Biker SOS has tips for using and installing helmet cameras

Who doesn’t know that? Sometimes motorcycling is lonely … one would like to share the happiness, the optimal cornering or simply the incredibly beautiful environment. But how? Some motorcyclists try to capture the most beautiful moments with actioncams such as “GoPro”. For others or for themselves as a beautiful memory they videotape their rideouts. But, is that allowed?

Legal situation for riding with helmet cameras

Unless you are traveling alone on lonely paths, it is not possible in the normal traffic flow to prevent strangers, license plates, etc. from being seen on the video. Data protection regulation sends greetings!
The good news: As long as the films are shown for private use only, it’s no problem. It only becomes tricky when bikers want to share their videos with the WWW and in social media. Videos may not be posted on the internet without the consent of (just by chance) filmed people. Even forwarding to friends via e-mail violates the privacy policy without the consent of the depicted persons.

BikerSOS Tip:
Pixelate license plates, male uninvolved people unrecognizable, then you’re on the safe side.

Underestimated danger

Motorradfahrer mit Helm und Action-Cam

Best not to mount the action-cam on the helmet but on alternative places!

It is not without reason that Action Cams are also called “helmet camera”: By mounting the camera in the head area, for the movie watcher the impression arises to sit on the motorcycle oneself. Hardly it can be more spectacular. However, at least since the terrible accident of motorsport legend Michael Schumacher, the rumors about the dangers of helmet cameras remain persistent. Public prosecutor Patrick Quincy said in his investigation of the Schumacher accident in February 2014, for the first time, that the GoPro helmet camera by Michael Schumacher could have caused his serious injuries.
What makes the cameras so dangerous? On the one hand, there is the assumption that the construction of the helmet shell is not suitable for the punctual load on impact which arises in the region of the mounting device. On the other hand, ski, bicycle and motorcycle helmets are equally constructed in such a way that they slide over surfaces as easy as possible in the event of an accident. So to say: they provide as little places as possible  where the falling rider can “get stuck”. That’s exactly what happens through a helmet camera. Depending on the mounting location and construction, this can result in dangerous rotational forces, which are extremely dangerous for the spine in the neck area.

Action cam – where to mount?

Who wants to play it safe, should mount the camera in less dangerous places on the body. Very popular here is e.g. wearing by chest strap. In a fall, it causes less dangerous injuries than with a helmet-mounted camera. Creative is also the mounting on the arm, wrist or on to the passenger driver. There are no limits to imagination. However, the safest option is still to mount the camera directly on the motorcycle. In case of an accident, the risk of being injured by the camera is minimal. The necessary special mounting parts are usually included in the action cams starter set. But even later you can buy these in many variations for good money. The camera can be mounted to handlebars, frames and cover parts with a wide variety of combinable brackets, clamps and extensions. By default, the mounts originally launched by GoPro have become standard here. Adhesive pads – amazingly reliable holding the camera in place – help where no other bracket fits.

Other perspectives

This makes almost every imaginable angle possible. It is exciting to film the experience from a perspective that you could not even see yourself. Very popular is e.g. to film in the direction of the footpeg to see when it gets into contact with the asphalt. Filming to the rear, for example, to document the shared experience during group trips is also very popular. With a little imagination, this allows shots from very exciting angles. But here, too, “safety first!”. The assembly must not endanger the operation of the motorcycle. Make sure the mounting does not slip or get lost while riding. Also, the maximum steering deflection must not be hindered!

 

For even more safety: Always activate the BikerSOS App!