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Hi,
I use an iPhone 6S and wondering the best location to mount the phone in a holder on the R model which has the steering damper.
It seems like the natural place for it to sit would be right above the damper?

Anyone done something similar and can recommend kit to use?

Also, I have an Optimate 4 I took off my last bike and wondering where a good place to locate tail lead on the bike. Not actually spent time looking at it yet in any detail yet.. just being lazy and wanted to ask other owners their advice. :smile

Many thanks.
 

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The steering damper adds to the challenge. Owning a 1200R, I have a equivalent vested interest.
My goal is to mount my Garmin 3490 as flush as possible, while approximately in direct line of sight and not blocking the instrument display.
I have just ordered various Ram base pieces and will comment further as to which of them works best.
 

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I REALLY struggled with tis as well. Tried all sorts of Ram Mounts (cost a fortune and sitting doing nothing)
I have an Android Google Nexus 5x, so had to get a more Universal case, but they do do specific ones for iPhones normally.

In the end, I got a set-up from Tigra http://www.tigrasporteurope.com/en/
After buying a 2nd mount, this enables me to swap the waterproof case between the Monster and my Mountain bike.
You can also buy an extra battery to put inside my particular case (handy when out on mountain bike)

I got the local Ducati dealer to install the twin USB charger attached to the frame about the engine which works off switched live from ignition. (See photo's)

Hope this helps,.
 

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I have an iphone 7 and I use a RAM bicycle mount, the type that uses two cable ties. These cable ties went under the the top section of the bar clamps, but above the handlebar. Then for the phone cradle itself just grab a cheap ebay chinese mount that the phone clips into, drill two holes for the RAM diamond mount, and thats it.

For the power, I used the factory accessory plug on the left side under the tank. I cut the factory connector and instead put a deutch connector on it that connects to both my heated grips and a USB charger. Bought a 0.5m black lightning cable which blends in perfectly on long trips.

I use the Sygic app for GPS with it in perfect view and it does not block the dashboard of the bike, with a Shark Speed R 2 helmet with the Sena SMH10R bluetooth which let me mount the battery internally in the rear of the helmet. This lets me hear music while riding, and GPS instructions when needed. Perfect setup IMHO. Phone is waterproof too so no dramas other than the new stupid Home button which doesnt work with gloves. Work around: wet the tip of one finger (sometimes I have had to lick a glove finger) and it will work.

Photos shortly.
 

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I know it is not an R model, but it still should clear the damper.

Photos attached of the way I mounted my phone. Cable ties go above the handlebar, so the mount is attached to the bar clamp. I used a little rubber under the RAM mount at the front to get the ideal angle for my riding position, but this is not visible. It causes no damage at all to the bar clamp so it can be removed by cutting the cable ties when it comes time to upgrade bikes. I use this method with whatever phone or bike I have, and it works great and costs very little. Last phone was a Note 3 before the iphone 7 and even that size cleared everything. To get the mount plates I just order cheap car air vent mounts on ebay that come for my phone model for a few dollars.

The last picture shows the USB charger tucked in behind the frame tubes. It is waterproof when the cap is on. The heated grip controller is visible on the plug lead cover. I preferred it here where I can simply reach down to turn it on, rather than cluttering up the handlebars.
 

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If you just want the solution without the methodology here's what you need and look at the photos.
1) http://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-272U
2) http://www.rammount.com/part/RAP-B-201U-A
3) A Ram Mount cradle (with ball) for your device

The process:
My objective is to mount my unit as flush as possible and in direct line of sight without blocking the instrument display. I have tried many RamMount base pieces in various locations.
On that note,
1) the four handlebar bolts cannot be used on a 1200R as they interfered with the steering damper or their use blocks the instrument view.
2) The center part of the handlebar itself can't be used either for the same reasons.
3) Various clutch side bolts can be used but your unit will not be in direct line of sight. The esthetic's is also questionable.
4) The steering damper pivot screw rotates on two "0" rings. BTW, I've tried it and for me, that's a no go.

5) This leaves us with two forward locations: a) clamping to the steering damper or b) using its right side bolt.

With the exception of the Ram EZ-Mount any clamp base attached to the steering damper will elevates your unit 3"and dead center. Not good. The Ram EZ-Mount however, is very flush but is held to the steering damper by two zip ties which could break or rotate. Consequently, the steering damper's right side bolt is my preferred location as a base.

I have tried a few ram ball base pieces where the best choice as previously mentioned, was this one:
http://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-272U

Moreover, it fits right side up and upside down where the latter will position your unit 1" both forward and lower. Your preference may be determined by the size of your device. Hope this helps.
 

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For power, I used the following:

OptiMate CABLE O-47 Adapter for DUCATI to SAE
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HHPBF46/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Motopower 0609A 3.1Amp Waterproof Motorcycle USB Charger Kit SAE to USB Adapter
https://www.amazon.com/Motopower-0609A-Waterproof-Motorcycle-Charger/dp/B01DYE54LI/ref=cm_wl_huc_item

Dual Micro USB / Mini USB Splitter Cable - Charge up two Devices
https://www.amazon.com/iFlash®-Dual-Micro-Splitter-Cable/dp/B008CN1MLI/ref=cm_wl_huc_item
 

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Thank you everyone for the replies and helpful info.

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4) The steering damper pivot screw rotates on two "0" rings. BTW, I've tried it and for me, that's a no go.
@DarR , did this cause some sideways movement of the device, when the bars were turned.. is that why it's not a viable option to use that center damper bolt? Damm, it seems to obvious to use that one.

I like what you have done there with using the right side mounting bolt. You've got me thinking now about using the actual damper itself... Did that seem to work for you in terms of a location, but just didnt seem stable enough for long term setup?
 

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I have the RAM mount on the handlebar similar to Rockcity's setup, and I'm using it with the iPhone 7 Plus, so the 4.7" should have no problem.

The RAM mount that I'm using is the regular size B-149Z-UN7U, the large mount is too big and ugly in my opinion. And using the tether is a must.



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@DarR , did this cause some sideways movement of the device, when the bars were turned.. is that why it's not a viable option to use that center damper bolt? Did that seem to work for you in terms of a location, but just didn't seem stable enough for long term setup?
Yes, my GPS did rotate but that was not an issue at all. I did not like torquing a bolt which necessitated movement that required "o" rings. As for the location, using that bolt would have permitted my GPS to be positioned on the left hand side; same as on my 959 Panigale. I'm now used to have it "off-center" to the right.
 
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