If you want to see (and touch) the screen of your phone you’ll have to attach it to your motorcycle somehow. You can do this case-less or with a case. The iPhone 7 and above models are waterproof, so you could go case-less from a ‘rain’ perspective. However you might still want to consider buying a good case and mount for your phone anyway. First of all, Apple’s official documentation states “Liquid damage is not covered under warranty”, but secondly a case also helps against vibrations, dust and accidentally dropping your phone while wearing your clumsy motorcycle gloves.
As always there are several solution out there varying in quality and price.
The most simple solution is putting your phone in your tank bag’s (see through) map holder. Disadvantages of this option is that most likely your touch screen will not work through the plastic of your tank bag. Furthermore your phone might move around in there and you’ll have to look down quite a bit to see what’s on the screen. Most importantly though.. if the sun is shining, chances of overheating are high. Your tank bag segment acts like a little over in that case. Compare it to sitting in a parked car with all windows closed while the sun is on it. Lastly your phone in the tank bag map holder might not offer sufficient protection against heavy rain.
Nowadays more and more weather proof cases are out there. Most of them protect your phone from the elements while keeping the touch functionality. Some of them offer a range of mounts that enable you to put your Phone in a safe and visible place on your motorcycle like for example the handle bars. I’ve always been very happy with my lifeproof cases and mounts, but several other good and well known suppliers are out there like Otterbox, Catalyst and Hitcase.
If you have experience with any of these cases, or with other brands, please feel free to help out and share with the other readers by leaving a comment below.