When I purchased my 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST in March of 2013 the first things I wanted to add were handlebar mounts for my GPS and Video Camera. The handlebars of this machine are unlike any other motorcycles on the market… they are not based on the round tube, but have a very modern looking, somewhat artistic, triangular shape. The search for a mounting attachment to the handlebars became a real challenge. While there are multiple brands of mounting systems on the marketplace over time I have become an exclusive user of the Ram-Mount brand.
After searching the Internet, and specifically those websites offering the Ram-Mount brand, I located a handlebar ball mount that seemed to solve the problem with the odd-shaped handlebars of the Spyder ST. It was a Yoke Clamp mount for a Beechcraft airplane! For those of you who are not familiar with this aircraft it is a general aviation aircraft much beloved by those who either own and fly, or simply rent one for trips.
The part number for the Yoke Clamp, now a handlebar clamp for the Spyder ST is RAM-B-108B or RAM-B-108B-STRAP40U, depending on how the website chooses to identify the part. A (somewhat out of focus) picture (from the rear) of one of these clamps mounted on my 2013 Spyder ST is included below:
Note the positioning of the Clamp flush with the end of the handlebar where the break occurs between the handlebar and grip controls. Note also the protective covering of the hose clamp that holds the Clamp securely on the handlebar. Re-tightening of the hose clamp is normally required after that clamp takes the shape of the triangular shaped handlebar.
The picture below (in better focus) was taken from the rider position showing the (right side) Clamp mounting position. Note the protective sleeve on the hose clamp is positioned to protect the handlebar surface, not the surface of the mount. The clamp tightening bolt head is positioned to the rear, near the top for access. Excess strap has been carefully cut away for a neater appearance. Note that the strap material is high-grade stainless steel so it is difficult to cut, and care must be take to avoid sharp edges after the cut is made. Eye protection is definitely required for this cutting / shortening of the clamping strap!
The picture below taken from the rider position shows two Clamps mounted on each side of the handlebar. Note that the Clamps are mounted so that the hose clamps are on the outside of each, nearest to the grips. The hose clamp on one must be turned around to achieve the correct orientation, with the tightening bolt on the top rear of each clamp.
These two mounts hold my GPS and Video Camera (and radio) securely above the handlebar on my long road trips throughout the beautiful Western states! I use the long Ram-Mount arm from the left mounting ball to position my video camera behind the windscreen as near to center as possible.