Remember when you saw your first sat-nav? Proper facking witchcraft wasn’t it? When I was in university, my engineering mate explained GPS to me over a pint one night, and I thought he was properly winding me up. Satellites? In space? Telling me where I am? Aye right.
Sat-navs on bikes have been around for well over a decade now, and I’ve got a couple of nice Garmin units I used to use all the time on car and bike. But over the past few years, I’ve given up using sat-nav in the car, in favour of Google Maps on my iPhone. The Google app knows where all the traffic problems are, gives you spot-on diversions if needed, and it never needs to be updated for new roads.
You can’t really use your phone on the bike though. Can you? Well, yes, indeed you can, with this smart SW Motech iPhone 6/6S holder from Motohaus. It’s a tough plastic outer casing, with waterproof gaskets and a solid triple-clamped lid. The clear screen panel transmits your touches through to the phone screen, and it even works with the iPhone fingerprint sensor on the home button (once you take your gloves off of course, duh).
UK importer Motohaus sells separate fitting kits to mount the case on your bike, but I had a load of old RAM mounts in the garage, and was able to bolt the phone holder straight onto one of those. My Burgman 650 doesn’t have much in the way of handlebar access to attach a RAM fitting, but I’ve cunningly adapted one to bolt onto the top of the rear brake master cylinder reservoir. A USB adapter plugged into the Burgman cigar lighter socket, and fed up to the phone holder keeps the phone charged as you go, and with a Bluetooth headset (there’s also access for a normal headphone jack), you’re all set for navigation, tunes, and even hands-free phone calls.
The SW Motech case isn’t super cheap at £50.99, but it’s a solid, well-designed bit of kit, and once you finagle a mount onto your bike, it’s pretty much a perfect solution to using the phone on a bike. Smart!