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Merry Chrismas to all.

Santa delivered a GoPro camera so where would be the best placement for the camera on the LT? Mounting solutions?

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Re: GoPro HD 2

Brett,

Congratulations on the new LT-cam.

At SMFR (Oct. 2012) Dan Finazzo showed me what I think is a great place to mount it - on the front of the LT, on the bodywork beneath the windscreen just below the cutout. Use one of the permanent mounts (not the suction cup). He showed us several video clips he had taken that way; they worked out very nicely.

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Nice got my contour camera mounted on my BMR shelf. Only problem with that is the camera shows the bug splatter on the windshield. I also picked up a holder that fits in the unused mirror hole, I may try to see if I can position outside the windshield envelope but then I imagine the lens will get dirty. Love taking short movies, I got some of the California Redwoods. Good luck with it. I'm sure you're going to enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

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At SMFR (Oct. 2012) Dan Finazzo showed me what I think is a great place to mount it - on the front of the LT, on the bodywork beneath the windscreen just below the cutout. .
I have one mounted there too. It works fine, but I've found that videos that show, or partially show, a speedometer and/or tachometer, are more fun to watch. Even capturing a moving wheel in the video is kind'a cool. Hard to do on the LT though. Maybe down on top of the tip-over wing?
If you can, mount one on the rear also. You can get fun videos of your buddies following you. Otherwise, all you get are shots of their "better sides".
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If you can, mount one on the rear also. You can get fun videos of your buddies following you. ".
Hey, this is Bret we're talking about! Maybe you meant to say "videos of all your buddies passing you!! Merry Christmas Bret

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I put one mount on the front fairing just outside the windscreen and one on top of the trunk looking AFT.

Funny to see people getting closer and closer till they figure out it's a camera,,,, then you have all sorts of room behind you!!!
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Maybe you meant to say "videos of all your buddies passing you!! Merry Christmas Bret
Lynn, you read my mind!!!

Merry Christmas Brett!

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Re: GoPro HD 2

Merry Christmas to a bunch of wise-guys !

The mounting device, I was not sure about the suction cup but everyone says it works, but suction cups would not be my choice; if I were to mount the camera below the wings, what would work?

I agree with all of the comments of where to mount, especially below the tip over wings. I remember seeing Dan's camera at Ironhorse; oh and to my good buddies Lynn and Joe, the AFT placement would be priceless as I could see the look on Joe's face as I blow by him!

Y'all have a Merry Christmas.

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I have one mount on the mirror arm of the GTL. Disadvantage to that is it picks up noise of the plastic mirror arm while riding, otherwise a great place because I can reach the record button easily while riding.
Another mount is attached to my helmet. Can get some great shots from that perspective.

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I don't know specifically with the LT buty I tried all kinds of places on my '09 RT and you get great results from many spots, including - side plastic facing forward, front around lower windscreen, rear trunk facing backwards to shoot friends riding, on left pannier, which gives an interesting perspective as well.Just have some fun with it.

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Hey, this is Bret we're talking about! Maybe you meant to say "videos of all your buddies passing you!! Merry Christmas Bret

I do believe that the gauntlet has been thrown down!!!!
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Be careful with the suction cup mount, Brett. Every time I've used it, it failed. I tried inside and outside of the windscreen (probably too many curves) and on the gauge cluster itself, which has a perfectly flat surface. There may be tips/tricks to making it work, like wetting the suction cup before using it.

If you haven't already opened the packaging consider returning it for the new model, out just a few weeks ago. It includes the remote controller and wireless operation capability; this is just what I wanted - to be able to take snapshots as I'm going down the road. You can do that with the Hero2 but you have to buy the wireless controller combo.

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I have mounted my HeroHD in two places....first was on the BMR shelf. It mounted easily with the regular sticky mounts but I really didn't care for that position as the view through the windshield is too distorted with glare and reflections.

Position 2, mounted using Delkin Fat Gecko Mini....here ....under the winglet on left side of fairing. So far, this has been my preferred mounting location. I do use a tether cinched around the winglet base. Sample video here

If the OP has the HERO2 or 3, purchasing the wi-fi bac pac is a helpful tool. Once set up, you can see your camera's view plus use several other functions using your smartphone or Ipod touch. For my HeroHD, I can only use the remote control with the wi-fi bacpac kit for power and shutter...no live view in I-touch.

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Do a search on youtube for GoPro & Motorcycle, to bring up clips other people have shot, and check what sort of angles and views you see. There's also some links in the "photography" forum to people's ride videos. That might help you decide what sort of shots you want to take.

I run my Hero2 on the BMR shelf every time I commute, in narrow view... use it as a crash-cam that way so if anything happens it's the closest to a 1:1 view (non-wide-angle) that you can get.
Mounted in the front fairing just below the windshield is about the cleanest video you'll get, wind noise is high even through the fully waterproof mounting. I've got 2 x HD Hero's that I can occassionally mount also, but I find a lot of the mounting points have too much vibration to be very useful.
You can stick the various mounting points on the paintwork and get them off later if you don't want it there anymore... but you really want a solid/stiff panel to mount to.

You need to find a spot that minimises vibrations... vibrations kill the ability to watch the video later without feeling sick trying to watch it..

Here's a mates youtube channel with lots of clips from various positions on the bike (F800GS mainly), plus a chest mount that works pretty well.

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Thanks for the replies; I have a few ideas but this is not one of them!
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I do believe that the gauntlet has been thrown down!!!!
There ain't no gauntlet. Brett is a really fast rider. He must be. I have to downshift just to pass him.

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I know most people would not recomend suction cups to hang a video camera on;but I just run across a site (www.stickypod.com) .I was pretty impressed,I think am going to order just the two single cups;put a handle bar size across the two of them ;then put the handle bar mount that came with the camera and mount that on bar.
I thinking I can hang the camera any where I want ;;MAYBE

Go ahead;; let me have it;I can handle it.

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There ain't no gauntlet. Brett is a really fast rider. He must be. I have to downshift just to pass him.


Your redneck friend has slowed down SOME since last year as I am trying to avoid speeding tickets!

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I know most people would not recomend suction cups to hang a video camera on;but I just run across a site (www.stickypod.com) .I was pretty impressed,I think am going to order just the two single cups;put a handle bar size across the two of them ;then put the handle bar mount that came with the camera and mount that on bar.

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The Delkin Fat Gecko Mini, which is a single cup, works fine on many of the LT's surfaces. But I ALWAYS use a tether just in case. I also have removed its three inch extension, which has helped reduce any vibration.

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There ain't no gauntlet. Brett is a really fast rider. He must be. I have to downshift just to pass him.
Brett can hold his own in the switch backs despite being able to just see over the instrument panel.

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On my F650 I used the rollbar clamp on the lower fork tube right above the axle. It made for some neat vids as you can see the wheel spinning on the side on the image.
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Brett,

Mounting the camera on the bike:

1. with a minimum of parts and extensions will give you the best results

2. in the most sable place on the bike will give you the best results

I tried the suction cups all over and the 3M sticky mounts all over and the most stable
are the sticky mounts just above the headlight. Now this is not the most photo unique
angle to shoot from but you get a great view and a steady shot.

Please note in the pics below that placing the white insert in the fitting is essential as it helps
dampen out vibrations between the piece mounted the bike and the one that camera is
attached to.

The camera setup also uses the wireless sender and receiver thus I can take snap shots
and movies anytime I care to . . .

Note I totally trust and have ridden over 3000 miles with this mounting - no problem. 3M is
even using the adhesive systems to mount truck bodies to frames in lieu of welding. Mind
you a different application but you are not going to tear off the mounting bracket without
significant effort if applied properly. http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...Tapes/vhb-tape




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Dfinazzo, Do you have any your videos online that were produced with this mounting method? Is the 3m VHB tape the stuff that is used on the GoPro mounts or is that an addition you made? The 3m videos on their site show the VHB tape to quite impressive.

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I just got a gopro hd2 for xmas. Nice piece. Took bunch of videos on my 1500km trip to pickup my 01' k1200lt a few days ago. Really nice 170deg view and even at 720x1280 30fps it's very detailed when played back fullscreen.

I've had suction cup mounts I've used on other bikes.... never trust them! I always use a shoe string or something to tether them to the bike.

The gopro seems to handle vibration better than regular cameras on suction mounts.

Here's a suction mount with a cheap casio camera on a ST1100 Honda. Mounted to the top of the windshield but I had to hold the windshield to stop vibration, and suction cup with tall extension off fairing side. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYZwU6DcLrs

Here's rearview on my SV1000S: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBL_4ZgBbmE

I'm looking forward to taking tons of video with the gopro.
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I just mounted my GoPro to the swing arm of my Yamaha WR250R, facing rearward. Anxious to see that perspective. See what the rear wheel is doing. That is, after the snow melts and we get above freezing.
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I am uploading a video to Youtube and should be complete in a few hours and when done I
will post a link!!

The 3M adhesive used on the GoPro mounting brackets is all you need . . . if you are
concerned there are a few things you can do to ensure you do not loose your camera

1. Tether it
2. Use a promoter on your plastic tupperware

I do not do either and the mount has been solid and secure!!

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Scott,

Here is a video running down in the Smokies with the camera mounted as shown previously

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX_BM...ature=youtu.be

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Here is a video running down in the Smokies with the camera mounted as shown previously

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX_BM...ature=youtu.be
Thanks for the link. I can't say I have never seen video from that perspective, but I did not consider that for my own imaging. Looks clean an uninterupted. I like how the bike's shadows come and go.

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Dfinazzo;once you get the mount on with the 3M Tape ;you probaly can not get the tape and mount back off ;with out taking some paint off ;right
Thier is a mount on amazon(JVC MT-FM001US-Flexilble Mount for ADIXXION Action.)
Looks like a neat little mount that comes with the 3M Tape on it;

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No you can take the mounts with 3M adhesive tapes off in a five step process - how do I
know this? I had placed them all over the bike testing various placements.

The process:

1. Take a heat gun and heat up the mount - focusing mostly on the foam perimeter
2. Take a razor blade and cut the foam in half - lifting up on the mount - not to close to the paint
3. Take a heat gun and heat what remains - rub it off
3. Take a solvent and clean it up
4. Take some wax to protect the clear coat

Note I did not use promoter!!

Note - its not that I do not trust the suction cups its unstable mounting produced pictures that
I could not stand to watch - too much flutter and camera movement!! I will put up one more
movie that demonstrates the quality of the mount and picture - GoPro's have trouble when
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Mounting the camera on the bike:

1. with a minimum of parts and extensions will give you the best results

2. in the most sable place on the bike will give you the best results

I tried the suction cups all over and the 3M sticky mounts all over and the most stable
are the sticky mounts just above the headlight. Now this is not the most photo unique
angle to shoot from but you get a great view and a steady shot.

Please note in the pics below that placing the white insert in the fitting is essential as it helps
dampen out vibrations between the piece mounted the bike and the one that camera is
attached to.

The camera setup also uses the wireless sender and receiver thus I can take snap shots
and movies anytime I care to . . .

Note I totally trust and have ridden over 3000 miles with this mounting - no problem. 3M is
even using the adhesive systems to mount truck bodies to frames in lieu of welding. Mind
you a different application but you are not going to tear off the mounting bracket without
significant effort if applied properly. http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...Tapes/vhb-tape



Dan, thanks for your valuable information; the location above the headlight was what I was thinking. It may not be the most exciting place for it, but I'll let my riding do that!

Good video as well.

Joe, sorry for the low blow but I couldn't help myself!

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... It works fine, but I've found that videos that show, or partially show, a speedometer and/or tachometer, are more fun to watch. Even capturing a moving wheel in the video ...
FWIW, I have no experience with mounting a camera (disclaimer done), but as a consumer of the videos produced I find it much more enjoyable to watch videos where I can get cockpit perspective, or can see bits of the bike to see the relative to the ground etc.

I really don't know how you would accomplish this on an LT but I am sure someone smarter than me is out there - and that might be you (at least you better hope you're smarter than me )
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Last March my GW friend and I went from Orlando to Canada to Maine and down 95S to FL again.

Along the way we stopped at the dragon for a ride

here is a short clip..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRCRggJkeXk

Here is a longer clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaUozMm1DBc

His placement of the camera mount seemed pretty good...

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I play around with a bunch of skydivers who have the cameras mounted on their helmets and the cameras don't seem to have a problem staying on at speeds of over 150 MPH. It would depend on your helmet, but the Go Pro folks make all sorts of helmet mounts.

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Last March my GW friend and I went from Orlando to Canada to Maine and down 95S to FL again.

Along the way we stopped at the dragon for a ride

here is a short clip..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRCRggJkeXk

Here is a longer clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaUozMm1DBc

His placement of the camera mount seemed pretty good...

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The 'short clip' was fun to watch. It looked just like a promo for a new cable TV reality show. Well done.

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The 'short clip' was fun to watch. It looked just like a promo for a new cable TV reality show. Well done.

Thanks,

Bill put a lot of effort into it.

Funny thing is that most things that get recorded are sure fun when doing them, but plain old stupid to watch on video.

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+1 Paul

Thanks for the post of the video, loved the selection of the intro and the music. Hoping to visit that road this spring/summer. With 6 to 8 inches of winter outside gives me something to look forward to.

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here is a short clip..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRCRggJkeXk

Here is a longer clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaUozMm1DBc

His placement of the camera mount seemed pretty good...

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I envy you guys that can ride all year round.
Just got my Hero 3 silver for Christmas. We have the same year bikes but I'm still hesitant to put anything on the paint. I like the video so I like where it was taken from. I hope to experiment with a chest mount and have already ruled out the helmet mount because of a Multi-tec. What about that silver/grey area just back from where yours is located inside the windshield.
Guess I have to wait on weather to find out.
I am pretty good with cameras but this little beaut which does not come with a manual (download) has enough options to be confusing. Will have to crawl before I walk huh.
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Hey guys, Brett has just posted his first GoPro video. You can see it here. Look like things haven't changed in his neighborhood much...

I'm sure his second video will show a lot of improvement in his editing.

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lol.. "Bad traffic jams force use of sidewalks".... I can see that happening.. contemplated it many times! Don't know I'd post the footage though...

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I'm sure his second video will show a lot of improvement in his editing.

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No you can take the mounts with 3M adhesive tapes off in a five step process - how do I
know this? I had placed them all over the bike testing various placements.

The process:

1. Take a heat gun and heat up the mount - focusing mostly on the foam perimeter
2. Take a razor blade and cut the foam in half - lifting up on the mount - not to close to the paint
3. Take a heat gun and heat what remains - rub it off
3. Take a solvent and clean it up
4. Take some wax to protect the clear coat

Note I did not use promoter!!

Note - its not that I do not trust the suction cups its unstable mounting produced pictures that
I could not stand to watch - too much flutter and camera movement!! I will put up one more
movie that demonstrates the quality of the mount and picture
- GoPro's have trouble when
used in direct sunlight!
Did you get around to posting the other demo video? I have not tried out mine as yet, still not decided on location. But all your tips are well appreciated.
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Last March my GW friend and I went from Orlando to Canada to Maine and down 95S to FL again.

Along the way we stopped at the dragon for a ride

here is a short clip..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRCRggJkeXk

Here is a longer clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaUozMm1DBc

His placement of the camera mount seemed pretty good...

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What speeds were you able attain and still have the peace of mind on the mounts. Even though this camera has a wide angle lens I am stretching for more east/west rotation as in a panoramic view at times.
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