Being around for 18 years and going through several design influences, good mounting locations vary by year and customization. One common challenge on practically all Suzuki SV650 models is the lack of a lot of handlebar space for mounting anything because there’s very little handlebar. However, most have a very small amount of handlebar that exists directly next to the clutch assembly.
So for those that have that small amount of real estate, consider a handlebar mount. However, due to the very small amount of exposed handlebar real estate, something very small in width needs to be deployed.
That’s where the RAM X-Grip IV Handlebar Mount comes in handy. The width of the mounting base is less than an inch coming in at .87 inches and that’s small enough to typically fit that small available handlebar space on a Suzuki SV650. This includes the RAM X-Grip cradle. Check out our detailed article on the X-Grip series. These are well constructed mounts that are constructed of primarily powder coated metal.
These mounts feature the expandable X-Grip IV cradle which can open to 4.5 inches and that is large enough for almost any phone and many GPS devices. These handlebar mounts allow complete 360 degree rotation of your device. The manufacturer now includes a safety tether with these mounts which is a nice addition. These come with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
Have a Garmin Zumo or TomTom Rider motorcycle GPS? Those GPS models use a similar mount. The back of the cradle that comes with all those models fit the RAM Handlebar Mount with AMPS Pattern Adapter. This mount has the same base as the previously discussed phone mount and has that 4-hole pattern needed to attach to the powered cradle. This also comes with a lifetime manufacturer warranty.
Some Suzuki SV650 modifications can render that little spot on the handlebar inaccessible. If that’s the case, it’s time to look for alternative locations. A common location is a brake or clutch mount. Most of these types of mounts come with replacement bolts for this area which are a little longer than the stock variety so that it can account for the added depth of the mounting post.
The Techmount Motorcycle Control Mounting Kit has the base and bolts needed to attach to a Suzuki SV650. These attach to the handlebar control clamps (clutch or brake side). As mentioned earlier, these come with new stainless bolts and spacers which will replace the two factory pinch bolts already in place. This mount feature a 17mm ball at the end which is the same size used by a Garmin Nuvi or Drive GPS cradle. So if you are looking to mount one of those on a motorcycle, this might be all that is required.
If you would like to add a universal phone cradle to this mount, there are many options. The Techmount TechGripper is a spring-loaded cradle that opens to four-inches. The back of the cradle has a socket which snaps onto that 17mm ball. The TechGripper offers a very tight grip on a smartphone. By the way, we always recommend that your smartphone use a good case to prevent any residual damage from small stones popping up off the roadway. It’s a small investment to protect your expensive phone. We also recommend that you tether your device whenever possible for added safety.
By the way, the TechGripper can also be used to hold a variety of GPS models, and in fact is highly recommended as the tightness of the cradle against the sides of a GPS device will likely provide a more secure grip over the unit. Consider foregoing the Nuvi or Drive ball connection and opt for using the TechGripper cradle instead.