Didn't find much using the search function, so I thought I'd ask outright. Anyone using or have experience/knowledge with rear view cameras? Not really concerned with capture or recording but more of a "live" feed of what's going on behind me to assist in lane changes, approaching vehicles, etc. Got rid of stock mirrors and went with smaller bar ends...improved the overall look, but functionality SUX! Wanting to stick with reputable products and avoid the ebay/amazon/aliexpress crap if possible. Any advice or guidance is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEARS!
Post by papawheelie on Dec 31, 2018 10:18:54 GMT -7
I’m interested, and have looked into it. I did not find a good solution. So, sticking with good old-fashioned reflective glass (mirrors).
It would be cool to be rid of mirrors altogether. The bike definitely looks leaner, meaner, and cleaner without them.
But...a rear view camera obviously requires some sort of display. A phone is an obvious choice since we all have one, and it is removed from the bike when it’s not in use (to go with that lean, mean, and clean look). Bluetooth or local WiFi would be cool, but it can’t be trusted with my life. What happens if the wireless signal has a hiccup and freezes or becomes pixelated for a couple seconds and then, worse, has a 1.5 second delay until it is disconnected/reconnected. A "wired" option vritually eliminates the possibility of this problem, but that requires...a wired option.
So, anyway, I’m also interested, but haven’t found anything that I’ll trust with my life when split-second decisions are necessary. If you find a solution, I’ll be following. 👍🏽
There is some guy in Philly who had a set custom wired into his mirror housing. I saw them in one of the more popular "running from the cops" videos on YouTube. I would prefer a smart helmet with a rear camera and a heads up display, but those still seem to be a year or two out.
Last Edit: Dec 31, 2018 10:44:36 GMT -7 by achrista
Another solution for a problem that doesn't exist. Ha ha. I'm a function over form guy. There's nothing wrong with regular mirrors, and if you remove them, whatever you use to plug the threads still looks like something is missing. They work perfectly well... provided they're mounted properly (mine weren't). In order to have maximum outward reach, the stems need to be perpendicular to the bike. I used a long level, but close enough is fine. One was even past the handlebar, and the other close to where it should be. I couldn't see behind the 'bad' one, and when I checked, saw that stem was way inward. After proper adjustment, both mirrors are now fully functional. They're cheap, but go with the bike, and work, so they'll stay. Yes, looked everywhere for nicer replacements, but all are significantly shorter, so useless for what they're supposed to do. Bar-end mirrors are out of my peripheral vision, so not functional either. Hope this helps those who think the stock mirrors are not good enough; they might just be out of adjustment, like mine. Best wishes for the new year folks.
Last Edit: Dec 31, 2018 10:57:10 GMT -7 by elptxjc
Another solution for a problem that doesn't exist.
Ah, but that's in your opinion. I have removed mine and fitted bar end mirrors along with R&G bar end sliders and black anodised mirror blank buttons in place of the mirrors. I am very happy with the results and for me at least this is the best solution and looks much better. We're all individuals matey, so yeah, the problem may exist for some.
I was referring to the subject of this thread: cameras instead of mirrors . I don't have a problem with cameras IN ADDITION to mirrors. Bar-end mirrors are more distracting than regular mirrors for obvious reasons (not in peripheral vision), but definitely safer and more reliable than cameras alone. I just don't believe in form before function, but to each his own. Best wishes for the new year gang.