come along for the ride
I cannot say enough about Go Pro cameras and how they have helped me improve. Initially when I got the go pro I first just thought of it as a way to make cool videos of where I rode. During my first race at Infineon I found out what an amazing learning tool these little cameras could be. Below are some of the things that I have done to learn from my go pro.
Listen to the sound
One of the first things that I learned to do was to listen to my engine noise compared to that of the other riders. My friend Eric had me listen to when he would get on and off the gas. Then there is also how much he got off the gas when I’m letting off. After listening to Eric’s engine noise I compared it to my own. I found I spent allot of time coasting around the track instead of being on the gas. I could barely hear the engine as I went around the corners and did not get back on the gas soon enough. The best position for the camera to be in to hear your engine noise is placed on the tail section.
Placing the camera on the tail section
A camera placed on the tail section facing away from you lets you see what other racers are doing behind you. When are they closing a gap on you during a race? When are you gapping them? A camera pointed at you on the tail section gives you a good idea of how you are moving on the bike. Are you moving too little or too much? Are you moving on the bike at the right times?
Have someone follow you
When someone follows you with a camera you can see your body position, how smooth you are through your transitions. Are you lines correct? Are you hitting your apexes?
Why have multiple cameras?
Eric Kondo (aka KAZMAN), one of my team mates, brought about four of them and I sat there thinking why does he need so many cameras, isn’t one enough. Soon I would learn why Eric had so many. For one thing if you are making a video you can have multiple camera angles to make it more interesting and thought provoking. Two works well to learn the above things without constantly trying to change the cameras around, but can be accomplished with only one.
Watch other people’s videos
Analyze other’s videos to see where you need to improve, and where their weak points are on the track. This will give you a better idea on how to pass them without even having to ride behind them for a lap. You can also look at videos of tracks you haven’t been to get an idea of how to ride the track before you even get there.
Tip for a cool angle:
Place a camera facing up at you. Note: the only cool views from this angle are when you turning. When you are on a straightaway it gets really boring, but you can edit those out and combine the other shots with angles from your riding.
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