Happy with INNOVV K1 motorcycle camera

I live in the UK and have been riding for 18 months with my Yamaha FZS 1000, I have been using a Contour Roam POV camera fixed to my helmet and decided to look into a fixed camera system. After researching a number of other camera systems I came across the K1 motorcycle camera from INNOVV and really liked the front and rear camera setup as well as the loop recording and complete kit. It was reasonably priced and once ordered was delivered extremely quickly and with no fuss.  I received the Camera and was really impressed with the system especially as the cameras looked well made with metal bodies and the connections were sturdy and very clear being marked so there was no way of connecting the system up wrong. The first job was to decide how to mount the cameras and also where to store the DVR and how to wire it up. I decided to locate the DVR unit under the seat and based on that worked out how to route the wiring and mount the cameras. I opted to fix the front camera under the front fairing facing forward and this way the fairing offered some kind of protection from the sun and weather.   My Son made up the brackets for the front camera and using the DVR unit I worked out the best position and then mounted the front camera and fed the front camera wiring through underneath the fuel tank along the bikes existing wiring to the rear of the bike where the DVR unit would be located. (FIRST PROBLEM doing this caused interference and so I had to move the wiring slightly to cut out the interference, I contacted INNOVV regarding the interference and they were brilliant and responded instantly giving advice to why the interference may have been caused and recommended moving the wiring away from existing wiring looms, this done the interference disappeared.  The rear mounting was designed by my son who came up with making a curtain to mount underneath my Givi rear top box plate, He made out of metal a plate that curved around the contour of the base plate and then used car body filler and coated the metal plate. Whilst the body filler was drying he used a wet sponge to create the stippled effect to make it look like part of the top box base plate. He then drilled a hole through the plate so the camera could be mounted and using L brackets he mounted the camera to the plate and to add additional protection to the camera lens mounted a clear piece of plastic between the camera and the metal plate.      I wired the rear camera through the rear light cluster and connected it up to the DVR unit, I installed the GPS system behind the rear light cluster inside the bike, and mounted the record button on the fairing near to the left hand side of the handlebars.  The footage from both cameras is excellent and extremely clear and vibration free. It pays to take time thinking about camera positions and mounting but the end results are fantastic and I am really impressed with the system. I would Highly recommend INNOVV K1 Motorcycle camera to anyone who wants to record their riding or to add protection in case of an accident.

BMW R1150GS Adventure and INNOVV motorcycle camera K1

I got INNOVV K1 motorcycle camera system installed on my BMW R1150GS Adventure yesterday and took some photos and took it for its first ride today.   
Front camera is mounted off my driving lights from the crash bars because the front sub frame (healights and instruments and screen) vibrates too much when riding on bumpy roads. I get a bit of engine vibration distortion in the images on the front camera, but no worse than any other camera and mount I have tried.
  
The rear camera is mounted below my rear rack, which is pretty rock solid for cameras from past experience.
   

The DVR is mounted in its pouch under the rear of the tank as there is just no room for it under the seat. The pouch is attached to the top of my intercom with 3M duallock (in turn the intercom is mounted to the top of the air box the same way.    
The Save/record button is mounted on the centre of my bars just above the fog light switch. I tried a ring of black duct/insulation tape to seal the button, but found that didn’t stick. I will experiment with other sealing solutions. ;o)
  
I haven’t installed the GPS unit, as I have a separate GPS anyway, and just want INNOVV K1 camera system for video.

My experience with INNOVV K1 motorcycle camera

I live in the UK and ride a Victory Vegas motorcycle. I have done so since 2009, when it was one of the first models shipped over from the US, into Europe. It always raises attention and I have ridden it in various countries, around Europe. It is one of the most agile cruisers that I have ridden and that inspired me to start filming from it.     I have now been recording my motorcycle riding for a number of years and have previously set up multiple cameras on my Victory Vegas motorcycle. I have used various small key-chain and also Go-Pro cameras over the years. I have one of the Innovv C1 cameras and have been very impressed with the results that I was achieving. While checking out the Innovv website I noticed that Innovv K1 motorcycle camera had been released and after checking out the informative Techmoan review  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt7lhKSwWcI&list=PLFB79814F24001328&index=13  decided that it was just what I had been looking for and with the C1 it would give just the results that I was after. 
I ordered the product over the web and it arrived very promptly via Air Mail and I was off working out how the installation was going to take place. My initial thoughts were to install the control unit under the seat or in a side panel. My Victory Vegas has very little space under the seat and it was apparent that installation would not be possible in this location. I had also considered installing it in one of the side panels and this would have been perfectly possible and would have given easy access to the device should I need it. Before jumping in and starting to do the work I coincided other options and it very soon became apparent that, as I had installed an after market cowl (originally designed to fit a Harley Davidson Sportster) on the front of the bike, I would have space to place both the GPS receiver and the control unit in the small cowl. After reviewing my options I decided that the option of placing it in the cowl would offer the best results. 
 My next decision was where to position the cameras. To do this I set the device up and running and moved the cameras to various positions on the Motorcycle. This was very helpful as I was able to see the appropriate perspective, with each new position, it also enabled me to see if any of the bodywork obstructed the view. I quickly decided that the camera would fit perfectly alongside the rear numberplate with one of the brackets that was supplied in the kit. I had intended to position the front camera below the bottom triple-tree clamp however with the new cowl sitting around the light it was much neater to position it at the base of the cowl. This would also have the added advantage of placing the remaining cable between the control unit and camera in the cowl, keeping everything tidy.      The fitting then started. I removed the cowl and positioned the GPS sensor between the light and a metal bracket inside the cowl. The cowl would stop water getting into the unit so I did not need to waterproof the GPS receiver’s loudspeaker and it would also be secure and out of site from people that may wish to remove it.      I  had already installed a simple USB outlet in the cowl and If I had chosen could have used this for the power supply, but I chose to position the power supply that came with the kit in the protected area of the cowl, near the GPS unit. I avoided placing the two side by side as I did not know if the power unit would interfere with the GPS. (As it turns out I have not seen any problems) . wire it back to the battery, via a relay in the ignition switch, as recommended in the instructions. The control unit comes with a useful clamp that holds it in position so with a little manipulation I was able to position everything tucked inside the cowl.        The cameras were both secured in place and the cabling run back to the control unit. I swapped the front and rear cameras around as with this set-up as each come with a different length lead and I needed the longer run, that is generally used for the front camera, to reach the rear unit. Everything else was then re-assembled.   

Everything went together well and I am able to simply take out the cables, from the control unit and then remove it from the holder. This way, it doesn’t get stolen when the motorcycle is left unattended. 

The results are just what I was looking for. The sound recording is it’s weak point, but that is of little consequence for what it is being used for. I can position the Innovv C1 in various positions on the motorcycle (normally the handlebars) and find it easy to cut video from both devices together.  Now the most important question. Would I recommend Innovv K1 motorcycle camera? 
Well that’s a definite YES! from me. 

All the best,
Paul, from the UK. 

INNOVV K1 motorcycle camera installed on BMW R1200 GS

Thanks for Graham, he installed the K1 motorcycle camera on his BMW R 1200 GS.  The instalation on a GS is simple.The power comes from the powerlet right alongside where the head unit sits.There is plenty of room on the bike to run the wiring without removing any parts or bodwork.I ride with two groups of riders and i have shared the install on two sites.I use that bike every day as i do not own a car. You need to make the GPS unit fully waterproof for bike use, apart from that it was easy enough to install and set up. The whole job took less than one hour. No vibration evident in the videos.          

INNOVV K1 Motorcycle camera installed on 2011 Victory Vision Tour

I have just finished the instillation of the K1 system on my 2011, Victory Vision Tour.  Had to swap the cameras around as the rear was too short for my bike.  Made a couple of new brackets to hold the cameras as mounting points are scarce on this beast!   I’m still adjusting the cable route on the rear camera as its picking up some interference when the engine is running.  Not a lot, the picture appears to “shimmy” but it doesn’t affect the overall view and stills taken from the video are not affected.   Haven’t found a convenient mounting point for the GPS module yet, so have left it off until I do.The DVR is kept in its pouch in the “glove box” as can be seen by the attached photos.  This allows easy access to remove the card if necessary and keeps the unit dry.   The power is taken from the auxiliary power socket (cigarette lighter socket) in the glove box (hard wired in), which is only “hot” when the ignition is on.  Also attached are photos of the location front and rear cameras.            

INNOVV K1 Motorcycle camera install on Yamaha TW200

I have a 2008 Yamaha TW200 that I use for commuting to work and off road trips.  I have been looking for a permanent camera recording solution for the motorcycle for sometime.  The Innovv K1 motorcycle camera checked all of my requirements – rugged, small waterproof cameras, wide angle view, discreet, GPS with on video stamp, both front and rear cameras and small DVR unit.
 
Although I ordered additional mounts for the cameras, I found that the included small metal brackets in the kit were sufficient to install the cameras.  Inovv K1 motorcycle camera kit includes everything to install the system including mounting hardware, small right angle brackets, cables and a 12 V USB power adapter.  The kit does not include a microSD card. The front camera is installed just below the front headlight on an existing bolt that secures the headlight frame as shown in these pictures:   The front camera cable was routed through the front headlight harness and followed the cable bundle to the middle of the motorcycle were the K1 recording unit was located. The rear camera is installed just below the vehicle license plate on the rear fender.  Inovv K1 motorcycle camera kit bracket was bent a little to ensure the camera was pointing out and down a little to capture the road and vehicle following the motorcycle.    The rear camera cable was routed up the inside of the rear fender and attached to the inside frame of the motorcycle to be routed to the small storage compartment located on the right hand side of the motorcycle.  Normally the small storage compartment holds a small tool set supplied by Yamaha, but this motorcycle did not include one as the previous owner had misplaced it. Right storage compartment,   Inovv K1 motorcycle camera kit included a 12 Volt USB power module. The red wire (positive) of the USB power module was wired to the power lead controlled by the ignition switch.  The ignition lead was a brown wire located in the storage compartment located on a connector on the top right side.  The blue splice connector and black inline fuse can be seen in the top right of the photos.  The negative (black wire) was connected directly to the negative terminal of the battery located under the seat.  The USB power module was also placed under the seat by the battery and the USB connector was routed into the storage compartment as seen in the photos.  The include USB to micro USB cable was attached to the USB power adapter. The GPS and speaker unit was placed under the speedometer/odometer cluster in front of the handle bars in order to protect the unit from rain and elements as indicated in the installation manual.  The speaker announces when recording has started, when GPS signal has locked and when recording has stopped.  The GPS/Speaker cable was routed along the same path as the front camera to the right side compartment.
 
GPS/Speaker location,   The excess length of cables were neatly tie wrapped as shown and the connectors were routed into the bottom of the storage pouch.  I opted to have the other end of the DVR easily accessible to be able to remove the microSD card as needed to review videos remotely.  The K1 recording unit allows for viewing of recorded videos.
 
Innovv k1 motorcycle camera kit also includes a remote button to start/stop recording or mark a video segment as protected to ensure it isn’t erased, however I chose not to install this option, but instead install a 64 Gb memory card to maximize storage space. The videos produced by Innovv K1 motorcycle camera are excellent with a very wide angle of view – 140 degrees.  I chose to aim the camera slightly down in order to not capture as much sky as aiming the camera straight forward.  Approximately 1/3 of the image is above horizon.  I found that although you can reduce the rear camera resolution from 1080 to 720, I found the video was not clear enough for my liking and opted instead to keep it at 1080.  The audio microphone is embedded in the cameras in order to eliminate wind noise and recording of audio can be disabled via the menus.  Innovv motorcycle camera K1 recording unit has many menu options available to customize the installation that are detailed in the downloadable user manual. 

INNOVV K1 motorcycle camera installed on Kawasaki Versys 1000

 Thanks Frederick for sharing the install of the K1 motorcycle camera on his Kawasaki Versys 1000(Mk2), that is really impressive, looks cool!  I installed the main recorder unit under the seat, but decided not to use the fabric pouch to protect it as I wanted to be able to view the screen without disturbing the cables which would be impossible with the current design of the pouch.  Instead I used self-adhesive velcro to fasten a piece of perspex over the display to protect it.   I made up my own brackets from aluminium, spray painted black, to mount the front and rear cameras, and the cables were easily routed along the frame of the bike to the recorder unit.   The GPS/speaker unit is mounted out of sight inside the left side top front fairing panel, and the power adapter is wired directly into a Fuzeblock power distribution box.  I decided not to fit the file locking button.  I have added a self-adhesive UV filter glass over each lens, for protection, and to enhance the water resistance.  These are sold by GGS for use with compact cameras, and are ideal apart from the fact that they don’t make them in black for the size I needed, which I would have preferred to the silver.     

Innovv Motorcycle camera K1 installed on 2015 CBR1000RR Sp Repsol edition

Thanks for Jeremiah, We once talked with his wife for sharing photos after the k1 motorcycle camera installed, and Jeremiah keep it in mind and shared as below, and we can see it is cool and skilled install. Hello, My name is Jeremiah Sheahen. My wife (Michelle) bought me the K1 system for my 2015 CBR1000RR Sp Repsol edition. She mentioned that, Innovv was interested in an installation video or pictures of how I installed the camera’s, is that so? It took me a long time to come up with a location, that didn’t look bad on the bike, and did require me to modify the bike or the camera. There aren’t any forward locations, that do not interfere with air flow, suspension without modifying the bike. I did find a way to mount both forward and rear camera’s, without modifying the bike or the camera’s. Also, I found what I think is a good location and mounting arrangement for the DVR unit. The places I mounted the camera’s and DVR, is something I spent a lot of time looking for. I wanted a location that did not require me to modify the motorcycle from stock.              

INNOVV K1 Bike Camera Unit installed on 2012 Triumph Bonneville

  I’d actually requested this (or something like this) as a Christmas (“wish-list”) present and eventually received it from my wife and daughters as a joint birthday present three months later (and even then it arrived a week after the big day).  Things always (always?) come to those who wait. My initial feeling was not one of relief that I had had my wish (as in list) fulfilled, but one of anxiety as to how to install it.  To cut that part of the story short I really needn’t have worried because I had sussed it out within a few hours of starting on it and had it working (as in recording my activities, on the road) the next time I rode the bike.  But I needed to conjure up a bit of imagination and I would reckon the unit, while good (and probably electronically excellent), it does provide room for improvement as far as ease of installation is concerned. I suppose my very first problem was that it didn’t have an SD card.  That is not a real problem in itself because one can buy a card anywhere.  It’s just that here I was searching (and searching and…) through all the packaging and bags for something that wasn’t there.  I would wonder that just as in the days when we as kids would get electric toys, with the words clearly written on the packet “batteries not included”, whether the same warning could have been given with this kitabout the card.  That cost me a precious hour or so (the futile search and the trip to the local electronics store for the card – thankfully 15 minutes before it closed for the day). The second problem I had was that advice from the instruction page that came with the unit, as well as a pdf “Users’ Manual” I read on line, insisted that the DVR unit was not waterproof and should be stored in a dry place (e.g. under the seat).  I was unable to understand why a unit designed for motorcycles would not be waterproof and why a unit with a perfectly good display screen should be hidden away like that. That aside, I started to install the thing and deal with each roadblock as it reached it.  I tested it first.  I put the cables into the appropriate ports on the DVR unit.  All connections were geometrically identical so there was some non-idiot-proof risk that the wrong cable goes into the wrong port, but each cable jack is clearly marked (and numbered) what its function was, so it’s reasonably clear.  So with both terminals connected to the battery, sure enough there was a response – the jingle on start up, a voice in a very clean US accent telling me that recording had started, the reassuring movement of digits on the monitor and I could seethe imagery that the cameras were seeing.  I could even set the date and time!      The next job was to install it on the bike.  I should mention that here I had a bit of a handicap.  My bike is a 2012 Triumph Bonneville.  I love my bike and it serves a very good purpose, but unlike other contemporary bikes, it is just that -a bike; no fairings, no panniers, no seat hinge, in fact no room (or at least very little) to attached items such as this. Still not sure where to put the DVR unit, I decided to leave that decision until last; instead I started with the easier bits – installing the cameras.  The front camera was eventually bolted to the headlight bracket bolt (using a disused exhaust pipe bracket I had lurking in my junk box).  The rear camera was bolted (using a supplied bracket) to the number plate.  I took the seat off (a mammoth task in itself with a Bonny), and routed cables here and there.  One of the tomes I read on line warned me about the unequal length of cables from the two cameras and likewise, I had to swap front for rear to get the cables to meet in the midships of the bike (where the DVR unit would eventually go).  I was wondering if, in a future design to make things more flexible, the unit could come with say a number of ½ metre cable lengths throughout (with their appropriate connectors) so that we can have any length of cable we like just by adding or subtracting lengths of extension. I did entertain some fanciful idea to place the DVR unit in the clip provided, on the handle bars, but that was not immediately possible since the power cable (by requirement to have at least one of them connected to the battery) was simply too short.  Besides I thought that the supplied clip was too flimsy and that the DVR unit would vibrate out of it and cause some grief as it disappeared somewhere. I fitted the converter unit in a space in the frame behind the tank, placed the remoteswitch and GPS units outside of the frame somewhere to be decided and placed all four DVR connectors next to each other on the left side, middle area of the bike.  The negative hi-lug went onto the bike battery terminal (I cut a piece out of the hi-lug’s ring so I could slide it under existing lugs on the terminal so I didn’t have to disconnect them altogether).   I found a terminal (instrument lights) to poke the positive lead into (I cut the hi-lug off and soldered a stiff wire to the cable end and pushed the stiff wire into a terminal point).   At least it all switched on and off with ignition (and didn’t blow any fuses).   There was a heap of surplus cable, so I gathered it all into bundles and squashed them into a rare space between battery and a cluster of cabling and connectors (under the still-removed seat).  I had to make sure that all cables ran under the sub frame member so I could get the seat back on.  To finish this I connect the four cables to the DVR unit.  At that stage it was just hanging by the cables beside the left rear suspension unit.  To give it some security I placed it into the cloth pouch that came with the kit and hooked the press-stud straps through the mid-seat pillion (“sissy”) strap.  I used the self-adhesive pads to stick the switch and GPS unit to the left and right side panel tops,respectively.    I went for a ride to test it all.  It seemed to be working, prompting the audial clues when I switched the bike on and off.  I got home and looked at the footage on my computer.  Bingo!  The only problem was that I had installed the cameras upside down!  But I was thrilled to see the exact GPS co-ordinates (confirmed by a paper map I had), direction of travel (as a compass bearing) and my speed displayed as sub-text with the video. Back in my garage I inverted the cameras (but I was a bit surprised to see that the cable exit and one of the bracket holes are therefore on the tops of the units – susceptible to weather?)   I also fomented some imagination and enterprise to place the DVR unit inside the left side panel.   I needed to push a few existing cables out of the way and I used a cable tie and a slice of a bicycle inner tube (to cover and protect the DVR), but it fitted all right and there wasn’t too much of a squeeze to put the cover back on.  All that remained was to use cable ties to make the rest of the cable runs a little tidier and safer. And that was it!  I am a satisfied customer, notwithstanding some of the suggestions I mentioned above.  I still haven’t worked out whether it acts like a standard GPS electronic street directory and there is some talk of it giving an audial warning when cars change lanes (but one can’t hear it when riding anyway).   Furthermore I don’t know if new data overwrites old on the card when full or whether we have to manually delete unwanted files (as we have to do with any other camera’s card).Another curiosity is that even though I set the local date and time, as soon as it starts up and connects to GPS, the time switches to one exactly 6 hours earlier (we are 10 h ahead of GMT/ UTC, so isn’t that) although the date displayed is correct. Still, it’s a stroke of genius having a rear-facing camera.  The next vehicle that dares to tailgate, fail to give way or commit any other illegal error, I will have incriminating footage to show the police (as if they could give a toss)!