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 Blueskysea Motorcycle Dashcam



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I have been considering some sort of camera system for my Harley, but I was hesitant to spend north of $300 on a GoPro. The mounts and accessories would add more to the cost, and I'd have to install/remove the camera on each ride. Generic cameras are available at a much cheaper cost, but I hoped for better options. A setback to a GoPro type setup is that you generally have only one camera. Helmet mounts are available, but they can also create wind drag. Then there's dealing with batteries and other inconveniences.

Anyway, with my upcoming trip I began my search again and learned of dashcam setups for motorcycles. They are wired into the bike's ignition, have permanently mounted front and rear cameras, a control monitor, and continuous loop recording... just like in a car. One of my buddies installed one on his Harley (same year & model as mine), and it works quite well. On a recent trip, his cameras captured a scary moment in which a semi came close to taking out his group. The video is good quality, although it does not compare with a high-end GoPro.

I had my eyes on a Blueskysea DV988, which listed for $200 on Amazon. I was strongly considering getting one by the end of this month, and Amazon helped me make my decision today. As I checked the site, it was on a lightning deal (with 30 minutes to spare) for $160. It will arrive this Friday.

Amazon: Motorcycle Dashcam Camera, Blueskysea DV988

Here's a couple stills from my friend's front and rear cameras:

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Sounds like quite a deal. Also could be important documentation, but I'm certain you've considered that.
Downloading to your phone is a neat function as well.
Going to install it yourself?
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I wasted an entire day mounting this garbage. Before installing it, I used a USB cable to power the unit in my kitchen to ensure it works. I connected the front and rear cameras, and all seemed fine. I then spent about 2 hours looking for the best place to mount the cameras, the remote, and the GPS antenna, as well as how I would route the cables for a clean look.

I disassembled my Harley to get to the wiring harness, and then removed the fuel tank to route cables underneath. I also tied in 3 wires for power, accessories, and ground. Needless to say, the entire event was a lot of effort. Once I got everything connected and the unit powered up I installed the app to my phone, which is where my frustration began. Despite multiple attempts, power down/up, rebooting, resetting, reinstalling the app, rebooting phone, etc., I could not get the video feed to transfer to my phone. After 2 hours of troubleshooting, I finally threw in the towel.

The trash is going back to Amazon for a refund. Looks like I'm buying a GoPro.

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That's too bad, it had such potential. Do you think this was an Apple/Android issue?
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I'm confident the problem does not lie within the phone. The camera is made in China, as is the poorly translated app. I really wanted it to work, but I was not completely surprised it failed.