I’m seeing extra smartphones mounted on bike handlebars than ever earlier than. Anecdotally, I additionally see smartphones changing devoted GPS models, which is kind of comprehensible. Smartphones present a great deal extra performance than a GPS unit, plus riders already personal a smartphone and are paying for its web entry. Though there are dozens of decisions for smartphone handlebar mounts, which costs beginning underneath $20, I went with a Rokform motorbike telephone mount system. Rokform positions itself as an business chief and is among the many most costly. My default place is that one often will get what one pays for, so I put that to the take a look at.
Irvine-based Rokform affords 4 decisions for smartphone mounts for bikes:
- The Professional Collection Motorbike Perch Mount replaces the rider’s rear bracket on both the brake or clutch lever housings. $120.
- The Professional Collection Motorbike Bar Mount wraps across the handlebar with a clamp. $120.
- A Ram-compatible common ball adapter telephone mount with a one-inch rubber-coated ball. $50.
- The Professional Collection Motorbike Stem Mount affixes to the steering stem gap on many clip-on-equipped bikes. $120.
I wished a handlebar mount, however didn’t have any room on the BMW R 1250 RS Undertaking Bike’s brief clip-on fashion bars, that are well-populated with equipment. The stem mount doesn’t work on this BMW, because it has a handlebar, and I didn’t wish to go along with a Ram mount. The perch mount makes use of the 2 bolt areas on my entrance brake lever housing, so it acquired the job. I went with the brake aspect as a result of an Adaptiv TPX Professional Radar and Laser Detection machine is perch-mounted on the clutch housing.
Except for the mount, customers should buy a Rokform case with the corporate’s proprietary twist lock connector on the again. Rokform’s RokLock case makes use of a quarter-turn lock, with the Professional Max Rugged Case ($60) with MagSafe-compatible MagMax relying magnetic know-how to connect your treasured cellphone to the mount.
The perch mount is a common mount that matches most bikes with 1.45- to 1.65-inch spacing (37mm–42mm) between clutch or brake housing bolts. Two pairs of longer bolts (SAE and metric) are included to exchange the inventory bolts.
A Torx wrench is included; that’s all you will want to do the set up, until a distinct device is required to take away the clutch or brake bracket.
Connection alignment is straightforward, and the one method to take away the telephone is by miserable the sturdy and stiff launch lever and twisting the telephone out within the reverse course one attaches it. For additional assurance that the telephone stays put, there’s a 32mm neodymium magnet midway down the mount’s arm. It holds tight to a plate within the case and snaps in with a satisfyingly strong click on. I doubt the telephone may detach itself spontaneously underneath regular circumstances, which may occur on some tether-less X-type and different mounts.
I’ve heard of moto vibration ruining smartphone cameras—Apple warns iPhone customers in regards to the situation—so Rokform’s Motorbike Mount Vibration Dampener ($30) is a vital accent. Including the vibration-absorbing damper is fast and provides about 5/8-inch peak over the usual lock head. When dealing with the damper, I swiveled it a bit to really feel the impact of the rubber mount. I belief this merchandise to do its job, and my iPhone’s digital camera has not suffered any in poor health results.
I additionally tried the bar mount on my pal’s Ducati Multistrada V4. It had loads of room to put the mount about wherever I appreciated.
The bar mount matches any bar between 7/8- to 1.25-inch (22.2mm-31.75mm). Three rubber spacers are included to permit fitment to your motorbike’s handlebar diameter. The arm strikes between -20° to +55° of the pivot, with 360° of rotation, enabling you to attain your excellent viewing angle.
Each the bar and perch mounts arrived from Rokform in pretty packaging. The models have a strong feeling, as they’re constructed from CNC-machined 6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. They are often ordered in anodized black or polished aluminum.
Motorbike telephone mounts are worthwhile for these needing to see their telephones whereas driving, and plenty of manufacturers will do the job. I initially appreciated the looks of Rokform’s choices and, after testing, I grew to become impressed by the development high quality, the RokLock Twist Lock, and the MagMax magnet that provides additional layers of safety for my smartphone.
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