With modern smartphones assuming more and more of the tasks and functionality we need in our lives – communication, music, camera, navigation – using one on your motorcycle has huge benefits. For example, you can listen to music, make and take 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 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.
If you want your phone located safely where you can see those directions, you need a phone mount.
Best motorcycle phone holders
1. Quad Lock Smartphone Case
Tested by Michael Guy for two years, 18,000 miles. Quality 5, Value 4. Quad Lock's system
- Convenient fitting system
- Wide variety of mounting methods
- Vibration damper and wireless charging heads available
- Needs separate protective cover for full weatherproofing
2. Quad Lock Motorcycle Vibration Dampener
Tested by Jordan Gibbons, for two months, over 1,000 miles. Quality 5/5, Value 5/5.
- Works with all Quadlock mounts
- Adds to overall cost
3. Quad Lock Motorcycle Fork Stem Mount
Tested by Gareth Evans for six months, 3,000 miles. Quality 5/5, Value 4/5. I've been using
4. Peak Design Mobile Motorcycle Mount Stem Mount and case
Best motorcycle phone holder for sports bikes
Tried and tested by Group Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "Having previously ridden big
- Slim, attractive design
- Non-bulky phone case
- Extremely easy to use
- No cases for old phones (a stick-on adaptor is available)
- Marginally heavier than a plastic mount
5. Ultimateaddons Phone Mount and Case
The Ultimateaddons setup is based on buying a case for your phone then choosing the mounting
- Completely encases phone
- Charging port built-in
- Variety of mounting options
- Phone must be removed from day-to-day case to be fitted
6. RAM Mount Quick-Grip XL Phone Holder
A solid mount that stays attached to your motorbike via a selection of tough clamps and ball and
- Uses RAM 1in ball-mount system
- Easy to use and position
- Convenient phone fitting
- No weatherproofing
7. Oxford Cliqr Cable Tie Mount
Tested by Martin Fitz-Gibbons over three months and 500 miles. Quality 3/5, Value 4/5. All
- Universal so works with your existing case
- Variety of mounts
- Great value
- No weatherproofing
9. Cheeroyal Universal 360° Mount Case
I've got one of these, and it's absolutely fine. It houses the phone inside a water-resistant case
- Great value
- Universal fitting
- Not the best-made product
10. Givi S920M Smart Clip
This expanding mount from Givi will house almost any smartphone, according to the manufacturer,
- Universal phone fitting
- Well-renowned brand
- Weatherproofing via an optional protector
11. Spada Suction Tank Bag
Admittedly this isn't purely a phone case, but this suction-mounted (there's a magnetic version
- Adds useful carrying capacity
- Phone compartment on top
- Water-resistant with waterproof cover
- Holds phone very low, out of sightline
12. Jumkeet Bike Phone Holder
The cheapest one. Admittedly perhaps more relevant to cycles than motorcycles, nonetheless, the
- Easy to use
- Small when not in use
- Phone completely exposed; security worries
13. Ram Mount Tough Charge waterproof wireless charging holder with charger
We've given this one a thorough shakedown in our Ram Mount Tough Charge review, but to summarise,
- Keeps phone charged wirelessly
- Easy to use
- RAM 1in ball mount system
- Eye-wateringly expensive; no weather protection for phone
What type of motorcycle phone mount should I buy?
One of the most important factors to look for in a smartphone mount is vibration damping. 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 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. While some smartphones purport to being waterproof, do you fancy testing those claims? We don't…
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.
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 make need to fit to the handlebars, a mirror or even the headstock stem mount.
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?
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.
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.
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