I live in the UK and ride a Victory Vegas motorcycle. I have done so since 2009, when it was one of the first models shipped over from the US, into Europe. It always raises attention and I have ridden it in various countries, around Europe. It is one of the most agile cruisers that I have ridden and that inspired me to start filming from it.
I have now been recording my motorcycle riding for a number of years and have previously set up multiple cameras on my Victory Vegas motorcycle. I have used various small key-chain and also Go-Pro cameras over the years. I have one of the Innovv C1 cameras and have been very impressed with the results that I was achieving. While checking out the Innovv website I noticed that Innovv K1 motorcycle camera had been released and after checking out the informative Techmoan review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt7lhKSwWcI&list=PLFB79814F24001328&index=13 decided that it was just what I had been looking for and with the C1 it would give just the results that I was after.
I ordered the product over the web and it arrived very promptly via Air Mail and I was off working out how the installation was going to take place. My initial thoughts were to install the control unit under the seat or in a side panel. My Victory Vegas has very little space under the seat and it was apparent that installation would not be possible in this location. I had also considered installing it in one of the side panels and this would have been perfectly possible and would have given easy access to the device should I need it. Before jumping in and starting to do the work I coincided other options and it very soon became apparent that, as I had installed an after market cowl (originally designed to fit a Harley Davidson Sportster) on the front of the bike, I would have space to place both the GPS receiver and the control unit in the small cowl. After reviewing my options I decided that the option of placing it in the cowl would offer the best results.
My next decision was where to position the cameras. To do this I set the device up and running and moved the cameras to various positions on the Motorcycle. This was very helpful as I was able to see the appropriate perspective, with each new position, it also enabled me to see if any of the bodywork obstructed the view. I quickly decided that the camera would fit perfectly alongside the rear numberplate with one of the brackets that was supplied in the kit. I had intended to position the front camera below the bottom triple-tree clamp however with the new cowl sitting around the light it was much neater to position it at the base of the cowl. This would also have the added advantage of placing the remaining cable between the control unit and camera in the cowl, keeping everything tidy.
The fitting then started. I removed the cowl and positioned the GPS sensor between the light and a metal bracket inside the cowl. The cowl would stop water getting into the unit so I did not need to waterproof the GPS receiver’s loudspeaker and it would also be secure and out of site from people that may wish to remove it.
I had already installed a simple USB outlet in the cowl and If I had chosen could have used this for the power supply, but I chose to position the power supply that came with the kit in the protected area of the cowl, near the GPS unit. I avoided placing the two side by side as I did not know if the power unit would interfere with the GPS. (As it turns out I have not seen any problems) . wire it back to the battery, via a relay in the ignition switch, as recommended in the instructions. The control unit comes with a useful clamp that holds it in position so with a little manipulation I was able to position everything tucked inside the cowl.
The cameras were both secured in place and the cabling run back to the control unit. I swapped the front and rear cameras around as with this set-up as each come with a different length lead and I needed the longer run, that is generally used for the front camera, to reach the rear unit. Everything else was then re-assembled.
Everything went together well and I am able to simply take out the cables, from the control unit and then remove it from the holder. This way, it doesn’t get stolen when the motorcycle is left unattended. The results are just what I was looking for. The sound recording is it's weak point, but that is of little consequence for what it is being used for. I can position the Innovv C1 in various positions on the motorcycle (normally the handlebars) and find it easy to cut video from both devices together.
Now the most important question. Would I recommend Innovv K1 motorcycle camera? Well that's a definite YES! from me. All the best, Paul, from the UK.
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