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GPS and motorcycling is a great combination. It's new and I need some synergy to get some projects going and I'm always amazed at the great ideas in the Hak5 shows. Especially the way they use their brains before their money.

Some ideas that I would like to see come together in a useable form would be GPS, Engine sensors, lean angle recording, and one of the most perplexing things being able to capture video of your ride that has a wide clear view and conveys the feeling you felt on the ride to the viewer.

The best video I have seen is MotoGp where they have about 6 cameras mounted to the bikes and a lean and gear shift position indicator along with the tachometer and speedo. This gives the viewer a sense of how hard the rider is working to keep the engine in the power band ( right near the red line at all times ) and shifting his body weight, if your a rider you can find yourself leaning and shifting along with the video. Though for the average rider this system would not produce watch-able results because normal roads aren't that smooth and you need the fixed tripod long shot to convey the action.

The main problem is vibration and location. Helmet cams and bike cams tend to be bouncy and the view is very limited. I have thought about a glider cam that would be tethered to the bike giving the ability to fly off the back of the bike and break left or right to give a view of the bike and the terrain. A computerized tether to launch the glider would be the first thing to do, then a system for stability a combination a vibration dampening materials, gyroscopic stabilization, and air stabilization. My thought would be to look carefully at the refueling system used for in flight aircraft refueling. It has a stabilized design that can also be manipulated up down side to side. Sort of a funny looking parachute type end that has fins that when adjusted create movement.

So then on the bike we would need a a video recording system that could also capture GPS coordinates, Speed, Tachometer, lean angle, braking, gear. Kind of the ultimate black box for a motorcycle. I know allot of the elements are already available or can be produced with a bit of skill.

To date no one has put it all together in a DIY project.

Doe's anybody have any interest in pursuing this idea?

Brian Donofro

Auburn New York

Links to related devices tech

Dealer in great quality Motorcycle GPS Mapping and much more

http://www.touratech-usa.com/

Garmin manufacturers of GPS

http://www8.garmin.com/support/download.jsp

A site with GPS data files for great motorcycle roads

http://www.motorcycleroads.us/

Air to air refueling system images

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&...sa=N&tab=wi

Google results for motorcycle specific cameras

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari...-8&oe=UTF-8

A helmet cam company

http://www.aimsports.com/store/index.php?c...3ba5f2e8ee4d595

Images of gyroscopic image stabilization

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&...sa=N&tab=wi

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OK How about just a workable solution to make a car GPS waterproof and vibration proof.

That would be a good starting point. What kind of materials could be used to separate the GPS from all the bumps and buzzing that comes from a moving motorcycle?

Velcro big stuff kinda eliminate that high pitch buzzing.

Rubber as in o rings or rubber bands .

Is there like a standard cheap clear box that could be used to protect a GPS from the rain. I did use a lunch bag with some old scotch tape in a pinch on my last trip from Syracuse through NYC to Islip LI. The GPS still works though I only encountered light rain.

I'm really looking for something that will work with a standard motorcycle like my GZ250 or XS 360. On these bikes the GPS has to face the full force of the wind and all the vibrations of a small displacement motorcycle.

You know I'm thinking about D-man The Easy Rider Kitchen.

Off topic Kitchen and Morse on an OCC Captain America. That would be cool. If your ever in New York check out the OCC.

Brian D

Auburn, NY 13021

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OK How about just a workable solution to make a car GPS waterproof and vibration proof.

That would be a good starting point. What kind of materials could be used to separate the GPS from all the bumps and buzzing that comes from a moving motorcycle?

Velcro big stuff kinda eliminate that high pitch buzzing.

Rubber as in o rings or rubber bands .

Is there like a standard cheap clear box that could be used to protect a GPS from the rain. I did use a lunch bag with some old scotch tape in a pinch on my last trip from Syracuse through NYC to Islip LI. The GPS still works though I only encountered light rain.

I'm really looking for something that will work with a standard motorcycle like my GZ250 or XS 360. On these bikes the GPS has to face the full force of the wind and all the vibrations of a small displacement motorcycle.

You know I'm thinking about D-man The Easy Rider Kitchen.

Off topic Kitchen and Morse on an OCC Captain America. That would be cool. If your ever in New York check out the OCC.

Brian D

Auburn, NY 13021

http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php...ory=1&Lid=4

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=135...5000#featureTab

On a side note, I drove past OCC's new building a week or so ago. Was coming back from our office in Ludlow Mass. I didn't stop though, was late getting out of the office and didn't get home until after midnight. 10 hour drives suck.

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