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UncategorizedA Quick-Release Motorcycle Phone Holder That’s Tough and Secure

A Quick-Release Motorcycle Phone Holder That’s Tough and Secure

 RAM's Quick-Grip phone holder is dead simple and ready for adventure.

Published on 05.18.2020
These days more adventure riders than ever are ditching their dedicated GPS devices and replacing them with their phones for navigation. Large screens, turn-by-turn directions ported to Bluetooth headsets, traffic alerts, and access to music subscriptions are just some of the conveniences that are making this option more popular. 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of cheaply-made phone holders out there that are designed for automotive applications. Many of them are not up to snuff for the demands of on- and off-road adventure riding, and lack the ability to securely hold the phone in place during the bucking and bouncing encountered in rugged environments. 

The RAM Quick-Grip Motorcycle Phone Holder can be installed on most motorcycles using the handlebar mount.

The folks at Ram Mounts have been making durable GPS mounting solutions since the early days, that’s why we’re excited about their latest “Quick-Grip” phone holder. It features a spring-loaded top clamp and adjustable side supports that securely hold the phone in place, while letting you easily dock or remove the phone with one hand. The quick-release feature really comes in handy when you want to snap a photo or video on the trail. 

Simply pull the spring activated clamp arm out to quickly dismount or dock your phone.

First Impressions

The RAM Quick-Grip holder comes in two sizes, one for standard sized phones and the “XL” designed for larger phones.  We’ve been testing the XL version on several of our rides, and with different bikes. So far it’s held our phones securely in place through whoops, rough roads and even some jumps. While it’s not a waterproof case, most modern phones can handle rain and you can easily remove the phone to protect it in a waterproof pocket if you come upon any deep water crossings.

Ram Quick-Grip Motorcycle Phone Holder


You can buy the standard or XL Quick-Grip Holder by itself or with the handlebar mount kit. The phone mount comes with hardware to attach it to RAM B or C size diamond bases containing the universal AMPS hole pattern. Or with the handlebar mounting kit, you get a short RAM double socket arm and zinc-coated handlebar U-Bolt base that fits any bar tubing from 0.5” to 1.25” in diameter.

Pricing starts at $28 for the Quick-Grip standard mount and costs up to $65 for the XL with handlebar mounting kit. Plus RAM backs it with a lifetime warranty. 

RAM Quick-Grip Holder Highlights

  • Spring-loaded holder features adjustable side supports that provide a secure fit for a variety of phones and other devices.
  • Easily dock or remove your phone with one hand.
  • Compatible with RAM diamond ball bases for attaching to double socket arms and mounting bases.
  • Can easily be rotated for portrait or landscape view with the use of the Ram attachment hardware.
  • Handlebar mount kit fits most motorcycle handlebar diameters: 7/8″, 1″, 1 1/4″.
  • Backed by a lifetime warranty.

RAM Quick-Grip Phone Compatibility

Height Range: 4.75” – 5.75” (Reg); 5.75″ – 8.25″ (XL)
Width Range: 2.19” – 3.25” (Reg); 2.625″ – 3.625″ (XL)
Max Depth: 0.72” (Reg and XL)

Shopping Options

Std. Quick-GripXL Quick-GripQuick-Grip W/ Bar Mount

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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16 thoughts on “A Quick-Release Motorcycle Phone Holder That’s Tough and Secure

  1. I’ve been using the standard size for 3 years or so now (the XL is new), including a couple of 3-week trips with lots of offroad. Rock solid, easy to use, and it doesn’t interfere with side buttons like the x-grip.

  2. Been using this for years including down to South america and back. Cheap, solid and simple. The X grip on the other hand is a piece of junk. I been trying to tell anyone who will listen to buy this. Just need to figure out adapting it for wireless charging.

    • I have used one of those also. It’s a good one. But do you use their Buzz-Kill vibration damping device with it? It really needs it because it’s made of all metal. I killed an iPhone with it before I added the vibration add-on.

  3. Does this allow the use of the camera while riding? I am going to be videoing some of the roads in my area. I just purchased the X grip with tether but this looks more robust.

    • We tested it with the iPhone X and the backing plate covers the main camera. You can use the front camera to film yourself though. It’s possible that on larger phones the backing plate and slide-out mechanism would have an opening for the phone’s camera to peer through, but you’d have to test it out to know for sure.

    • Samsung Galaxy s20+, I can use 2/3 cameras with Otterbox case.

      My panorama cam catches some of the mount..

  4. Is any modification required to mount this holder the way you shown in the 390 adv pictures? I.e : parallel and above the lcd panel of the bike

  5. This is awesome, and I love it, but I’d ONLY use it on a phone with warranty.

    The iPhone XS, 11, and 11 Pro cameras will die from vibration if dash mounted for even only 20 hours on a motorcycle. I have seen a number that have failed even with the phone sleeping.

    Apple will swap the phone if you’re in warranty, but that’s it. Otherwise, expect to spend $200+ on a camera replacement.


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