'22 Low Rider S On-board

Here's some on-board footage from a Sunday afternoon cruise around Brisbane on the latest Harley Softail Low Rider S. 

On a production note, I'm happy with the performance of the Go Pro 10, in light of the muck-up on the Sportster S attempt.
There are a two grabs here where I tried using the rear facing microphone on the Media Mod instead of the the lavalier mic - and that didn't work very well.
But the image quality and the horizon levelling from the Max Lens Mod are quite pleasing.

Call me an Ōto Rēsu fan

Auto Race (オートレース, Ōto Rēsu) is a Japanese version of flat track motorcycle racing held on asphalt courses throughout Asia - and is predominantly a gambling sport. Think 'horse racing with 600cc'.

The format came about because flat track dirt surfaces were banned by the government in the 1960s as they were considered too dangerous. Go figure!

Auto Race competitions usually involve eight riders and runs for six laps. Obviously the tarmac surface dictates riders lean round the corners, rather than slide as in conventional Speedway. 

A typical Auto Race bike is 599cc, very narrow, has a two-speed gearbox, no brakes and is designed with the left handlebar higher than the right. 

The riders also wear Gladiator-style body armour suits that look like Motocross meets NFL - and from some of the spills it looks entirely apt. 

There's a whole lot of rules to combat corruption too - like the riders all live in dormitories prior to racing, because organised crime took over the sport at one stage. 

Anyway, I think it was George Carlin who did a 'bit' about listening to a game of Baseball on a Mexican Radio station. Although he didn't speak Spanish, he understood everything that was going on simply from the tone of the commentator and the effects mic. Or to quote Wall of Voodoo - The 'talkbeat' of the DJ.

Same thing here - you don't have to understand Japanese to get the gist!

I'll have $5 on the bloke in green.


Wall of Voodoo:

Go Pro ooops!

One of the many great quotes attributed to Ansell Adams, the doyen and pioneer of landscape photography is, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” 

Any serious shutterbug can relate. 

This also applies relatively when shaking down or coming to grips with new imaging kit. 

So it was today. 

I put on my chest harness with a new, fully juiced Go Pro Hero 10 Black and set about a trial run. It has been fitted with the Max Lens Mod, Media mod, upgraded (Alu) mounting system and funky screen protectors because … well … I’m a camera geek. 

For its first motorcycle vlogging test I hopped on the Sportster S Press Bike and headed for Gasoline Alley, recording my thoughts and first impressions of the bike as I rode to the dealership. 

Mainly to see if I had it set up right. 

I didn’t. 

Firstly, the horizon lock settings available with the lens mod are counter-intuitive. You have to turn it off to work. It’s a great feature where no matter what angle the camera is mounted at – it shoots level. But … lesson 1. 

Lesson 2 is that it is very easy when controlling/starting the camera from the app on the phone to switch from standard video mode to ‘hyper lapse’ mode. 

So here’s 30 minutes of considered waffling opinions on the bike reduced to 39 seconds without sound. 

Those that know me will recognise one of my favourite platitudes too: Experience is a good school … but the fees are high! Live an’ learn. 

Next effort will be good. It’s a beaut piece of kit – just need some 'larnin’'!