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Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« on: February 05, 2016, 12:11:52 am »
I'm looking for places to mount it vs between the headlights out front. 


Anyone used the ram mounts that connect to the fluid resevours and have any shake/vibration issues with video quality and or through the stock windscreen?




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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2016, 12:20:50 am »
I have used a GoPro on a fluid reservoir RAM mount with a six inch arm...long enough to see around the shield. Results are so so. I had it on the left, so view to extreme right is obscured by shield. Straight ahead is OK.

Never use it much anymore...I'm too lazy to use it...rather just go ride. SWMBO spent a lot of bucks on it...I feel guilty for not using it more. Oh well.
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2016, 12:22:35 am »
I have used a GoPro on a fluid reservoir RAM mount with a six inch arm...long enough to see around the shield. Results are so so. I had it on the left, so view to extreme right is obscured by shield. Straight ahead is OK.

Never use it much anymore...I'm too lazy to use it...rather just go ride. SWMBO spent a lot of bucks on it...I feel guilty for not using it more. Oh well.


Yeah thats long.  I dont really need to see around the shield unless its distorting the video.

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2016, 12:34:29 am »
I did find this.


Not too bad But I hate that windscreen shape.  ;D



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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2016, 01:10:35 am »
I like this idea....





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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2016, 02:50:33 am »
I like this idea....







I did that - hard to get around the windscreen AND you get to see vibration in the video.

Here it is mounted to the handle bar with that hardware.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOZgeYZeqI4

Got to around the 11:45 minute mark on this video to see the golden gate bridge from my helmet cam  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVbqWqoPins

The first video was taken with a Nikon AW120 and the second video was taken on my helmet with a Sony HDR-AS20 or something like that...  (I dont remember)

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 03:31:52 am »
I have my GoPro mounted on the reservoir mount like the YT video. I've tried it on the front near the headlights but fearful it might drop in the front wheel or get run over. No big shaking or vibration on either mount, but I started using the reservoir mount because I now have a cable to plugin to the camera for longer videos. Having it up front would get in the way while turning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZvxWzlSl2M


Here's what the video looks like on the reservoir mount:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=9507CFCBB33464B5!267041&authkey=!ACuldyKofZpWGn4&ithint=video%2cmp4

My Ram mount is just about the same that you posted above, but I'm not using the long double socket arm. I have the 1-inch version. http://www.amazon.com/Mount-Composite-Double-Socket-1-Inch/dp/B005KWPJ04

I swap my camera out with my cellphone mount, X-grip when I'm commuting.
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2016, 10:17:44 am »
You can mount a Ram Mount Base on one or both of your upper black fairings and  then with a 4" or longer arm, the camera can sit right between the windscreen and the mirror.

See this thread for a better understanding of what I'm saying and how it "might" work.
http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php?topic=37481.msg210077#msg210077
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2016, 10:35:15 am »
This method has worked good for me.







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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2016, 12:33:19 pm »
I like this idea....





I did that - hard to get around the windscreen AND you get to see vibration in the video.

Here it is mounted to the handle bar with that hardware. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOZgeYZeqI4


Got to around the 11:45 minute mark on this video to see the golden gate bridge from my helmet cam 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVbqWqoPins


The first video was taken with a Nikon AW120 and the second video was taken on my helmet with a Sony HDR-AS20 or something like that...  (I dont remember)




Yeah thanks for sharing.  A bit too much vibration for my taste.  Thats what I was concerned about.

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2016, 12:36:41 pm »
I have my GoPro mounted on the reservoir mount like the YT video. I've tried it on the front near the headlights but fearful it might drop in the front wheel or get run over. No big shaking or vibration on either mount, but I started using the reservoir mount because I now have a cable to plugin to the camera for longer videos. Having it up front would get in the way while turning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZvxWzlSl2M

Here's what the video looks like on the reservoir mount:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=9507CFCBB33464B5!267041&authkey=!ACuldyKofZpWGn4&ithint=video%2cmp4

My Ram mount is just about the same that you posted above, but I'm not using the long double socket arm. I have the 1-inch version. http://www.amazon.com/Mount-Composite-Double-Socket-1-Inch/dp/B005KWPJ04

I swap my camera out with my cellphone mount, X-grip when I'm commuting.







This is way more stable. It must be the longer arm lets the camera move more.

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2016, 12:47:59 pm »
It is hard to fight vibration on a bike. Best thing would be to wrap foam around the crash bars to put a damper between the camera mount and bike. Run a microphone to your air filter or under seat for no wind noise. And, importantly, as many of these cameras sit unused because the videos are boring. Cameras are like girlfriends - one isn't enough, but you can't afford too many - so one GoPro and at least one other, 2 other (cheap works) cameras mounted in different places. Even pointed rearward can be amusing if you catch a cop busting an U-Turn or an FJR trying to keep up(!)

Editing a few angles together without wind noise will make it fun to watch:)

Another tip: the 40 minute ride might only have a few good minitues in it. Snip them out, and start saving your favorite clips somewhere. Within a year you will have a geat video instead of a bunch of recordings of rides from the driveway to the gas station, etc.

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2016, 12:48:59 pm »
ConcoursKZ - that's slick. Expect me to copy that(!)  :great: thanks
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2016, 12:55:55 pm »
ConcoursKZ - that's slick. Expect me to copy that(!)  :great: thanks

The screws supplied with the GoPro are the same thread and you can easily remove the camera. Vibration isn't bad and the sound is ok. Depending on your windshield you might have to raise it a little. Take no time to do it because you are using existing hole.
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2016, 01:00:36 pm »
It is hard to fight vibration on a bike. Best thing would be to wrap foam around the crash bars to put a damper between the camera mount and bike. Run a microphone to your air filter or under seat for no wind noise. And, importantly, as many of these cameras sit unused because the videos are boring. Cameras are like girlfriends - one isn't enough, but you can't afford too many - so one GoPro and at least one other, 2 other (cheap works) cameras mounted in different places. Even pointed rearward can be amusing if you catch a cop busting an U-Turn or an FJR trying to keep up(!)

Editing a few angles together without wind noise will make it fun to watch:)

Another tip: the 40 minute ride might only have a few good minitues in it. Snip them out, and start saving your favorite clips somewhere. Within a year you will have a geat video instead of a bunch of recordings of rides from the driveway to the gas station, etc.

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All good pointers.  I've actually done this before, just not on the C14.
















I didn't have any issues with vibration, except at certain RPMS, which didnt last long.


But handlebar mounting usually offers up the most vibration on a bike due to the connection with the roadway.


I dont like body mounts, and mounting to the crash bar would of course mean a smashed camera if I set it down.


I was curious about the bars on the c14, as I dont feel a LOT of vibration when I ride, vs on the old R1 I had.



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I've done the game of changing out batteries every 3-4 hours, but not anymore with this.



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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2016, 02:51:08 pm »
+1 on 3BR external case.

That's why I chose the handlebar area so I can have the cable closer without interfering while turning. And agree 100%, don't have to worry about changing batteries now.

I might just try mounting it on the cages since I do like the low side profile with the front wheel in view. Makes the video look more realistic and exciting. I had it on my old C10... https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=9507CFCBB33464B5!266510&authkey=!AFxgFK91S0OZhSA&ithint=video%2cmov
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2016, 03:24:32 pm »
+1 on 3BR external case.

That's why I chose the handlebar area so I can have the cable closer without interfering while turning. And agree 100%, don't have to worry about changing batteries now.

I might just try mounting it on the cages since I do like the low side profile with the front wheel in view. Makes the video look more realistic and exciting. I had it on my old C10... https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=9507CFCBB33464B5!266510&authkey=!AFxgFK91S0OZhSA&ithint=video%2cmov


Yeah I dont like just a view of the road.  Or it could just be mounted to a tricycle.  I like to have a bikepart in the frame =D

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2016, 03:59:27 pm »
I dont like body mounts, and mounting to the crash bar would of course mean a smashed camera if I set it down.

Are you taking about the Human body or motorcycle body?

I have found that the Human body acts as a shock absorber somewhat and does remove some of the jitters or shake that
is present when mounted to the bike.

One other thing to take into account is on a cloudy day the shutter speed on the camera is going to be reduced - so with
all things being equal a sunny day should give better results just because of a higher shutter speed in most situations - IMO.

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2016, 04:16:58 pm »
I dont like body mounts, and mounting to the crash bar would of course mean a smashed camera if I set it down.

Are you taking about the Human body or motorcycle body?

I have found that the Human body acts as a shock absorber somewhat and does remove some of the jitters or shake that
is present when mounted to the bike.

One other thing to take into account is on a cloudy day the shutter speed on the camera is going to be reduced - so with
all things being equal a sunny day should give better results just because of a higher shutter speed in most situations - IMO.


Bodywork on the c14.  I've tried helmet mounts for the gopro, but I don't like the weight of the camera on my helmet. It catches wind, causing more buffeting for me.




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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2016, 05:31:42 pm »
I haven't ridden the new bike much yet.  But on my 08, I tried a few different mount options with my contourHD cam.  In the end I preferred the helmet mount as it gave the most options.  The other mounts weren't always looking where I wanted them to, or needed them to.  And I personally didn't wantt to have 5 cameras hanging off my bike for different views.
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2016, 09:19:16 pm »
Yeah thanks for sharing.  A bit too much vibration for my taste.  Thats what I was concerned about.

On the 2nd video, you can still see the camera mount there on the left handle bar...   :)) 

I was going to mount a drybox on it and put my phone in there but never did.

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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2016, 04:26:57 am »
If you dont like the bulkiness of the go pro,  you should look into the contour.   
There are a lot of mount options.   The helmet mount is flush.
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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2016, 01:06:29 pm »
I have a 3 go pro mounts attached with the 3m tape that have been on there for track days and 2 years now. Without the camera installed they almost completely blend in with my black '12. That tape is NOT gonna let the camera fall off unless you oiled the plastic before you installed it. This mounting also does a very good job of controlling vibes in the video.  I have one on the left upper fairing that has the camera looking out on the left side of the windscreen on a long arm, one is directly on the left side bodywork and the other is under the rt side mirror. The body work mount really gives an indication of how far over I am leaning the bike like in my Dragon and track day vids.
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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2016, 01:26:51 pm »
I have a 3 go pro mounts attached with the 3m tape that have been on there for track days and 2 years now. Without the camera installed they almost completely blend in with my black '12. That tape is NOT gonna let the camera fall off unless you oiled the plastic before you installed it. This mounting also does a very good job of controlling vibes in the video.  I have one on the left upper fairing that has the camera looking out on the left side of the windscreen on a long arm, one is directly on the left side bodywork and the other is under the rt side mirror. The body work mount really gives an indication of how far over I am leaning the bike like in my Dragon and track day vids.
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Ive been pretty impressed with the sticky mounts from Gopro as well.


You got some snaps of the mount locations and ex video?


REmember I have big CWL's hanging off my mirrors.




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Re: Anyone have a video camera mounted to the handlebars?
« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2016, 02:07:12 pm »
JTX,
I saw, I'm JEALOUS as hell. Maybe someday. Still looking hard at a KTM 690 though. Ill see about the pics of the mounts here this afternoon. As for the videos check out my YouTube channel. These were all using the left side mirror mount.
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