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Any recommendations for a bike mounted camera setup, thinking monopole on back of bike
 

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I have not tried that, what I have tried is the following.
That should give you a clear view above the helmet and windshield.
Stability? depends on how it is secured.

Mirror mount:
results in too much vibration, and you can't see past the nose of the bike to the other-side.

Windshield mount about 1/3 way up from the bottom ( above the vent ). Too much vibration and camera kept falling off the windshield, power leads were distracting to my eyes.

RAM mount off of the handlebars.
Windshield causes distortion and interferes with the view.
Too much vibration, even worse than the windshield. caused so much distortion, that the camera's image auto-stabilizer could not keep up with it.
Also, I don't like video that keeps swishing from left to right, ( helmet mounted cameras aggravate me in this regard )


The best videos that I have seen come from gyro compensated cameras, and from Bullet cameras mounted in the fairing centered as close as possible over the front wheel.

In all cases here, my definition of too much vibration is: Image Distortion or fuzziness.
 

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Monopole mount.

I saw a friend carry his golf clubs in the bag off of the trailer hitch.
He secured the bag to the passenger hand holds, it rode totally solid, with me following him, I could not see any movement at all.

I would refrain from using the trunk lid/body as a securing point.
the ABS is too fragile, and it breaks easily.
 

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yeah, i've never had a camera but those are the things i was concerned about. i like the idea of the gyro compensated camera, will look into those. Have seen video from folks that used a monopole, high mount in the back, provides good perspective. Will look into bullet camera too.
 

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yeah, i've never had a camera but those are the things i was concerned about. i like the idea of the gyro compensated camera, will look into those. Have seen video from folks that used a monopole, high mount in the back, provides good perspective. Will look into bullet camera too.
I kind of like this idea, have not tried it yet, as I mentioned earlier.

I have a Wheel Witness Hi-Def dashcam, used a 3M sticky tape to hold it to the windshield. the mounting bracket they supply is fragile, the screws fell out, and now it is useless.

I have a Garmin '30' series dashcam. It is neat in that it has a G-force sensor and will trap 3 minutes before, and 3 minutes after a severe event.
That event is stored in a folder call "Events"

Wish I had left it on my daughter's car 2 years ago, a deer jumped a hedge row, and totalled out her car..... :crying2:

I had the Dashcam in the hotel room messing around with it, pulling off videos. Never dreamed that she would be needing it.

It uses a suction cup, seems to stay stuck because the camera is so light, only a few ounces.
 

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ha, yeah, sounds exactly like something i'd do :). yeah, already starting to think 360 deg. saw the video from a guy that referenced use of a monopole mount, was great perspective and very clear, steady video, was impressed. But it was just video, no pics of the mount or system used. Must not be real common because i'm not finding much so far. His wasn't on a goldwing either, so hoping to find someone that's installed. Have never been interested in a camera before, but have some great trips planned, would be nice to capture some of it.
 

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Thx. How about something like this? Or possibly mount monopole to antenna base? Too much stress? I wouldn’t think so if people use suction cups for camera mounts...camera must not have too much drag - but pole arm will definitely exacerbate the loads.
 

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I have a Bullet HD and I mounted it underneath the fairing on the right side adjacent to the wheel. It is not in the way and has anti vibration and sound. Really gives a good picture. You do get part of the wheel in the video but I wasn't looking to sell videos of my trips. Has all the features you could ask for and is a tad expensive. I've been happy with it for several years.
 

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I was not aware that RAM Mounts had added that tall monopole to their catalog.

#1, never, but never, mount anything to the trunk rack.
The trunk lid will fracture "Real Soon Now".

30 inches tall with only a single attachment point? uh, no way.
The best situation IMO is to mount a pole from the trailer hitch and install a bracket under the trunk to attach it to for mid-length support.

but, IMO, the Bullet camera ( or other ) in the fairing, down low, will give you the best results. Do not mount it on the forks period! the camera will break from shock waves.

won't be 360* 3D, but it will do a great job.

that RAM pole mount me thinks, is intended to get the camera just barely above a windshield. that would minimize the amount of wind load.
 

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Yeah I’m with ya, would require more support. Hitch idea is good, but more than I’m up for, thinking bullet mount may be the way to go ?.
 

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Back during the later years of my career with the state police, I worked / escorted "Tour Du-Pont" races a few times in this part of Virginia. They had BMW mounted escorts too, and each BMW had a rider and a co-rider who stood up to shoot video from up high.


Just saying …..…. :D
 

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Back during the later years of my career with the state police, I worked / escorted "Tour Du-Pont" races a few times in this part of Virginia. They had BMW mounted escorts too, and each BMW had a rider and a co-rider who stood up to shoot video from up high.


Just saying …..…. :D
that reminds me of the Bicycle races that were on TV a couple weeks back.
there were a bunch of motorcycles with camera men standing up on the rear pegs of the pillion seat, taking videos of the racers.....
 

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that reminds me of the Bicycle races that were on TV a couple weeks back.
there were a bunch of motorcycles with camera men standing up on the rear pegs of the pillion seat, taking videos of the racers.....
Back in the Tour du Pont races, they had bigger cameras. They were good, gripping the seat with the shins I think.
Haha Crystal, I’ll run that by the wife, worth a shot
It will take a steady throttle hand to not launch her. Tell her that a full face helmet with shield down will help keep the bugs out.


Not that we aren't serious here, but seriously now, it is hard to beat a good tripod like deal for being steady. If you put a pole up from a hitch, use two tethers, one to each side somewhere more forwards would sure help with steady I think.


Another idea is maybe a top of helmet cam for the wife's helmet? I see them on some guy's helmets, she likely sits higher than you, not sure how much buffeting she'd have.
 

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I mounted the recorder and wiring underneath the left fairing pocket. If I remember correctly it paralleled with a outlet for phone charging or other. Basically hardwired. The instructions for that unit will let you know how you can wire it.
 

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Thx. How about something like this? Or possibly mount monopole to antenna base? Too much stress? I wouldn’t think so if people use suction cups for camera mounts...camera must not have too much drag - but pole arm will definitely exacerbate the loads.

I like the perspective of having the camera looking over my shoulder at the road ahead.
But on my GL1500, the trunk lid shakes badly.
When I mounted my camera to the trunk rack, the video was almost unwatchable.
 
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