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Now that I can record and edit videos on my GoPro Hero+, my goal is to nail some motorcycle rides. Big difference from a bicycle: high speeds up to 80 mph, possible rain, bugs and such.

Experimenting on my Shoei helmet leads me to conclude that the top of helmet position is the most secure--and should get excellent rider's view perspective. Chin and side mounts are not as good. Chin of helmet is way too curved for solid mount. Side might be in way of my shoulder, and distorted from rider's view.

May I solicit advice on motorcycle helmet mounts? And which case should I use? I think one door is more water proof than the others. Wind noise is an issue, plus general protection.

I will see if a picture will load: what I think is the best mount point.

Any general advice on motorcycle video capture/edits is solicited.

Thanks!
 

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Dr. Z is the specialist in that department, wait for him to chime in. @Dr. Z
 

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I will wait and seek experienced advice. Concerned that top mount wind drag will be a real issue.
Wondering if side mount actually makes more sense. Veloce!
 

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You won't get half decent sound without an external microphone.
A good place for that out of the wind is tucked behind padding in the chin bar, and you also have the option to talk to it.
This is much easier to do neatly with camera mounted on or near the chin but I share your concern about how awkward it is to mount there - though sometimes you can use an extra connector and mount somewhat to one side.
A lot of the more professional bike users will discard gopro sound and use a separate recorder such as a zoom.

You may or may not want to see bars and clocks.
Speed is not always something you want to show.
 

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My camera is mounted on the right side of my helmet. It gets very little wind resistance there. I have tried on top and it knocks your head about some. I also have the windscreen on my bike set to throw the wind over the top of my helmet. With it set that way buffeting became a real issue with the GoPro mounted on top of the helmet. I use my gopro remote attached to the bars with a velcro strap to toggle the camera on/off and to record or take photos.

I also have a mount on the back of the helmet for a different perspective. Mounting on the chin bar is in my opinion a bad idea. If you come off the bike and to a slide with the chin bar down, you will be eating your helmet screen and bits of gopro camera.
 

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Charlie,

Thanks for your advice. Top mount is likely a bad idea: both my bikes have flyscreens that throw air right at the top of my helmet.

A side mount works with my helmet no problem. A fellow rider on the Moto Guzzi forum suggested a side mount with an extension like this one: (tried to link amazon Gopro extension-- quick reply won't let me do that)

Hooked up a bar mount to the Triumph STRX and ball mount to Guzzi V7R. One or other will get tested tomorrow. Curious about wind noise, and such. If I really get into motorcycle videos I may look for an upgraded camera that can handle a mike into my helmet.

Will use iPhone as control, but I like your idea of GoPro remote velcroed to convenient spot on bike.

Correct me if I am wrong, but STUDIO can adjust slightly off angles on cameras, correct? That would help with video correction with bikes.

Thanks, ride safe, ride often!
 

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time to get yourself a Hero Session one it won't need a case like those should no protection at all.
 

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Lol! Lotsa cameras! Captured about 40 minutes of video this morning riding my Moto Guzzi V7R to/from church. Used handlebar mount.
Man, you guys are giving me ideas. The little GoPro camera seems pretty keen for motorcycle use. I will edit the long videos into about five minutes and see how it turns out.

I am about convinced a side helmet mount is my next attempt.

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the Session is a very good helmet cam due to its size, & not having to need extensions or anything to get it the right way up. Just be wary of its limited resolution



 

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Aug, sept oct a new camera will be out, just have fun filming.
 

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Being so close around the corner. I hold off and see what Gopro inc will bring out in the newer camera's. 2nd half is here its a waiting game for those of interest.
 

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All,

Now that I can record and edit videos on my GoPro Hero+, my goal is to nail some motorcycle rides. Big difference from a bicycle: high speeds up to 80 mph, possible rain, bugs and such.

Experimenting on my Shoei helmet leads me to conclude that the top of helmet position is the most secure--and should get excellent rider's view perspective. Chin and side mounts are not as good. Chin of helmet is way too curved for solid mount. Side might be in way of my shoulder, and distorted from rider's view.

May I solicit advice on motorcycle helmet mounts? And which case should I use? I think one door is more water proof than the others. Wind noise is an issue, plus general protection.

I will see if a picture will load: what I think is the best mount point.

Any general advice on motorcycle video capture/edits is solicited.

Thanks!
You will quickly find that having the gopro protruding from the crown of your helmet will create a lot of drag at high speeds; pulling your head back and creating more unwanted movement for the camera. One of the only cases I see for having the gopro up on the crown would be if your doing sit down wheelies and you want to have a better view of the road from the top of the bike. Also as far as POV goes, this angle is too high, the goal is to give the viewer the sense that he is experiencing the ride he is watching as opposed to simply watching you doing it.

Having said that you can probably surmise that I will advise you to mount it on the chin. The surface angle is not a real problem, you can stick the mount further up on the side and use pivot arms to preposition it. To prevent wind noise, get a wind muff windscreen that attaches to the slotted back door.

This is a short clip showing the chin mounted position and sound quality using a good wind muff windscreen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DriJeeeDW7s
 

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Drag with the camera on top is minimal but, no matter the location, wind noise is a large issue. I mount mine on the right side of the helmet.
Seems to me wind noise is an easy fix, did you watch my link? What did you think about the sound?
 
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