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    I'm riding a 2009 R1200RT. I'm have upper mirrors installed and I use a tank bag. I also have a ZUMO installed. Has anyone found a solution for mounting a camcorder on their bike. I am aware of the many helmet cams, etc. but already have a good Sony Camcorder and just want to find a viable mounting system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorguy View Post
    I'm riding a 2009 R1200RT. I'm have upper mirrors installed and I use a tank bag. I also have a ZUMO installed. Has anyone found a solution for mounting a camcorder on their bike. I am aware of the many helmet cams, etc. but already have a good Sony Camcorder and just want to find a viable mounting system.

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    Ram Mounts

    This is a well thought out system that can be adapted to all sorts of cameras, mounting points and other devices. I own two bikes and mount a flip video style digital camcorder just for travel video for my spouse. Works great. The best thing is that you can set up several mount points on the bike and move the camera as you choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorguy View Post
    but already have a good Sony Camcorder and just want to find a viable mounting system.
    Personally, I gave up on mounting anything on the bike. It's nearly impossible to shock mount.

    Helmet mounted GoPro HEro HD works far better than anything I've tried before.
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    I've had pretty good luck using a Ram mount that was made to fit on the clutch reservoir of a 1200RT. I think I got it at CycleGadgets. From there I use a combination of two Ram arms to move the camera out to the left side of the windshield. I've made some nice movies just mounting a point and shoot Lumix camera.

    The below link is an example. The only issue is my camera has a defect flare in the middle of the lens plus being new at editing I failed to use a program to smooth out vibration. The vibration there is just raw footage.

    https://www.me.com/gallery/#100474
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Personally, I gave up on mounting anything on the bike. It's nearly impossible to shock mount.
    I got tired of that Jello effect you get with a rolling shutter video camera on vibrating bike. Helmet mounted cameras don't seem to suffer quite as bad.

    However you mount your camera use a safety strap. And strap the camera to something solid, not necessarily the mount. That's what saved my CountourHD when the stick on stuff failed one hot day. The glue pad was left stuck to my helmet, the mount and camera were dangling by my safety strap until I pulled over and put the camera away.

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    IMHO a helmet cam allows too much head movement.
    When your head moves around your eyes make up the movement but the camera's lens can't.
    What I've found that the wider the angle lens the less 'vibration' noticed.

    This is a first generation GoPro solid mounted with a ram mount.
    (lousy resolution is my fault)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrafikFeat View Post
    IMHO a helmet cam allows too much head movement.
    I don't have a problem with this unless I'm in traffic. You can aim at things you want to record unlike a bike-mounted camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    I don't have a problem with this unless I'm in traffic. You can aim at things you want to record unlike a bike-mounted camera.
    It's not the aiming... It's the erratic motion while viewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrafikFeat View Post
    It's not the aiming... It's the erratic motion while viewing.


    Helmet cam sample:



    Bike mount sample:


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    Editing is a good thing. Be harsh.
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    I've been using various suction cup-type camera mounts for cameras (including videos). Some links of suction cup mounts follow as well as an example video clip from this summer's RA rally. If using a suction cup-type mount it is a good idea to use a tether, although I've not had the suction cup inadvertantly let go - it would be a bummer if it did happen without a tether.

    In the video below I was using the Panavise 809 with a bullet camera. The video recorder was in my tank bag. From the video one can see a fairly stable view forward.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000246ST6/...6&linkCode=asn

    http://www.semsons.com/raramsucuptw.html

    http://www.powrgrip.com/cgi-bin/powr...vacuummounts=1


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    Quote Originally Posted by robsmoto View Post
    I've been using various suction cup-type camera mounts for cameras (including videos). Some links of suction cup mounts follow as well as an example video clip from this summer's RA rally. If using a suction cup-type mount it is a good idea to use a tether, although I've not had the suction cup inadvertantly let go - it would be a bummer if it did happen without a tether.
    I've not had the suction cup break free (Panavise makes good stuff ) but did have a stick on mount come free, once. Tethers are good.


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    Camcorder Mount

    Many thanks to you all. You've given me some great ideas. Stay safe out there.

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    Motorguy

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