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post #1 of 14 Old 05-26-2012, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't tested this yet to see if it holds up and works well but I thought I would show everyone what I've done so far... I was wanting a way to have my iphone accesible and viewable while riding...I use my iphone as a GPS, an MP3 player and oh yea...as a phone...Not while riding but it may be nice to see if a call or text is coming in and I could pull over to respond... anyway , here goes...

I started with an Otterbox defender...It's a heavy duty iphone protector with water resistant (not waterproof) cover

I drilled holes..countersink the small flat top screws then secured them to 2 pipe clamps





Then I added some rubber between the clamps and handlebars for vibration dampening and grip....


Clamped it to the handlebars...rotated it where I wanted it and Viola.....



I also put some amazing Goop (Marine formula).....to the screws so they wouldn't damage the iphone case...



I plan to use a velcro strap for awhile until I trust the holder better and I also plan to make some sort of clear waterproof sleeve for it...Still bouncing some ideas in my brain ....
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Just went on a short 15 mile ride and it held up great... so far so good .... I used a GPS app called motion X and for .99 cents it did great as well.... Only testing it out but the Garmin app was 40 $ and the motion x for .99 I'll give it a shot and see....will keep you updated....
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I put the Garmin USA app on my iphone 4 and wish I could get my money back. The maps look Fisher-Price cartoonish and the interface is terrible. Reason I wanted it was that it is not cell service dependent, maps are stored internally. I'm much happier with the free Google Maps as long as I have service.
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It's my understanding that motion x is not service dependent as well but it is only .99 cents so it may have issues too...I have a Garmin nuvi that I could use for long trips I just thought the handlebar mount would make it convenient....Plus the ipod and other features....
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Don't take this wrong. I think you did a great job on the phone mount and I'm not meaning to be Mr. Negativity here, just The Devil's Advocate.

I don't know the environment in which you ride. Perhaps it's not an issue for you, but I've given this a lot of thought since it could be for me. If I crash in the boonies on the way home from work at night, it's gonna be a long time before somebody finds me. I'd hate to be injured and not have a phone at hand to be able to use to call for help.

If you crash, is your phone still gonna be there and in working order?

I always carry mine in an inside jacket pocket. That way if I get separated from the bike, the phone is still on me. Will it survive a crash there? I don't know, but it seems like the place where it's most likely to not sustain damage and where I might be able to find it if I'm partially incoherent.

Again, not criticizing your mount and the way you utilize it in any way, but having your phone preserved and accessible post-crash is something to think about if your life might depend on it.



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I have the same case. I use it with my KLR as well, but not in the same way you did. I have bungee cords crossing my handlebars. The defender holster will clip to them. If you do it right, it is stable and viewable. I also use motion x. It is the best low cost gps app out there. I believe when you do a route it loads everything for that route local. It does not have the entire map file aboard. I could be wrong, but I am thinking that is what I read. Plnalp, you have a very valid point as well. Any off road running, any running where I know my way, I keep the phone in a pocket. I only dock it on the bars when I need the gps functionality of the phone.
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Don't take this wrong. I think you did a great job on the phone mount and I'm not meaning to be Mr. Negativity here, just The Devil's Advocate.

I don't know the environment in which you ride. Perhaps it's not an issue for you, but I've given this a lot of thought since it could be for me. If I crash in the boonies on the way home from work at night, it's gonna be a long time before somebody finds me. I'd hate to be injured and not have a phone at hand to be able to use to call for help.

If you crash, is your phone still gonna be there and in working order?

I always carry mine in an inside jacket pocket. That way if I get separated from the bike, the phone is still on me. Will it survive a crash there? I don't know, but it seems like the place where it's most likely to not sustain damage and where I might be able to find it if I'm partially incoherent.

Again, not criticizing your mount and the way you utilize it in any way, but having your phone preserved and accessible post-crash is something to think about if your life might depend on it.
very good point and something to consider when I go out in the boonies... It pops off easy so I can do that when I plan to crash ....lol ... seriously ... good point I can pop it in my pocket when in areas where I am alone and no traffic passing by...thanks for the input....
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I like TELENAV GPS, it is free(I think) wondering if anyone has tried it. I like your setup. I do the same thing:if I am slabbing the phone is mounted;if I am not in need of GPS,it goes in my jacket zipped pocket.

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I use a program called dualsportmaps on my evo and have had great luck with it on two rides now. I think it was 9.99 or something.
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I use a program called dualsportmaps on my evo and have had great luck with it on two rides now. I think it was 9.99 or something.
I just met the guy who makes the software on avd today. It is twenty dollars but I think is worth it.

It integrates with his website[1], so you can get gps files from other users. It also fetches maps for you when you do have internet.

Even if you don't buy the app, you can use the website for free. Definitely worth a look.

[1] http://www.dualsportmaps.com/

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