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post #1 of 12 Old 06-30-2014, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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First KLR Video

I've been fooling with the idea of taking a video of some curves near town but didn't want to buy a GoPro or similar for 1 short clip. Then, too, I already have 3 video capable cameras so why buy another ??

I didn't like the idea of the helmet mount for a couple of reasons, but mainly because your head doesn't necessarily follow the movement of the bike. I know that for myself and every video I've ever seen, the rider's head is up and looking into the curve that he's headed for, while the bike is leaning back and forth below.



Hmmm......lessee.....old pair of heavy duty suspenders, a little metal cutting and bending and looky what we have here. Snaps on and off; very handy. The little Panasonic LF-1 does a good job and is light and convenient, but the Nikon P520 does a bit better job overall. The Nikon is longer, a bit heavier and I found that while results were better than expected, it bounced more with the stretchy suspenders. I've since cured that by replacing the suspenders with nylon webbing, but I already had my 1st video up and running. See what you think of my efforts -- I had a lot of fun making it; hope you enjoy. (I do realize I need a lot more editing experience)

This was taken about 10 miles north of Silver City, NM on Hwy 15 - the road to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Just think - there's over 40 miles of this.

P.S. I think it plays much, much better in full screen. Try it.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-30-2014, 11:03 PM
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Your rig does take good video! Sweet looking road as well, nice curves on it!

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-01-2014, 04:33 AM
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Good idea and nice work, biglar. Thanks for letting us hear the bike and not some generic pre-programmed "soundtrack" music! The chest mount provides a good perspective and your carcass soaks up vibrations quite well.



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Good job on the video and ingenuity. Looks like a nice place to ride.
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-01-2014, 05:34 PM
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Nice video! I bet you have some sweet fire trails up there too!

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post #6 of 12 Old 07-01-2014, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Yah, there are endless miles of trails, but many are "no powered vehicles." S'OK, there's miles and miles of back roads, too.....but I usually ride them on my ATV.

One bad thing about the ride that you-all may have noticed: Unless you're very foolish, you'll hug the edge of your side of the road when going into those blind curves. From time to time, you'll meet a fool coming like a bat out of h*ll, right in the center of the road. Usually a pickup except one notable exception. Came around an inside curve and was a bit off my line, right on the edge of the pavement....thankfully.

One of those little white cars that the kids like to put the noisy mufflers on and dump the front end came ripping around that curve clear over on my side of the road. I kicked the bike right and straight, into the dirt over the edge and didn't miss him by 1 ft.......and he honked at ME. All I could see was teeth and eyeballs thru his windshield.

The other bad thing, sort of, is if you do make the whole ride to the Cliff Dwellings, that's a total of 90 miles of back and forth; back and forth. It do get a bit weary-some toward the end. 'Course, I'm an old fart, too - you younger fellas would likely love every one of those curves.

Besides the great Cliff Dwellings, there is wonderful hiking in that area. Well worth the ride. Many people think New Mexico is flat desert. About the southeastern 1/3 is pretty much that, but the whole rest of the state is rugged mountains with great scenery and endless canyons, etc. to explore. Lars.
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You know, biglar, when I scrolled past your photo real quick, at first I thought it was some Western actor, not realizing it was a picture of you.

You've got some "Hard-Ass Old West Sheriff" or "Gunfighter" going on in that pose.

Were I an 1800's Silver City outlaw or desperado, I would not want you looking at me with that steely gaze.......

Meant as a compliment, of course.



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You know, biglar, when I scrolled past your photo real quick, at first I thought it was some Western actor, not realizing it was a picture of you.

You've got some "Hard-Ass Old West Sheriff" or "Gunfighter" going on in that pose.

Were I an 1800's Silver City outlaw or desperado, I would not want you looking at me with that steely gaze.......

Meant as a compliment, of course.
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Those are great roads. Some of your video reminded me of a side road taken just off the Tail of the Dragon. ( Not the Tail, but a side road. )

I noticed you removed your wind shield, to get better shot. I've experimented with my little Nikon S8000. Tried home made mounting on bike and by just hanging it around my neck, like a pendent. Not any long videos, just trying different mounting.

My wife got me a GoPro Hero2 for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I gave up using my Nikon except for when I'm off the bike.
Note: GoPro has a chest harness that's similar to your setup.
I tried it and it shows to much of my bike to suit me. I have a custom mount that is on right handlebar, right next to the mirror. I put lead flashing on it to dampen vibrations. It does show right side of my wind shield, but tilts with the bike.
I agree using a helmet mount produces video that swishes around if you have a tendency to look around. Takes discipline to not look all over the place.
It does allow you to film things off interest off to the side. I try to look straight ahead, and use my eyes to check the sides. If there's something to the side I want to film, I slowly turn my head to that side, and keep my eyes looking where I'm going. To do that, you really have to be going kind of slow.

The only thing about any open camera, Std. like yours, or a Action like GoPro, is that they pick up so much wind noise if not mounted in a case. I wish they would have an external mic. that is inside an enclosure, like the GoPro, that could be mounted close to the engine.
My GoPro doesn't pick up engine or wind noise if on helmet, very low engine sound if on handlebar. ( With sealed case.) They do have an open case that will pick up engine sound, but picks up wind too.

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Those are great roads. Some of your video reminded me of a side road taken just off the Tail of the Dragon. ( Not the Tail, but a side road. )
My GoPro doesn't pick up engine or wind noise if on helmet, very low engine sound if on handlebar. ( With sealed case.) They do have an open case that will pick up engine sound, but picks up wind too.
On my aircraft headset the mic has a piece of foam over it to cut down on noise - including huffing in your breathing. Next ride will see a piece of foam stuck on camera to see how it does.

Going to try another camera run soon - got some ideas, so we'll see how it works.

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