Microphone mounting for GoPro Hero2 - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2016, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Microphone mounting for GoPro Hero2

I've been experimenting with my Go Pro. Trying to get a microphone to work with the camera. I put the mike in my open face helmet.......... To muffled sound! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnGWH1b9Dqo

I put it on my dash, just under the big gages.......... Not enough volume when I talk to it, and to much wind & road noise.

My latest test was to try and get just engine sound without wind, and road noise. I placed it deep inside the front, left-side faring. It's real close to the plastic, and clipped to a bracket in there.

This pix is of my Custom camera mount:


I routed the mike's cable under the headlight, on left side, being careful to keep out of way when turning the fork.

This is microphone mounting position:


Close-up:


Here's a video of resulting sound under several riding conditions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeoZOIkkL28

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-16-2016, 02:56 PM
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I like videos where you can hear the rider narrate the ride. Well... if it's not stupid like singing! A few OH CRAPS and some HOLY SH***TS are always enjoyable to watch. I still do like to hear the muffler but just in the background. If I wanted to hear the exhaust, I'd buy a Harley. LOL.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-17-2016, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Voice overs

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I agree that a good narrated video is nice, if the guy has clear sounding audio. My open face helmet is bad for wind noise, almost to the point that it's hard to make out what's being said.
I tried to tape a ride, but the audio was bad. I'm not a good announcer to boot. That's why my videos all have typed text. I don't use a full face helmet. Using one might give better voice audio?

There are many videos where the guy narrates, but my old ears can't make out half of what he's saying. Videos where someone is showing how to do something, have audio ranging from very loud, to barely able to hear what's being said. or so much wind noise, that it's distracting.

One of my reasons for doing the above test was to get a bike-sound, so I could plug it into the video at proper sound level to enhance the video. Like background level. I would not use it continuously as it would drive me nuts too.
I have to say, that the KLR doesn't have as pleasing exhaust sound, as some other bikes.

My search for better ways to produce a video is ongoing. Maybe I could find some "sexy" young thing to narrate for me. (Know of anybody?)

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Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
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I liked the engine audio. Some guys narrating feel like they have to keep talking even when they have nothing worth saying. "Here comes a curve, there is a tree and over there a rock."
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I like your mounting deck for the GoPro. I've been mulling over how to best mount mine to the bike. Was thinking I might try to mount it behind the screen somehow. Oh and I also like a bit of engine audio!

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I like your mounting deck for the GoPro. I've been mulling over how to best mount mine to the bike. Was thinking I might try to mount it behind the screen somehow. Oh and I also like a bit of engine audio!
I tried a handlebar mount looking past the windshield. ... Quite a bit of vibration.
If you look close, there's a mount just behind the windshield too..... About the same result as the one in front of shield, but does give some reflection from the shield. It also gives the option for filming the rider. (pointing to rear.)

I like the front mount. I don't have to worry about aligning it. Always fixed strait ahead. Easier to align for up / down, to get horizon in middle of frame. ( Less curvature that way.)
I have USB cables powering both the camera, and remote back pack. I have the remote unit on left handlebar, so I can turn recording on and off at will. The remote unit is also powered from the bike. Don't have to worry about using up the batteries when on long trips. Just start / stop recording when needed.

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My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm

Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
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Nice! I guess a camera is a necessity when you ride a bike.
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Not necessary, but I like playing around with cameras, computers, and bikes. It gives me a chance to merge all 3. Oh! I also like designing things too. Seeing if I can improve, or make something useful, to use.
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Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-26-2017, 11:02 AM
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Make sure you put a tether on - I've had go pro mounts vibrate to pieces after a day of riding. One thing i've found works well is to just wrap a gorilla pod around the bike somewhere - handlebars, maybe a bracket out front. It seems to handle the vibration better than the go pro mount.
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