How to Mount a GoPro to a Motorcycle

Chris Waldron Chris Waldron

The indescribable roar of a motorcycle tearing down a desert highway is exhilarating, and riders can share the experience by using GoPro camera technology to capture every moment of the ride. Mounting a GoPro to a motorcycle is not difficult due to the large variety of mounting equipment available, and mount styles exist for almost every type of bike. If it proves to be impossible to use a mount on a particular motorcycle, chest harnesses and helmet mounts serve as alternative solutions to help riders capture great POV motorcycle footage.

How to Mount a GoPro to a Motorcycle

After choosing a GoPro camera with the desired video quality, it is important to use a suitable mount to secure the camera. On a motorcycle, GoPro cameras can capture footage from different positions, and the positions all have various advantages suited to different filming styles.

Choose a Camera Mount Style

An unstable camera mount produces low-quality footage, and the camera could actually fall off the motorcycle during the ride and suffer extensive damage. Vibration causes "camera shake" and makes the footage troublesome to watch and possibly unusable. For common bar-mounted cameras, a piece of foam rubber placed between the mount and the motorcycle sometimes solves the problem.

Handlebar, Seat Post, and Pole Mounts

Handlebar, seat post, and pole mounts attach to any round bar. Most motorcycles have at least a few suitable locations for these mounts, and they attach in a variety of ways. Straps, bolts, or brackets provide a steady hold on the frame for steady video footage. When purchasing a bar mount, consider the number of adjustment points on the arm that connect the camera to the mount, as more adjustment points mean more potential angles for capturing video.

Adhesive and Suction Cup Mounts

Both adhesive and suction cup mounts provide excellent, uniquely angled video footage, but they are not always the best choices for long-term use. The benefit of these mounts is they stick to almost any type of surface as long as the adhesive or suction cups remain in good condition. These types of mounts are best for capturing intense shots from angles the rider could never achieve using a bar mount.

Attach an adhesive mount by peeling off the cover layer of the industrial strength adhesive and anchoring the mount to a clean, flat surface. Remove it by applying heat with a blow dryer.

Windshield Options

If a motorcycle has a windshield, it is a nice area mounting area for capturing excellent unedited footage. A windshield drastically cuts down wind noise, which is perfect for videographers who want to create videos that include the actual audio from the ride. If sound is not an issue, mount the camera in front of the windshield to reduce glare and reflections.

Helmet and Chest Mounts

These situations are rare, but some motorcycle designs simply do not accommodate camera mounts in safe, secure ways. Alternative camera mounting options are available to solve this problem. Helmet mounts offer a simple solution and still provide dynamic video of the ride. The camera sees whatever the rider sees, which is helpful for capturing some types of footage, and it adds more personal and kinetic footage to the video.

A chest mount has many of the same features as a helmet mount, but it is slightly more adjustable due to its location. The video captured on a chest camera is sometimes more stable than footage on a helmet cam, and it provides an immersive experience.

How to Buy GoPro Mounts for Motorcycles on eBay

When you want to mount a GoPro camera to your motorcycle, the equipment you need is readily available on eBay. Simply type "GoPro motorcycle mount" into the search bar on any page to conduct a general search, or narrow the search by including the camera model or the exact type of mount you want. Many different companies make mounts for GoPro cameras. Be sure the product you choose comes with all the mounting hardware required to attach the mount to your motorcycle.