They tell us that a picture is worth a thousand words, which means a video must be like reading War and Peace. Problem is, if you don’t have a camera or video when you head off for an adventure on your motorcycle, you’re pretty much restricted to describing the trip in words. You might illustrate your tale with a few pitiful gestures, but that also pales in comparison with a video of your trip.
There have been many rides in the past when I wasn’t able to share with my family and friends the places and adventures my bike has taken me. I’m sure we’ve all been there, talking with some riding buddies, swapping stories over some cold ones, telling a story about an unbelievable back road you turned into a race track or a close call you had with an 18-wheeler, or being the sole witness to a late afternoon sun reflecting off a smooth lake. But you just can’t seem to convey the coolness of your story to your friends.
The only way to truly document these awesome experiences is to record them. And that can get a little dicey. You can go for the daredevil approach and try and hold a camera in your hand (not recommended), or you can try to rig up a mount to your gas tank or bars, which can be result in damage to the camera or — worse yet — your bike.
GoPro has developed two fantastic solutions to these issues. These are the GoPro HD HERO and the GoPro Wide HERO. These are small, made-for-action cameras that come complete with a variety of mounting systems, enabling you to place them in various ways designed for motorsport use.
The Wide Hero features a staggering 170-degree, wide-angle lens for the most immersive point of view you can get, short of actually being there. It sets up in seconds and can be easily moved between different mount locations. The Wide Hero shoots 56 minutes of high-resolution video and five mega pixel photos automatically in “photo every two seconds” mode, and is shockproof and waterproof to 100 feet.
The HD Hero is the world’s highest performance 1080-pixel HD on-board video and still photo camera. Professional quality 1080p, 960p and 720p HD resolutions record at 30 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). It includes two mounts for helmets and three vehicle mounts. In addition, it records up to 2.5 hours on a single charge via the 1100mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery. GoPro has also found a way to combat wind noise at speeds up to 85 mph on a motorcycle, offering the throaty sound of your motor, not the wind. The camera can also shoot automatic five mega pixel photos at 2-, 5-, 10-, 30- and 60-second intervals during your drive or ride, hands free. It is also waterproof to 180 feet and shockproof, thanks to its polycarbonate housing.
So stop trying to duct-tape your camcorder to your handlebars or hold your cell phone as you cruise around the corners. All you’re going to get is a grainy, unwatchable film — or, God forbid, footage of another vehicle slamming into you while you “multitask” on the move. Pick up one of these slick units and you’ll never have to hear your skeptical friends say, “Yeah, right man,” or “Sure you did.” You’ll have all the evidence you need, right there in high-resolution splendor for everyone to enjoy.