AltRider's Taste of Dakar 2013

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by solarinsocal, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Woundflatout

    Woundflatout Been here awhile

    Jul 17, 2005
    Dig the video. I missed your iPhone mount...Can you post some pics of the mount? I'm kind of stupefied as to how you mounted it to your helmet...



  2. nick2ny

    nick2ny Been here awhile

    Mar 5, 2009

    Howdy Jason--I think they're referring to the Galaxy Nexus (here's the new version, unlocked and no-contract. Works anywhere in the world) velcroed and ziptied to the DR650's analog speedo. I put a few strips of male velcro on the speedo and a few strips on the back of my phone, before realizing that the velcro would just unsnap the back of the phone. So I added a ziptie to complete the janky setup.

    I had a gopro helmet mount wrapped around my helmet with the camera on the front of the chinguard. I think that's my favorite on-bike perspective, unless you're trying to capture opposite lock, then I figure bike-mounted (if you're capturing little bitty baby slides) or body-mounted (if you're capturing colossal, heroic slides), is better.

    Edit: I was using Dual Sport Maps for Android (available from the Play store. Review here) and had a 2-Amp USB charger plugged into a cigarette lighter I mounted on the bike. It worked really well.

    Dual Sport Maps can download map data ahead of time from satellite, google maps, a bunch of hippy nature maps sites, or something else too. Then your phone's GPS just puts you on the map. It can zoom according to your speed, etc.

    The only issue is if you ruin your phone. Apparently they can overheat in sun within an otterbox, or get full of sand or water without one.