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post #1 of 16 Old 05-03-2012, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question for Go Pro owners.

I'm considering a Go Pro, for an upcoming track day, and have a couple of questions.

Which model would you reccomend and why?

And what's your preferred method and location of mounting?

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I'm considering a Go Pro, for an upcoming track day, and have a couple of questions.

Which model would you reccomend and why?

And what's your preferred method and location of mounting?
I have a GoPro Hero (not HERO2), and like it when it's bright outside. When it's dark, however, the fuzziness is terrible. But again, we're talking about a LITTLE camera with no attachable optics. It's to be expected.

I am also interested in mounting locations, however. I would like to get the adapter that fits on the gas cap ring, right now I just have it on my helmet. At least this way it goes with me wherever I go, and don't have to keep taking it off the bike.

But for the track, I'd want at least two places on the bike to mount it.

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I've got some videos up on this site with my GoPro. Which bike are you tracking?

I've also got a video that I haven't posted, where I mounted it to the top of my helmet. 'nd4spdbh' has a few videos of it mounted to the side of his helmet.

For track purposes, mounting it on the tail can show your body positioning. Mounting it so you can see the tach and front end can show you your lines, braking, gassing out, gear selection.

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I have the GoPro Hero (not the hero 2). I have only used it a few times, but the videos are surpisingly good. To mount it, I got the roll bar mount from GoPro. It fits perfectly on the frame sliders on the 919 and on the forks on the Buell. I have also used the handlebar mount to attach it to the passenger foot peg. I tried it on my helmet once, but I move my head around too much for good video.

I don't have the suction cup, but a friend fas had good luck with that as well. I have just ordered some ball mounts from RAM that look promising. I'll find a link for them.

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My intent is to track the 600, but the 919 will be kept in reserve. I think the tank mount is what I'm looking for, however I've heard it said that vibes there blur the image on the 919 (and I find that quite plausable considering the tanks seems to be the most vibration prone part of my 919) Perhaps the 600 is differnt?

The camera comes with multiple peel and stick mounts right? Is there a good reason to buy an additional mount? (I've seen the tank mounts, and the suction cup mounts)

Aslo, how the heck to you aim the camera? Faith? Trial and error?

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i bought a hero 2 outdoor edition. so i got a head strap and vented helmet strap as well as a couple of sticky mounts one of which i used on the side of my helmet.

i use my gopro to to capture video of snow skiing so thats why i opted for the outdoor edition and its head straps.

BUT honestly if i had to do it again id buy the hero 2 motorsports edition, so i got an extra sticky mount, a j mount as well as a suction cup mount.

either way i typically record in 960p as it gets the same horizontal FOV as 720 or 1080p but more vertical field of view.

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I have a GoPro and I love the thing. Two mounts on my helmet, the handle bar mount which I will be trying out for the first time this year, and then the suction cup mount. I like the video quality and it is simple to use.

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I have the Hero HD and the quality seems fine to me. These are videos made just playing around with some software so they are not great.

Suction on tank. (Is shaky)

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Helmet Mount (The least vibs of all mounts)

[youtube]i4zNMWWyjx0[/youtube]

I have also used the handle bar mount and if you reverse one of the screws you can attach it to the center of the handle bars which gives you a good view of the gauges and the road in front.

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I have been wanting to figure out a mount i can use on the LOWER fork tube... yes lower. pretty much all engine vibes disappear when you mount a camera to the axle of the front or rear of the bike.

This summer when i got some time... some aluminum angle iron is gonna be my friend for camera mounts.... the side of the helmet mount is getting a lil old.

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I have been wanting to figure out a mount i can use on the LOWER fork tube... yes lower. pretty much all engine vibes disappear when you mount a camera to the axle of the front or rear of the bike.

This summer when i got some time... some aluminum angle iron is gonna be my friend for camera mounts.... the side of the helmet mount is getting a lil old.
Couldn't you just use one of the curved mounts, like for the helmet? Seems it would get enough sticky material on there to work.

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All my videos are with the GoPro HD Hero Motorsports edition. I'm thinking I need the GoPro 2 Motorsports.

Comes with a suction cup rated to ~130mph and plenty of 3M sticky mounts that you can permanently put on your bike or helmet if you really want to do that. I personally do not.
I also bought the 'Chesty' chest harness which mounts the camera right between your pectoral man boobs.

I've used it on everything from whitewater rafting, cliff diving, trail running, and of course motorcycling.

I definitely recommend picking up at least two SDHC Class 10 (at least class 8) in case one goes defunk and you lose all your awesome video 500 miles from home.

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I have a go pro hero and use the roll bar mount on the 9'er and my Jeep. In this setup the hardware is almost maxed out...
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i shall have to see how much one of those roll bar mounts is at my work today!

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That is a great idea coaz!

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it's a super tight fit because the screws are just barely long enough. I'd suggest buying a longer set. I think my bracket is a little bent from having it on an off so many different things.

I had originally mounted it lower, but had problems getting clearance away from the fender with the camera housing.

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