Not Everyone Rides, But They Can Come Along on the Video!

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I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone rides a motorcycle. No, I can’t explain why in most cases. Some are scared. Some don’t have the skills. Some have physical limitations. Those of us that do ride should be very thankful that we can. There is nothing that feels like it that is ground-oriented. ( I always wanted to hang-glide!)

Even before the first Go-Pro, I was mounting a video camera on my bike. I wanted to share the experience, vistas, and excitement with those that couldn’t ride. I wanted to archive my ride so I could relive it often and whenever I wanted. Fortunately, I’ve watched this industry evolve beyond what I could have imagined.

The ride really starts at about 0:52. Shot from the engine guard by Brian Dawson with GoPro.

When Go-Pro came out, I got one. Not immediately, but after they went on sale. I bought a couple knock-off cams and often use them as dashcams. I’ve used the Go-Pro underwater and on dozens of rides. I upgraded to one that used wifi and an app on the phone. The resolution of the sport cams increased each year. It was a good thing!

Then, 360 degree cameras came out. Now, I could video the ride and give viewers the experience as if they were on the bike. It made great experiences on computers, mobile devices and in the new VR systems as they came out. I started with a 360×225 degree knock-off to get started in this area. I soon graduated to a Kodak PixPro that took superior video. I got to use this camera on our trip through the Rockies, Big Horn, Beartooth, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Flaming Gorge. I still watch them from time to time because the scenery is incredible.

Washed out road at about 5:25. Shot on Garmin VIRB 360.

A few months later Samsung came out with a new 360×360 camera. I didn’t get it. Instead, the previous model went on sale at ridiculously low prices and I was all over it. Now, riders could see all around me in the videos. It became very immersive and the VR experience was complete. There we other models out there, but prices were very high. After seeing the metrics display (speed, altitude, mapping and more) of the Garmin VIRB 360, I started shopping for a bargain. It seemed rare that someone would resell one, but I found someone that got an extra as a gift and lucked out. No other camera does what the Garmin can do with the over 20 metrics it can display. It’s water proof to 30 feet and rugged enough to hold up when I end up riding in driving rain. The power adapter system I bought means no battery is needed and I can run a full 3.5 to 4 hours on a 128GB chip. That’s a lot of 4K video!!! It also has an option to shoot at 5.7K, which is actually double 4K resolution. (The math works sorta like the Richter Scale.) The experiences from this camera are great, especially in VR.

Recently, an acquaintance on Facebook introduced me to a new camera. It’s the Rylo system. It shoots up to 5.8K (online services are still stuck at 4K due to the bandwidth higher resolutions consume.) It edits through a phone app. It takes awesome photos and videos and it costs only $500! Yeah, that’s a chunk of change, but you end up with a camera that will be your go to cam for a long time. I also learned about their selfie-stick (well engineered) and a company called Hogtag Collar, which makes superior mounting hardware. The combination is amazing!

Shot by Mark Talarico using a Rylo system and a Hogtag Collar mounting rig.

Above is a link to my YouTube channel. Explore it! Subscribe to it to know about new videos as they are published. Afterall, there will be a LOT of video coming from this year’s 48-state 360Bikers Ultimate Big Ride. They’ll start being published in July, after the ride is completed. I hope to share experiences with riders and non-riders for a long time. The more immersive… the better!