A friend of mine recently bought a Go Pro camera to take along on his rides. He couldn’t say enough positive things about having the new accessory, so I figured I’d look into a little more. After all, Go Pro like cameras, are being utilized in a large percentage of online videos these days.
One of the perks of recording your rides is safety, a kind of insurance in a way. Sometimes accidents/ incidents happen on the road, and it turns into a battle of their word against yours. By taping your rides, you have physical evidence of how the incidents unfolded. You even have footage to show the police if the person decides to drive off and leave the scene of the accident.
Another cool aspect of using a camera on your rides is the ability to review and critique your riding skills. If you’re someone always looking to improve technique, you can break down your approach and tweak your execution.
I reviewed my own riding footage last weekend. My friend rode behind me and filmed as we navigated our way through some mountain roads. After playing the footage back, I was able to see areas in my riding that I needed to work on a little more. Over the next few months I’m going to work more on my banking. Since I normally ride in the city, this means I’ll be heading out on more rides in the mountains to get some time under my belt.
Cameras can be pricey, but are still considered very reasonable relative to prices ten years ago. If you’re thinking about buying a camera to tape your rides, you don’t have to buy the most expensive camera on the market. There are a number reasonably priced portable cameras available. GoPros can cost as low as $199.99, or a MINI HD helmet camera can be retail at a starting price of $59.99. It all depends on what features you value most from your camera.
There are also a number of video tutorials, and articles online about making your own camera mount for your motorcycle. So, that’s another way you can save money when in comes using a camera to record your rides.
Stay safe in these streets!