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It’s fair to say that most of us, by now, have moved on from the once fashionable flip phones to the world of the do-it-all smart devices. This has had many pros (and a few cons, but we aren’t here to talk about that, dear “I have to check my Facebook while driving” drivers). One of the obvious advantages of having these large, crystal clear, high resolution screens is the very useful GPS add-on feature, whether it be through Google Maps, Waze, or which ever newest software is available. It sure as heck beats having to pre-plan your ride, using a map and written directions. (As a note, I would always suggest taking a map because sometimes you end up in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas where the phone is about as useful as a rock)
The irony of having an electronic leash attached to the one piece of freedom hasn’t escaped me but, still, reality is that every single one of us has a phone nowadays. I’ll just stick to the idea that it’s for location services, only, and move right along.
There are a myriad of options on how to mount your favorite phone to your favorite steed and they range from articulated arms to flimsy nylon and plastic pieces. While browsing through the Interwebz I came across a once little company by the name of Quad Lock Mounting Systems (www.quadlockcase.com). They specialize in the active lifestyles, which might need use of their modern phones. What drew my attention was the sheer simplicity of the Quad Lock design. It’s a four-sided slide-mount with a spring lock, which allows for quick on/off mounting operation. Simplicity may mean a lack of tendency for failure. I didn’t find anything specific to motorcycling – are you reading, QD? – but, they do have an adhesive option, which would allow you to post their nifty mount to just about any surface. If your motorcycle’s handlebar is the round one-piece type, then the bicycle option would easily work for you, as it has for us. The phone attaches to the locking system via a hard and protective case which the phone sits in, with an optional waterproof top cover just in case your phone isn’t already a waterproof unit.
There is even a car mount, which uses a large lever type suction cup to mount the device to the windshield of your car, so it’s pretty easy to transition from motorcycle to car to belt buckle, as their options list is pretty great. Overall, it’s a nifty device for a very reasonable price and it works, well.