INNOVV K1 Motorcycle Recording System Review

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Racing with INNOVV K1 MotoCam

“Hello guys, my friend gift to me your INNOVV K1 motorcycle camera system, he told me that you were interested to have some picture about how i fix it on the bike, and i’m happy to send some pic to you.” I’m doing the Pirelli Malaysian Super Stock championship, I have a Yamaha R1M .. and I use it into the track ….  The front camera The rear camra The racing…    

EMI from Motorcycle and Solution

I have an amateur radio (50w UHF/VHF/APRS) on my motorcycle, INNOVV k1 reboots when you start the bike not due to the voltage but due to an RF spike from the ignition coil. Similarly, if you have a radio transmitter (I’m an amateur radio operator and my bike has a 50w Yaesu radio on it), the system will reboot occasionally when you transmit. The solution was to put RF chokes on each of the four USB lines.  They’re small and cheap – I spent $10 on a pack of four.  Once clamped into place on each of the USB cables the system would no longer reboot at random, even when I started the bike. Also, the recorded video has much less dropouts and digital noise compared to before.  Much, much better!   
I would suggest in the future you consider shipping USB cables with RF chokes on them to avoid this problem, or putting it in your manual to have people add them on their own (since they are so cheap).
 Below is purchasing link, the diameter is 9mm, the cable can accross twice through the hole. 10 Pcs UF90B Clip-on Ferrite Ring Core Black for 9mm Diameter Cable  
I love my K1 system and am even happier now that it works better. 🙂

INNOVV K1 installed on a 2016 Harley Davidson TriGlide Ultra

A little before Christmas in 2015 I took the great plunge and converted from 2 wheels to a brand new Harley TriGlide Ultra. About a month after buying it I was turning left on a green left turn arrow when an older lady ran the red light and did an illegal left turn from my left almost T-Boning me in the process. (The brake pedal that actuates both front and rear brakes on the TriGlide works amazingly well when you’re standing straight up on it while screaming like a little girl!) I decided then and there I wanted a dash-cam on my trike like I have in both my truck and my wife’s car, but the TriGlide has a tiny windscreen, with no real estate at all for a dash-cam. And, if you do mount one it’s probably just going to end up getting pilfered eventually. So I did my homework and found the INNOVV K1. My wife was kind enough to buy one for me for Christmas. In mounting on the Trike I wanted to keep a few points in mind. 1: No direct electrical drain on the trike other than from the dedicated electrical accessory point. (Harley takes every chance they can to let you know that even a stray extra fraction of a volt’s drain will cause you Harley to fold up and die (or something equally bad). 2: Keep everything as discrete as possible. I didn’t want the trike looking like it was filming a segment of the Walking Dead while going down the road.  With the first point in mind I purchased a Power Hub 1 from INNOVV and connected it to the dedicated Electrical Access Point under the left side panel of the trike. This would be the ONLY point that any accessories would connect to the trike. The Hub fit perfectly in a void under the right Side Panel, and the extra power cables stored nicely under the seat (I only needed one for the K1). All my wiring was worked in with professional grade heat shrink, protective wrapping and waterproof connectors. The Power Hub 1 fit nicely under the right side access panel. All the extra power points stored neatly under the seat for future use. The 2-Channel DVR Recorder fit very nicely in the Tour Pac on the right towards the front. This allowed me to snake the power in through the same hole as the Tour Pac wiring, then make sure it was water tight with silicon sealant. The camera cables, GPS cable and Button Cable were snaked in through the right side speaker tunnel so I didn’t have to drill any other holes in the Tour Pac.  Nice and dry in the Tour Pac. Speaker/GPS on the side of the Tour Pac (I didn’t want to take it too far out, and it works very well right there).Panic Button in a nice snug location. My last problem was mounting the cameras. The TriGlide is pretty “smooth” on the front and back, not a lot of bolts to attach cameras too. And I wasn’t hot on the idea of doing a lot of drilling into my new trike (the four holes I had to drill for the Tour Pac Luggage Rack were pretty traumatic). I played around with several ideas before settling on what turned out to be the perfect solution –  2-sided 3M Exterior Auto Trim Tape. The stuff is super tuff, and after it has a while too set it stays in place. Plus you can set your camera pretty much anywhere using the tape as the mounting point. Front mount  Rear Camera   The recorder has a bunch of settings you can use to tailor the recorder to your own taste. And the results are spectacular. One other thing I want to put in here. During the install, when ever I had a question or needed some other type of support Ellen Chen at INNOVV was absolutely spectacular. If I sent her an email she responded almost immediately every time. When I got a bit heavy handed and yanked the cable out of the GPS module that came with my K1 system they sent me a new one immediately. And the supplied equipment is well made to begin with. 

INNOVV K1 Mounted on a 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited

I purchased my K1 system back in December as a Christmas gift for myself.  Although I have a Garmin Virb X, I would often forget to charge it, take it with me, or even turn it on.  I wanted something that I didn’t have to worry about battery life or turning it off/on.  The INNOVV K1 fits the bill. First impression when I received the K1 was “Wow, it is packed very well”!! The instructions included were basic but usable.  The inclusion of an operations manual would have been nice, but the unit is still easy to use. I finally installed my system in late February 2017 as I was doing other work on the bike and it was the perfect time.  I had to figure out where I wanted to mount the cameras, GPS, and DVR.  I decided to try the ‘stealth’ route with the cameras.  The front camera is mounted on the bottom triple tree almost center of the bike. Although hidden, my concern is field of view.   I chose to mount the rear camera under the Tour Pak. I am still debating to move this camera or not.  My concern is it does sit back just a bit, so the Tour Pak cuts off the top field of view, although not by much.  If I do move this camera, I will try it on the top of the Tour Pak under the luggage rack.   For the GPS module and the control button, I borrowed Dave Steele’s ideas and mounted the GPS next to the fuse block.  The control button replaced the H-D headset receiver plug on the tank dash.  Mine was no longer useful as I had replaced the factory radio and removed the communication module.  Unfortunately, no pictures of the control button.  There was plenty of cable on the cameras, GPS module, and control button to run them under the tank, seat, and run them into the Tour Pak.  I tapped into the existing 12v switched power port supply for the DVR power.  I connected both the red constant and yellow switched leads together to the power port 12v positive lead. And black ground to the power port ground lead.  The DVR power block sits under the left rear run/stop light housing in the Tour Pak and is covered up nicely by the liner.  All the excess cables are also under the Tour Pak liner.  Unlike Dave, I choose to mount the DVR on the liner under the Tour Pak lid so there would not be any bending of the cables when opening/closing the lid. All in all, the installation took about 1-2 hours as I would test fit, run cables, then secure everything.  I am very happy with the results overall.  As mentioned previously, I will be moving the front camera for sure.  I am undecided to try it where Dave Steele located his (on front turn signal bar) or move it onto the inner fairing near the windshield (for full field of view).  I may try both temporarily and see which I prefer.  I will share my results when I do. Here is a link to my first ride with the system.  Please note I downgraded the video quality for uploading purposes. Video was created using Cyberlink Power Director 12.