Having never been one of those people who like to mount practical things to their motorcycle, when the new Quad Lock Handlebar Mount Pro crossed the office desk, this writer was curious to see exactly what it was capable of.
With a four day road trip planned aboard my Road King, and having recently purchased a communications headset, I figured this would be the perfect accessory for the trip ahead.
After a quick read of the mounting instructions, it was off to the garage to install the Quad Lock system. Our setup included the the new Handlebar Mount Pro, Vibration Dampener and of course the Quad Lock Phone Case for the phone.
Constructed from CNC machined aluminium and featuring a black anodized finish, the build quality looks first class. I was impressed with the clean matte finish, the simplicity of the gear, and the fact it wasn’t going to stand out on the bike.
Function over outlandish aesthetic would be the best way to describe it. Fitting was simple and relatively hassle free. The Quad Lock comes complete with everything you need to mount to your handlebars too.
Included in the kit is an Allen key and four brushes of different diameters, designed to suit the varying gauges of girth, depending on your bike’s handlebar setup. In reality, the hardest part of the install is working out where you want the Quad Lock located.
The whole package offers great flexibility, with a range of options on how best to utilise the hardware. Installation itself probably takes 5-10 minutes (or about half a beer), depending on how many mounting positions you try.
The phone case is super easy to use too, as it just slips straight over your phone, with a snug fit, offering good protection from drops and mishaps. Mounting it to the lock is a simple process, and once clicked in, feels genuinely sturdy and secure.
Pushing down on the phone screen in gloves was the first real test, and the Quad Lock remained in place, keeping the device still. That alone says a lot about this product. We even took the time to test it on corrugated country roads, and it came up trumps.
After putting in just over 2,500km since installing the Quad Lock and its various paraphernalia on the bike, I have to admit I’m a convert, with this handy little unit becoming an accessory that would be properly difficult to live without.
It’s excellent for maps and navigation on the move, and the accessibility it allows for when using the system is outstanding. It’s simple to move from bike to bike too, you just need to undo the bracket and swap it to your new ride.
Alternatively you could have a Quad Lock Handlebar Mount Pro ($59.95) and Vibration Dampener ($24.95) fitted to each of your bikes, if you’re lucky enough to have more than one, and just swap the case over.
There aren’t really any flaws with the system either, other than the fact that if you need to use different phones, or you upgrade your phone, you’re going to need to buy a new Phone Case ($34.95) each time, because they’re tailored to the individual phone model.
To check one out for yourself, you can either visit your local Quad Lock retailer, or check out their website. They even make setups for the car, marine environments, sports, and the home and office.
Our test product was provided by Annex Products (Quad Lock). Exhaust Notes Australia has not been paid to review this product.
Pros – well constructed; easy connectivity; plenty of accessory options.
Cons – need to buy a new phone case when you change devices.