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Posted 2008-08-13 11:55 AM (#61739 - in reply to #61714)
Subject: RE: XS Race Bike

Location: Winchester, TN

I had the same thought about taking video on a race track. What I came up with, is using a solid state video recorder and a helmet camera.

The video recorder is a Archos 405 unit that I purchased off of eBay for $91.00US and a Archos Helmet Camcorder that I purchased for around $108.00US. The RAM Mount and Bullet Camera Mount added another $50.00US or so.

The camera is mounted with a RAM Mount to the roll bar, just under the roof line. A video is recorded to the 2Gb internal memory, in AVI format, and I then transfer it to my PC with a USB connection. I also purchased a DVR Travel Adapter (about $50.00US) so that I could play the video from the Archos 405 directly to my Panasonic DVD Recorder (and TV) to produce DVD’s.

The video below was taken with my setup mounted in a friend's Outlaw Pony car, tube frame, 2.3L Ford OHC at 8-8,500 rpm, on a local ¼ dirt track.

Here is a link to a YouTube video recording made with the setup:

Winchester Speedway - Petty Racing

The video's AVI format is much better quality than shown on YouTube after their conversion....

BTW, although my friend finished second in this heat race, a burnt hole in the #3 piston on the next to last lap and retired the car for the rest of the night's racing.

But, if you already have a video camera at your disposal, check out the RAM Mount as they have quite a few mounts for your bike.
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