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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-06-2019, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Need Advice for Bike Cam

Seriously considering a bike cam of some type. Have been researching some on the Internet. Wow. Options galore. Then mounting options/considerations. Wow again. And to add to the confusion I'm somewhat "technology challenged" if you know what I mean. But if my wife is with me we (mostly her) can usually follow written instructions and figure out most things.

So, with very limited knowledge I think what I want is something I can mount on the bike, not on my helmet. Not really interested in the "rear" camera. Having lowers on my '16 RGU pretty much rules out mounting on an engine guard. And I want something with it's own battery--don't want to have to run wiring or deal with wiring. Being waterproof would be good if it doesn't drive the price through the roof. Would want something not too difficult to remove when I park and go in a store or if it starts raining and I didn't buy a waterproof outfit. Want to be sure and buy something with decent resolution / picture quality without wasting money.

Also, with most of these units, if I capture footage that I think is significant (accident, wildlife, hottie, etc.) can the footage be transferred/sent/exported/emailed/whatever to my home PC and/or my cell phone? (I have bluetooth if it matters)

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GoPro 7 Black.

Waterproof to 10m without a housing (100m with a underwater housing)
Excellent image stabilization, gets rid of vibrations in video
Removable battery
Can transfer video via BlueTooth, WiFi, or via microSD card.
Can also use it to live stream video.


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GoPro 7 Black.

Waterproof to 10m without a housing (100m with a underwater housing)
Excellent image stabilization, gets rid of vibrations in video
Removable battery
Can transfer video via BlueTooth, WiFi, or via microSD card.
Can also use it to live stream video.


I recently traded in my old GoPro Hero 3+ in on the 7 Black. It is worlds apart on image quality.
Kainam, that gives me something "already approved" to start looking at.

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Joe; I know you are thinking about a REAL video camera. The only things I know about video on a bike is from my inexpensive dash cam' A good camera needs video stabilization for use on a bike, and the fairing or handlebars are not a good spot to mount because of low rpm rubber mount shake. Once underway my cheepo dash cam video quality is ok.

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I bought a gopro 4-5 years ago so its an older one. I tried a number of places that just didn't work out too good. I ended up mounting it with the strap that came with it on the cow bell. Tightly. Just in case I tethered it. Here is how it worked.


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Wiredog, even though there is a little "bounce" it's still pretty good video. Just ain't gonna eliminate all the bounce on a Harley....

Thanks for sharing.
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What do you all use for mounting these things? Something home grown or is there a aftermarket device?
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What do you all use for mounting these things? Something home grown or is there a aftermarket device?
Rusty, just google "Motorcycle camera mounts" and you will get plenty of options.
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I use the GoPro Hero2
Here is a video I made a few years back, comparing three different mount options ('99 Buell S3):

Here is the chest mount view from my '77 FLH:

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I use the GoPro Hero2
Here is a video I made a few years back, comparing three different mount options ('99 Buell S3):
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Here is the chest mount view from my '77 FLH:
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Good quality videos. Looks like you have plenty of places for good riding.

Thanks for sharing.
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