Note: Before choosing the BC1 Bar clamp, ensure you measure your bar's diameter. Standard OEM motorcycle bars typically come in 1" and 1.25" diameters. Some aftermarket bars might be 1.5" in diameter. Sizes beyond these are rare.
The Single Knob Arm is great for keeping the reach short, but the double knob arm will give you some added reach and articulation. It's also equipped with an integrated anti-theft feature to protect yourself from someone trying to snatch your gear on the fly.
Tackform offers both universal as well as clamps for specific bar sizes. If you're going with a bar specific clamp, it's important that know the exact diameter.
Before making your selection, please watch the video below for more guidance.
To avoid purchasing the incorrect bar clamp size, measure twice, buy once!;
To help you measure correctly, we've created an easy-to-follow guide and an informative video. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance!
Here's a Diameter to Circumference Chart to simplify your measurement:
Bar Size - 7/8" | Circumference 2-3/4"
Bar Size - 1" | Circumference 3-1/8"
Bar Size - 1.25" | Circumference 4"
Bar Size - 1.5" | Circumference 4-3/4"
Bar Size - 1.75" | Circumference 5-1/2"
Bar Size - 2" | Circumference 6-1/4"
Simply cut a paper strip matching the circumference above, and wrap it around your bar. The paper will wrap around your bar and should come within 1/8 of an inch from touching or overlapping. Please measure on a straight part of the bar and not near a bend for a more accurate measurement.
Mounting a phone or device on your handlebars is a pretty easy task but there are some a few things to think about.
1. How will your device be positioned on your motorcycle.
Rule of thumb is position your where the reflection of the phone is hitting your head or chest. This means there's no where in the sky the the sun or a bright light source can be and reflect directly in your face. If you do this you're body will as as a shade from a the light source. All of our products with both a single or a double ball connection will
2. What type of clamp do you need to mount one your motorcycle.
If you want to go right to the bars the main thing to consider is if you're looking to have your mount up there for an extended period time, which is most common, or of you're looking for a device you can quickly and swap from one bike to the next.
Of course the ability to swap it from one bike to the next sounds awesome, there is a compromise. Adjustable clamps with a quick release knob come with a much larger footprint. And if you're anything like me, super particular, you'll want a mounting bracket designed specifically for the diameter of your bars.
3. Are your bars tapered?
For tapered bars it's good to identify a spot straight spot to mount to. This is typically in the center near the riser, or closer to the grips, in hopes the brake and clutch cable don't interfere. If have have no real estate on the bar to mount to we have a couple options.
A. Mirror Mount. We have a first option that can clamp to the mirror post, common on scooters. We have a second option is the threaded ball mount that can mount into the mirror post hole, that will only work if you have this location available and mirror is not mounted there. Or the third and arguably best option the pinch bolt mirror mount. For this you'll remove the mirror, and reinstall it after sliding it through the pinch bolt ball. (See the Pinch Bolt Mirror Mount options for more details.
B. Cross Bar - on occasion tapered bars may have a cross bar that you can mount to using our 3/8"-5/8" bar clamp.
C. Brake / Clutch - May brake and clutch assemblies have two mounting holes in the front clamp facing the rider. If these are accessible you can mount a brake / clutch mount to this location.
4. Do you have Non-Round or cast bars like on a Goldwing, BMW or CanAm?
For Goldwing ( All years ) You'll simply go with our Brake / Clutch Mount. However for Can-Am and BMW you may want to go with a bike specific option.
Selecting a holder.
For Phones - Tackform has two different type of phone holder styles. The Enduro Cradle is a compact high spring tension design available in both Standard or Vibration Dampening. Vibration dampening is only designed to prevent damage on sensitive component on iPhones. This can however in some environments adversely affect the viewing of the phone. Although the stabilizing does protect the camera it can create more visible movement on the screen then a rigid mount. For this reason, if you have an Android or non-iPhone most people typically prefer the standard cradle rather than the vibration dampening.
If you're looking for a phone mount with wireless charging it's recommended you go with our Adventure cradle. This is designed for the roughest of terrain and abuse.
Tuners or Garmin Zumo - For these devices you will want to go with our AMPS holder. You may notice on the back of your Zumo charging station 4 holes in a rectangle pattern. Those holes are the industry standard AMPS pattern.