Arkon GPS032 Water Resistant GPS Handlebar Mount Product Review

Arkon GPS032 NakedToday we take a closer look at the Arkon GPS032 Water Resistant Mount.  We have been asked many times over the years whether or not a car GPS can be used on a motorcycle or bicycle.  We decided to write a detailed article on the subject which you can read here.  We refer to weatherproof cases which are available for added protection against the elements.  Coupled with a good mount, this is a good way to use your car GPS outdoors.

The case that accompanies this mount features a clear cover which allows the GPS to be responsive to human touch.  In other words, you can manipulate a touchscreen GPS even when using the case.  The manufacturer includes several foam pads which are used to provide cushion for the rear of the GPS and fit the unit right below the clear lens and to keep it still while riding.  The case measures 5.5 x 3.5 x 1.7 inches internally.  The case is zipper shut and features a cable access port so that you can run cables to the GPS if needed.  The zipper is easy to open and close.

This is a weatherproof case.  It’s not waterproof.  This is an important distinction.  Weatherproof means that your GPS is going to stay dry under light rain.  If you are riding in a true downpour or for whatever reason stick the case in water, your device will get wet.  Also keep in mind there is a cable port which if in use has a slight hole.  It’s not a large hole but it’s enough to allow some moisture into the case especially in heavy rain.  Keeping that hole away from the sky helps a little.

The case is advertised to fit GPS models up to 4.3 inch diagonal screen size however it will also fit many 5 inch models available today.  As long as the dimensions are less than or equal to 5.5 x 3.5 x 1.7 inches, it should fit well.  The case will also fit many other devices such as a satellite radio and even some handheld GPS units.

The included mount is a dual T version of Arkon’s GN032 motorcycle handlebar mount.  This is a well made mount that’s typically used for holding a Garmin GPS.  The mount fits handlebars up to 1.25 inches.  Included rubber strips are used to prevent marring of chrome handlebars and to allow the mount to be used for handlebars that are less than 1.25 inches in diameter.  The mount has an attachment with two tabs on it.  The two tabs fit the two slots on the back of the case.  The mount has the ability to swivel and tilt.

The mount provided with the case isn’t very high.  Maybe an inch or less off the handlebar.  Therefore you will need to be sure your handlebar has enough real estate available to place your mount as the case will sit almost flush to the bar.

Attachment to the handlebar will require a screw driver as it’s bolted onto the bar with two screws.  This isn’t a mount that meant to be easily removed.  The case itself can be removed easily enough though.  Simply lift upwards and the two tabs will come off the two slots on the back of the case.

The Arkon GPS032 Water Resistant Mount is a solid selection at a reasonable price for protecting your device from the elements.