How To Choose & Install Motorcycle GPS and Phone Mounts

Choose and Install Motorcycle Accessories

There will always be a time and place for good old paper maps — in fact, you should always keep some at hand as a backup when traveling.

However, no modern motorcycle is complete without a GPS system. Don’t worry: Installing a handlebar mount for your GPS or phone is easier than you think.

Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how to choose and install motorcycle GPS mounts.

Choosing a Motorcycle GPS or Phone Mount

Motorcycle phone mounts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Which one you’ll opt for will largely depend on your budget and personal preferences, but the following characteristics are key:

  • Purpose-built: Ensure the mount and the GPS system that comes with it, if any, are specifically designed for motorcycles, not cars.
  • Shock- and water-resistant: Whether you routinely brave remote and rough terrains or only ride on paved roads, motorcycles are an open mode of transport. Your mount and GPS system will be exposed to the elements, so they should be shock resistant and waterproof.
  • High-performing: Good reception, long battery life, and large memory storage are a must.
  • Reputable: Only buy motorcycle accessories from manufacturers and retailers with good reputations and positive reviews on independent third-party platforms like online bike forums.
  • Reasonably priced: Motorcycle GPS systems tend to be more expensive than those used in passenger cars. But if you don’t want to splurge and can go without add-on features like satellite radio or an MP3 player, you can buy an entry-level model at a very reasonable price.

Installing Your Motorcycle Mount

Here’s how to install motorcycle GPS mounts in four simple steps:

1. Decide Where You Want To Install Your Mount

You want your handlebar mount (and the GPS system or phone that will go on top of it) to be within easy reach when riding. At the same time, they must not obstruct your view.

2. Unscrew and Adjust the Handlebar Mount

Using an Allen key, unscrew and adjust the mount so that it fits the width of your bike’s handlebars. Then, fit a rubber sleeve over the handlebars at the place where you will install the mount.

3. Install the Mount

Place the mount over the rubber and use your Allen key again to tighten the mount until it no longer moves.

4. Install Your Phone or GPS System

Use a screwdriver to attach the GPS/phone holder to the mount. Then, slide in your GPS or phone, connect it to your motorcycle battery, and — voila! — you’re all set to hit the open road.

Placing your phone or GPS on the mount is even easier if you have a magnetic mount. As the name suggests, magnetic phone mounts are equipped with powerful magnets that attract a companion metal piece attached to your phone case. These magnets are so strong that they can hold your phone or GPS firmly in place even while riding.

Don’t Let Your GPS or Phone Distract You on the Road

Always keep your eyes on the road and only glance at your GPS or phone to ensure you’re going in the right direction. Phones can be especially distracting. Believe it or not, some people who install motorcycle GPS mounts give in to the temptation to play YouTube videos or watch Netflix while riding! Accidents are caused by distracted driving every day.

Stay Safe on the Road with Law Tigers

Accidents can happen even when you pay attention to the road. If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, call our Law Tigers team at +1 (888) 863-7216 right away. We’ll refer you to a motorcycle accident lawyer in your area who will walk you through your options, including whether you’re eligible for compensation, and suggest next steps.