One of my favorite motovloggers, a guy called eveRide, recently made a video talking about different options for mounting cameras. I can’t remember where I saw it, but I made my own inside the helmet GoPro mount. I wish I could remember where I got the idea so I could give proper credit. Here is eveRide’s video.
While I don’t do motovlogs, I do video every time I ride the bike, so I thought I would show everyone my mount as another option. If you added a mic the sound would be better then not having any mic like I do. But even with no mic, you can still hear me talk, even on the freeway. I think my Ride-On review video shows that pretty well…
Fast forward to about 7:25 for the freeway run.
Anyway, on to the way I mounted it…
I used a piece of .020″ shim stock and bent it into this shape.
Then I added the rough side of some heavy duty velcro to the front (first pic).
Here it is with the GoPro mounted to it with a rubber band. The black tape on the front of the GoPro is to keep the blinking lights from reflecting off the face shield.
Then a couple pics with it inside the helmet…
Ignore that mic, it’s for the scala.
It does just barley touch my nose, but not enough to put on any pressure. It is handy for itching my nose while riding though! Just grab the chin bar and wiggle!
I have an HJC CL16 helmet. I don’t know if it will work with any other helmet or nose length, (I’ve got a decent size honker) but it doesn’t cost anything to hold your camera in your chin bar and see if it fits. The velcro was a couple bucks at home depot, and I work at a machine shop, so the shim stock was just laying around. A quick look on Amazon and you can get enough to make 100 of these things for just over $10, I would find a local machine shop before you buy it. Most places would probably just give it to you. I don’t think Home Depot carries anything like that, but I suppose it’s worth a look. If you insist…
I would guess the piece that I started with was 6″x6″ I used tin snips to cut it, and pliers to bend.
There are a few drawbacks to having the camera on the inside of your chin bar. First, you can’t really aim it very well. Mine points down further then I would like because if I tilt it back then it pushes on my nose. A different helmet might make that a moot point.
Second, I hate the smell of rubber bands! I suppose you could use zip-ties, but I leave the mount in my helmet and just pull the camera for charging and uploading video.
Lastly, in a face plant, the camera could break my nose. But if I landed that hard, I’ve got other problems, so I don’t worry about it. Plus, it’s not like I’m getting any uglier!