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I have a 2010 GL1800. Where is the best place to mount an action cam?


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I don't know that there is a "best place"

I have tried the center of the windshield, down next to the dashmat. that is the "most stable" videos that I have gotten.

tried the mirrors, horrible videos.
tried the windshield at the edges, too much vibration.

I hate helmet mounted videos.

also tried a mount on the left handgrip, mounted to the clutch master cylinder.
did not like the way the video swerved with the handlebars.

The "best videos" that I have seen, were made with the camera mounted dead center on the lower portion of the fairing, in front of the fairing. it was a Bullet eye type camera, poking thru one of the vents. very clear images. but, subject to dirt hitting the camera lens.
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I was using GoPro2 cameras. I have tried their fastex type mounts stuck on a helmet, stuck under the mirror and stuck under the trunk. I have also used RAM mounts on the handlebars and on the engine guards. If I were to pick one of those I would say handlebar RAM is as good as any. Also quick and easy and the ball can be used for other things.

I recently switched to Motopro motorcycle dual camera DVR. It has the typical one inch round so called bullet cameras. It comes with round clamps that will match up to the GoPro screw mounts and comes with some imitation GoPro bases. I used their permanent mounts rather than the fastex type clips and bases. Even though their bases come with two sided tape, I also screwed them in place (read my review of the Sentinel lights from Add-On to understand my distaste for tape).

The rear one I mounted on top off the rear fender, above the tail light and under the trunk. Very well hidden and protected and there is an existing slot to pass the cable thru. My 15 has a different backside than your 10 but look closely and I think this will work for you.

The front one went dead center under the nose of the fairing. WARNING. WARNING. WARNING. Do not just mount the camera ring to the base with the provided screw and clamp. It will be too close to the fender. I used one of the GoPro arms which offsets it to one side and raises it half an inch for clearance. It also provides the ability to aim the camera left to right.

I put the DVR unit inside the trunk upside down on the right side with hook/loop tape. Easy to peel off and rotate to see it while reviewing or making changes to settings.
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Back when I owned the '94SE prior to 2008, I used a RAM mount to secure my Sony DSLR on the right handgrip.

that was a very solid mount, but even that had some vibration induced from the front wheel running over rough surfaces..... that DSLR was before "image stabilization" was available. circa 2002 I think?
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Here is where I mounted mine.


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823JIM wrote: Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:33 pm Here is where I mounted mine.Tail of the Dragon (4).jpg
that will give the same problem that I experienced with the mirror mount.
you can't see anything past the center of the bike to the opposite side.

solid as a rock though.
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I purchased a Pilot brand dash cam. I can use in my truck as well as on my bike. I mounted mine with the suction-cup mount in the inside of the windshield. I don't know if you have any room under your vent (if the bike in your profile pic is the same bike you're inquiring about), but the suction cup works great for me. No vibration either.
I have an '83 Aspy, but looking at your profile photo, your windshield looks like a good spot. You can see mine in the pic below.
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I mount my GoPro on the front of the windscreen just under the vent. Stable, and pretty much vibration free. I also have a mount on the trunk rack for a rearward facing camera, also pretty much vibration free.
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That's a GREAT office..!!


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