Open letter to Gary France, USA Tour on a Harley Davidson (<-- click link) Gary has become another Videographer so now there are a few of us who have purchased Hero GoProHD motorsports videocams. We have been experimenting with various bike mounts and I ordered a few more bits
I have had good luck dealing with GPScity.ca in Calgary, AB and placed my order at noon Monday. They upgraded the shipping, at no additional charge to me, and sent it FEDEX 2nd day express, so I got it NEXT Day.
The main item that I wanted was this C-type clamp which I intend to mount on my GIVI crash bars. But then I needed another RAM mount base for my GoPro to replace the OEM one
The RAM mount is actually comprised of two parts. A Tripod mount and a RAM ball. From the pictures on the web it looked like one piece which I did not realize, and I also ordered a Tripod mount (PN: GTRA30), so now I have a Spare. I also ordered a spare battery (PN: AHDBT-001) .
GoPro have also announced a couple of new products, so I have them on backorder
I noticed from the instruction manual that if you removed the battery, then you lose your date and time and perhaps some other settings. The Backpac attaches to the rear of the GoPro and doubles the recording time. I also ordered the new LCD screen
I would imagine that you detach the battery Backpac and snap the LCD screen onto the rear of the camera. Presently with the GoPro you cannot see what you have recorded until you download to your computer. With the LCD Backpac you can view while recording and also playback what you have recorded. The LCD screen turns it into a full camcorder which is so small you could carry it everywhere
Last year when I was mounting my other CamCorder I purchased extra RAM extensions which are now coming in handy for my GoProHD . I intend to try mounting the GoProHD on my Crash bars, but on the left side.
but as it was getting dark I decided it was too much trouble to turn the bike around so I was just testing some mounting options to get some ideas
I put the long extension on to try to clear the front bodywork. It's too bad there isn't a way to turn the recording on with a wired remote. Also I want to be able to turn it on or off while riding, so I tried it on the U-mount I already had installed on the right mirror stem. With the long extension it clears the windshield, which is what I wanted.
I may have to move the mount to the left mirror stem so I can manipulate it with my left hand, but then I will have to move my GPS mount.
REVIEW: LENMAR OMNISOURCE UNI universal charger/moveable pin system:
Gary, you were also interested in some charger options. Using USB chargers can only charge Li-Ions batteries up to 3.7 V as USB output is 5V @500 ma . Li-Ion cells are in multiples of 3.7V. Your Nikon is a 2 cell Li-ion battery so requires 7.4 V which cannot be obtained using USB chargers. Last year I purchased a couple of Lenmar unisource UNI universal battery chargers
Input power can come from DC, 12V auto accessory plug, or AC auto sensing 120-240V
I have a 12 auto power outlet installed under the front cowling of my Suzuki V-Strom, and also a pigtail 2-conductor SAE quick disconnect plug which I also use for my battery floatlevel maintainer, or electric Vest. Both are capable of accepting my patch cords for charging on the go while on the bike. I also use this to power my automotive Garmin GPS
this charger is smaller than a package of cigarettes
and can also charge either AA or AAA in pairs
it has a moveable pin system to match up with most batteries with flat contacts. This unit can auto sense correct voltage and detect correct battery polarity. It is microcomputer controlled and will let you know when the battery is fully charged. This ONE charger is capable of charging every camera I carry, and also my Camcorder. It will also charge my phone battery. I have two of these and carry one for backup since if the one you have gets lost or broken then everything you have won't work when the batteries run out.
It's a good charger and I recommend it. (Rating: --> 4.9 ******** stars)