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post #1 of 8 Old 06-01-2015, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Camera mounting

In my inability to stop wanting to do new things to my bike (even though I haven't done what most people consider the necessities) I have been contemplating the idea of mounting a dash cam or inexpensive action cam to record memories of my first motorcycle trip. I revived a rusted PWD shelf I got from another member. I tried riding with a GPS suction cupped to it over the weekend and found that the little leash I made for it as a "just in case" came in handy because the suction cup disengaged several times. I am guessing this is due to the vibration.

This got me thinking...if the suction cup comes off....any picture I might try to get with a camera mounted on the shelf would be unusable. I tried various searches and didn't come up with much. I saw a thread on stiffening the PWD shelf. Don't know if that would be enough to take the shakes off a video. I'm not wanting to mount a camera to my helmet as I was hoping to wire it to come on when the bike is started.

Maybe I'm being unrealistic? It seems like there are people that have go pros mounted up front somewhere. Maybe the go pro is good at taking out the vibration?

I should probably be focusing on getting the necessities taken care of, but just out of curiosity, does anyone have any good suggestions. If you can be even more specific by outlining a combination of inexpensive decent cameras and how you mounted them in a way that worked, that would be awesome, but otherwise, any specific solutions would be great. Although trial and error can be a wise instructor, sometimes its better to learn from others
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-01-2015, 11:38 AM
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For my GoPro I just stuck a curved mount on top of the stock dash in the middle. Has just enough room behind the windshield to get enough down adjustment. It's not optimal but doesn't seem to vibrate too much, but wouldn't work well with a dirty/scratched/tinted windshield.

Helmet mounts are generally smoother as far as bumps/vibrations, but that's assuming you hold your head still

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post #3 of 8 Old 06-01-2015, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Go figure...I spend days searching and after throwing this post up get the idea to try with some different words and up come some threads. There's got to be a law named after someone that describes this. Maybe its named after Murphey's cousin?

I welcome any responses here, but will scour the threads that I found. Specifically I am trying to find a camera I can wire to the bike to power on when the bike is turned on that I can mount on the bike that won't shake too much that can record for hours (so likely needs external sd card slot).

In the end, I may not have the funds to do this, but its not in me to give up formulating a plan.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-01-2015, 05:02 PM
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I've never had luck mounting cameras to the bike, neither the bars or the dash due to vibrations. The only spots I've had luck with smooth non vibey video has been helmet mounted. I run a Contour on the right side of my helmet nearly everyday as a documenting device for riding back and forth to work. Works great but I do have to manually clear the camera and charge the battery at night.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-01-2015, 05:23 PM
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My best sofar, $25.00 Kodak on the Strombone. Does great still shots, not good at movies/footage. Bike vibrates too much. I also have a handlebar mount, taking that to europe this september.

As for Cam shots, I just got a $25 Cam Corder , new. If someone steals those, I'm out a few dollars, not hundreds.

Also going to try something else I have seen a fellow rider do. He has his camera hanging around his neck, also a $30 jobbie, fantastic pictures, 2mstone.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-01-2015, 07:00 PM
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Helmet mount provides least vibes by far regardless of camera chosen.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-02-2015, 10:34 AM
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I mounted a cheap dash cam behind a bubble in a custom made windscreen. The camera is located between the windscreen attachment screws and the data is downloaded via USB cable installed behing the fairing. The camera is not weather proof.

The added benefit is that the buffeting has been eliminated along with most of the wind noise caused by forward motion. There is also a major improvement in stability at speed and in cross wind.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-02-2015, 04:33 PM
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Pics of wind screen with camera bubble.
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