Where and how do you mount GPS/smartphone without loosing your cool?
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I have an XCT, but this same stuff would work for the High Ball:
1) A RAM or RAM-compaticle handlebar or mirror-stalk RAM-ball holder.
- Here's a mirror-stalk mount, from RAM itself: RAM Motorcycle Base with 9mm Hole and 1" Ball Unpackaged - RAM-B-272U | RAM Mounts
- Here's my favorite handlebar mount, from a company called Mounting Innovations: Chrome Handlebar Mount
. That's available in black (thanks to me -- I suggested it to the company, and then bought two) or chrome. See their listings at RAM Bases & Balls
That product is extremely classy looking, and rock-solid. It's way better looking than the equivalent RAM product, e.g., Search for RAM-B-231-1U - Page 1
2) A RAM ball-to-ball extension.
These come in 2", 3", and 6" lengths (and maybe more). I call them extensions, but RAM calls them double socket arms
. Go to RAM's site, RAM Mounts - Mobile Mounting Solutions
, and do a search on double socket arms
, and you'll see what I'm talking about.
3) A cradle.
- RAM sells cradles that are specific to a particular phone, without a case. Search their site. Similarly, in the old days, I used a cradle that was specific to my old Garmin Nuvi 200: RAM Cradle for the Garmin nuvi 200, 205, 250, 255, 260, 265T & 270 Unpackaged - RAM-HOL-GA24U | RAM Mounts
. That type of cradle is made of some tough plastic-like material, the device snaps in, and in many years of riding I never had the GPS fall out. That same sort of thing is available for many phone models.
- RAM now also sells a product called the X-Grip, in a few sizes. I believe this is the one I have: RAM Universal X-Grip® Cell/iPhone Cradle Unpackaged - RAM-HOL-UN7BU | RAM Mounts
Those X-Grips are a fine product, and can accommodate a phone by itself or a phone in a case. I've used my for my iPhone6 in GPS mode with no problem at all -- it holds it just fine for potholes, even if you wouldn't use it for motocross riding.
If you get an X-Grip: A) before you use it, pull off the rubber bumpers, put some superglue on the inside of them, and stick them back on; B) make sure you place the phone so that its back rests against the circular hub, i.e., all the way back, so it's not just floating in air, held by the four bumpers. A fine product, and it won't become obsolete when you get a new phone.
There are a few other companies that make similar spring-loaded products, but I don't have any experience with them.
4) You get RAM products all over the place, e.g., Amazon, motorcycle parts stores, etc. Pick a place you like. I have their extensions, the X-Grip, one of the Tough Claws, some camera-tripod mounts, a cup-holder, etc., etc.
5) On the Vee Oh Gee forum, there was a recent thread on RAM mounts (where I made similar comments), and which has some nice pics from other folks, too. That thread was started on March 4, 2017, and is in the XC/XCT sub-forum.
6) If you're running a phone-as-GPS all day, the GPS functioning will do a number on batteries. So powering the phone -- cigarette-lighter-style sockets, USB sockets, etc., and where you might mount them -- is another topic for discussion.