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    Gopro/ Garmin Virb position on 1200GSA

    Hi,
    I am planing to install one Garmin camera or gopro close to the front turn signal.
    Since I have to buy a bracket I was wondering which one is best to get, left or right?
    I would appreciate any opinion on that.

    Also there are so many brackets, any suggestion would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    Louis

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    Thumbs up My planned Garmin VIRB installation on R1100RT

    I will use adhesive helmet mount, augmented with flathead machine screw, to cradle mounted upside down in front of left-side oil cooler opening. I think this location provides the best compromise for field-of-view, engine vibration, road motion and appearance, both camera mounted and camera dismounted. If I decide to run power it will be USB cable to a Cliff-Top 3.3 Amp Locking Tight BMW Motorcycle DIN (Hella) to USB Adaptor (Angled) plugged into the fairing socket.

    Mounting left of windshield provided no advantage with appearance disadvantage. Behind windshield was not an option because I have accessory shelf with TPMS, GPS nav and voltmeter plus the shelf has too much vertical motion. Front mudguard has too much road vibration and reduced field-of-view.

    I've been very happy with my Garmin VIRB Elite on Mustang track car (rollbar), Windstar (suction mount on hood with safety strap), friend's dragster (rollbar) and friend's Bonneville car (rollbar). The GPS etc data feed keeps up with all cars except dragster. GoPro gives you MP4 but Garmin gives you MP4 plus pseudo-instrument displays overlayed on Google/Bing map. Very much worth the extra work to display that data feed.

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    Virb mount

    How did that mount work out for you?


    Quote Originally Posted by bertremington View Post
    I will use adhesive helmet mount, augmented with flathead machine screw, to cradle mounted upside down in front of left-side oil cooler opening. I think this location provides the best compromise for field-of-view, engine vibration, road motion and appearance, both camera mounted and camera dismounted. If I decide to run power it will be USB cable to a Cliff-Top 3.3 Amp Locking Tight BMW Motorcycle DIN (Hella) to USB Adaptor (Angled) plugged into the fairing socket.

    Mounting left of windshield provided no advantage with appearance disadvantage. Behind windshield was not an option because I have accessory shelf with TPMS, GPS nav and voltmeter plus the shelf has too much vertical motion. Front mudguard has too much road vibration and reduced field-of-view.

    I've been very happy with my Garmin VIRB Elite on Mustang track car (rollbar), Windstar (suction mount on hood with safety strap), friend's dragster (rollbar) and friend's Bonneville car (rollbar). The GPS etc data feed keeps up with all cars except dragster. GoPro gives you MP4 but Garmin gives you MP4 plus pseudo-instrument displays overlayed on Google/Bing map. Very much worth the extra work to display that data feed.
    Vince Kelly
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    2012 K1600GTL (Sold)

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    I too have a GSA, and I set up a RAM mount on the left side crash bar just below the handlebar. I'll get a photo of it tonight when I get home.
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    Have a look at these: https://www.nippynormans.com/go-pro-mounts

    I'm not a fan of mounting something as big as a GoPro on my helmet. You reduce the safety of your helmet and increase your risk of neck injury significantly. Read some of Arai's material on how important they feel it is to keep your helmet external shape as clean and smooth as possible if you'd like further info.
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    Sorry for the delay, Louis. Here's where I mounted it on my GSA, using RAM mounts. It's fairly easy to get to, with minimal distraction. Sorry for the way these pics are rendering, just picture it 90 clockwise.

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