INNOVV K1 Motorcycle Camera installed on 2016 BMW R1200 GS Adventure
I have a 2016 BMW R1200 GS Adventure and I have attached some pictures of installation.
I recently purchased another dual camera and had nothing but problems with it from day 1. After 1 month of going back and forth to the manufacturer and replacing almost every part on it, I finally gave up and removed it from the bike and sent it back for a full refund. I decided to try the INNOVV K1 after this and so far I have been happy with it. The camera and DVR quality is far better made with the cameras being made from a good quality aluminium. The installation was very easy.
I have a PDM 60 installed to run the INNOVV K1 through. This is perfect as you can set the PDM 60 with ignition delays to avoid any power surges when starting the bike. They cost around USD 180 but will run 6 accessories all with individual settings such as full time live, or ignition activated . You can also set each of the 6 power outlets to different amperage as long as the total does not exceed 60 amps. Again you can also set a delay with the ignition activated accessories so as not to create a power surge to the item when starting the bike. You can also set the outlet to delay switching off after the ignition is turned off. The camera outlet is set to 20 seconds after the ignition is switched on.
The camera is a very tight fit on the 2016 BMW GSA due to the new antilock pro brake sensor being placed under the pillion seat. However it does just fit very snugly. I also think that under the seat and not out in view is also a necessity due to security and not having to remove when away from the bike.
The whole unit was very easy to install as per the pictures.
The GPS is not waterproof, so as a precaution I located it in an area that would not experience much rain, and I also sprayed with a waterproofing agent (Motorex Pro-Tex) . whilst this is a textile water proofer I will see how it goes. I am not sure how the GPS would work if located under the seat in a more protected area as it may need a direct line of site with the satellite. However I would be interested to hear from anyone who has tried this.
I have only tested the cameras once and they seem to be very good. Re-playing the files is also easy through a standard computer using the included micro card adapter. I would not suggest continually removing the camera for playback as this could only loosen the wires over time and cause failure. The cable clips do a great job of holding the cables steady.
Locating the camera’s was particularly easy as they have many mounting holes giving several options for location. The DVR also gives you the option to flip the view so you can mount them upside down if required and then just flip them on the unit. All in all a very easy installation with approx. 300 mm of spare wire on the cameras after installation.
I really do think that waterproofing the camera and the GPS unit should be next on the development table as that will make this camera one of the best on the market. Australia can also have very hot conditions so when attempting to waterproof the DVR, maybe something as simple as a Gore-Tex case should be considered as this will allow the unit to breathe.
Finally, I read a lot of comments about the K1 only being used as evidence in case of accident. With a powered cradle it could be used for so much more when it comes to adventure riding. I currently use a Go Pro for the action recording but the K1 is more than capable of replacing this with a little thought to how you install it. As mentioned, locating under the seat is really good to avoid it being stolen. However , if you were to locate it on the bike so it can be removed every day, this would lend itself to being far more versatile in recording your everyday adventures. I think a powered cradle would be required to enable easy disconnection and connection. BMW have done a great job with this with their Navigator V, a very simple cradle allowing easy removal and install located on the front dashboard area.
Love the camera, keep up the good work