I ran into this at Old Highway 40 Motorcycle
This guy was running the BattleTrax and filming the whole thing. I love
backyard solutions that don't cost much and this is a great example.
A camera bag with a hole cut into it. Then bungeed to the tank
bag. Inside the camera bag is foam which surrounds the video
camera. The proud owner of this Suzuki RF600 claimed it
worked great and the camera also catches the top end of all the
gauges at speed.
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This little gem in the picture is
what I dream of. Plugs right into the video camera that is safely in
the tankbag. Then mount that little eye on my helmet and zoom
zoom. You can purchase this at HelmetCamera.com
Comments on the HelmetCam:
"I just bought the lens from "HelmetCamera.com" I'd considered the mounts for the camcorder, but I decided the best, least
intrusive method was HelmetCamera's small lens. Just stuff your camcorder in a
fanny pack, or the tail section of your bike and hook it to the tiny lens.
It comes with Velcro strips for mounting, on helmet or fairing. They sell a lens mount that
is pivotal. and attaches with screws. The lens has a wide angle effect, and makes for good on-board video. My friend has one, and when I saw the footage, my mind was made."
|Great for the street or track, the mounting system provides
a solid platform for your video camera or still
camera to capture stunning
images to show your friends. The adjustable pivot mount lets you get
that shot just right. A vibration dampening pad is also included. Never
worry again about your camera falling off. You can move the camera forward
or back on the extension arm using multiple mounting holes.
The SportBikeCam design allows you to fill your tank with no hassle.
The camera can be removed in seconds with the supplied knob at a rest stop
or end of the day.
The back of the tank bracket
is relieved so it won't scratch your tank.
Works great with helmetcam systems to provide easy access to your camera.
CNC machined from aircraft 6061 aluminum and stylishly fit
to each motorcycle. The kit includes all mounting hardware needed to
complete the installation in minutes. Available in satin silver or black stealth
finish to add that finishing touch to your machine.
Rear Mount !!
|Another solution from Lockhart
Phillips- this Video Camera Mount uses suction cups that adhere to the tank.
It's made of CNC billet aluminum and has stainless steel fasteners.
Fully adjustable and works on any motorcycle.
Great solution and of course there is a safety
line for the killer bumps. The only strange thing about this for
most sportbike riders is where is the tankbag? Time for a soft
tailpack. Or Givi hard bags. $96 for this one. Other resellers
& mail order houses will also offer this same camera mount.
National Products Inc.
1017 S. Elmgrove St.
Seattle, WA 98108, USA
Phone: 206-763-8361 - Fax: 206-763-9615
Saeng offers a
cockpit mount for multiple purposes, including a video camera for about
$60-$80. They use a "booted, precision-tooled aluminum/nylon
linkages that hand align and self lock." Aside from your video
camera, it'll also hold your cell phone, GPS, radar detector, garage
opener and even- get this... a Palm Pilot.
The difference with Saeng's is that there's no suction
cups here, they actual bolt into the cockpit of the bike. They even have one that's
R1, Hayabusa, or ZX-11 specific along with several other bikes. Including BMW's.
Check out the website. Saeng sells all sorts of other goodies too.
Saeng Camera Mount
Motorcycle Camera Mounting Systems
CAM MOUNT with grip action ball head versatile, quick and easy to use.
Just grip the handle, squeeze and you can position your camera anywhere
within a 180 degree sphere. Let go of the handle and your camera is locked
in that position. Supplied with quick release assembly, camera plate and
secondary safety catch, built-in bubble and tension adjustment. Made of
cast aluminum, and when you stop, the camera is quick to take off with
just a flip of the lever. Weight of the mount is approximately 4 lbs.
Universal mounting system can be used on bikes with or without
windshields. Fits 7/8" - 1" handlebars. 1 1/4" model
Desert Iron Camera Mounts
|Ram Mount Solution
"The mount is made up from parts from RAM
, I don't think
it's any particular model. That is kind of the thing with the
Ram-Mount, you need to figure out some way to mount it because there are
tons of models to choose from on their website. I don't remember the exact cost but it was from about $50-60.
went with this setup because I wanted to get views from my windscreen, to include speedometer and tach readings.
I also wanted to keep the camera as protected from the
wind, (i.e. bugs, and wind force) and to help with microphone hiss. My Sony Cam has the steadyshot feature and remarkably the video is superb.
I also like the quick release
You can't refuel with it on but a couple twist of the hand and its off.
I don't think I would make it a permanent addition just something for particular occasion.
The big plus
is no actual modification to any part of the bike. The video camera can be removed by loosening middle lever.
The gas tank allen bolt screws provide the right
amount of tension to keep it all steady. My next plan is to modify the mount at the tank so the screws don't stick out and
rather hide within the mount. It would be really nice if that part was shaped in the
form of the gas tank ring. Perhaps I'll get a machine shop to hook something up for me. The other way I can hook it up is near the passenger rear peg facing backwards, but then I have to use the d-ring lock that came with that mount part." -Blackthorn
Camera Mounting Tips by George
My first "mounting solution" was a bungee net securing the camera to the seat cowl! It worked OK.... but obviously I wanted something better (and no, that vid won't ever be posted, although I have some still frames from it that are interesting.)
Make sure your mount is TIGHT -- my camera is heavy enough that it will tip backwards when I accelerate, if I don't clamp it down good. I've lost a lot of good video that way -- the start of the run looks OK, but by the end it looks like you're doing a wheelie. Whoops. Go back and re-shoot.....
For those who have yet to purchase a camera -- if you plan on upgrading to helmet cams or other input later, get a camera with analog video inputs! My starter camera doesn't have them, so I have no way of hooking up anything externally. External audio is also a plus, because then you can hook up a microphone and "muffle" it by packing it in your bags, or under the seat - you get little to no wind noise that way, and you'll get less 'clipping' on your sound.
It's not likely that you'll find a camera that allows you to push buttons with your gloves on, so get used to setting up your shots while stopped, starting the cameras rolling at a stop sign or a stoplight, and then editing out the 'boring' stuff later. Many cameras 'go to sleep' (power off) if left in pause mode on a battery... so consider getting a car kit, or some other power supply that can be wired to the bike battery. This is 'external power' to the camera, and most won't shut off by themselves then. The cameras don't draw that much juice, so you shouldn't have to worry about your bike not running well - just unplug it when you stop if you wire directly to the battery (instead of the 'run' circuit).
MiniDV is also rather prone to dropouts when the camera is vibrating - I notice this when I wind up the tach -- first the audio drops entirely, then portions of the video get blocky and I start to lose frames. This is because the recording head is actually vibrating against the tape, and it starts to lose contact -thereby losing data. So whatever mount you get, make sure it's god some sort of vibration damping (Harry uses Velcro and it works fairly well, although I've thought of putting some thin foam rubber in between the camera and the mount as well.)
You may be tempted to keep the camera mounted on the bike even when you're not filming. If you do this, turn the camera OFF and put on the lens cap(s). That'll further protect it. The best thing to do of course is to pack it in a saddlebag or backpack, but sometimes that's not possible (or convenient). Unless you can keep the bike in sight, ALWAYS take the camera off when you stop for a break... last thing you want is someone stealing it.
Other Riders Video Camera Mounting Solutions
"I use a tank bag and a bunch of old t-shirts. The tank bag mounts to the tank with a bunch of magnets, that way you can move it around a little to get the best picture. I then put the camera in the tank bag and fill the bag up with t-shirts to help stabilize it, and zip the tank bag almost shut, just leaving the front edge of the lens out. Works great, easy to adjust, and if the FUZZ stops you, a quick poke to the lense when you turn off your bike hides the camera."
"I got a piece of sheet metal from Home Depot, cut it down to slightly larger than twice the size of the tank bag top, folded the metal over, with a flat piece of rubber in between, pop riveted D rings to it, and drilled a hole for a mount screw to the camera. I mount the plate to the bottom of the camera, and then you nylon web straps and fastex buckles to wrap around the body of the tank bag, which attaches to the bike with straps. The camera is totally stable, sits behind the fairing bubble with a good view of the gauges, and when I leave the bike, I undo 5 fastex buckles and walk away with the camera. While riding, I can turn the camera on an off, fold the screen out to check the picture and change tapes."
Video Camera Mounting
Links - More Info
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UK Video Camera Mount Supplier - United Kingdom
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