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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.

Rock on 

 

 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.

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  • Awesome! I am looking forward to it! Especially since I haven't found any curvy roads myself...quite sad that I get excited over off-ramps ;)
  • LOL, Its just a walkie-talkie/radio/mp3 player thing.

    I do ride in Tampa area, I live in Brandon and ride anywhere I can find some curves in the road.  I'll be putting together a ride in a week or so, right now my bike is in the shop, getting new front suspension, I'll make sure and Iet you know when I post the ride details.

  • Oh Gosh! I don't even know what a Scala Communicator is! LOL! It's been awhile since I've been amongst a bike community - looks like I have some catching up to do!

    Katie, do you ride in the Tampa area?
  • Thanks Jay!  It has served me well.  The only thing I've changed since this post is that I don't use the Blue Bar for music anymore because I bought a Scala Communicator.

  • What a great post!  I will certainly be investing in the iPhone mount.  I am usually hopelessly lost, so that will help for sure!

  • Okay thanks for the hint...I am on a trip right now and I have been thinking about how things might be different with it!  Will need to make that purchase soon!

  • Nina - mount it on the inside right, I needed to move mine over so I can push the button while riding.

  • Nice!  Thanks!

  • Nina,

    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 your in a groove on the bike.   But I found the perfect mounting, and  the sound is really good, so I would recommend, just know its not perfect but better than spending hundreds of dollars on a Scala or Chatterbox if you just want the music.

    I suppose you could talk on the phone with it in this mounting location as well.

  • @ Katie...so after a month or so of use would you still recommend the bluetooth set.  Anything cons to the product?

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