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    I love my dash cam for my car and want one for my bike. Mounting one to the bike seems simple but wont it get stolen? Are there simple (small, lightweight) options to mount on the helmet? Would it rely on battery or need to be plugged in? Thoughts?
    Last edited by Ninja400; 08-01-2018, 06:09 PM.

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    There are RAM mounts for many cameras. They allow easy, fast removal of the device.

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    • #3
      As well as RAM mounts, which I use and like on my motorcycles and ATV, you can get a series of GoPro mounts and adapters. Many action cameras utilize the "GoPro" mounts now, nit just the GoPros. One comment I received about my helmet mounted footage was that it "moved around too much" for the viewers. I'm also experimenting with mounting the camera on the bike itself with the GoPro and RAM mounts

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      • #4
        I use a cheap fake go-pro stuck to my helmet. A waterproof case means I can use it in all weather and, even stuck out to the side it, doesn't have a noticeable pull even I am quite a long way above the speed limit (closed roads - obviously) Battery lasts about 1.5 hours in full 1080. only takes a couple of minutes to swap in a new battery for longer rides.

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        • #5
          I run a Contour Roam II on my helmet and a WASP on the side of the bike. If you're buying, the best are Sony and GoPro and the rest are just lower-priced market fillers. They will do the job perfectly well for most users, though, as most footage is never intended to actually be worked with seriously.

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          • #6
            Just a recommendation; don't mount the camera on your helmet at all, if you're riding on the street in Ontario. Affixing things to your helmet can result in a charge for "improper helmet", a roadside confiscation, and having to find an alternate way home.

            I used to run a pair of RePlay XD cameras on my bike, one front and one rear. The front was handlebar mounted and the rear on top of my top box. Good, relatively low vibration video that didn't give people motion sickness.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l09QYV29ato

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rmaclenn View Post
              Just a recommendation; don't mount the camera on your helmet at all, if you're riding on the street in Ontario. Affixing things to your helmet can result in a charge for "improper helmet", a roadside confiscation, and having to find an alternate way home.
              Whoa! Really? Would that be the same for the comm units that some folks affix to their helmets too, then?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jeff View Post

                Whoa! Really? Would that be the same for the comm units that some folks affix to their helmets too, then?
                Yup. People have been charged for it. Unfortunately my efforts at finding out how these cases have been decided has failed, but I've heard of at least one conviction. Technically communicators would also be illegal, however, police seem to be much more worried about being recorded during a stop than they are about you being able to talk to someone else while riding, for some unknown reason.

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