One of the must-have electronic accessories on a motorcycle these days is an onboard digital video recorder, or DVR. A DVR hooked up to the bike not only helps capture those amazing biking moments, but also serves as a faithful witness in the event of an accident. And since I had some time on a Saturday morning, I decided to go DVR shopping.
I had eyes on the V-Sys M2F dual full-HD Wifi DVR for some time now. I did a little research on Carousell, and found a local seller that goes by the name of “apexmotorcycle”. Headed down to their shop along Changi Road with the intention of picking up the unit and installing it myself.
Boy! Was I in for a rude shock!
When I arrived, I asked if they had available stock for the DVR. A young Chinese chap attended to me and assured me that they did. And when I asked what their warranty policy for the unit was, he replied that if I didn’t do the installation through them, there would be no warranty at all. Of course, I could understand that if I damaged the unit while attempting a self-install, I shouldn’t expect the liability to be on the seller. But ZERO warranty? I then asked him, what if the unit failed immediately when I took it back home, and even before installing it? Wouldn’t that be unfair to the consumer to have no assurance of quality at all on a merchant-sold good?
And then the shocker came…
“Okay. I’m not selling to you.”
What??! Fine…. I walked out of the shop and made a mental note never to patronise them again.
Quickly, I went Carousell searching, and found another seller. Hopped over to Bisado Technologies at Kallang Pudding Road, and the experience was way, way better. I met the owner, Jason, who not only assured me that they have a 6-month warranty on the unit, but also took the time to run me through how the “smart” power unit of the DVR worked.
The whole install process, while wasn’t too difficult, took me about 2 hours – with most of the time spent routing the wires neatly through the R1200GS. Unlike the Pulsar 200NS and Honda CB400X I previously DIY-installed the DVR on, BMW seem to like packing things so tightly that made it quite a pain to route additional wiring through the motorcycle. But once done, the end result is actually quite neat!
At $238 for the set, it is not the cheapest DVR in the market. But it’s a dual-channel, full-HD, wifi-enabled, top-speced motorcycle DVR. With the number of idiots plying the road these days, I’d like to think of this as cheap insurance.
UPDATE 30 MAR 2018: I’ve found that the unit, when placed in the space under the pillion seat, interferes with the R1200GS LC RDC (tire pressure monitoring) readings. While it used to take just a couple of minutes to obtain pressure readings on the electronic dash, with the DVR installed, it takes up to 30mins of riding before the readings become available – sometimes longer for the rear. I tried every method including trying to create an EMF shield out of aluminum foil. And eventually discovered…..
…it was the GPS module! Removing it solved the RDC interference problem!
So if you’re riding a GS, have a DVR installed and getting no / poor RDC readouts, try removing the GPS module first. It might just help!
UPDATE 2, 16 APR 2018: Nope, it wasn’t the GPS module. I still had intermittent RDC non-readings for the rear wheel. I tried playing around with the area where the DVR unit and the power unit was placed under the pillion seat. Realised that it actually seem to work BETTER with the units placed closer to the RDC module (that little black box you see there) than having the DVR neatly tucked further behind the bike. YMMV.