iphone Mount, USB Charger and Helmet Speakers Review and Setup
Here is the combination of products I use to listen to music and use my iphone as a GPS while riding. Where ever I go on the motorcycle, someone will ask me about this setup. Its clean and easy, and here are the basics.
Ram mount These motorcycle phone mounts are very sturdy, and easily adjusted. I have a different mount for each bike, but switch the cradle back and forth between them fairly effortlessly.
Here it is fully installed on the Ducati Hypermotard with a handle bar mount.
Here it is partially installed (no phone cradle) on the Suzuki GSXR. This one is inserted in the center of th triple tree to install.
Burnsmoto Motorcycle USB Charger This has been one of the best low cost investments for this setup. I have tried "cigarette lighter" type chargers and always had problems. This is one cable from the battery to USB. Burnsmoto will send it to you any length you need and with your choice of battery connections. Either straight to the battery, or with an SAE connection. If you have a Battery Tender, you may have an SAE connection already. If not I highly recommend it. Now I can ride all day and have a fully charged phone and no dead battery (the tiny light on the cig lighter would eventually run down my battery).
On the Duc, I just used a zip tie.
On the GSXR, double stick tape.
Tork XPro Helmet Speakers - I chose these speakers because they are the thinnest ones I could find. I do not like ear buds, and the chatterbox speakers were bulky and poor quality. My first Tork speakers were the X2, which was pretty good, but the XPro, is great. The sound is very clear, I don't need to turn the volume all the way up with the bikes running. I plug my speakers directly into the radio jack on my phone. If you prefer bluetooth, they will plug into any device with a standard jack.
In the helmet, tucked nicely into the pads.
One feature I love about these speakers is the volume control, no buttons which are difficult with bulky gloves. Just scroll.
Everything here is very easy to install, and not real expensive. The full Ram mount assembly can get pricey, but I think it will last forever. Just change the cradle as I change phones, I won't need a whole new mount. Safety Disclaimer: don't text and ride, enjoy your music and check your map red lights.
EDIT June 2012
I decided to go wireless and for only $30 I got the GoGoove Blue Bar Bluetooth headset receiver. It makes any headphones or speakers receive music wirelessly. Tried it out yesterday. Its tiny, has great sound and didn't run out of charge all day. After a month of use I'd say its a good $30 spent. My only complaint is that at least once per ride, I lose the connection and the music stops, that really sucks when you're in a groove on the bike.
I also found the perfect mounting location, and the sound is really good, so I would recommend, its not perfect but better than spending hundreds of dollars on a Scala or Chatterbox if you just want the music and phone.
Update on location: if you are mounting as I have shown, put it on the right so you can push the buttons with your left hand, I need to move mine over.