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    The value of having a camera

    Some time back an imbecile deliberately swerved into the bike lane, missing me by inches. As I was reporting it to a cop, he looked at the empty camera mount on top of my helmet, and commented sadly that the video could have really been useful.

    Well, today I was out on the motorcycle, and *did* have a camera on the helmet. The camera is a Contour on the right side, down low by the jaw, and is pretty much not noticeable by other motorists.

    This edit was done for the local sheriff's office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As73n5qyamk

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    Let's all hope that the woman yelling in the video that you posted was yelling at the driver, and not at you. It just totally dumbfounds me in that some motorists will go through that same amount of idiocy and dangerous driving, only to pull over to the side of the road a few miles further down the road.

    Added: It would be nice to set the camera to a higher resolution, I could barely make out the motorist's license plate.
    Last edited by dynodonn; 06-13-15 at 10:52 PM.

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    I got the distinct impression she was yelling at me, but I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    I got the distinct impression she was yelling at me, but I could be wrong.
    I had a similar experience, the woman passenger was yelling to me about how imbecilic the driver was acting.

    I have a couple of Contours mounted to my bicycle, and have similar incidents on video, with motorists causing oncoming motorists to dive for the shoulder of the roadway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    This edit was done for the local sheriff's office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As73n5qyamk
    I hope they will report to you if they do anything. Crap like this makes me sick. These people shouldn't have licenses. This guy should have his taken away for endangering not only the biker, but also the three other cars on that road that he almost hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    I got the distinct impression she was yelling at me, but I could be wrong.
    I got that impression myself.

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    What a nice area to ride. Other than the abject stupidity posed by the driver and occupant in the car your ride reminds me of nice outings in alpine locations. BTW - the driver looks like he is full of testosterone.

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    KLR? Versys?
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    KLR? Versys?
    2008 Versys.
    Givi windscreen (installed by previous owner).
    I added the GPS accessory bracket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Essex View Post
    What a nice area to ride.
    You should see the video I'm working on.
    It is the full 18 mile uninterrupted ride, on a day with a beautiful sky with a few fluffy rides, and I overtook *no* other traffic. It was two weeks ago when the ground at the top was snow-covered. I licensed an appropriate soundtrack from a well-known artist. I'm still having a bit of a hassle trying to process out some shaking to my satisfaction.

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    Seriously?

    Man, if I got upset every time a driver passed on a double yellow, my BP would be 140/90.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
    Seriously?

    Man, if I got upset every time a driver passed on a double yellow, my BP would be 140/90.
    Not so much the act of going over the double yellow line, but making oncoming traffic dive for cover was not cool at all. A bad scenario all the way around for somebody if the motorist's timing was off by just a second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    Not so much the act of going over the double yellow line, but making oncoming traffic diving for cover was not cool at all. A bad scenario all the way around somebody if the motorist's timing was off by just a second.
    Oh, I totally agree. It's just that I see it so often, it's reached the point of absurdity. I think the OP has the right idea: film it and turn it over to the cops. I would not have confronted the idiot though. Why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
    Oh, I totally agree. It's just that I see it so often, it's reached the point of absurdity. I think the OP has the right idea: film it and turn it over to the cops. I would not have confronted the idiot though. Why bother?
    I agree on not bothering to stop and hash it out with the offending motorist, the last time that I did, was what inspired me to buy and install a couple of cameras on my bicycle in the first place, and just gather better detailed information to give to law enforcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    I agree on not bothering to stop and hash it out with the offending motorist, the last time that I did, was what inspired me to buy and install a couple of cameras on my bicycle in the first place, and just gather better detailed information to give to law enforcement.
    I like that idea. It has me considering to do the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
    I like that idea. It has me considering to do the same thing.
    Much better than listening to a woman's minutes long screaming tirade of her version of what a cyclist's rules of the road are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
    I hope they will report to you if they do anything. Crap like this makes me sick. These people shouldn't have licenses. This guy should have his taken away for endangering not only the biker, but also the three other cars on that road that he almost hit.
    Exactly. He could've easily killed 2-3 people and injured a few more had he pulled that stunt a few seconds later. This is the kind of thing local law enforcement should absolutely follow up on, because you know this isn't his first time doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
    Oh, I totally agree. It's just that I see it so often, it's reached the point of absurdity. I think the OP has the right idea: film it and turn it over to the cops. I would not have confronted the idiot though. Why bother?
    Because of the previous incident I mentioned when a driver swerved into the bike lane. When I was talking to the cop and mentioned I had caught the driver at the next light to yell at him, the cop got *really* interested!
    "Really? You think you can identify him?"
    (I haven't heard back on that case, but w/o video, I'm not holding my breathe.)

    So this way, I not only got a look at the driver, I also got him up close on video!
    It is going to be really hard for him to claim "someone else was driving my car that day".

    I submitted my complaint to the sheriff's office via their website (including the video link).
    I'll call them in the morning to verify someone has looked at it.

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    Boy. Back in the day when I was riding motorcycles in CO, it was me doing the illegal passing. There was no danger of being videoed, captured on super 8 maybe, but not video.
    Eschew simplistic dogma.

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    If the driver interprets your confrontation as potentially violent, you could find yourself in a bad situation (morgue).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    So this way, I not only got a look at the driver, I also got him up close on video!
    It is going to be really hard for him to claim "someone else was driving my car that day".
    I have my Contours on the highest resolution setting possible, installed large capacity memory cards, and carry extra batteries, so all I would need would be a quick stop and go without having to say a word.
    I have a excellent front and rear video clips of a motorist passing me with 3 inches to spare at a 40 mph speed "differential", with my being able to see the motorist looking straight at me before the pass, and looking into his passenger door mirror after making the pass.
    I also got clear shot of the motorist's license plate, identifying rear window stickers, and vehicle model name.

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    My camera is a Contour Roam 1, with Roam 2 firmware.
    It is running 1080p @ 30fps.
    I thought that be be adequate for license plates, but obviously not.
    What is interesting is that plates of cars traveling in the same direction are more legible that the opposite direction.
    I'm thinking the issue is the higher relative speed, and maybe higher frame rate would help more than higher resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    Some time back an imbecile deliberately swerved into the bike lane, missing me by inches. As I was reporting it to a cop, he looked at the empty camera mount on top of my helmet, and commented sadly that the video could have really been useful.

    Well, today I was out on the motorcycle, and *did* have a camera on the helmet. The camera is a Contour on the right side, down low by the jaw, and is pretty much not noticeable by other motorists.

    This edit was done for the local sheriff's office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As73n5qyamk
    Near the You-Tube beginning:
    that road biker with the white helmet was going at such a fast speed. That I didn't see anything of THAT bike.
    Such bikes be what 'bike-forums' being about.

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    Update:
    A deputy just called me.
    It was a rental car.
    They talked to the rental company and ID'd the driver.
    He is still in state and will be getting a ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    2008 Versys.
    Ooo, love those bikes. Will have one someday...
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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