know this has been on here a lot and been debating getting another one for a while.
But this morning I had such a close call on the motorway when some idiot just changed lanes and I’m not kidding when I say my front wheel brushed his bumper that I feel I need to get another one as I’d have reported that one is was so bad.
So, budget ideally around the £200 mark. I’m crap with electrics but equally not a fan of wanting to bolt one to my crash hat anymore.
I have the BlueSkySea DV988 Motorcycle Dash Camera was £110 off eBay, now £140. It comes with GPS, G sensor, front & rear cameras which I’ve attached to the underside of nose cone and underside of top box plate. Fitted myself 11 months ago and have had no issues. Its all virtually plug and play, there are three cable connections to make red to battery positive, black to battery negative and white piggy backs off a switched live so you will need to crimp a couple of ring terminals for the battery connection and may be a scotch lock or a piggy back connector and spade for the white cable.
I use a Ghost XL camera on my hat. £150 and a 9 hour battery, but you cannot remove the battery.
I also have a Ghost S camera that has removeable 3 hour batteries, and I have six spare batteries. The camera costs £300, but if you want my one, with the spare batteries, I’ll let it go for £175 ono. You need to remove the batteries to charge them, and I have two twin chargers.
I prefer a hat mounted camera, so that whatever I choose to look at, like the driver next to me at the lights texting away, it is recorded.
Front and rear cameras may miss the moment of impact but they will capture the before and after footage and will clearly show how and where you were riding leading up to the impact. The camera footage will clearly identify who is at fault which is all you need it for.
I have a bullet cam rear-facing and a Drift Ghost front facing, both mounted on the bike.
I think that although I see “curiosities” in front of me, possibly the more important camera is the rear-facing one.
Certainly the occasions where I’ve pointed to it when a driver is tailgating me have been extremely effective.
More broadly it amazes me that, with the odd exception, neither cars nor bikes have this kind of stuff built in as standard. “Dashcam” feels very 1990s! A “dashcam” you must plug in and manually attach to the windscreen or mirror, come on! But then we’re talking about an industry that does virtually nothing to stop “keyless cars” being scanned and nicked by car thieves. “Security? What’s that?”
On the other hand my recent experience of uploading decent bike cam footage of serious driver offences to the police (eg car driver using phone while driving one-handed on dual carriageway in rush hour, doing lane-changes and undertakes while on the phone) indicates they have little resource available to make any use of it.
At a work event several years ago there were many manufacturers present and this was discussed. Their concern was if they fit it as standard it may put some customers off buying in case they do something wrong and end up getting prosecuted by a camera in their own car.