My BMW R1150 GSAA at Deals' Gap

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Saturday
Aug222009

V.I.O POV.1 Camera - Change in "Mounting" Plans

If you've read my older postings on the V.I.O. POV.1 Camera, you'll see where I purchased their specialty Mount Kit and used what I called their universal mounting bracket to bolt the camera to a RAM adapter. I've shot a bit of video with this and don't really have anything to complain about - at higher engine speeds. At low RPM, the engine vibration causes to plastic of the mount to oscillate and the camera wobbles from side to side until the engine's rev'd up to over 3K.

While It the MOA Rally in Gray, TN last month, I spent some time at the booth belonging to the the guys at Adventure Designs. I happened to notice their demo bike had the POV.1 camera mounted on it using the original mount plate and hard(er) plastic camera holder. I mentioned the problem I was having and they suggested I give the original a try.

Today was a good garage day since rain was heading in, so I bolted up the original mounting plate to a RAM adapter and clipped the camera in place. The first thing I noticed is that the camera barrel wasn't held tight enough in the holder to avoid rotation. This became a head scratcher until I noticed that the plastic was molded in such a way that it looked like the camera could be secured using a pair of zip ties. Besides making sure the camera wouldn't work its way out of the mount while going down the road, it looked like the "pressure" of the tightened zip tie would also compress the plastic mounting clip just enough to keep the camera from rotating in the mount. I was right!

Here's the new mount assembled on the bike. Note the two black zip ties keeping the camera in place! Since I used a RAM adapter with the camera mounting stud, all I had to do was spin the camera mounting plate onto the threaded stud and then use a single not and bolt to eliminate the mount from loosening on the RAM adapter.

The retired mount from the "Mounting Kit" might need a new home.

When the sun comes back out, I'll have to get out and shoot some video to see how the stability of this mount has (hopefully) improved.

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