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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2013, 03:06:15 am »
I attached what looks like a similar mount onto the right mirror post under the RAM ball (used to hold the mount in place) that I already had on the bike for the iPod.   I then mounted the GoPro to the end of the mount.  It may be a different setup, but looks similar

http://www.amazon.com/ME-MMDC-DCGO-Motorcycle-digital-Recorder/dp/B00B9H3ETM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380161190&sr=8-1&keywords=gopro motorcycle mirror mount

I went to take a video and it shook so bad, I could hardly watch it.  (I might be able to upload it to YouTube if you are interested) My concern would be that you wouldn't be able to see/read the GPS screen as much as it was vibrating... I had the camera out as far and high as she would go.  I wanted the instrument cluster as well as a good view of the road in the frame.


This is tricky - a lot of problems and options involved.

First, the camera... the original GoPro Hero was very susceptible to wavy and shaky video due to the video processing algorithm not being able to process high frequency vibrations. The Hero2 firmware is better, the new Hero3 is even better. So... if you're using the Hero, forget any sort of bar mount, the Hero2 may work OK with the right mount, the Hero3 should be fine, but I haven't tried one yet.

Now I have had good success with the Hero on a RAM 1" ball mount bolted to the brake handle control clamp with a 6" extension... but this was on my C14. On my C10 the vibes were too much, even for the Hero2. And there's the main problem, unless your bike is glass smooth, and very few C10's are, it's a losing battle for a handlebar mount. On the C10 I recommend using the suction cup mount on the tank, or lower fairing, or a camera mount that bolts to the tank filler ring bolts.

The suction cup mount is very good because it really reduces a lot of the vibrations that would affect a hard mount. And if IIRC, GoPro has a chest mount strap that could work if your riding jacket isn't too bulky. Check my sig for my youtube rides channel for some of my ride videos.

A lot of this discussion can also apply to GPS mounting - vibes will kill a Nuvi because it's not hardened against them like the Zumo is.

BTW, good form by the rider in the vid. Notice how he's not pushing the bike down beneath him. His head is to the inside looking where he wants to go and letting the bike follow his vision.
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2013, 08:02:01 pm »
I will add the caveat, definitely my own personal option.   I have been know to have a rather skewed view on things, so please take my comments with a  grain of salt. :great:

It is a GoPro Hero3 Silver.   Curious to hear SteveJ's report. 

I am going to try the GoPro on my ram ball, just haven't bought the ball to camera connection (do they sell those at Wal-Mart?).  It is on Amazon, but not for free shipping, so it is just sitting in my 'wish list' waiting for my lack of self control in regard to motorcycle purchases to win over my rational frugal self.
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2013, 09:02:58 pm »
I had my iPhone on the reservoir clamp RAM Mount.  First... I couldn't see it in day light,
and when I could, I couldn't read it.  Second  it seemed too 'in my face'.  I was hoping to
get the GPS in closer to the OEM gauge cluster as it's obviously in a good spot.

This is why I'm going for the mount on the Madstad base with a clamp mount.  I'm looking
into using a sandwiched rubber block on the back of the visor, and attaching the RAM Mount
to that.  I would even have a limited adjustment on the rubber block by
tightening the mounting screws (as they would go through the rubber mounting block).

I figure if I'm going to go through all the trouble of making this visor mount, I may as well
try to prolong the life of the GPS (if possible) by minimizing as much damaging movement/vibration
as possible.  The clamp mount arrives on Monday...  For now I can tediously work on rotozipping
access to the on off switch.  Drilling is very, very bad... DAMHIK  :-[
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2013, 10:47:06 pm »
The RAM Mount came in tonight, and I'm wiped out after a 12 hour day at work.
Of course that didn't stop me from checkin' it all out. (Boys and their toys)

The RAM Mount is just what I need... it's the bomb.  I don't even have a mock up
of the mounting base for the visor yet (as I needed the RAM base for sizing), but
here's a quick look at the the (not) mounted GPS.



When I'm sitting on the motorcycle, it's well out of the way for a clear view of the road,
yet it's just a minimal look down to see that I missed my turn.  A longer arm will allow
me to lower it even more (I have one from my phone mount) to sit just in front of the top
lip of the dash, if I want it lower.

Tomorrow I will start making the piece the Ram mount will screw to.  I need to get some cork,
or maybe even some neoprene to sandwich between the lexan pieces as a damper... every bit helps.
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2013, 02:34:34 am »
Alrighty then. This mount works for the GPS. The unit sits inside the case with foam padding. I think(??) it will be fine.

I at first tried it with the bracket kinda folded over on itself, but have since extended the assembly to a more straight set up, angled at about 45* toward me. This moves the GPS closer to me and higher, making glare less of a problem and making it easier for my 61 year old eyeballs to see.

I had my doubts at first, as things were quite shaky, but I re-snugged all of the knobs and it tightened up quite well. I have no idea if it's good enough for a GoPro, I would tend to doubt it, but have no first hand knowledge of video stuff. It works well with my TomTom.
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #30 on: October 01, 2013, 09:49:41 pm »
Cool!   Do you have any pics?   

Also Like McFly's set up...  I may consider that as well, it would be nice to have the GPS closer to my field of vision so that I would not take my eyes off the road as long.
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #31 on: October 01, 2013, 11:47:58 pm »
Alrighty then. This mount works for the GPS. The unit sits inside the case with foam padding. I think(??) it will be fine.

I at first tried it with the bracket kinda folded over on itself, but have since extended the assembly to a more straight set up, angled at about 45* toward me. This moves the GPS closer to me and higher, making glare less of a problem and making it easier for my 61 year old eyeballs to see.

I had my doubts at first, as things were quite shaky, but I re-snugged all of the knobs and it tightened up quite well. I have no idea if it's good enough for a GoPro, I would tend to doubt it, but have no first hand knowledge of video stuff. It works well with my TomTom.

Glad it's workin' for ya Steve...   :great:  I had a similar RAM (Aqua Box) for my smaller TomTom, but I couldn't
see it in day light (a lot of glare off it's clear plastic face)....  Remember I had the TomTom on my tank bag too??  I just cooked it there.... 

Randy's set up caught my eye at RWTW, the visor seemed like a great idea.


UPDATE:  I've got the visor's mounting plate made, and the paint is drying.  I'll post some more detailed
pictures before I throw it together.  I'm hoping to take it for a test ride tomorrow to see if all stays ON THE BIKE!!! 
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #32 on: October 02, 2013, 12:20:13 am »
With the GPS closer to me, glare seems to be less of an issue. Wearing a white jacket does not help, though.

However, I've been eyeballing TG Lee one gallon milk jugs for visor suitability.  :beerchug: I might even leave the outside of it yellow just for the effect.   :-\
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #33 on: October 02, 2013, 03:35:55 pm »
However, I've been eyeballing TG Lee one gallon milk jugs for visor suitability:beerchug: I might even leave the outside of it yellow just for the effect.   :-\

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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #34 on: October 02, 2013, 08:07:20 pm »
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2013, 01:33:11 am »
UPDATE:   >:(  Lower seal on the garbage disposal blew out...  Flooded out the
kitchen base cabinet, blew out the circa 1985 particle board cabinet floor and walls.

Why mention this on a GPS thread??  Because it put into action an intricate plan
to tear me away from my project!! :'(  I'll be back to it in a day or two,  right now
I'm setting up a new kitchen install...  Damage is not repairable, and the cabinets
are long overdue for an upgrade.  Looks like a whole $h!+ load of fun after the Barber
trip...  New Living Room floor too.   :(   Once again our household single handedly
tries to support the ailing economy.  At least the appliances are new...

I was SO close....   :-[
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #36 on: October 04, 2013, 10:30:39 pm »
Well, the GPS is ready for travel.  Mount works great, GPS works great.
Visor does it's job, as I can see the screen clearly with the sun high, low,
in front or behind me.  Here's some 'near finished pics' I took after the
test ride, as I still need to clean it up a bit:

UP HIGH:



DOWN LOW: (preferred position)



RIDING POSITION VIEW: 



GPS REMOVED:  (shows the clip that holds GPS in)



A LOOK FROM THE TOP DOWN:



It's hard to see, but I put a layer of foam in between the plate and the Visor to try and help with vibes.
It does seem to give a bit on bumps, but I'm pretty sure I'm foolin' myself with limiting vibration.
Took a ride today, the GPS stays put... even did some parking lot speed bumps, and no mishaps.

This was a fun project, I had to do it twice to get it right, as I shattered the 1st back plate with a
drill bit.  Second time around I stuck with the Rotozip.  A makeshift routing table made cutting with
the unyielding tool much easier.  It's real test will be the ride to Barber next week.  :great:
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Re: GPS mounting question
« Reply #37 on: October 09, 2013, 01:30:05 am »
Looks Good.

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