For years now, I’ve told people that while Insta360’s action cameras are increasingly more powerful, GoPro’s accessory catalog has the edge. If you’re filming from a motorcycle, that’s important, since things like mounts and remotes are very handy when you’re trying to take videos at speed.

I’ve recently spent some time playing with Insta360’s GPS Action Remote as well as their Motorcycle Bundle mounting kit (both sent to me free of charge, although I didn’t ask for them—sometimes, stuff just shows up). While I think GoPro’s status of industry standard still gives it the edge in the accessory catalog, I think Insta360 is getting better and better at learning how to take advantage of its own cameras’ capabilities and these gadgets show that.

The GPS action remote is simple to sync with your camera, and simple to install with a strap that’s included or your own DIY idea. Photo: Insta360

 

GPS Action Remote

The function is in the title. This is a remote control module that records GPS data and also functions as an on/off remote for recording. The X3 camera normally uses the data from your phone to correlate GPS coordinates with the footage you take, but users have varying results with this function. This remote is supposed to be more accurate.

Whether it is or it isn’t, I can’t say because I didn’t test that and have no interest in that feature. What I did have interest in was the remote-control capability, as it solves one of my biggest frustrations with action cameras in general. Although they’ve gotten better in the past few years, it’s often difficult to turn cams on and off while riding. On the old Insta360 X2, it was especially easy to press the wrong buttons (the updated X3 is far better in this respect).

The Action Remote is a simple push-to-start, push-to-stop remote that makes it easy for you to control recording while you’re in-flight, even if your camera itself is on a mount extended from the front of the bike, as it is in the footage below:

Without the remote, I would have been unable to start or stop that recording without first pulling over, climbing off the bike, taking off my gloves, hitting record, putting the gloves back on, getting back on the bike, and taking off. Then, when I want to stop recording, it’d be the same process. With the remote, it’s simple. Press one button, and you’re rolling. Press it again, and you’re done. It even works when your camera is in sleep mode.

If you’re serious about in-flight video recording, this is invaluable capability. Just note that there can be a delay between pressing the button and the recording actually starting, as it may take your cam a couple of seconds to awake from sleep mode. Some YouTubers, like Ed March, will tell you to always have a camera recording in loop mode so you can capture stuff that happens in a split second. You won’t have enough time to react to what you see in some cases.

The GPS Action Remote was easily paired to my X3, and pairs to several other cameras in Insta360’s lineup, including the One X2, One RS, One R and GO 3. It’s currently priced at $71 for US customers, and around $105 for Canadians (unless you take advantage of one of the company’s many sales such as Black Friday deals). That’s a significant chunk of change for many buyers, but if you are serious about filming your rides, I think you’ll get your money’s worth from this accessory.

Here’s what comes in the motorcycle-specific mount kit. I did not use the glue-on pads; perhaps I’ll install them when it’s warmer outside. The claw grip is certainly a big improvement over older mounts, and when you add up everything in the bundle together, I feel it is good value for the money. Photo: Insta360

Motorcycle Bundle (mount kit)

This has been GoPro’s biggest advantage for motorcyclists for a long time—a lot of high-quality mounting options. Insta360’s new Motorcycle Bundle offers several mounts that significantly improve its own in-house options. The new claw mount is particularly useful.

This bundle also comes with two stick-on mounts that I did not install or use, as it’s late enough in the season (I’m riding in below-freezing temps) that I wasn’t actually sure the glue would stick to the bike well. I’ll try that one in the spring. These mounts come with 3M adhesive pads, and while I generally distrust stick-on accessories, I’ve had good luck with 3M mounts in the past.

The claw mount (Insta360 officially calls it the Heavy Duty Clamp Mount) is the star of the show here anyway. It’s a universal-fit mount that most riders will install on their handlebars, similar to what we’ve seen from RAM and other manufacturers over the years. But unlike many of the other mounts which rely on weak ball-and-socket joints that always seem to get wobbly over time, the Insta360 mount is designed to lock down much more securely. Like some of the other more serious mounts we’ve seen from competitors, the Insta360 mount comes with a “wrench” that allows you to tighten up the joints.

You must still take care to have a solid connection between your “claw” and the handlebars (or wherever else you use this mount). Many riders will then place a selfie stick on the end of the claw mount, and put their camera on the end of the selfie stick—that enables a third-person perspective quite easily. You must also make sure that the connection between the camera and the end of the selfie stick is solid as well. If not, then things can twist around. Check out how the POV changes in the clip below; at the start, this camera is pointed forward. At the end, it’s rotated backwards.

Set up like this, you have extremely powerful recording capability, and the Insta360 image stabilization and AI editing algorithms do a good job of smoothing out the footage, although it can still be a bit herky-jerky on bumpy trails, even at slow speed (see below).

Asking price for the Motorcycle Bundle is $49 in the US, or $67.99 in Canada, unless you catch a sale. I’ve bought a wide variety of mounts for action cams over the years with my own money, and I’d say that Insta360’s bundle is pretty well-priced for an official accessory kit. YMMV, of course. Note that this kit does not include one of Insta360’s Invisible Selfie Sticks, which is key to that third-person perspective, as the camera auto-edits it out of the footage. Buying one of those will cost you an extra thirty bucks, or more.


Twenty years ago, if you’d told me video cameras would be one of the most common moto accessories, I would have laughed at you. But now it’s the case, and it’s good to see Insta360 joining other manufacturers in producing components that are aimed at the specific needs of motorcyclists.

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