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I am trying to design and fabricate a very small platform/mount for a helmet cam on the dash of my 2000 LT. Does anyone have pictures of how the different accessory shelves attach to the dash? Do most of them use existing screws? I have seen pictures of accessory shelves, however none have been detailed enough to see how they attach.

I have mounted the camera on the tip over wing but would prefer the dash location.

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I am trying to design and fabricate a very small platform/mount for a helmet cam on the dash of my 2000 LT. Does anyone have pictures of how the different accessory shelves attach to the dash? Do most of them use existing screws? I have seen pictures of accessory shelves, however none have been detailed enough to see how they attach.

I have mounted the camera on the tip over wing but would prefer the dash location.

Thanks,

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Here is something from A&S that ole Toad wears. Doesn't require any modification to the bike, other than removing a coupla screws just inside the windshield arms - attach the shelf brackets there, and reinstall the screws. I mounted a leetle cushiony thang between the dash top and the shelf to minimize bounce and shake. Not sure how you're gonna attach the helmet cam - velcro maybe??

Shameless plug for/from me - I've about decided to dis-own my shelf, as the only thang on it is the SmarTire monitor and an XM radio (which I never listen to). If I can decide where to mount the SmarTire monitor, then I'll have no use for the shelf. I spray painted it to match the dash color, butt it's repaintable. Black wuz OEM color.

If you don't find a suitable shelf, ping me and we'll talk $$ and sense!!
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Dick,

Thanks for the reply. I have looked at that shelf and was thinking of making something similar. I only need a 2"x3" rectangle of metal which will have a hole drilled to fit a camera tripod screw. The camera footprint is about 1.5"x2".

Does that shelf only attach to the windshield arms and not to the dash itself? I see the supports in the picture but not the attachment point.

BTW, Dick, those winter gloves I got from you were too tight for my big nasty grabbers but my daughters boyfriend likes them. Funny, he tried them and I haven't seen them since.

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Dick,

Thanks for the reply. I have looked at that shelf and was thinking of making something similar. I only need a 2"x3" rectangle of metal which will have a hole drilled to fit a camera tripod screw. The camera footprint is about 1.5"x2".

Does that shelf only attach to the windshield arms and not to the dash itself? I see the supports in the picture but not the attachment point.
Yep, just to the two fairing nose cone screws that are just inside the w/s arms. It's gonna be a bigger shelf than you need, I think.

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BTW, Dick, those winter gloves I got from you were too tight for my big nasty grabbers but my daughters boyfriend likes them. Funny, he tried them and I haven't seen them since.
Hmmm - well, at least they're not just setting around, like they did here!! Glad he can use 'em.

Good luck on the shelf project, Sean.
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I am trying to design and fabricate a very small platform/mount for a helmet cam on the dash of my 2000 LT. Does anyone have pictures of how the different accessory shelves attach to the dash? Do most of them use existing screws? I have seen pictures of accessory shelves, however none have been detailed enough to see how they attach.

I have mounted the camera on the tip over wing but would prefer the dash location.

Thanks,

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Don't know what kind of video camera you use. I have a Sony digital (hand held sort of deal), and just got a GoPro Hero (see photo). I don't like the shelfs, so took mine off, and made my own camera mount. It was first designed for the digital, then I tweaked it to handle the GoPro base. Hope you can see how it's done in the photo. Right now it's just primered after the new welding. I'll paint it gray to match the dash later. It's held on by three screws which are there on the dash.
Hope that helps some.
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Hollywood, Nice videos. What software do you use for editing?

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Hollywood, Nice videos. What software do you use for editing?

fp, thanks for the pictures.
It is the standard program that came with my Apple Mac computer. Called iMovie.

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Re: Video Camera Mount

Hello everyone,

I experienced my mid-life crisis in October '08 with the purchase of my first street bike, the BMW K1200LT. The family and I have been having fun riding it ever since. I found all of the motorcycle videos on YouTube and thought that it would be great if we recorded some of our fun. I've been experimenting with camera positions on the bike and found that the easiest mount is in the mirror holes on the handle bars. I started with a short peg through the mirror hole that left the camera tilted at an angle and I don't think the fun of the ride is conveyed in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnGYL...eature=channel

I went out to Home Depot and bought some hardware to make a longer shaft for the camera to mount onto the handlebar. I fed a 1/4 inch threaded rod through a 1/2 inch aluminum pipe and cut each to the desired length with a dremel. Then I used leverage and brute force to put some bends in each to get the camera on a relatively level plain when the handlebars are pointed straight ahead. I used a nylon nut to tighten against the camera body from below once the camera angle was set. Here is my first attempt with the new camera mount...it's mostly 10 minutes of looking at my daughter and I...still kinda boring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdiPx...eature=channel

Has anyone found a way to mount a camera above the pillion on the trunk so that you can see the road ahead as well as the riders below? If so, could you post some video. I would like to see if it is worth exploring.

I am using an Olympus Stylus 790SW to capture the video. I like it because it is waterproof so I don't have to worry about the weather or water puddles, mud, road grime, etc. The camera will only record 30 minutes at a time. With the handlebar mount, I don't need a remote method of controlling the camera...on the trunk, I would need to find a way to control it remotely or buy a new device.

I recently tried the mount on the left handlebar. I like the left side mount a little better than the right, with a smaller percentage of the screen being occupied by the me (the rider).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oWEA...eature=channel

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Here are some more videocam installations:
One recorder and three cameras, two on the bike and one mounted on the helmet.

http://picasaweb.google.fi/pozoizqui...MINSTALLATIONS#

I prefer the footage taken by the helmet cam. It shakes least and also follows my "viewpoint".

Unfortunately all my footage is on DV tapes only, I have not learned to download them on the computer yet...

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Ari,

Ask Gary and tell me afterwards.

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Here is something from A&S that ole Toad wears. Doesn't require any modification to the bike, other than removing a coupla screws just inside the windshield arms - attach the shelf brackets there, and reinstall the screws. I mounted a leetle cushiony thang between the dash top and the shelf to minimize bounce and shake. Not sure how you're gonna attach the helmet cam - velcro maybe??

Shameless plug for/from me - I've about decided to dis-own my shelf, as the only thang on it is the SmarTire monitor and an XM radio (which I never listen to). If I can decide where to mount the SmarTire monitor, then I'll have no use for the shelf. I spray painted it to match the dash color, butt it's repaintable. Black wuz OEM color.

If you don't find a suitable shelf, ping me and we'll talk $$ and sense!!
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Hi Dick,

where to mount the SmartTire Monitor

You were asking where to mount the monitor and I got this idea from another member. I'll attach a few pictures that should show where mine is mounted. It fits like a glove and the wire easily slides in to the channel where the windshield arm goes up and down. The upper screw is perfect for a wire clamp.
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Don't know what kind of video camera you use. I have a Sony digital (hand held sort of deal), and just got a GoPro Hero (see photo). I don't like the shelfs, so took mine off, and made my own camera mount. It was first designed for the digital, then I tweaked it to handle the GoPro base. Hope you can see how it's done in the photo. Right now it's just primered after the new welding. I'll paint it gray to match the dash later. It's held on by three screws which are there on the dash.
Hope that helps some.
Ive got the same setup with the hero in the same place found it works quite well
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Don't know what kind of video camera you use. I have a Sony digital (hand held sort of deal), and just got a GoPro Hero (see photo). I don't like the shelfs, so took mine off, and made my own camera mount. It was first designed for the digital, then I tweaked it to handle the GoPro base. Hope you can see how it's done in the photo. Right now it's just primered after the new welding. I'll paint it gray to match the dash later. It's held on by three screws which are there on the dash.
Hope that helps some.
How are you liking the GoPro? I was looking at it the other day and it seemed like a pretty sweet little camera for the bike.
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The wife got me the newer one, with, apparently, a wider angle lens. The only chances I've had to use it were once on the Harley, where I chased my son around on a Buell he was testing. The down side was that when he pulled ahead, the camera would lose him. Even when I was right on him, it looked like he was further ahead than he actually was.

My next experience was running a canyon road on the FZ1 with the purpose of showing the surrounding landscape. For that, it was awesome. Twice I came across deer, and once I chased the last two that crossed in front of me. I was close enough to count hairs, but when I looked at the video, they appeared well away from me.

That's about all I can tell you for now. I'll know more as we ride this spring. As far as the camera is concerned, very nice picture, easy mounting and changing, and amazingly steady. All in all, I like it.
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I used my hero to take this video the camera is positioned behind the screen like fpmlt.Ive got a ceebaileys grey tinted screen on so camera is looking through that.I am going to see if its any better elswhere on the bike but its not that bad there really.The main thing about the hero I liked was that you can just unclip it and put in your pocket or topbox.This video is a bit boring so you have been warned but was just to test position of camera.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWuy6cZFTX4

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