Introduction: Camera Mount for a Motorcycle (Rear Peg)

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I have been scouring the net for a camera mount for my sport bike for quite a while now. Everything I find is either too expensive, clunky, or too hard to install/uninstall. Some are all three! One day I had an epiphany and came up with this design. It's simple, easy, and can be installed in seconds. It should fit most bikes with passenger foot pegs. It can be made in about 30 minutes for under $20.

Step 1: Parts You Will Need

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Parts you will need
(all parts purchased at Lowes except for the plug, which was found at Home Depot)

1" Square x 3'-0" Aluminum Tube: $11.23
(2) 1/4" x 1 1/2"Thumbscrews: $1.27(for two)
1/4" x 5/16" Tee Nut: $3.08
1/4" hex nut: free (I have a ton laying around)
1"Dia x 3/8" Nylon spacer (3/8hole): $1.51 (for two)
1" Square plastic plug : $1.43 (for four)

Step 2: Tools Used:

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Tools used:
Drill
Hacksaw
Tape measure or ruler
Pencil
Small drill bit (I used 3/32)
1/4" drill bit
5/16 drill bit
Metal adhesive
Paint (optional)

Step 3: Cut Tube

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Take the aluminum tube and cut a 6" section. This works good for my bike, but can be adjusted per your preferences. I would suggest NOT exceeding 6" though; you don't want the camera scraping the ground on those wicked turns!!

Step 4: Drill Holes

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We will need holes at both ends. Always start by drilling a small pilot hole first. This makes it much easier to drill the larger holes in the correct location. Drill a 5/16 hole through the bottom, 1/2" from the end. Drill a 1/4" hole through both top and bottom, located 1 1/4" from the other end. It is very important that these holes are all centered in the tube.

Step 5: Attach Tee Nut

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Using the metal adhesive, glue the tee nut inside the tube, projecting through the 5/16 hole. The glue isn't a structural connection, it's just to keep the nut from falling out when not in use. If needed, you can hold the tee nut in place while the glue is drying by threading one of the thumb screws into it.

Step 6: Attach Spacer

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Glue the nylon spacer over the TOP 1/4" hole. Be sure it is centered and no glue gets into the hole. (Note: I believe a rubber spacer would be better than the nylon, as it would help absorb some vibration, but I havent found any yet. You could also experiment with using a smaller nylon spacer, but attaching it with double sided foam tape)

Step 7: OPTIONAL: Paint

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OPTIONAL: Paint the camera mount. Black is always a good color.

ALSO: After some additional testing I realized a passenger still has room for their feet with this mount. (assuming they don't have Shaq feet) If you plan on using this mount with a passenger, I'd suggest putting a strip of grip tape on the top.

Step 8: Install Screws & Cap.

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Thread a thumb screw into the tee nut. Insert the other thumb screw through the bottom hole, and then thread on the 1/4" hex nut. Run the hex nut about 3/4 down the thumb screw, but DO NOT TIGHTEN it. This nut should only prevent the thumb screw from falling out when not in use. Push end cap into the outer end of the mount.

Step 9: Install on the Bike!

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This mount should support most digital cameras and small camcorders. You have the flexibility to position the camera either front or rear-wards. (or even install two at once!)

Be sure to put a small piece of tape over the mic on your camera or the wind noise will overpower it. (I forgot the tape in my test run video)



Step 10: Video Test #2

Per a few requests I tried a rearward facing camera test. On this test I had a passenger, and I also tried using foam tape over the mic. It worked -ok-, I was hoping for better results.

Step 11: Video Test #3 (Final)

Here's my third and final video test. It's a forward view, with passenger and foam. It follows the exact same path as test #2. Again, the foam tape helped, but not as much as I would have liked. I had the camera turned inward a little bit more than ideal, but you can see some shift-action (seen at time 2:40)

If you notice a few spots near the beginning where my driving seems a little awkward, that's because there're some cars just out of view threatening to hit me. :)

Comments

DIY Dave (author)2015-08-25

great job. I'm going to try this. I think I'll use a small diameter metal pipe instead, because my back peg is round

Lego man (author)2008-10-19

Dude! That is one quiet bike!

kaptaink_cg (author)Lego man2010-07-30

That's cause I leave all the sound behind me! :)

xerxesx20 (author)2009-09-03

Forgot to mention that's it's good you got the nipper involved.

frollard (author)2008-10-19

That is a really great result! I've only seen the handlebar mounts before.

My only concern if I built one myself would be to put a piece of plexi or glass in front of the lense. You might lose *some* video quality, but you reduce the risk of sandblasting the very sensitive coating on the lense. A commercial camera housing would work, but this is instructables, and we don't *do* commercial :D.

5 from me!

kaptaink_cg (author)frollard2008-10-19

VERY good point.. My camera is getting kinda old, so if it gets messed up it will give me a "reason" to buy another. :P

xerxesx20 (author)kaptaink_cg2009-09-03

Modify your mount and "accidentally" chamfer the bottom edge of your camera. Then you'll have to get another one.

Or mod it for IR and do night vids. :-)

xerxesx20 (author)2009-09-03

I ride a motorbike (i've got one on the road and a stunt moped behind the shed, called Joker.) and know for a fact that the cars out of view you mentioned, weren't threatening to hit you, they we're threatening/TRYING their hardest to kill you. Car drivers take note: Be nice to bikers!

Djaxzone (author)2009-02-21

Just did this today. Ended up having to remove a passenger peg to put it on though. Just bolted right through the pegs mount, works like a charm. Thanks for the project

kurtdaniel1 (author)2008-11-07

very nice!!!

alaaaaaaaaan (author)2008-10-21

I think you made this video not to show us a cam mount but rather to show off YOUR FRICKING SWEET BIKE...Either way thanks for both

kaptaink_cg (author)alaaaaaaaaan2008-10-21

LOL! :) thanks.... You should see the guys I roll with. My bro rides a `07 Blue R1 (incredible machine) and our friend rides a `08 Red Ducatti 989 (exotic!)

MatheusLPS (author)2008-10-20

nice instructable... putting a camera on the side os a bike is a good idea, sometime ago, I put a cam on the handling.. but not worked well, I will try this one tomorrow, here in Brazil is 9:31pm, so tomorrow will be better.. and the ideia os put a tape over the mic is fantastic... so I can take off the annoying sound of the wind with a video editing program, but is very nice hear the sound of motor. with this way you can put a music together.. nice! :D

Jonny Appleseed (author)2008-10-19

i made this as soon as i saw the instructible, i too have been looking for a peg camera mount, it's a sick angle

Awesome.. I'd like to see a pic of it, and/or video if you have any!

killerjackalope (author)2008-10-13

Nice job, looks handy and well built. Plus the ninja's a good bike for playing on when it's video time... One thing I didn't like about them is the tail lights, the ones without the clear bits look better IMHO... Anyway nice job...

I agree.. the taillight is a bit uninspiring. But typically my tailights aren't in view for very long.... :)

Ah not to worry then... As someone said a rearward video would be cool but you might have more luck with attachment to the back of the seat or maybe on the rear forks...

I've added 2 more test videos. On video #2 the camera is rearward facing. Due to the location of my rear pegs, I had to aim it inward a bit more than I wanted, just to get some of the bike in the view.

Nice one, though it'd probably look interesting enough without the bike - one more idea to try, widest angle possible on the lens and pointing skyward driving through highrise buildings and places with loads of high buildings... You can also mount it portrait style and flip it to the right way up in an editing program if it makes it easier to deal with the location of the pegs. Great job again, it's good to see someone getting away from generic dash videos.

M F (author)2008-10-13

Let's see a rearward video next. that would look scary

kaptaink_cg (author)M F2008-10-19

Check out step #10! New videos posted, one is rearward.

kaptaink_cg (author)M F2008-10-14

Maybe I'll try that this weekend.. (with TAPE!)

crapflinger (author)2008-10-13

i do like the video you get from a side mount a lot more than the ones where you mount the camera to the bars...the bar mounts are disorienting since you've got no frame of reference for the motion..... i'd DEFINITELY get a different camera though hehe looks weird with a regular digi-cam sticking off the side (not a huge deal though)....wit a little twist on the camera you can also check learning driver's shifting habits to see why your tranny is grinding after they take a test drive hehe

kaptaink_cg (author)crapflinger2008-10-19

Added two more video clips. On video test #3 you can see some of my shifting. :)

kaptaink_cg (author)crapflinger2008-10-13

Completely agree with you on all point. On my bike, it would be near impossible to mount to the bars. Plus with my tinted shield, it would be very hard to see anything.

Hellchild (author)2008-10-19

tat's one sexy bike man

blakdragon19 (author)2008-10-19

what kind of bike is that?

kaptaink_cg (author)blakdragon192008-10-19

It's a 2007 Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja. All stock except for the tinted windscreen and the tank protector. :)

Plasmana (author)2008-10-19

That is cool!

carlos3366 (author)2008-10-18

thanks for the ride dude. great idea.

Eeeeeeeeeekz (author)2008-10-14

very cool, now how do you get the rubbish extra noise off it. (you should be able to cover that part up and only hear engine / other noise (not just wind)).

kaptaink_cg (author)Eeeeeeeeeekz2008-10-14

Im gonna try some Tape. My 3 top candidates are masking take (easy off, but thin), Electrical tape (rubber membrane might give it better sound properties, but leaves residue when it comes off) or Foam tape (probably the best, but VERY adhesive)

SkinnE (author)kaptaink_cg2008-10-17

I've had very good results using cellophane (scotch) tape. Pretty much eliminates wind noise and allows the engine, intake and exhaust sounds in.

For examples with and without, see:

without tape
http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x197/ericstephani/Video/?action=view&current=P1000600.flv

with tape
http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x197/ericstephani/Video/?action=view&current=P1010126.flv

kaptaink_cg (author)SkinnE2008-10-18

wow, that made an incredible improvement

JBizzle (author)2008-10-17

lol. you live in a very nice neighborhood.. haha

kaptaink_cg (author)JBizzle2008-10-17

LOl engh.... it's OK.. would have been a lot nicer without the housing market collapse.

t3hr4v3n (author)2008-10-16

Great Idea, I've been looking for a way to mount rocket launchers (model rockets for special effects in a movie, not for everyday use) to my bike for a while. I never thought of using the foot pegs before. Though mine are round... Time to get creative!!!

kaptaink_cg (author)t3hr4v3n2008-10-16

Now THAT's something I'd like to see! If you are going to tie onto something round, maybe look into conduit clamps?

wick_ed (author)2008-10-16

A simple way to soften the wind is to fold up a piece of a womans nylon and wrap it around the camera where the hole for the mic is. Or you could use a bit of kitchen sponge and carefully push it oh, so slightly into the mic's hole. I had a 86 and 85 ninja 900 ported and polished, back in the day and boy, a great bike but a b***h to to repair and keep tuned. Yours looks alot more beautiful though.

082535 (author)2008-10-13

Hey I live in AZ too.

zero838 (author)0825352008-10-13

i live in az too

kaptaink_cg (author)0825352008-10-13

Gotta love the weather here. You can ride year round. (althought it gets slightly hot in the summer)

bumpus (author)2008-10-12

Excellent, truly excellent! Great looking bike btw. :D

kaptaink_cg (author)bumpus2008-10-12

Thanks! It's a blast to ride.

metal-matt (author)kaptaink_cg2008-10-12

hey, i just showed this to my dad (he like's bike's btw, so do i :P) and he was wondering what type of bike is it? looks nice :D

kaptaink_cg (author)metal-matt2008-10-12

It's a 2007 Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja. All stock except for the tinted windscreen and the tank protector. :)

metal-matt (author)kaptaink_cg2008-10-13

kool, my dad owns a suzuki 640 "naked" i think, probebly 2007/06, not to shur...but damn it's loud.....

kassofcmb (author)2008-10-13

Gonna have to put this on my Busa and see what lane striping looks like at 186mph. Good ible.

1up (author)2008-10-12

Very nice! This is very original. Simpler is always better. Except when it comes to Rube Goldberg Machines, but whatever...

You gotta wonder why big companies with tons of smart workers can't come up with this, but a modest hobbyist like you can.

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