How to install a Motorcycle Camera?

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First and foremost, some of you may still be on the fence deciding whether to get a motorcycle dashcam installed, wondering “Why would I need a motorcycle dashcam?”

Well, we can all agree that riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving a car. Motorcycle accidents have a much higher injury rate compared to car accidents, regardless if the fault lies with the rider or the driver.

Having a dashcam in such situations can help you to protect against false accident claims, having absolute proof of any unfortunate incidents.

With that out of the way, let us get down to the nitty-gritty.

What will be required?

  • Dash Cam
  • 12V Relay
  • Auxiliary fuse box (optional)

Firstly, you will need a Motorcycle Dashcam.
There are many options in the market to meet your needs and budget.
The main things to look out for are:

  • Camera Resolution
  • Camera Angle
  • Night Vision
  • Storage

Secondly, you will require a 12V relay to ensure that the camera is not recording 24/7 draining your battery.

Lastly, you can add an auxiliary fuse box.
This is optional, but I would highly recommend it as it not only acts as an additional protection for your electronics, but also gives you an option to add more accessories in the future if you so wish to.

Wiring Setup

Installation of a motorcycle camera is actually really simple. The main concern would be ensuring sufficient space to place the fuse box, relay as well as the camera module.

As depicted in the above wiring diagram, the 12V relay will have 4 labelled pins to be connected as follows:

  • 30: Wired to the positive terminal of the motorcycle battery.
  • 85: Wired to any known ground or directly to the negative terminal of the motorcycle battery.
  • 86: Switched power used to turn on the camera. Can be wired to the positive leg of signal lights, headlights, etc.
  • 87: Wired to the positive terminal of the auxiliary fuse box. Or directly to the positive terminal of the camera module if you do not wish to install a fuse box.

The negative terminal of the fuse box will be wired back to the negative terminal of the motorcycle battery.

The positive leg of the camera module will be connected to the fused positive terminal and negative leg to the ground bar. Any additional accessories can also be added similarly.

*Important Note: Ensure that the blade fuse is sufficiently large based on the required Amp draw of the connected accessory.

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