Accidents happen – when they do, a dash cam can help keep things simple.
Add GPS functionality to your device and you can dispute speeding fines or verify your whereabouts at specific times.
Sounds shady. It isn’t. It’s the smart thing to do.
Truly Fit And Forget
The Innovv K2 isn’t the cheapest option on our list, but it’s a complete package.
A Sony CMOS processor, 256Gb SD card option, compatibility with Gopro and RAM mountings, an IOS app taking care of things for you and an easy to install hardwire system round out the features on what is probably the most comprehensive dash cam kit on our listCheck On Amazon
Motorcycle Dash Cam Reviews
Let’s dive into our shortlist. We’ve judged them all on the same criteria to help you make the best choice.
Innov K2 2019 Dual Camera
The K2 is intended to be hardwired through the ignition – no lithium-ion battery.
The system is easy to install and ships with instructions.
This camera system doesn’t come with a USB option.
Feedback is very positive on this.
It captures full 1080p at 30fps and can be set to 720p to conserve space on the SD card.
Quality Sony CMOS processor ensures sharp image quality in low-light conditions.
As it must be wired through the ignition – the K2 will automatically switch on and off when you start your bike.
The unit automatically loops once the card is full and includes a G Sensor – which will automatically save footage in an accident.
The K2 supports SD cards up to 256GB – which will get you about nineteen hours of footage.
Full GPS functionality is supported and all the usual data can be viewed using the proprietary app.
UK riders report the app as fairly well-designed and easy to use.
I got my hands on one of these units just the other day.
The aluminium case feels solid and the cameras and cables are quality and feel durable.
All components are rated as fully-waterproof.
Previous iterations of this setup shipped with bolts that rusted over time.
Innov has addressed this issue and included stainless steel bolts for the mounting system included.
The cameras are also compatible with RAM and GoPro mounts.
VSYSTO Motorcycle Dash Cam
The VSYSTO is intended to be wired directly to the ignition or connected via USB.
It does contain a replaceable lithium-ion cell, which will charge automatically from your bike’s battery when necessary.
Both front and rear cameras record at full 1080p 30fps.
The money saved on making this a no-frills device has been spent on the Sony IMX323 light sensors.
These are the same sensors used in many higher end dash cam setups and mean that footage captured at night is bright and clear for such a low price point.
150-degree lenses front and rear.
Hardwired through the ignition or powered via USB, the DV688 will start recording once you turn the ignition and stop once you turn it off.
The VSYSTO features an auto looping system.
Users can set how often they want the loop to reset depending on the size of the SD card installed.
This unit also features a G Sensor Lock – capable of detecting crashes and collisions. Footage of any accidents will be permanently saved to the SD card and can’t be overwritten by the auto-loop function.
It comes with a proprietary app to view footage on your phone.
This is a no-frills offering.
A compatible GPS unit can be bought as an optional extra.
Cameras, screen and remote control, are rated as IP67 waterproof.
Feedback from customers in the UK weather is positive.
The unit ships with everything needed to mount it to your bike.
The cables are plenty long enough to fit a variety of bike styles; however, some users note they might be a little too long unless you’ve got a lot of fairing or boxes to hide the extra cable behind.
Motowolf Waterproof Motorcycle Recorder
Motowolf’s setup is designed to be hardwired to your ignition or a USB port.
It ships with both an easy to install power adapter – hardwired to the ignition, and a USB cable.
The USB option is convenient if you’ve already wired in and mounted some ports. See more about the best motorcycle USB chargers.
It also includes a lithium-ion battery, which is intended as an emergency back up.
The unit records in 1080p at 30fps.
It can be set to 720p if the user wants to collect longer clips before auto-looping.
Supports up to 256GB SD card – which could potentially store a lot of footage at max resolution before needing to overwrite.
155 degree lenses front and rear.
Will begin recording as soon as you turn the key in the ignition and stop when you turn it off.
The user can set how frequently the unit auto-loops and records over old footage.
The system’s lock feature is intuitive and straightforward to use:
- Press the lock button on the controller unit
- The camera will take pictures and save fifteen seconds of footage from the front and rear
- These images and videos are now locked, sent to your phone and can’t be overwritten by the auto-loop function
The unit supports full GPS mapping and will report on each trip’s duration, distance traveled, average, and top speed (useful if you feel you’ve been unfairly booked for speeding).
IP68 rated waterproofing makes this one of the most waterproof units on our list.
The playback screen is not waterproof but does ship with a waterproof silicone cover.
Alternatively, you can store it in a side box (or leave it at home, in my case).
The included camera and screen mounting fixtures are quality and feedback report them as easy to install.
The cables are of decent quality and should withstand whatever UV and rain the UK weather can throw at them.
Nextbase Ride Motorcycle DVR
Like the rest of the DVR kits on our list -this one comes with an adapter to hardwire directly to your ignition or a USB socket.
A backup battery will allow for an hour of use off the bike too.
This is a single, front-facing camera – unlike the other dual camera setups on our list.
Lots of positive feedback on the night time image quality.
Some riders report problems with motion blur, but this is often due to where the mount has been placed and can affect any camera.
Yes. Turn the ignition and the unit starts recording.
The unit auto loops once the SD card is full.
Max card size here is 32GB – which will get you about four hours of footage.
G Sensor data protection can sense crashes and automatically saves footage before, during and after.
The Nextbase Ride has full GPS functionality.
Distance traveled, route, duration, average speed and top speed can all be viewed through the IOS app.
A fully waterproof IPX6 housing protects the camera, but some riders have issues with condensation forming under the playback screen on the controller unit.
Nobody reported this breaking their device.
Includes standard handlebar mount and is compatible with any RAM phone mounts you may have already installed. Read more about the best motorcycle phone mounts.
AKA what you need to know before spending your hard earned cash.
Dash Cam vs. Helmet Cam
Dash cams are mainly used to keep you as safe as possible in the event of a crash or unfortunate road rage incident.
That said, some people enjoy editing their dashcam footage from tours and rides to share with friends and family. If you fall into this category, consider buying a setup that supports larger format SD cards so you can capture long rides.
Generally speaking, those looking to edit exciting and engaging footage from their rides would be better served by a motorcycle helmet cam.
A front and rear dash cam is more an investment in your safety than in your budding Hollywood career.
Hardwired Or Battery?
All the units on our list are designed to be powered either by hardwiring to the ignition or a USB port.
This facilitates the auto on-off function built into each kit.
Several options have backup lithium-ion batteries so that the camera can be used off the bike, though we can’t imagine a situation where this would be useful.
None of these dash cam setups require you to think about charging their battery packs as all support automatic charging when necessary.
To identify license plates, particularly in low light – it’s best to stick to 1080p.
All of the dash cams on our list support auto-looping, so there’s no reason to downscale resolution for storage purposes.
As far as the viewing angle of the lenses – the wider the better.
That said, the differences between the various models in this regard are unlikely to make a significant difference in the event of an accident.
Units that support larger capacity SD cards might be more appealing to those looking to record and edit footage of epic tours and rides.
Though, as we said – helmet cams are more suited to this task.
In reality, a smaller SD card set to auto-loop when full will suit most riders in most situations.
The G Sensor Lock function in many of these setups is arguably a must have.
The unit senses the dramatic change in motion and automatically saves the footage so that the auto-loop can’t overwrite it.
All the options on our list auto-start/stop recording with the ignition.
The Motowolf M6 has a dedicated button on its controller that will save and lock pictures and fifteen seconds of video when pressed.
This could be convenient if you think you spot something shady going on up ahead.
Added GPS functionality is a nice touch.
Like we mentioned before – it’s a good insurance policy if you feel you’ve been unfairly booked for speeding.
I like to play around with the route data and figure out the most efficient way to get around.
Waterproofing or Waterproof Case?
Except for the Motowolf kit, all of the cameras, controllers and displays on our list are fully waterproof.
The Motowolf M5 ships with a waterproof silicone case for the playback screen. Its cameras and cables are waterproof.
Every dash cam kit ships with mounting brackets, though those compatible with GoPro and RAM mounts have a clear advantage if you’ve already got either of these systems installed.
After several complaints about the mounting bolts rusting, Innovv has begun shipping their unit with stainless steel mounting bolts.
The Innovv K2 is the most feature complete setup here. An easy to use app makes it a high-quality, true fit and forget option.
However, if you’re prepared to make some compromises – the VSYSTO will keep you safe at a lower price.