… Anyway, I have attached a few photos of the camera installation. I didn't want them to be too obvious so I mounted the front camera under the beak and rear camera in the license plate light housing.
I also took a crack at mounting the K2 system.
I put the front camera on top of the beak. I was a little worried about vibrations and video ripping; however, it turned out that the beak mount has less ripping BY FAR than the rear camera in its current position. I also wanted the cameras to be as obscure as possible, but I was more concerned about the significant amount of debris and grime that hits the front of the bike under the beak. I washed my bike not too long ago and the amount of crap already collected on every surface below the beak gave me pause. However, the bottom corner of the headlamp had significantly less crap stuck to it, so I opted to mount it on top of the beak. I hoping that the angle of the beak and tendency for wind to go up and over, plus the headlamp pushes some air and might provide a little buffer zone, may protect the camera from collecting as much bugs and grime. Only time will tell. I took the plunge and just drilled a hole right through the beak. Running the cable over the lip and through the vent slot started out as a temporary way to test the installation before committing, but ultimately I didn't want to drill another hole (especially one big enough to pass the entire connector) in the beak and it seems to work well enough.
I mounted the rear camera to the bolt that braces the Givi Monokey plate to the frame. I had high expectations for this location; however, the video ripping is extreme. I will have to redo this mount. I suspect that since the camera's weight is mounted at the end of the provided mounting "L"-bracket, it just vibrates too much. I will have to either reinforce the bracket with some corner bracing for rigidity, 3D print some other style of mounting bracket, or move it to another location all together (perhaps the rear tip of the bike's frame is inherently too buzzy). I also thought about mounting a bar between those two givi plate bolts and mounting the camera directly it. This would eliminate the lever arm of the "L"-bracket and provide better options for mounting the camera on rubber. However, the space right there is very limited.
As for the GPS antenna, I mounted that on the top of the clutch master cylinder reservoir cap... clear view of the sky and mostly parallel to the ground. Hopefully the tape they provided will hold up better than the tape that came with my Oxford grips, which failed in a few days of summer heat. If so, the black silicone glue will probably solve the GPS problem as well as it did for the grip controller.
The power cube and the DVR unit were installed into the compartment under the seat, which is getting pretty crowded. The front camera cable and the GPS antenna cable were routed down the right side of the bike under the tank and zip tied to the existing wiring harness. The GPS antenna lead was barely long enough to make it all the way back.
If you read the forums on the Innovv K2 website, you will find a conversation about the power cube being designed to supply power to the DVR when the bike is off so that it can record shock sensitive "Park" videos. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and many DashCam's include this feature; however, the DVR while sitting around waiting to record park videos consumes ~45mAh. Since the bike comes with a smallish ~14Ah battery, there is significant concern with draining down the battery to where it will no longer start the bike. Some posters on that forum reported loss of starting within a few days of being parked (different model bike? sketchy battery?). As a safety feature, the power cube will cut power to the DVR if the system's voltage drops below 12.0V. To get around this my thought and also suggested by one of the posters on the Innovv forum is to include a diode in the circuit to drop the voltage 0.5V or so. This effectively tricks the power cube into thinking that the system's voltage is too low all the time and therefore after the ignition off timeout, the power to the DVR is cut off. The parasitic draw with the DVR off is about 8mAh, not perfect but much improved. If anyone decides to install the diode, beware that park mode recording will be disabled and no recordings will occur when the bike's ignition is turned off.
My concern with not being able to see the DVR indicator lights stems more from the possibility that there is an error, glitch, or anything wrong that prevents the system from recording as it should. Without visibility of the indicator lights, I would never know if it quit or failed to start recording. Then when I go to pull evidence from the DVR...there may be nothing there. I've been toying with the idea of setting up a fiber optic filament or something to transmit the "I'm recording" blink up to where I can see it. Perhaps the system can win my trust with an excellent show of reliability and the indicator won't be needed after all.
One additional note. I originally used the provided tape to hold the DVR still within the under seat compartment. This proved very difficult to remove and replace the micro SD card. Since the GPS antenna cable was barely long enough, my choices for orientation and position of the DVR were limited. Ultimately, I simply removed the tape and let the DVR free roam within the compartment. (It actually can't move very much.) I then positioned the cabling and other things in there to provide some protection from the power button being accidentally pushed. Some may say leave the card alone and just download the videos via WiFi... To them I reply, WiFi is "dial-up" slow compared to the USB 3.0 port on the computer. It is significantly faster to copy directly than to download. Take care when replacing the micro SD card that it goes into the actual card slot and not between the card slot frame and the case of the DVR, ask me how I know and how difficult it is to tweezer the thing back out of there...
Now for the pics:
Edit: remounted the rear camera... Pics of new mount in post below.