How to Install a Rear Camera System on a Motorcycle

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How to Install a Rear Camera System on a Motorcycle
Attach the rear-mounted camera behind the seat for unobstructed video. (motorcycle image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

If you are interested in recording stunts and adventures while riding on a motorcycle, you may want to install a camera system on the rear of your bike. This used to be a more difficult proposal, but in recent years technological improvements have led to less costly, smaller and more durable mounted camera systems. There are still plenty of important factors to consider, but mounting the camera can be accomplished with a little ingenuity.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Small video camera (under 2.27kg.)
  • 3 bungee cords (optional)
  • Camera bag (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase the kit of your choice. Make sure it is a rear-mounted motorcycle camera kit, as many camera-mount kits exist for the handlebars and other parts of a motorcycle. Options for rear-mounted kits include the StickyPod or the Pashnit Sportbikecam (see "Resources").

  2. 2

    Follow the manufacturer's instructions to set up the camera mount. Most rear-mounted kits will replace the rear footpeg bracket and bolt into the same slots as used by the bracket. The StickyPod uses suction cups to stick onto the bike's fuel tank.

  3. 3

    Secure the camera to the mount once it is firmly affixed. Screw the 1/4-inch screw included in the mounting system into the 1/4-inch screw receptable in the bottom of thecamera (similar to how you would attach the camera to a tripod).

  1. 1

    Cut a hole in one end of your camera bag large enough for the lens of your camera to fit through.

  2. 2

    Place the camera inside the camera bag. Close the bag.

  3. 3

    Tether the camera bag to the seat bracket (directly behind the seat) using at least three bungee cords. Make sure the camera lens is facing behind the motorcycle.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your camera is set to all automatic settings and that you've turned it on and pressed record before you begin riding. Consider a camera that records to solid-state memory instead of mini DV tapes, as mini DV tapes tend to shake with the vibrations of a motorcycle.
  • Make sure your camera is firmly mounted to whatever you've mounted it to before you begin riding. The camera will jerk upwards with the acceleration of the bike if you have not, which will likely force it to point in an undesirable direction.

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