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    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post
    Pics of cheap Chinese Mount with Carbon Vinyl trimmed to suit.

    I thread locked and Super Glued the Go-Pro mount onto the bracket to make absolutely sure it doesn't fall off.

    Good price at £25 delivered

    The Carbon Vinyl suits the colour of the bike as well. Looks good.
    Ahh good to know. I'll give it another go at some point then. I'll probably just need to loosen up the head light guard arms and jiggle it about bit. I was thinking the same re the bolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen.stallebrass View Post
    Ahh good to know. I'll give it another go at some point then. I'll probably just need to loosen up the head light guard arms and jiggle it about bit. I was thinking the same re the bolt.
    Yep that'll do it.

    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post

    The front/rear video footage is GPS timestamped and will auto syncronise.

    Now the clever stuff.... the cameras are paired also to my Bmw Navigator VI satnav. I can use the screen for recording on/off etc.
    This could be useful as I've conceded that recording trips is all too much of a hassle. I just end up with hours of footage that I can't relate to when watching it back later for editing. Being able to easily overlay an updating map (google etc) would be amazing.

    If the cameras also came with a free editing monkey I'd definitely in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daxaar View Post
    This could be useful as I've conceded that recording trips is all too much of a hassle. I just end up with hours of footage that I can't relate to when watching it back later for editing. Being able to easily overlay an updating map (google etc) would be amazing.

    If the cameras also came with a free editing monkey I'd definitely in!
    Yes thats my opinion.

    I've got a helmet mounted camera that I bought in 2012. Got some great footage but became tired of constantly editing hours of footage. And trying to store Terrabytes of crap only your elderly Mum would want to watch.

    I've got to the point now where I just want front and rear 'evidence' footage that I can call upon, or download epic moments.

    In addition to that, the bikes telemetry data overlay might be extremely useful for 'Associate' advanced training.

    Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Revs all overlaid onto footage would be great to use, especially when showing examples of wheelies.. er no... erm, overtakes.

    Garmin provide free editing software also.

    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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    Hi,

    I am very interested in a set up like this for all the reasons given. Be grateful if you post up how you get on with it once you get it up and running!

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    Ok, time for an update.

    Firstly sorry for the delay, its been a busy month.

    I finally ended up getting a couple of second hand Garmin Virb camera's. One being a Virb XE and one being a Virb X.

    The main reason I wanted the Virb XE and X are that they are WATERPROOF and they can be HARD WIRED TO POWER.

    I ride in all weather so waterproof is mission critical.

    I never remember to charge batteries, so hard wired is also critical.

    I'm not bothered with 4K video quality as I don't want Terrabytes of data on my laptop.

    So here it is fitted and hard wired using a 10M Garmin Rugged Cable. I've connected it directly to my HEX EZCAN power controller.
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    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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    Now the reason I chose the Garmin Virb XE and X camera's is because Garmin collect data, which can be overlaid onto the video footage.

    Garmin as standard have Templates which you can drag and drop.

    You'll get things like GPS speed, GPS location, Motion (accelleration, G-force etc), Date and Time.

    Which is really cool stuff like in the picture below.
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    But I'd also heard on the grapevine that these Garmin Virb XE and X models can also connect to OBD2 ELM327 Bluetooth devices.

    This means you can connect it to your BMW R1200GS OBD2 Port and suck lots of really juicy data out of the bikes ECU, AS YOU RIDE ALONG.

    So I bought this one off Amazon.co.uk last night, which arrived today and I connected it up.

    It took about 10 attempts as for some reason the Bluetooth Search on the Garmin Virb XE couldn't find it.

    But after repeated attempts it did find it, and it now connects everytime without trouble.

    I fitted it to the OBD2 port and put it in a waterproof bag (upside down) to protect it from water ingress.
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    So now ladies and gentlemen, once the Garmin Virb XE is connected up, and the OBD2 Bluetooth data reader is connected.

    I get this on my video footage !!!

    Actual Speed, Engine Revs, Engine Temperature, Engine Load, Intake Temperatures, Elevation, Lean Angle, Throttle Position.... all live from the bike

    Its absolutely ace.
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    Now some of the really clever stuff I found out while setting up this lot.

    The Garmin Virb XE can be set to RECORD ON, RECORD OFF, and TAKE PICTURE all from the BMW Navigator VI. Its really handy having the Sat Nav screen as a remote control device.

    BUT,

    NOW THE KILLER APP.

    As I've got the Garmin Video XE set up with live power direct from the bike. When the bike gets turned off it automatically switches over to Virb Battery Power.

    This means the Camera can remain switched on while the bike is turned off.

    Reason this is brilliant is the GARMIN PHONE APP.

    The Garmin Phone App connects to the Garmin Camera via BlueTooth and your can watch the Camera View from your phone up to 100 meters away !

    I was in McDonalds at the table, with my Bike parked outside, and I watched all my mates ride in, park up, and walk through the door... On my phone !

    Its like remote survailance. I know that might not sound very exciting, but all my mates thought that was just brilliant, and put my phone on the table and we could see all the bikes were safe as we had a direct view on the phone in front of us.

    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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    Just be aware that most of those adapters will stay on when they ignition is off. The OBDlink LX and MX have a feature where they turn off when the battery gets to a certain voltage

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    What do you think?

    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredaroony View Post
    Just be aware that most of those adapters will stay on when they ignition is off. The OBDlink LX and MX have a feature where they turn off when the battery gets to a certain voltage
    Yes mine does stay on thats right.

    Now I know it works and that I can see how good it is, I'll upgrade my OBD2 device at some point.. I only paid £11 for it.

    My bike is on Optimate at home, so I won't worry to much in the meantime.

    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post
    What do you think?
    I think it's bloody awesome. Personally I'd like to mount the camera in a different location but not sure where else it would fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post
    Yes mine does stay on thats right.

    Now I know it works and that I can see how good it is, I'll upgrade my OBD2 device at some point.. I only paid £11 for it.

    My bike is on Optimate at home, so I won't worry to much in the meantime.
    Well then you can buy the Motoscan app too and use it like a GS911 so that's an added bonus

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredaroony View Post
    I think it's bloody awesome. Personally I'd like to mount the camera in a different location but not sure where else it would fit.
    Cheers, I was very happy when I got home to click through all the extra OBD2 data fields.

    Oh and if the graphs are two large or wrong colors, you can also change all that. Lots of options in Garmin Virb Edit software.

    I wonder if I paid more for a better OBD2 device if I would get more data field options?

    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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