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September 11, 2012

RAM Motorcycle Mounts for Places Other than the Handlebar

Today, we are writing for those wanting to put a device on their motorcycle but not on their handlebar.  This request is more common than you might think.  Many motorcycles do not have a standard round handlebar.  In some cases you simply may not have sufficient space on your handlebar.

Fortunately our buddies at RAM Mount have provided plenty of options.  The most common non handlebar mount is the base for the brake or clutch reservoir.  Commonly used on Harley Davidson and Honda models like the Goldwing, the RAM-B-174 models work quite well and comes with replacement bolts for your motorcycle that are long enough to accommodate the old bolts plus the additional depth from the mounting post.

The next most popular option is the mirror frame.  RAM makes two mounting bases for this purpose.  The RAM-B-252U uses an 11mm hole.  The RAM-B-272U uses a 9mm hole.  Just add screws and washers and these fit the mirror frame on your bike.

Seems like we sell a lot of fork stem mounts to the UK.  Not terribly sure which models they use these for but they sure are popular across the pond.  The RAM-B-342U mounting base works with stems as small as 12mm.  The RAM-B-367U is a highly versatile mounting kit that includes a set of M8 bolts and is also very popular.  Lastly, there are mounting bases that attach to your reservoir cover.  The RAM-B-345U and RAM-B-346U are similar but have a ball in a different location.

Think about using some of these bases the next time you wish to add a device to your motorcycle.  Feel free to write us if you need fitting advice.

RAM RAM-B-252 Mirror Frame Base

RAM RAM-B-252 Mirror Frame Base

RAM RAM-B-309-7U Brake Base

RAM RAM-B-309-7U Brake Base

RAM RAM-B-342 Stem Base

RAM RAM-B-342 Stem Base

RAM RAM-B-367U Handlebar Clamp Base

RAM RAM-B-367U Handlebar Clamp Base

RAM RAM-B-346 Reservoir Cover Base

RAM RAM-B-346 Reservoir Cover Base

November 20, 2011

RAM’s New X-Grip Universal Cradle Line

RAM is known for manufacturing some of the most innovative mounts.  They recently announced a series of universal cradles called X-Grip.  After playing with these for a bit, we see why they are so excited about these.  Most universal cradles are spring loaded and open / close with a button on the side.  The cradles have supports at the side and bottom.  Works for most devices, but sometimes blocks ports.

The X-Grip is different.  The cradles deploy a 4-leg design that will grasp your device at the sides quite firmly.  In fact, it is firm enough so that you do not need lower supports.  This permits free access to power and buttons at the top and bottom of your device.

Currently, the X-Grip supports smartphones up to a maximum width of 3.25″ and that is wide enough for just about all phones with or without a case or skin.  In December, a larger version of the X-Grip will be available for 7″ tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Blackberry Playbook.

The X-Grip cradles come in two flavors, with or without a RAM 1″ ball attached.  Use the RAM-HOL-UN7U for attaching to RAM’s Snap-Link mounting line.  Use the RAM-HOL-UN7BU for attaching to any of the RAM-B 1″ ball mounts such as the RAM-B-149Z-QU1U.

The X-Grip is also available as part of a complete mounting solution and we’ll add a few pictures below to depict that.

RAM-HOL-UN7BU for RAM's Standard 1" Ball Mounts

RAM-HOL-UN7BU for RAM's Standard 1" Ball Mounts

RAM-HOL-UN7U for Snap Link Mounts

RAM-HOL-UN7U for Snap Link Mounts

X-Grip Marine Mount

X-Grip Marine Mount

RAM Microphone Stand Mount with X-Grip

RAM Microphone Stand Mount with X-Grip

RAM Handlebar Mount with X-Grip Cradle

RAM Handlebar Mount with X-Grip Cradle

RAM Snap Link X-Grip Dash Mount

RAM Snap Link X-Grip Dash Mount

 

 

June 14, 2011

My Suction Cup Doesn’t Stick Anymore! Help!

Yes, we sell mounts for a living.  However, sometimes, you don’t need to buy a new mount.  Following our simple tips might save you a little bit of money.

  1. The most common problem we find is a dirty windshield.  This is probably the number one tip.  Clean your windshield thoroughly with Windex or any good cleaner that contains alcohol (no not beer, that is not a cleaner).  While you’re at it, also clean the bottom of the suction cup.
  2. Apply a little water to the bottom of the suction cup.  We find, on some mounts that helps the adhesion enormously.
  3. Make sure you are pressing the suction lever in the right direction.  Usually the direction is down, but we see a few deviants that require it to be pushed up.  Most suction mounts have a vacuum base and it is operating by a lever.

That’s it.

If you have tried all of this and it’s still not working, we’re here for you.

A Naked Garmin Nuvi Mount in Need of a GPS

A Naked Garmin Nuvi Mount in Need of a GPS

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