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Go Pro Camera
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:23:23 am »
Just went out for a little ride on the C14 because i wanted to test out the Go Pro Camera.  I haven't added any music or anything to it because this was just a test.  As you can tell there was a bug that hit the center of the camera.  This was my second or third recording so I will do better next time.  Thinking about taking it to Deals Gap in a few weeks to really play with it.

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 01:57:31 pm »
Looking good. . .
Question: where and how was the GoPro mounted? Did you use the "motorsports" suction cup mount?

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 02:02:09 pm »
Was that a cop that just went by, lucky man.  ^-^

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2012, 06:50:04 pm »
Guess I am a little confused and that is ok being new to the site I need to learn about where to post things and where not to post things but why was this moved to accessories when I was trying to show a video of me out riding using my go pro camera?

Yes it is the suction cup mount and let me tell you..... it doesn't go anywhere when you suction that thing down.

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2012, 07:56:43 pm »
I'm curious - I have same camera (earlier model) and am wondering just where you located the camera on your bike.  I understand you used the suction cup mount but where did you attach it on the bike??  Were you concerned about it coming loose and falling off while you were riding??  Did you have some kind of tether attached to the camera or the mount??

I used the camera last year while in Europe.  I have the LCD back on it but always had problems trying to turn it on while riding, and then, wondering if it really was turned on our not. 

Too bad you have to use a magnifying glass to read the printed instructions - or at least the ones that came with my camera.  Much easier to see if you download the PDF and read it on the computer.  I presume you have the HD model 2???  Mine is the older one - I can't be sure of the model (no place can I see where it says "model xxxx" - but I think mine is referred to as the 1080.

I would love to see a photo of the bike and camera installed, if you can furnish one.  I just purchase the Contour Roam, and am going to try it out this weekend - still trying to figure best place to install - on the bike or on the helmet???

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012, 11:55:05 pm »
I'm curious - I have same camera (earlier model) and am wondering just where you located the camera on your bike.  I understand you used the suction cup mount but where did you attach it on the bike??  Were you concerned about it coming loose and falling off while you were riding??  Did you have some kind of tether attached to the camera or the mount??

I used the camera last year while in Europe.  I have the LCD back on it but always had problems trying to turn it on while riding, and then, wondering if it really was turned on our not. 

Too bad you have to use a magnifying glass to read the printed instructions - or at least the ones that came with my camera.  Much easier to see if you download the PDF and read it on the computer.  I presume you have the HD model 2???  Mine is the older one - I can't be sure of the model (no place can I see where it says "model xxxx" - but I think mine is referred to as the 1080.

I would love to see a photo of the bike and camera installed, if you can furnish one.  I just purchase the Contour Roam, and am going to try it out this weekend - still trying to figure best place to install - on the bike or on the helmet???

I have the GoPro HD Hero..... I got it for 100 bucks cheaper then the GoPro Hero 2 so I jumped on it.

I just use the suction cup and attached it to the right front side of the bike.

I am trying to attached the pic to show you where I attach it.... I don't use a tether or anything because once that thing is suctioned on it isn't coming off.... it is on there.
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 03:04:06 am »
I'm curious - I have same camera (earlier model) and am wondering just where you located the camera on your bike.  I understand you used the suction cup mount but where did you attach it on the bike??  Were you concerned about it coming loose and falling off while you were riding??  Did you have some kind of tether attached to the camera or the mount??

I used the camera last year while in Europe.  I have the LCD back on it but always had problems trying to turn it on while riding, and then, wondering if it really was turned on our not. 

Too bad you have to use a magnifying glass to read the printed instructions - or at least the ones that came with my camera.  Much easier to see if you download the PDF and read it on the computer.  I presume you have the HD model 2???  Mine is the older one - I can't be sure of the model (no place can I see where it says "model xxxx" - but I think mine is referred to as the 1080.

I would love to see a photo of the bike and camera installed, if you can furnish one.  I just purchase the Contour Roam, and am going to try it out this weekend - still trying to figure best place to install - on the bike or on the helmet???

I have the GoPro HD Hero..... I got it for 100 bucks cheaper then the GoPro Hero 2 so I jumped on it.

I just use the suction cup and attached it to the right front side of the bike.

I am trying to attached the pic to show you where I attach it.... I don't use a tether or anything because once that thing is suctioned on it isn't coming off.... it is on there.

Great price but if you can get the Hero2. Much,much better...
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012, 03:31:10 am »
Guess I am a little confused and that is ok being new to the site I need to learn about where to post things and where not to post things but why was this moved to accessories when I was trying to show a video of me out riding using my go pro camera?



 ;) don't worry you'll get used to it...seriously, I hang out on quite a few forums for other motorsports etc and y'all got some thread movin' nazi's here.
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012, 05:45:03 am »
Ahhh, but they're OUR thread movin' nazis so it's ok!  :-[

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2012, 08:33:25 am »

Guess I am a little confused and that is ok being new to the site I need to learn about where to post things and where not to post things but why was this moved to accessories when I was trying to show a video of me out riding using my go pro camera?



 ;) don't worry you'll get used to it...seriously, I hang out on quite a few forums for other motorsports etc and y'all got some thread movin' nazi's here.

    I'm the " thread movin' nazi" that moved this thread here from the C14 general chat section. But to help clear up any confusion. This thread is (in my opinion) a thread about a "Go Pro Camera" (as per this thread's own title). It's showing the use of said camera (which by the way), that did not come on the C14 OEM. Thus making it an accessory (farkle). Just being that your demonstrating how the camera works, doesn't necessarily make it a subject actually about the C14. And just to point out, camera video's on rides would belong in the rides section, not the C14 general chat section. So either way, I would have moved it.
    It's a thankless job moderating a forum. Someone is always going to be unhappy and b!tch about something. The moderators do put up with a lot of crap and I thank all of them for the time they give to do this. But in my case, I personally have big shoulders and can deal with it. So if you folks feel it necessary to refer to us as "thread movin' nazi's", so be it. But if these same folks took the time to make an attempt at putting things in the right section, there would be less need for us "thread movin' nazi's" to have to move said threads! Or maybe we should do away with all the sections and just have one section. Then we could all sort through every thread, every time we log onto the forum. Nah, maybe not. I think having threads in separate and proper sections might still work better.  ;)

  By the way runhog, it's OK. It can take a little time to figure out most of the workings of different sites/forums. So it's not a surprise that newer folks do get confused. You'll get a little more acclimated as time goes on. But even then if you get something wrong now and then. Us "thread movin' nazi's" will help you out and get it in the right place (without us feeling the need to refer to folks with a less than flattering label). By the way, welcome to the forum if we didn't tell you earlier.

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2012, 12:04:01 pm »
I wouldn't call someone a Nazi unless they were participating in the genocide of over a million ethnic group members. In such a case, it would be a fitting description.

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2012, 08:21:58 pm »
Thank you Capt'nBob for your services.  :beerchug: 
Now my beef. >:(  This should be in a generic thread not linked to any bike.  It is of interest to anyone who might want info about videoing rides. :-*
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012, 03:56:33 pm »
It's hard use forums & find stuff sometimes, especially when you are new. I think this forum is one of the most useful & generally "user friendly" & sometimes we forget to say "Thanks" I to those folks who work hard to keep stuff organized & user friendly. Thanks Bob & other helpers! :-)

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2012, 04:45:07 pm »
I'm curious - I have same camera (earlier model) and am wondering just where you located the camera on your bike.  I understand you used the suction cup mount but where did you attach it on the bike??  Were you concerned about it coming loose and falling off while you were riding??  Did you have some kind of tether attached to the camera or the mount??

I used the camera last year while in Europe.  I have the LCD back on it but always had problems trying to turn it on while riding, and then, wondering if it really was turned on our not. 

Too bad you have to use a magnifying glass to read the printed instructions - or at least the ones that came with my camera.  Much easier to see if you download the PDF and read it on the computer.  I presume you have the HD model 2???  Mine is the older one - I can't be sure of the model (no place can I see where it says "model xxxx" - but I think mine is referred to as the 1080.

I would love to see a photo of the bike and camera installed, if you can furnish one.  I just purchase the Contour Roam, and am going to try it out this weekend - still trying to figure best place to install - on the bike or on the helmet???


If it helps I mounted mine this way. You will have to raise the stock windshield up a little. I just removed the screw and replaced it with the one that came with the camera as it was the same size.
Works perfect and easy to remove. I even leave the thumb screw attached when it isn't on so I don't lose it.


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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2012, 04:52:17 pm »
I spent some time testing and found that the Hero 2 mounts perfectly if you attach the mount in the recessed pocket behind the right or left mirror.  The self-adhesive should hold, but I added two tiny self-threading screws just to make sure it stays.  The mount in that position has zero obstruction and the video at wide or vertical settings looks great.  You will need to add two of the mounts that came with the camera to get the correct compound angle.  Turning the camera on and off is easy.  It should mount fine left or right side.  I chose the right side so I could stop and start the camera at a stop with the clutch engaged.

If you would ever decide to remove the mount, I’m sure the tiny holes would be undetectable in the mirror recess.  As a bonus, if you put the release catch to the inside, you can fold the mirror in and easily release the catch.  Not so easy for someone wanting to steal the camera.

The Hero 2 HD camera does a great job.  I used it for skiing, mountain biking, and a few trips on the C-14. I found out that having the camera is tough and can survive mountain bike crashes.  Yep, having the camera on makes you want to take chances.  But never on the C-14.  Riding that comes first.
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2012, 02:34:42 am »
4bikes- I tried mounting my gopro like you did, it vibrates way too much. I don't think those small mount arms are as sturdy as the big suction cup one that I had been using, stuck to the fairing.

Have you taken any video with yours mounted that way?

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2012, 04:10:50 am »
Had mine mounted to the windshield and was just ok,kind of boring really as there is no subject other than the road.I think the go-pro is better at other applications with action.My videos were of a ride that I already rode from a stationary camera on a moving object so the frame of reference didnt change.I recorded a rider ahead of me and that was better and riders behind you on twisties would be better still.I tried the camera on my helmet and as long as the road is the star of the movie,the movie loses interest in a hurry.The go=pro is a cool toy but not too good for touring.Races yes,country roads no. imo
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2012, 05:03:43 am »
Had mine mounted to the windshield and was just ok,kind of boring really as there is no subject other than the road.I think the go-pro is better at other applications with action.My videos were of a ride that I already rode from a stationary camera on a moving object so the frame of reference didnt change.I recorded a rider ahead of me and that was better and riders behind you on twisties would be better still.I tried the camera on my helmet and as long as the road is the star of the movie,the movie loses interest in a hurry.The go=pro is a cool toy but not too good for touring.Races yes,country roads no. imo

Sadly I have to agree with you. Have been playing with cameras on bikes way before these little gadgets came along, and once the novelty of being the art director wears off, you're left with one boring a** video(s). It's always the road ahead of you or the road behind you. Nothing really changes. In the past I had girls operating the video camera, but most of the videos were shaky therefore totally unusable for any kind of post production. Knowing all this I sold my Go Pro Hero and bought the Go Pro Hero 2. Go figure!
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2012, 10:53:07 am »
I like the novelty of it. Being able to show your friends what 120mph looks like, or taking curves at a spirited pace.  Or reliving that buzzard that flew into your lane, over and over again. :)

My wife will use it in photo mode and do the picture every few seconds thing when she's riding down to NC/TN this summer.

Plus- recording your rides might be good (or bad) in case of an accident.

I still want to hook it to my dog and play fetch and see what it looks like from his point of view.

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2012, 11:17:46 am »
4bikes- I tried mounting my gopro like you did, it vibrates way too much. I don't think those small mount arms are as sturdy as the big suction cup one that I had been using, stuck to the fairing.

Have you taken any video with yours mounted that way?

I found that the video quality was surprisingly good and doesn’t vibrate at all.  If you want vibrations, mount the camera to a mountain bike’s handlebars.  Sometimes watching it you will want to puke or go into an epileptic shock.  Still a great way to review an epic ride.  As far as the novelty goes, you can say that about most gadgets.  I find that friends like seeing their bikes on group rides and if you enter a new town or destination, it’s nice to flip it on and capture the moment.  I bought my Hero 2 for action sports, but found it’s nice to have on C-14 rides too. There is a new saying, if you don’t have a picture, it never happened.
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2012, 12:00:25 pm »
This is a great thread as I have been trying to come up with a way to mount the Go Pro in away that is easy to access to turn on an off and it know if your actually recording or not. The Go Pro is phenomenal it just we need to come up with a mount that doesn't only just show the road directly in front. Right now I look like Martin the Martian with the camera on the helmet.
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2012, 12:20:48 pm »
CIG4R, I like that a lot.  I never considered that there is interest in watching the clutch and throttle work, and a bonus view in the rearview mirrors.  Go Pro includes a curved mount perfect for the helmet, so that would be a simple switch back and forth from the fixed bike mount.  Nice video too.  In my opinion, HD video trumps fixed cameras.
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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2012, 01:35:39 pm »
I gotta try the helmet mount too. I was thinking it'd be nice to video what you are looking at, like when you were looking off the bridge at the water. You miss a lot of the scenery with it fixed on the bike.

Either way, it's fun looking at what everyone is doing with the cameras and how they are mounting them.

I posted this one in another thread, but to be specific, the camera is mounted with the suction cup mount on the fairing just behind the headlight. For safety I zip tied it to the mirror in case the suction cup failed, but it stayed on with no problems. The video on this compared to what I did yesterday with the mirror mount is night and day, it's nice and smooth with this one.


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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2012, 02:05:37 pm »
i had mine on a flat mount on the bottom of the solid mirror bracket. great view, got the fender also so the suspension was working too, very stable, and could pull it back so the lens wasn't peppered with sand and stuff all day on the rest of the ride.

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Re: Go Pro Camera
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2012, 08:31:26 am »
i had mine on a flat mount on the bottom of the solid mirror bracket. great view, got the fender also so the suspension was working too, very stable, and could pull it back so the lens wasn't peppered with sand and stuff all day on the rest of the ride.


Do you have a couple photos of where and how the camera was attached to the mirror bracket??  Did you use velcro, or did you screw  the bracket into the bike somehow?  Or did you use the suction cup mount??  It would be helpful to see some photos of how it was attached.