As a biker, it’s fun to capture your adventures with GoPros and other onboard cameras. There are many options for how to mount and which brands to use, but an added benefit of using a camera on your ride is having the video to use for evidence later if you encounter a distracted driver.

Here at Rubenstein Law, we’ve provided some safety tips and recommendations for riders considering a GoPro. Read below to learn more.

If you have questions about staying safe while riding in Florida, call us at 800-FL-LEGAL. We are your partners on the road and off the road.

Which GoPro Should I Get for My Motorcycle?

There are several different GoPro models on the market, so it’s important to know which one will work best for you. Make sure you get one that will handle high speeds and provide a high-quality picture.

The GoPro Hero8 offers the best frame rate, but it can be bulky. If you want something smaller but still powerful, you might opt for the GoPro Hero5 Session. Also, look for cameras that have night mode function.

It’s best always to buy a current model of camera to make sure accessories and support are available for your equipment. If you buy an outdated GoPro, you might not be able to use it for long. The later models will often use better technology, optimizing for higher quality images, which is always helpful should there be an accident.

Use the Voice Activation Features

Both the Hero5 and Hero8 have voice activation. That can be invaluable when you’re on the road, and something is about to go down. This allows you to save power and footage for exactly when you need it. If you’re going on a long ride, that can mean having a camera that lasts the entire adventure.

Use defensive driving techniques to determine when you should turn on your GoPro. Some key defensive driving techniques are anticipating other drivers’ actions and watching for swerving or reckless driving. If you see this type of driving in front of you, or if someone slams on their brakes, turn on your GoPro using voice activation.

Ride Smoothly and Use Image Stabilization

Try to avoid bumpy roads. If you have a bumpy ride, your helmet cam will not pick up much other than jolted images. However, even if you cross over rough terrain, some helmet cams can handle it with good output.

The GoPro Hero8 Black has exceptional image stabilization with Hyper Smooth 2.0. This can make a world of difference in motorcycle footage.

Plan GoPro Motorcycle Videos

Although the motorcycle team at Rubenstein Law often uses GoPro footage in insurance claims, we know that many bikers enjoy making entertaining videos with their cameras. Just make sure you plan ahead and know what part of your ride you will be recording and when to turn it on and off with the voice activation.

Outlining your bike route in advance allows you to pay better attention to other drivers and enjoy the ride more because you aren’t making decisions in the moment about where to go next.

Use the Proper GoPro Settings

When trying to capture high speed, the higher the frame rate, the better. You should shoot your footage at a minimum of 60 frames per second (fps). That will give you less blur and allow for special effects. It will also allow you to avoid distorted images.

If you plan on filming anything to be used in slow-motion effects, you will need as high a frame rate as possible. When we work with GoPro footage after an accident, we often slow down the video to inspect what happened before, during, and after a crash. A high frame rate to allow us to see details when we slow things down.

Hero5 and Hero6 allow you to shoot video in 4K resolution, which records excellent details of your ride. Although this is good if you want to see small details, it can take up a lot of space on your SD card and computer. Select your resolution carefully. Bigger is not always better. You want at least 1080p to share something online. Simple films and shared videos are generally good to be filmed in 1080p.

Mounting Your GoPro is Easy

You might think mounting your GoPro to your bike will be difficult, but it’s very easy. The GoPro camera will come with various mounts, including plastic adhesive mounts. You can also use suction cups or clamps for additional security.

Ideally, use mounts with a 360-degree rotation, so you don’t have to stop and reposition the mount to adjust the camera. Although clamps are more secure, they usually don’t have the 360-degree ability.

You can mount your GoPro on your bike or on your helmet. There are special mounts to attach a GoPro to your helmet and maintain the integrity of the helmet. You mustn’t drill into your helmet or crack it when attaching your camera. Doing so will impact the ability of your helmet to protect you if there’s an accident.

Take Awesome Videos and Enjoy Your Ride

A GoPro can be a great piece of equipment to video your ride for entertainment, and it can be used in the unfortunate event of a crash. If you are involved in an accident, call Rubenstein Law today. We will review what happened and help you understand what steps you can take next.

Call us at 800-FL-LEGAL/800-355-3425 or contact us via our online chat form. We are here for you 24/7, and you pay nothing unless you win money. Remote and virtual appointments are available.

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