How to Mount a Bullet Camera to a Motorcycle

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Action sports scenes have been caught on video for as long as affordable video cameras have been available to the public. With major advancements in video technology, long gone are the bulky and cumbersome VHS camcorders of the '80s and '90s. Today's motorcyclists have access to miniature, lightweight bullet cameras to capture their two-wheeled exploits. These cameras, which often feature built-in flash memory that negates the need for video tapes, are small enough to be mounted virtually anywhere on the bike. Typically, cameras are mounted in one of three places: under or on the front fairing, mounted to the handlebar, or on the helmet.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Bullet camera
  • Superlock™ Strips (Velcro) or Heavy-duty 2 sided tape
  • U-bolt (7/8" internal diameter)
  • Insulated P-clip

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a point on the handlebar where you wish to mount the camera. Measure the diameter of the handlebar at this point. Most handlebars have a 7/8" wide bar, but tapered bars tend to be larger towards the centre.

  2. 2

    Measure the diameter of your bullet cam and select an insulated (rubber-coated) P-clip to fit around the camera.

  3. 3

    Insert the camera into the P-clip.

  4. 4

    Place your U-bolt at your desired mounting point. Again, standard bars will require a U-bolt with an inner diameter of 7/8", but a slightly larger size may be needed for tapered handlebars.

  5. 5

    Insert the P-clip through one end of the U-bolt.

  6. 6

    Loosely tighten the U-bolt's nuts to clamp the assembly to the handlebar.

  7. 7

    Adjust the camera to your desired angle and tighten the U-bolt's nuts.

  1. 1

    Select an area on the fairing of the motorcycle to mount the camera. Be sure that the camera will not interfere with the movement of other components, such as the front fender/wheel if mounting under the nose of the bike.

  2. 2

    Clean the mounting area to remove any oil or dirt that may interfere with adhesion.

  3. 3

    Place a strip of Superlock™ or similar adhesive onto the fairing. Press and hold the strip in place for 10 seconds to promote a strong bond.

  4. 4

    Place the corresponding strip of Superlock™ or similar adhesive onto the camera. Press and hold the strip in place for 10 seconds to promote a strong bond.

  5. 5

    Place the camera on the mounting surface, ensuring that both strips of Superlock™ or similar adhesive is properly attached.

  1. 1

    Select an area on your helmet to mount the camera. Be sure that the camera will not interfere with the movement of the face shield or chin straps.

  2. 2

    Clean the mounting area to remove any oil or dirt that may interfere with adhesion.

  3. 3

    Cut and place a strip of Superlock™ or similar adhesive on your helmet. Press and hold the strip in place for 10 seconds to promote a strong bond.

  4. 4

    Place the corresponding strip of Superlock™ or similar adhesive onto the camera. Press and hold the strip in place for 10 seconds to promote a strong bond.

  5. 5

    Place the camera onto the mounting surface, ensuring that both strips of Superlock™ or similar adhesive is properly attached.

Tips and warnings

  • Although you could use standard Velcro, Superlock™ is specifically designed to hold five times more weight, making it suitable for use on a vibration-prone motorcycle.
  • Removable hook and loop fasteners are a better choice over double-sided adhesive tape as hook and loop fasteners allow the camera to be removed when not needed.
  • Be sure to select a mounting point that does not interfere with the operation of your motorcycle to prevent damage to the camera and to the bike.
  • Use only heavy-duty materials to prevent the camera from falling off.

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