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Offline Jay

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Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:27:08 am »
Got a GoPro2 Motorsports edition as a gift and am experimenting with places to mount it on my 2011. 

I used the suction cup mount on the plastic top of my gas tank with the "neck" straight up high and two extenders to reach the view over the instrument cluster so the road shows. Wanted the instrument cluster in the shot but on the bottom.
The shaking was too much and it screwed-up the video.

Not a fan of the helmet mount do to excessive wind noise...and because it makes the wearer look like a tool.

Anyone have a good spot for mounting a GoPro? One that's solid and can get a cockpit view of the road?
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2013, 03:37:20 am »
Using too many extensions results in the vibration issue you observed. What you need is a solid aluminum mount to the gas cap mounting screws. I'll see if I can find a link to something that would work, but even those are too short - you'd need to fab a solid extension to get the camera high enough.

You could use the GoPro chest strap mount - that should get the field of view you want and be relatively stable.

Check out the Youtube link in my sig for some of the videos I shot using tank mount (Germany vids) and fairing mount (Santa Cruz mtns).

BTW, the audio algorithm on the GoPro requires a lot of engine or exhaust noise to overcome the "white noise" from the wind. If you have the Hero2, get the skeleton housing that has ports in it so you can plug in an external stereo mic.
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013, 04:01:33 am »
Here's an example of the mount I was mentioning. Don't know anything about the ebay store, but the price is good. And as you can see, you'd need to fab a longer arm between the base the camera platform. This is a good mount - Pashnit used one of these for a couple of years before going exclusively RAM mount.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-Camera-GPS-Tank-Mount-Kawasaki-ER-6N-09-/170964709629?hash=item27ce4a70fd&item=170964709629&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr

Ya know, I am thinking that if you remove the arm and camera mount from the base, you can then put a RAM 1/4-20 Ball mount on the base and using a 9" RAM arm, you'd get the camera up high enough and it should be stable and infinitely adjustable. The whole thing would be less than 50 bucks. Cheap enough to experiment with. I may have to try it.

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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 02:50:45 pm »
Remove the screw and replace with screw in GoPro package. Its the same thread size and long enough. Only works with the windshield partially up or all the way up. You can lower the windshield but you have to tilt the camera back. You can just unscrew the the turn knob to remove camera.







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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 03:29:07 pm »
A local COGer and I like this mounting location best. As you will see in the photo i have a shoe lace as a tether, but my buddy uses fishing line.

provides a good stable centered mount.
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 03:47:49 pm »
Good solutions, guys, but J is looking for a cockpit mount - one that includes a view of the dash. Because of the cover in front of the actual tank, and the height of the dash, this one is tough to do and still get good video. You have really limited mounting options. Any ideas to help him out?
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 05:07:28 pm »

Thanks, JPavlis_CA, ConcoursKZ, and XxCAM45xX. ;D
All good mounts. Your ideas got me searching different sites on the net.

Found some good hardware but still have the height of the dash to overcome for a cockpit view.
May have to choose another view. Still want a secure, stable spot to minimize the shaking.
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 09:42:10 pm »
Is a short RAM arm off a reservoir or handlebar ball-mount still to shaky?

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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2013, 12:41:05 am »
Is a short RAM arm off a reservoir or handlebar ball-mount still to shaky?


Something like this? I am considering it, along with a GoPro handlebar mount (that wouldn't work with the GTR1400 handlebars alone).

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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2013, 01:12:44 am »
Also toying with this idea but it still might be too short to make it over the instrument cluster. (This is a TechMount steering stem mount on a Hayabusa.)



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Mounted between the silver screws on the gas tank plastic cover, the base of the camera needs to sit 6.5 inches high in order to clear the instrument cluster enough to see through the windshield AND have the speedo & tach in the bottom of the frame.



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This is the type of mount JPavlis_CA was suggesting (Thanks, by the way).
Your idea, "...remove the arm and camera mount from the base, you can then put a RAM 1/4-20 Ball mount on the base and using a 9" RAM arm, you'd get the camera up high enough and it should be stable and infinitely adjustable", sounds really good. The main idea being to keep as steady a platform as possible while raised.



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And this could work if the height was adjustable/higher.
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2013, 01:46:54 am »
J - for that gas tank mount, you'd need to mount it pointing to the side, or rear, of the filler hole because of the tank cover in front. Also, I looked and RAM doesn't have the 9"arm anymore. But they do have an aluminum extension drilled and tapped with 1/4-20 threads on each end, so something using RAM products could be cobbled together.

I have the center mount Techmont with the older square mounting plate. Using just the 6" RAM arm and a couple of ball mounts, it wasn't high enough to see over the dash.

The handlebar insert would work for height and placement, but I'm not sure about vibes.
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2013, 02:17:05 am »
I just mounted mine on the clutch cover with mount I made. Nice & easy to reach.

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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2013, 04:00:22 am »
I just mounted mine on the clutch cover with mount I made. Nice & easy to reach.

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Elegant solution, Cliff.
Any vibration issues?
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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2013, 04:13:47 am »
I have the center mount Techmont with the older square mounting plate. Using just the 6" RAM arm and a couple of ball mounts, it wasn't high enough to see over the dash.


So the center mount Techmount with a 6" riser still isn't high enough to see over the dash?






Looks like the top of the forks is a few inches lower than the plastic tank cover.

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Re: Best GoPro Mounting Spot?
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2013, 12:50:23 pm »
I just mounted mine on the clutch cover with mount I made. Nice & easy to reach.

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Elegant solution, Cliff.
Any vibration issues?

No problem's, quick & easy to make does not hamper removal of clutch reservoir cover.
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