Do you use a camera on your bike? What Kind and why?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Riding Gear & Accessories' started by doublej, Apr 25, 2020.

  1. doublej

    doublej Bronze Member
    Supporting Vendor Original 111

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    1,724
    Likes Received:
    3,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,193
    Location:
    SC
    I've seen some 360 cameras used on rides with mind boggling footage....thinking about getting one.
     
    IROQUOIS likes this.
  2. sidecarsam

    sidecarsam Gold Member
    Supporter Original 111

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2016
    Messages:
    7,655
    Likes Received:
    23,099
    Trophy Points:
    8,193
    Location:
    Helena, Montana
    I've used a Gopro. It's fun but battery only lasts a couple hours. I'd want something that got power from the bike so I wouldn't have to change batteries. It would also need a large memory capacity. :)
     
    IROQUOIS and doublej like this.
  3. Big A

    Big A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2018
    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    247
    Trophy Points:
    53
    Location:
    Northeastern Washington
    I purchased a Drift Ghost X camera earlier this year, not much time for use so far this spring.
    It's very simple to use and battery life is advertised for 5 hours. It has wrap memory and camera lens can be rotated. It can be mounted on the helmet or handle bar with an accessory purchased ( separately).
    I prefer the handle bar mount, don't want something stuck to the side of my helmet. Downloading to my computer is simple as well.

    Seems like a quality product so far.

    Big A
     
    IROQUOIS and doublej like this.
  4. Baldhead_J

    Baldhead_J Gold Member
    Original 111

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2016
    Messages:
    9,211
    Likes Received:
    20,558
    Trophy Points:
    8,193
    I used to use a GoPro but the editing software, uploading, and posting got to be a serious pain in the ass. I've given a GoPro and an Action Cam away and I don't plan to go back.

    Maybe I'd try the newer Sena comm/cam combo. But the editing software will make all the difference.
     
    IROQUOIS, doublej and sidecarsam like this.
  5. thumper

    thumper Gold Member
    Original 111

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2016
    Messages:
    5,158
    Likes Received:
    16,098
    Trophy Points:
    8,193
    Location:
    A half mile from Hell.
    A club guy I know has one on his helmet. He uses it to record every time he gets pulled over which is a lot if he has his colors on. He says they are much more polite if they know he’s recording them.
     
    IROQUOIS, sidecarsam and doublej like this.
  6. doublej

    doublej Bronze Member
    Supporting Vendor Original 111

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    1,724
    Likes Received:
    3,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,193
    Location:
    SC
    Appreciate the reply. Is that a 360 degree camera?
     
    IROQUOIS likes this.
  7. doublej

    doublej Bronze Member
    Supporting Vendor Original 111

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    1,724
    Likes Received:
    3,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,193
    Location:
    SC
    My brother rides with some retired LE guys that do the same thing.....
     
    IROQUOIS likes this.
  8. doublej

    doublej Bronze Member
    Supporting Vendor Original 111

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    1,724
    Likes Received:
    3,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,193
    Location:
    SC
    Been using SENA comm systems for several years so I need to check them out....might go along with a new Mod helmet...but also hearing good things about Cardo comm systems too.
     
    #8 doublej, Apr 26, 2020
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2020
    IROQUOIS likes this.
  9. Big A

    Big A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2018
    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    247
    Trophy Points:
    53
    Location:
    Northeastern Washington
    No, DJ approximately 300 degree or very close. Some other details about the camera though, modular design, 12 MP photo & time lapse. It has 140 degree wide angle lens with built in noise reducing microphone. A 128GB SD card can be installed, that's what I am using ( purchased locally).

    There are 4 camera modes Video, Photo, Time-lapse and Phot-burst so far I've only used the video mode. Instructions indicate it is weather resistant, that's to be determined.
    I'm very impressed with the handle bar mount, it has not moved from where I cinched it down.

    Camera dose come with quick disconnect mount, just snaps to this plastic clip that you mount to your helmet or bike.
     
    doublej and IROQUOIS like this.
  10. CuChulain

    CuChulain Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2016
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    1,942
    Trophy Points:
    128
    Location:
    East AL
    I use the Garmin 360. I have the power mount (wired up to a 12V source (my bike battery) that keeps the camera from running down its battery. Under normal circumstances I use a 256g card on loop so that if I need evidence of who pulled out in front of whom I have it all recorded. On vacations I have 4 256g cards which lets me record almost the entire trip there, riding around and back. I have used it after a vacation if I made a mental note of when/where something I saw while on the trip I can go back and take a closer look.
    The Garmin can record in 5.7K (which is 4K per 180 degrees), but I typically just record at 4K.

    Here's a link to a youtube video I took of a helicopter ride during the 2018 Pow Wow in NC. It looks bad when I play it from there because my internet is very slow, but the main thing is the gmetrix that gets recorded and can be laid over the final video. If you turn the camera foward (use the mouse to drag the video) you can see some of the gmetrix overlaid in that video.

    Hope this helps.

    Forgot to add the link...

    Here's one of a bike ride while up there which would be more applicable for your needs.
     
    #10 CuChulain, Apr 27, 2020
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2020
    Eeyore, doublej and IROQUOIS like this.
  11. doublej

    doublej Bronze Member
    Supporting Vendor Original 111

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    1,724
    Likes Received:
    3,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,193
    Location:
    SC
    Great footage! Thank you for posting.....that's exactly what I'm looking for....I have a buddy that highly recommended that I get a camera with a power connection to avoid the battery situation.
     
    CuChulain and sidecarsam like this.
  12. theMucker

    theMucker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2016
    Messages:
    597
    Likes Received:
    1,507
    Trophy Points:
    138
    Location:
    Sale Creek, TN, USA
    I've started a new thread asking how many would like a mount that places the camera just below the headlight. It may be of interest to you.

    GoPro Mount---Who Would Like One?
     
  13. Baldhead_J

    Baldhead_J Gold Member
    Original 111

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2016
    Messages:
    9,211
    Likes Received:
    20,558
    Trophy Points:
    8,193
    My fairing is gonna get in the way.
     
  14. theMucker

    theMucker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2016
    Messages:
    597
    Likes Received:
    1,507
    Trophy Points:
    138
    Location:
    Sale Creek, TN, USA
    What kinda fairing DO you have? The mount that I designed fits the Thunder Strokes. As for the Challenger models and (maybe) the models with the new HD-like fairing, we have to look into them to see if it will work.
     
  15. Baldhead_J

    Baldhead_J Gold Member
    Original 111

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2016
    Messages:
    9,211
    Likes Received:
    20,558
    Trophy Points:
    8,193
    2019 CDH
    20201019_173624~2.jpg
     
    theMucker likes this.
  16. Eeyore

    Eeyore Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2016
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    150
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    SE, TN
    Hey, I recognize a rider in front of you :cool:...
     
    CuChulain likes this.
  17. CuChulain

    CuChulain Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2016
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    1,942
    Trophy Points:
    128
    Location:
    East AL
    Good times.
     
    Eeyore likes this.
  18. theMucker

    theMucker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2016
    Messages:
    597
    Likes Received:
    1,507
    Trophy Points:
    138
    Location:
    Sale Creek, TN, USA
    Yep! While I think that the mount will fit into the steering stem, we have to be sure of that AND to be sure it will work with the new fairing. Stand by for that. Thanks to the holidays, it may take a while until we've got definitive info.
     
    Baldhead_J likes this.

Share This Page