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I keep thinking about a way to mount my iPhone 5 on the bike so that it is accessible while riding (or at least not such a big hassle to get to when stopped). If I want to keep it charged, I have to plug it into the USB socket in the right pocket, where is just BARELY fits. That also means I can't play music from the flash drive because the USB port is already in use. I know I can connect it to the bike with Bluetooth and play the music from the phone that way, but then I get all of the beeps from text messages and other stuff coming through the speakers. Lately I have been tending to play music from the flash drive through the speakers but leaving my Sena headset in the helmet linked with the phone, in case a call comes in that I need answer (after pulling off, of course).

I also want to be able to use the GPS functions of the phone, and being able to read the map on the screen is obviously impossible if the phone is stashed in the pocket.

So I have been looking at various ways to mount the phone to the CTX. I like the idea of it being right in the center so that it wouldn't block any of the gauges. The ideal spot on the handlebars would be right where that "CTX" logo plate is, the one that is surrounded by the handlebar mounting bolts. I'd love to figure out a way to rig up a mounting plate that would work with at least two of those bolt holes...that would be the perfect spot.

The other option is to mount it onto the fork stem. Has anyone done something like that on a bike? I assume I might need a fairly long shaft on the mount to bring the phone up above the handlebar mounting plate, or at least above the ignition key area.

I just don't have any experience with this kind of thing and would like advice. Thanks, guys!
 

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Here you go:
New Heavy Duty Handlebar Bike Motorcycle Mount for Apple Iphone 3 3G 4 4S 5 5TH 5C
by RAM


Easiest way I know of to get around that center CTX logo plate on this bike is to put a RAM bar clamp just to one side and angle the RAM arm toward the center to place the holder front and center. Power would be another thing... maybe another 12v plug on the right dash panel (just below the right speaker) with a weather proof cover for when not being used?
 

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That looks just about perfect. As far as power, I have something that was salvaged from my Shadow that works great:

Direct-Wire Phone Charger


I got a mini-USB to Lightning adapter from Apple and this combo works great. I will probably route the power wires back under the seat to connect to the rest of my stuff that is powered through the ACC circuit. I just need to find some kind of waterproof cap to snap over it when not in use.

This would be great because I could keep my existing phone case, or get one of the waterproof ones like Otterbox or Lifeproof and still use the same mount.

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I keep thinking about a way to mount my iPhone 5 on the bike so that it is accessible while riding (or at least not such a big hassle to get to when stopped). If I want to keep it charged, I have to plug it into the USB socket in the right pocket, where is just BARELY fits. That also means I can't play music from the flash drive because the USB port is already in use. I know I can connect it to the bike with Bluetooth and play the music from the phone that way, but then I get all of the beeps from text messages and other stuff coming through the speakers. Lately I have been tending to play music from the flash drive through the speakers but leaving my Sena headset in the helmet linked with the phone, in case a call comes in that I need answer (after pulling off, of course).

I also want to be able to use the GPS functions of the phone, and being able to read the map on the screen is obviously impossible if the phone is stashed in the pocket.

So I have been looking at various ways to mount the phone to the CTX. I like the idea of it being right in the center so that it wouldn't block any of the gauges. The ideal spot on the handlebars would be right where that "CTX" logo plate is, the one that is surrounded by the handlebar mounting bolts. I'd love to figure out a way to rig up a mounting plate that would work with at least two of those bolt holes...that would be the perfect spot.

The other option is to mount it onto the fork stem. Has anyone done something like that on a bike? I assume I might need a fairly long shaft on the mount to bring the phone up above the handlebar mounting plate, or at least above the ignition key area.

I just don't have any experience with this kind of thing and would like advice. Thanks, guys!
I put 2 Ram bar mounts on bars ... One for Valentine1 radar detector and other for camera . Those would be Ok for you but I think center would be better.

I also put a ram fork stem mount in to have my Garmin 855T GPS centered just as you want. One caution if you do this. Cut the rubber insert where OD jumps and then insert to find cut line. The stem ID reduces a bit down and I missed the reduction so cut at a smaller dia. Than I should have. I had to make mods and the insert is now in 3 sections vs one so not as tight as it should be. I plan to get a replacement insert and do over in future. Maybe even measure to the reduction and work up backwards from there. It will make sense when you have parts and stem cap off looking in with a flashlight.
 

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Here you go:
New Heavy Duty Handlebar Bike Motorcycle Mount for Apple Iphone 3 3G 4 4S 5 5TH 5C
by RAM


Easiest way I know of to get around that center CTX logo plate on this bike is to put a RAM bar clamp just to one side and angle the RAM arm toward the center to place the holder front and center. Power would be another thing... maybe another 12v plug on the right dash panel (just below the right speaker) with a weather proof cover for when not being used?
I did pretty much what you suggested, Bob, except I used a different base. I don't plan to need the phone mounted on the bike all the time, just for longer rides, so I wanted something easily removable. So I went with a "claw" base, which clamps onto the handlebar and can be easily removed without a trace at any time. See the thumbnails for pics of the items I purchased.

I also bought a Phoneshield waterproof case (4th thumbnail). I was hoping to be able to charge the phone even inside that case, but if you open the charging port to put the cable through, the case is no longer waterproof--not a good thing if it is raining. I have just resigned myself to trying to keep the phone charged at all times so that it can be used as a GPS or to make calls if needed, even while raining. I even have one of those "backup" batteries for the iPhone that I can carry if necessary.

Thanks for the suggestion for this! It works amazingly well.
 

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I like it! Looks like the charging port in the case is at the bottom. That should be fine even during a heavy rain as long as you don't have it pointed directly at the fork tunnel (very unlikely since it would be angled well away from that for best viewing).
 
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