Motorcycle Touring Dashcams: Protect Your Rep With These Top 5!

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As a creative soul, I dread to think how many times I’ve left the house with a GoPro strapped to my helmet.

And I dread to think how many times I’ve got back home to find I’ve either forgot to turn it on, or (even worse) been greeted with an error message.

It’s frustrating!

But whilst action cameras are fine for creativity, they’re not the best for dedicated protection on the roads.

Do yourself a favour and buy a dedicated motorcycle touring dashcam!

Unlike your GoPro, they turn on and off by themselves. Continuous looping means you don’t have to change the SD card every 10 minutes. And more than this, you’ll have front and rear cameras that constantly record while you’re riding.

Dashcam Stipulations

For the purpose of this post, we chose not to include action cameras. The main reasons being that action cams are usually battery operated, everyone forgets to turn them on, and SD cards fill up way too quickly.

That isn’t to say you can’t have an action camera as well as a dash cam! We have both; the dash cam is there for protection whilst the action cams are there for creative purposes.

We decided that each motorcycle touring dashcam in this post must be capable of being hard-wired into the bike (install-and-forget). They also must have full waterproofing (or a waterproof housing), and be capable of looping footage.

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Innovv K2 Dual Motorcycle Touring Dashcam

Price: Around £289

innovv kw dual motorcycle touring dashcam
  • Front & rear cameras
  • Updated version
  • Waterproof
  • Comes with mounting brackets
  • Up to 256GB storage
  • Built-in microphone
  • GPS capability

Let’s start by saying that the Innovv K2 most certainly isn’t the cheapest motorcycle touring dashcam on the market! But for the money, you get everything you need.

Most importantly, the unit is hard-wired into the bike – which means it automatically begins recording when the bike is switched on.

It also has the ability to record in 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps), 720p at 60 fps, or 720p at 30 fps – depending on your preferences.

Like most units, storage is flexible. But the K2 motorcycle touring dashcam will accept SD cards up to 256GB. If you’re looking for a round-about figure, that’s about 19 hours of video!

As expected, the K2 has both front and rear cameras. And thanks to the integrated GPS, you can choose to overlay the recordings with your speed if you wish.

One of the things we like about this unit is its mounting options. You can use the mounting system that comes in the box, or you can mount using existing GoPro or RAM accessories if you have them.

Lastly, you can configure settings and view playback videos via the app – available for free on iOS and Android.

Motowolf M6 Motorcycle Dashcam

Price: Around £170

motowolf m6 dashcam
  • Front & rear cameras
  • Upgraded version
  • Waterproof
  • GPS
  • 2.7″ LCD screen
  • Live-view
  • Recording indicator
  • Up to 256GB storage

We love the 2.7″ LCD screen that comes with this motorcycle touring dashcam and allows live-view. The new model comes with a silicone waterproof casing for the display, and IP68 standard for the lenses.

As with the Innovv above, the M6 is hard-wired to your bike so it begins recording automatically when the bike is switched on.

Due to the GPS capabilites of the M6, users can also choose to overlay their speed on the footage should they wish.

You’ll find a mega wide 155 degree lens on both the front and rear cameras, both of which can be configured to take stills shots as well as video.

As with the Innovv motorcycle touring dashcam, storage capacity is up to 256GB, but the M6 also has a handy recording indicator, a built-in microphone, and lock.

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Blueskysea DV688 Moto Dashcam

Price: Around £275

blueseasky dv688 motorcycle touring dashcam
  • 1080p dual lens
  • 2.35″ LCD screen
  • Night vision
  • Up to 128GB storage
  • Built-in microphone
  • Sony image sensor
  • Remote

The notable feature of this motorcycle touring dashcam is that it comes with a Sony image sensor; noteable for excellent image quality in low lighting.

The DV688 doesn’t come with WiFi like the options above – so any settings have to be completed on the device itself.

Additionally, the cameras come with a small remote fitting that can start/stop recording whilst on the bike.

The lens of the DV688 is 130 degrees. Whilst still a wide-angle lens, it is more noticably focused towards vehicles and number plates than panoramic views.

Nextbase Ride Motorcycle Dashcam

Price: Around £230

nextbase ride dashcam
  • Built-in GPS
  • 1.5″ LED screen
  • G sensor (measures impact)
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • HD recording
  • Speed tracking
  • Location tracking

For its first foray into motorcycle dashcams, Nextbase have done a pretty good job with this little device.

With its fully waterproof IPx6 housing, you can be sure it will survive our wet and windy British winters!

Full 1080p HD recording renders crisp, sharp footage. And the device is also mountable on RAM mounts.

The Ride also features a clever G sensor protector which senses collisions and automatically saves the video files before, during, and after to prevent overwriting.

The in-built 1.5″ screen is small, but it’s clear and bright and allows adequate playback.

WiFi also comes as standard on this motorcycle touring dashcam – meaning you can easily watch footage back on your smartphone.

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Thinkware Sports M1 Motorcycle Touring Dashcam

Price: Around £350

thinkware sports m1 motorcycle touring dashcam
  • 1080p HD video
  • 2.13MP Sony sensor
  • Low-light capabilities
  • Image stabilisation
  • Waterproof
  • In-built GPS
  • App compatable

The most expensive on our list is the Sports M1 by Thinkware. But with a pedigree in top-end dashcams, the quality is as high as the price tag!

Both cameras use Sony’s 2.13MP image sensor which is excellent in low-lighting conditions. Add to this the in-built stabilisation, and you end up with crisp, smooth video recordings.

As the cameras are mountable on the bike and fully waterproof,, you can set them up, and then forget they are there.

The M1 also comes with a built-in GPS antenna which means no external unit is needed.

Thanks to the in-built GPS, users can download the smartphone app for free on iOS or Android, where you can view saved videos or change the cameras’ settings.

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