– Ben Martens

Panavise Motorcycle Test

I recently picked up a Panavise 809 Camera Window Suction Cup camera mount. It’s for my little car timelapse video hobby, but it dawned on me that it might also work for the motorcycle. I was able to stick it onto the gas tank and get a pretty good view with my Kodak Playsport Zx3. There is a significant amount of vibration, but by bringing the footage into Adobe Premiere I was able to use some filters to remove some of the vibration effect.

I posted the video on YouTube and it’s also embedded below. This video was taken on NF-56. It’s the forestry road that runs between exits 47 and 52 on I-90 up in Snoqualmie Pass. At that point the highway splits and this road runs down the valley in the middle. It’s a great ride! After I reached the end I took a quick zip up to Alpental and then got back on I-90.

Look right around the 5:00 mark and you’ll see a guy come streaking down the hill dressed in full leathers riding a longboard (also shown in the image above.) At 5:15 I passed the second guy followed by one of their friends in a car. It’s completely illegal but it looked like a lot of fun. I’m nowhere near crazy enough to try that though.