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Old 08-22-2016, 09:48 AM   #1
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Good location for GoPro on Gen2

Was out dirt bike riding this past weekend and found a GoPro Hero3 on the trail. Put a post in Thumpertalk in the Rocky Mountain region to see if the owner surfaces and can ID the video on it, not all of it is bike related. Sorry, no porn!

I have a Contour helmet cam mount but never really liked the point of view for the street bike. It works well, but the POV is it just boring to me. Was looking at my FZ1 and the shape of the GoPro case and hatched a plan. The top of the FZ1's drag bar handlebar mount, a spare piece of dense Li battery spacer foam, a couple of holes drilled in the already no sticky stuff left GoPro mount, and 2 zip ties later and it all came together quite nicely!

My bike has Rox risers on it, which puts the bar back a bit. The camera sits there solid as a rock and very stable and the case tilts forward for easy access, and resting on the bar it is at the perfect angle. It is foolproof. The video quality and especially the sound are quite good, and it is cool to see the instruments also. I figured the video would be buzzy and or jittery with the camera mounted solidly to the bike, but it isn't. It is really smooth. Still image from the video, to protect the heinously guilty. Open remote road, on the gas accelerating in a low gear, well, you can guess what happened next right?

Did not go too crazy for too long, as you can see the radar detector mount is empty. Horses and cows were the only witnesses, and they aren't talking
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:11 AM   #2
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I kept my Countur on the handlebars with a clamp, but while the view was excellent thru the clear (and hopefully clean) windscreen, the vibrations were too much for my taste. I relocated the Countur to the side of my helmet. The view might be less action, but works best for the trips because it records what you see/look at. My recordings in the Italian Alps captured the views that the handlebars camera might not catch.
Personally I dislike the teletubby look when I see the go-pro on the top of the helmet.
I've seen great angles from the fork mount.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:04 AM   #3
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I had a similar mount to yours that I used for a while which does give a nice perspective (I think I used it on the microphone video I did), but at certain RPM's I would get the vibes that make the wavy video from the shutter effect.

I know you said you don't like the helmet mounted camera view but I like the view similar to being on the handle bars but just further back from the instruments. I tried using the GoPro "Chesty" mount and found that it gives a great perspective but at speed it blows around a little too much. In the end I have my camera mounted low on the chin bar. I kind of like that it gives the viewer the perspective of the rider. Another benefit is that there are no vibrations.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:52 AM   #4
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... but shows your speedometer ;)
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:01 PM   #5
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Nothing a little video editing hardware wont fix
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:33 PM   #6
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but at certain RPM's I would get the vibes that make the wavy video from the shutter effect.
I would get that when using the plastic mounts that came with the GoPro. Switched over to the RAM Mount for the GoPro -- with the stout metal double socket arm -- and never had another issue. That arm with the rubber ball mounts really dampens vibration.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:15 PM   #7
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Good idea on the chin mount, I want to set up my dirt bike helmet that way.

Funny thing about the chin mount with dirt bike videos though. Some riding buddies have that setup, great point of view, but with the camera right there by their face, it sounds like a heavy breathing porn movie in the tough terrain
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:48 PM   #8
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LOL, yeah I have seen some videos were the guys actually put it inside the helmet - great perspective but yeah, you hear everything they do.
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:56 AM   #9
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Chin mount works for me. The top of the helmet thing looks silly and drags on the helmet.
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:03 PM   #10
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For my trackdays I've mounted facing backwards on top of the tail, on the tank with the suction cup holder, and on the radiator guards (I have a spare set). Gives me some decent angles.

I just have to build a "zip tie chain" so that it is secured to something just in case. Don't need it bouncing down the track and killing someone. I avoid wearing them at the track. Street is okay.

I used to have a Contour as well. I liked it better than a GoPro just for ease of use. Took it on a cruise and while it "said" it was waterproof, it decided to fill up with saltwater at the beach.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:00 PM   #11
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I used to have a Contour as well. I liked it better than a GoPro just for ease of use. Took it on a cruise and while it "said" it was waterproof, it decided to fill up with saltwater at the beach.
my contour survived the downpour ride in the mountains...
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my contour survived the downpour ride in the mountains...
Well, didn't survive 10' under the Caribbean!
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:29 PM   #13
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Oh well. I was able to locate the camer's rightful owner via posting on Thumpertalk. The camera is going back, +1 FZ1 squid video

Perhaps I will get a basic Hero camera cheap though and mount it there. Just worked so perfectly. Not $300 or more for a spiffy cutting edge new camera worth of perfect, but perhaps entry level Hero perfect nonetheless. Also thinking I might use it on the loop setting with an external power source as a sort of dash cam for the bike. Will look into that.
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:19 PM   #14
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Oh well. I was able to locate the camer's rightful owner via posting on Thumpertalk. The camera is going back, +1 FZ1 squid video

Perhaps I will get a basic Hero camera cheap though and mount it there. Just worked so perfectly. Not $300 or more for a spiffy cutting edge new camera worth of perfect, but perhaps entry level Hero perfect nonetheless. Also thinking I might use it on the loop setting with an external power source as a sort of dash cam for the bike. Will look into that.
Quality option with a decent review. All the reviewers seem to like it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSiGcFsUAwo
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:37 PM   #15
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Nice of you to reach out and find the owner, awesome for adding some righteous FZ hooliganism.
The chin mount looks wicked in traffic....no doubt any cager knows they may be filmed.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:59 AM   #16
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Quality option with a decent review. All the reviewers seem to like it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSiGcFsUAwo
Wow. That looks great!
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RAM mount will solve your vibration issues but won't eliminate the suspension bumpiness
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