Video for the Ride

Mike A and I have been big fans of video and wanted to make sure that we captured our trip for posterity. Trying to get video on a motorcycle trip at first appeared to be a daunting task. Do we have the chase vehicle do the filming? Do we attach cameras to the bikes? How do we capture what it is like to ride to San Diego, without the option of retakes?

We decided on redundancy. We will have at least three cameras capturing the event. We will do all video in full HD. Two Sony Handycams were lined up to do the video from the chase vehicle and while stopped. I decided to get the GoPro Hero HD to be attached to the helmet or the bike to capture everything up close and in your face.

I just got back from a little test run and here is a first sample. What do you think?

Well, that was not very good. Try this:


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One of the first thing Mike A came up with was the plan for the desert. The route he planned would take us through the desert into Las Vegas. This had an immediate impact on the motorcycle criteria. Air cooled engines were going to be at risk on the ride through the desert, so criteria for ride selection required something more than air cooled. We began looking for liquid cooled engines and planning the desert run to minimize heat on the bikes (and the bikers).