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post #1 of 4 Old Aug 14th, 2015, 11:16 am Thread Starter
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Tethering a GoPro

There was a recent thread about GoPros and other POV cameras and where to mount them. I like the idea of mounting my Hero3+ to the windshield of my 2014 R1200RT, low down so it is not in my line of site, using the GoPro suction holder. I am trying to figure out the best way to tether the camera to the bike, as I know at some point the suction mount will likely flip off. I just can't find a suitable place to attach the tether to the bike. I don't want the tether flapping against the windscreen, and I would rather not use the adhesive tether to tether it to the fairing. Lots of creative folk on this forum, so I'm sure someone has come come up with a successful idea.


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Re: Tethering a GoPro

That suction mount is over kill for the weight of the camera. Just give it a tug before each ride. I have never had mine come off in three years

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Re: Tethering a GoPro

It might be true that the suction-cup is more than strong enough to hold the weight of the tiny camera, BUT that one time when you were a little careless and didn't make sure that the area is clean, or whatever, and it could cost you a $400 camera!

OTOH, making and using a tether is very easy! I use a fairly large diameter nylon mono-filament, a length of fishing leader that I had lying around, or go and buy a small spool of heavy fishing line. One end is fastened to the camera. I made the length long enough to go to the nearest point where I would loop that end around a solid part of the bike. A pair of snap-swivels are really handy for this use. Tie one to each end of that length of line, and you can snap the ends onto a lot of things.

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Re: Tethering a GoPro

Or you can simply use a GoPro tether near the mount point... Even though John hasn't had any problems using an untethered suction mount, I'm still leery of using mine on any moving object without tethering for added security, as I don't want to spring for an early GoPro upgrade any time soon.

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