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GoPro mounting ideas

Postby 702scottc » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:58 pm



Went on an awesome ride this weekend with a buddy thru western Colorado, Ouray, Silverton, etc. also rode the actual million dollar hwy from Escalante to Boulder in central Utah. Stopped a lot of times to take pictures. Not so bad now and then to stop but I really think a GoPro would be the ticket on these types of rides, lots of twisties and great scenery. I've seen then mounted to helmets but I'm not that crazy about having a camera on my helmet. Anyone mount one on their bikes? I'd be interested in feed back before I ask Santa for a GoPro.

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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:48 am

Why a Gopro ? have a look at this cam ,exactly the same for less than $100,
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby 702scottc » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:35 am

Never heard of this camera before, looks good. Quite a bit less than a Gopro. Have you used one? Where did you mount it?

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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:27 am

702scottc wrote:Never heard of this camera before, looks good. Quite a bit less than a Gopro. Have you used one? Where did you mount it?


Here is another camera option that people I know have bought.
It comes with all sorts of mounting hardware. I've seen people mount these behind the windshield, between the forks, under a mirror and on an engine guard. Personally, I would want to use as much of the 170 degree view as possible. The position mounted depends on what you want the camera for. Some have a camera on the front and another on the back because they want to have proof in any accident that might happen. Others (like you it sounds) want a record of their rides, especially the twisty ones, to look at later and show friends. You may use it a couple of times and decide that you don't care to use it.
Read the reviews, but I think there are less expensive cameras than the GoPro to try to see if you like having a camera.
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:56 am

That the one I have, my friend bought the GoPro almost $500. and as we compare the 2 does exactly the same job.
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby CWJ73 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:20 am

I am looking at a couple different locations, one being the crash bar (either left or right side) but I'm concerned about engine heat on the plastic parts, and the other possible on the fairing in front of the windshield.

No matter where you decide to mount a camera I highly suggest having a secondary tether attached somewhere in case the camera we to dislodge from its primary mounting location. It would suck to invest the time and money to record the amazing twisty roads only to find that you lost your camera somewhere along the way.
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby Mh434 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:22 pm

I have a GoPro, and love it. I've used it for a lot of different things - video of a buddy's car build for YouTube, underwater vids in the Caribbean, motorcycle rides, etc.

Mounting to the crash bar works well - it's out of the way of controls, it's in the wind flow (so, heat isn't a problem), and it's surprisingly smooth (the bike's suspension keeps it remarkably steady).

There are LOTS of sports cams out there, for a LOT less than a GoPro. That having been said, have you ever noticed that on TV shows with lots of action (car racing, motocross, MythBusters, etc. etc.) they use lots of GoPro cameras. They don't seem to use any other brand. I suspect it's because 1) they're the toughest cameras out there, and 2) they're capable of producing true broadcast-quality video. I saw one YouTube where a guy stuck one on the side of his car (suction cup mount only - he should have cleaned that area first!), got it up to 100 mph, and the camera came off. It bounced down the road to a stop, and never flinched - the video of its own crash was flawless. And it kept working. These (plus GoPro support) are what you're paying the extra for.

Anyway, here's a brief vid from 2013 (I was riding my Kawasaki Concours back then) to show what the crash bar mount can do...
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby 702scottc » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:51 pm

I like the crashbar mount idea, I was actually thinking along those lines. It wouldn't be difficult to fabricate A bracket to mount a piece of 1" pipe and set the camera at the height of the headlamp. I also like the idea of setting it on the dash behind the windscreen. Wonder how it would record seeing thru the windscreen?

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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:21 am

Below is one from a guy I know that is mounted behind the windshield.
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby 702scottc » Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:46 am

Thanks for the post, I like the view from behind the screen. Easy to turn the unit on and off without stopping and an easy place to mount it. A little double sided tape and it's done.

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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:58 am

I think it also gives a better view of what's going on than having half of it blocked by the front wheel.
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby tyrevere » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:48 am

I was thinking of mounting mine like he did behind the windshield.... my concern was sun glare off that windshield

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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:10 am

If there is any, it should be minimal, unless your windshield is scratched in front of it.
Then again, if it doesn't work there, other options are available. :D
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby bstig60 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:38 am

NVSB4 wrote:Below is one from a guy I know that is mounted behind the windshield.
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How did your friend mount it behind the shield???
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:51 am

bstig60 wrote:How did your friend mount it behind the shield???
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Postby bstig60 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:56 am

Thanks. Maybe I will try Velcro so I can remove mount and all. Thanks again.
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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:00 pm

Here is another video from behind the windshield. You can see that there are no issues with the clarity of the image.

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Re: GoPro mounting ideas

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:01 pm

bstig60 wrote:Thanks. Maybe I will try Velcro so I can remove mount and all. Thanks again.


Velcro would be a good idea. Especially if you want to take it off and store it away or move it to another vehicle.


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