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This one seems to get asked a few times a year so I figured I should make a 2 minute video on it.

Will it work for my Vespa / scooter?
This setup will work perfectly for mounting a phone on any Vespa made in the last twenty years that includes the stock mirrors (GTS, Primavera, Sprint, LX, S, etc.). It will also work on scooters including Piaggio, Honda, Yamaha, KYMCO, etc.

"Yeah yeah, we know, nothing new here."
Correct. This is what I've been using for years as well, but since it gets asked a few times a year and Robot has two videos (one is 12 minutes, one is 17 minutes - wtf?!) - I figured I'd do a quick 2 minute 11 second video because I know people have wayyyy better things to do with their lives than listen to me go on and on...

Where's the stuff?
RAM MOUNT: https://amzn.to/3Ml2aY3 - get smallest size
RAM Clamp: https://amzn.to/3Mlun0W - phones are cheap, ram isn't, get the name brand
(cheaper option: https://amzn.to/3BDioac )
Phone clamp: https://amzn.to/3pWv0Xp - metal based options will last forever

If you find this in the future because you used the search function instead of starting another phone mount thread, I'm not the hero, you are!
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Thanks for the video and advice Adri. In the video you show an X-grip mount, but you link to a different type of Ram mount…what do you really recommend?
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Jimjar wrote:
Thanks for the video and advice Adri. In the video you show an X-grip mount, but you link to a different type of Ram mount…what do you really recommend?
Hey, good catch, and thank you. I couldn't find a X-grip for equal or less than the RAM mount and I've been using RAM products for about 15 years now (used to have a GPS motorcycle mount back in the day), so you're probably good either way , I think!
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Those who need a mount for their phones Quadlock seems to be a better option, though one has to use a dampener with a Quadlock, not sure if one needs a dampener with Ram mounts.
If I ever decide I need to get a phone mount, I am likely to go for a Quadlock.
Price wise not sure if they are vastly priced apart.
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If your phone is newer, you need some form of dampener with RAM mounts, too. My older iPhone SE (2nd gen) did fine, but I'm going to be using my AppleCare+ on my iPhone 13 Pro because the camera got messed up.

If you go with the RAM X-Grip, I highly recommend the tether net thingit. When the X-Grip decides to fail, it does so catastrophically. The tether prevented this from resulting in a lost phone.

(Edited to correct the autocorrect. Facepalm emoticon )
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Another excellent, but not cheap, clamp is the Perfect Squeeze. Can be mounted with a RAM mount ball or to a bar with Hondo Garage clamps, etc. Vibration dampening and wireless charging are options.


https://hondogarage.com/products/perfect-squeeze-phone-mount
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Watch Robots latest video on ram mounts it is a good mount.
If you already have a Ram Mount you may not have to buy all the attachments my mirror mount was good to go the only thing I had to buy was the mount and the ball to fit the phone. Under 50 bucks.
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I use quad lock been great so far.
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Your pocket!
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john grinsel wrote:
Your pocket!
This is what I do. My phone is too important to me to risk hanging on a scooter/motorcycle and possibly something happening to it.

I don't listen to music or need to talk on the phone when I am riding. I use a RAM setup on the mirror stem as shown for an old GPS when I feel the need to use something to navigate or just look at the useful information it provides.
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Phone clamp: https://amzn.to/3pWv0Xp - metal based options will last forever.

Alas my phone is too thick
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I use a waterproof solid case with a fixed ram ball and builtin damper. It cames with a theft-protected ram arm.
https://amzn.eu/d/5Crs6Rs
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I just realized my post could come across as bashing the X-Grip (or adri ). I should add that the failure of mine wasn't unexpected or out of the blue. It's somewhere between 5-8 years old. It's showing signs of obvious age from all those summers of baking in the sun and all the freezing and sub-freezing winters.

I've never lost a phone and the rubber tether kept it from failing in motion. RAM is good stuff.
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I believe in using vibration dampener. see very recent thread on phone mounts
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Unlearn what you have learned. Mmmm.
Using the windshield mounting hole, I put my Ram Quick-Grip below the headset. This keeps my phone out of the wind, the bugs, and at a good viewing location without vibration.
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Mr. Fix It wrote:
Unlearn what you have learned. Mmmm.
Using the windshield mounting hole, I put my Ram Quick-Grip below the headset. This keeps my phone out of the wind, the bugs, and at a good viewing location without vibration.
Do you wear an open face or full face helmet?
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I keep my phone in the pet carrier. The last thing I need or want is the distraction of a phone while riding.
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In addition to the 90% of the time I have a cell phone mounted while riding in the city, I did a 2,000 km (1,200 mile) road trip with the phone mounted 100% of the time... no issues.

Same Samsung phone, a year later, now being taken on a road trip 1,000 km into it, cross country, still no issues.

Phone is a Samsung Galaxy S10E that I've had for about 4 years and maybe 30,000 km worth of riding in that time.

My (lifetime warranty) Otter box case is 3 kinds of broken from all of the abuse this phone takes, but my camera is perfect. Methinks there is a lot of fear mongering, or else non-Samsung phone cameras are perhaps made with origami-like strength?
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Just wanted to say this thread is a lifesaver for me. I'm directionally impaired and I'm happy to find a reliable (and safe) way to be able to see my phone map when I'm lost.
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I went with the Quadlock and it works great for me.
The phone case itself is really good quality hard rubber which protects my phone well whenever I drop it, no mater how it lands. I have tested this extensively
Originally I bought the Poncho (rain cover) but found I never used it so when I changed phone I just bought the case.
Mainly use it for maps and gps speedo, but always put the phone on it when riding so I don't have to worry about loosing my phone.
The mount is easy to fit, I have one on both the scooters.
Whenever you change phones the cases themselves hold their value well second hand on eBay.
I originally bought one of the Temu/Amazon mount copies, and while they aren't as well made they work the same and are sturdy. I think the one in the picture might actually be the Amazon one with the actual bit that connects to the phone upgraded to Quadlock bits.
Never bothered with the dampener or the phone charger mount, for what I use it for I don't need it.
I have the armband mount for wondering around but don't use it much.
Charlie Boorman promotes these things and he says he has had crashes and the phone is still attached to the bike. I don't doubt this.
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Good information for sure, I have the RAM mount, but only use it if I am lost and need to use the GPS to get me back on course. Other than that I keep in my jacket Phone pocket. From my motorcycle Iron Butt days, most people advised against keeping the phone in the scooter glovebox/pet carrier, if you were to crash and get hurt you may not be able to crawl to the scooter or open the scooter for your phone to make an emergency call....
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I'm still waiting for someone to sell a dedicated Sat Nav holder for the GTS

I currently have my TomTom in the transparent section of a Motorcycle Tank Bag
located on my foot rack
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