vibration dampening
  • Fit
    4.0
  • Ease of installation
    4.0
  • Quality of components
    3.0

Best for versatility

Price: £51.30 (was £57.00)
A high-quality, universal holder for devices up to five inches. It is fantastic, featuring a sturdy quick-mount and release system, and the bracket fits bars up to 35mm. Naturally, the cover is touch sensitive and has a cable port on the bottom. It comes with a weatherproof cover that goes over the entire holder and has a window to allow you to still see your device.

It gets great reviews online, and users say that it will happily accept larger smartphones as well as sat-nav devices.

Pros

  • Weatherproof with cover fitted
  • Accept any smartphone
  • Charging-cable port

Cons

  • Need to open to fit phone, reducing convenience
  • Limited application for phones (only fits up to 5")
  • Fit
    3.0
  • Ease of installation
    4.0
  • Quality of components
    4.0

Best cheap and easy-to-use phone mount

Price: £9.99
The Cheeroyal Universal is a cheap as chips and simple option for a phone mount. You get weatherproofing, which some far more expensive items don't include, and the zip access system is really simple to use. Universal fit for 5.3" to 6.2" smartphones.

It houses the phone inside a water-resistant case with a transparent window to allow you to see it. There are several pieces of foam included to insulate the phone, and the screen window is also touch-sensitive, so you can control the phone as well (though the manufacturer does state iPhone home button operation isn't supported).

Several strips of plastic are supplied to cater for different sizes of mounting tubes, and a quick-release bracket allows it to be removed from the bike easily.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Effective
  • Universal fitting

Cons

  • Not the best-made product
  • Questionable waterproofing
  • No vibration dampening
  • Fit
    3.0
  • Ease of installation
    3.0
  • Quality of components
    3.0

Best if you have more than one phone

Price: £60.00
This expanding mount from Givi will house almost any smartphone, according to the manufacturer, through the applications list goes up to iPhone X in size. It comes with a handlebar mount and is super-easy to fit the phone to.

The screen and cameras are exposed, so use is easy, but this does mean the phone is exposed to the elements – to protect it, an optional (£21) waterproof sleeve is available.

Pros

  • Universal phone fitting
  • Super-convenient
  • Well-renowned brand

Cons

  • Weatherproofing via an optional protector
  • Bulky installation
  • Fit
    3.0
  • Ease of installation
    4.0
  • Quality of components
    5.0

Best non-phone mount option

Price: £37.49 (was £49.99)
Admittedly this isn't purely a phone case, but this suction-mounted (there's a magnetic version for £5 more too) three-litre tank bag will hold your phone in front of you in a transparent case next to a couple of zipped pockets. It will also give you some handy storage space for all sorts of useful bits and bobs, such as wallet, keys or essentials like visor cleaner.

The large pocket will fit most smartphones and it comes with a hi-vis cover in case of exceptionally heavy rain - although the zips are described as 'waterproof'.

Pros

  • Adds useful carrying capacity
  • Phone compartment on top
  • Water-resistant with waterproof cover

Cons

  • Holds phone very low, out of sightline
  • A lot of baggage for a just a phone holder
  • Fit
    4.0
  • Ease of installation
    5.0
  • Quality of components
    4.0

Best on a budget

Price: £7.99
The cheapest one. Admittedly perhaps more relevant to cycles than motorcycles, nonetheless, the manufacturer says this wraparound holder is suitable for motorcycles as well as bikes. It uses a flexible silicone mount to grip the phone, then clip into the holder on the handlebars and won't interfere with either fingerprint or facial recognition, according to the manufacturer.

The major issue here, though, is the phone is completely exposed to the elements.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Small when not in use

Cons

  • Phone completely exposed; security worries
  • Fit
    3.0
  • Ease of installation
    4.0
  • Quality of components
    3.0

What are the best motorcycle phone holders for me?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a motorcycle phone holder.

Vibration dampening

One of the most important factors to look for in a smartphone mount is vibration dampening. Apple actually confirmed what many riders already knew in September 2021 – engine vibrations can kill the camera on later iPhones.

The vibrations disrupt the image stabilisation system, and Apple actually recommended a vibration-dampening system if you insist on mounting your phone to the bike.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing is also important. Sadly, as we know, not every ride will be to sunlit uplands, so if you need to keep your phone in sight when riding in the wet (for sat-nav instructions, for example), then your mount needs to keep the wind and rain away. The best motorcycle phone holders will be waterproof because while some smartphones purport to being waterproof, do you fancy testing those claims? We don’t…

Charging

If you will be using your phone for – notoriously power-hungry – sat-nav apps, then you will inevitably need some form of charging option. This could be a cable entry for your usual charging lead, with power taken from the bike somewhere, or it could be the increasingly common and more convenient wireless charging that only requires your phone to be psychically close to the charger to suck up some much-needed charge.

Fitting

How the phone mount fits to the bike is also important; you need to be able to locate it where you can easily see it, otherwise, you may as well leave it in your pocket. Ideally, high up near – but not in – your line of sight is best, but this may not be possible on all bikes, so it makes the need to fit to the handlebars, a mirror or even the headstock stem mount.

Convenience

Convenience is also important. If it takes five minutes to fit your phone into a case or you have to remove it from your existing case, insert it, then remove it and fit your day-to-day case again, you may find this is all a bit too much of a faff.

Alternatively, if you have a case with a built-in mounting system or need to add a clip to your case of choice, it may change how you feel about that case. Also, consider how easy it will be to remove when you pop into the garage and pay for your fuel – is it easy enough to whip off and take with you so someone else doesn’t do exactly that while you’re inside?

Security

Perhaps the most important aspect of all, though, is security – security of mounting and of your phone. The last thing you need to be worried about when you’re out for a ride is whether your phone is going to fall off or, indeed, the entire mount. You need to know it’s on there and is staying there so you can concentrate on enjoying your ride safely.

Protecting iPhones

On September 2021, Apple published a statement which acknowledged what many riders knew; motorcycles can kill iPhones. It said: “It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate.

Attaching your iPhone to vehicles with small-volume or electric engines, such as mopeds and scooters, may lead to comparatively lower-amplitude vibrations, but if you do so, a vibration-dampening mount is recommended to lessen the risk of damage to your iPhone and its OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and AF (Auto-Focus) systems.”

As a result, smartphone holders for Apple phones suddenly needed vibration dampers to prevent the phones dying though experts suggest that making sure camera apps are closed can help, as these keep the image stabilisation systems live when open, even when the camera is not in direct use. Android phones don’t appear to suffer anywhere near as many – if any – issues as Apple phones.

How we chose this list

This list of phone holders is based on several factors, including personal experience, results of testing by MCN staff and our sister titles such as RiDE (available through the Bikes unlimited app), as well as reviews by users online from sites such as Amazon and Sportsbikeshop.

Remember, it is still illegal to hold a mobile phone (or sat nav)

You must have hands-free access, such as:

• A bluetooth headset

• Voice command

• A dashboard holder or mat

• A windscreen mount

• A built-in sat nav

The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead.

So choose and locate your motorcycle mobile phone holder properly to avoid any issues with the law.

About the author: After qualifying as a mechanical engineer, Jim Blackstock began working on magazines in the early 1990s. He remains passionate about product testing to ensure readers know what products offer good value and why. He relishes torrential rain to see if riding kit keeps water out and an hour or two to tinker on a project bike in his workshop.

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