All of the Camera Gear I Use to Create Motorcycle Travel Content

Motorcycle Photographer

Ready to start a YouTube Channel? Or maybe you just want to up your content creation game? Below you’ll find an extensive list of everything I use to create my photo and video content while traveling on my motorcycle.

While all of this gear might not be necessary, or “right” for you to start creating content of your own, you’ll at least be able to take a look into how much gear and what it takes for me to create the content that you enjoy seeing on my social channels.

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A DSLR Camera can greatly improve the content you create while traveling on the road.

Cameras and Accessories for Motorcycle Vlogging and Content Creation

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly, introductory camera: At the end of 2021 I picked up a Sony ZV-1 to use as my secondary camera. If your focus is on recording vlogs, I’d suggest starting with something like the ZV-1 over a professional DSLR or Mirrorless camera system with pricey lenses. The ZV-1 also has a flip-out screen, making it easier to record videos and to be able to see yourself while filming.

The GoPro Max’s 360 abilities makes the camera extremely versatile for capturing multiple angles of content with only one camera body.

GoPro Action Cameras and Accessories For Motorcycle Vlogging and Content Creation

Action cameras are great to use to create moto vlog or general riding content while operating a motorcycle. There are a few brands on the market that create action cameras such as GoPro, Insta360, and DJI. However, I have remained loyal to GoPro over the years. (If you are a fan of my YouTube channel, you will already know that I do not use a traditional “moto vlog” camera set up to talk and film while riding.)

  • GoPro Max 360 Camera – This is my most used piece of camera equipment. Nearly all of my riding footage is captured on the Max. If you’ve ever asked how I get my camera to “spin” while riding, the answer is…it’s the Max!
  • GoPro 9 – I often use this camera to film any talking points in my videos where I need to be able to see myself in the footage for talking/selfie assistance. The front-facing screen really helps frame yourself while filming!
  • GoPro 8 – If you are looking for your first Vlogging or Action Camera, the GoPro 8 is a great, affordable place to start. I tend to bring this along with me in case I want to throw it on a friends helmet or handlebars. Since I am spoiled with the dual screens of the GoPro9, the 8 is more of a backup action camera for me these days.
  • Handlebar Mount
  • Helmet Chin Mount (in 2021 I upgraded to the Dango Designs Gripper Mount. Both are great options depending on your budget!)
  • Suction Cup – I use this when I am on a bike with a windshield or hard bags (Like in my Arkansas Ozarks Video on the Harley-Davidson Street Glide).
  • Extra Batteries & Charging Equipment vary depending on the camera. ALWAYS bring 1-2 extra batteries.

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“GoPro, Take a Photo!” Taken with a GoPro 8 on a mini Tripod, using voice command.

Tripods and Selfie Sticks

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Additional Equipment & Accessories

Editing Software & Music Subscription Services

Royalty-Free Music: I currently use MusicBed and Epidemic Sound for music for my YouTube videos.

Editing From a Desktop: I edit 95% of my content from my MacBook Pro, using Adobe Lightroom for photo editing and Premiere Pro for video editing. I do not edit any of my YouTube videos while I travel.

Apps I use on my Phone:

  • Adobe Lightroom: For on-the-go photo edits
  • VSCO: For easy, premade photo and video filters (moreso color grading, not this new age of facial contortion we call “filters” on social media)
  • GoPro Quik: I pull GoPro footage directly from the camera, import short snippets into the Quik App, and then post them to Social Media while I’m traveling. All long-form GoPro content is edited on a desktop.
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Staci Wilt

I’m Staci: a freelance journalist, photographer, and marketing consultant. I primarily focus those skills around my passions of motorcycles, travel, and food…and yes, we will count margaritas and craft beer in that last category. Thanks for checking out my blog!
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  1. Nathan on August 18, 2021 at 2:04 AM

    I’m taking a long motorcycle trip in the next couple weeks and had a question about your setup. I also have the A7III, but I’m worried about the vibrations damaging the camera. Do you carry it on your body? Have you ever had any issues? Love the site and info!

    • Staci Wilt on August 23, 2021 at 5:44 PM

      Hey Nate!!! I usually carry it in a camera bag, or bundled up in a bunch of shirts and hoodies in my saddlebags. I haven’t ever had any issues. Prior to my a7iii I shot with a Canon 6d, and I bet that camera had over 75,000 miles on motorcycles over the years. It never broke or had any problems!

  2. Brian dillon jr on February 5, 2022 at 5:36 PM

    Enjoy the videos what jet boil do you used

  3. Megan Jones on March 30, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    Where do you mount your Go Pro 360?

    • Staci Wilt on April 1, 2022 at 4:01 PM

      Handlebars, Helmet, Crash Bar, wherever it seems right!

  4. Robert Burnes on July 5, 2022 at 6:01 PM

    Fantastic site! I am a veteran of the road and dirt and I always felt that no one can truly master this craft we call motorcycling. I am learning something new all the time and I picked up some great tips from you! Thank you and keep on sharing!

  5. Jeff Jensen on January 1, 2024 at 11:54 AM

    Hey Staci, LOVE your content and am inspired to start at least recording some of my adventures and find some of my own. Upgraded from a Sportster to a 2022 Heritage Classic last year. During this off-season in Michigan, I am preparing for the upcoming season with some audio-video equipment. I now have a GoPro Hero 12 with the Media Mod and some mounts, but am struggling to find a good microphone solution. I have a Cardo Packtalk Edge so I can record conversation during the ride, but I’d like a mic to catch possibly better audio and some road/engine noise. Any recommendations? Would the Rode SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone you use be good for this?

    Keep up the great work and amazing adventures and Happy New Year!

    -Jeff from Michigan

    • Staci Wilt on January 1, 2024 at 12:40 PM

      Hey Jeff! Great question, honestly, I don’t do traditional “motovlogging’ as you have probably noticed, so my overall education on the topic is a bit low. I think your best bet is to search YouTube for some motovlog helmet setups (Her Two Wheels and Blockhead would be great resources to start with, maybe even MotoFeelz) and see what microphones or wind screens they may be using!

  6. Jeff Jensen on April 1, 2024 at 3:01 PM

    Hello Staci, love your content and how you do it. I am still working to finalize my gear for MotoVlogging, and note this is just for capturing my own adventures. Currently have a GoPro 9 and 12. You mentioned you do 95% editing on a Mac. Assuming you film in 4k. Any specs on your Mac? I believe mine to be too old (2017 model) as I start editing in iMovie and it begins to buffer pretty bad. Time to upgrade, and thinking new iMac 8 core CPU, 10 core GPU, 16GB unified memory, 1TB storage. Seems people say start learning in iMovie, then move to Final Cut Pro. Think that’s enough? Any tips on YouTube links for basic editing?

    Thanks as always and ride safe.

    • Staci Wilt on April 1, 2024 at 3:42 PM

      Hey Jeff! I was using a 2015 imac up until a year ago when it finally bit the dust. I recently “upgraded” to a 16″ Macbook Pro as my main computer. I miss the big desktop display – but ill get around to investing in one eventually.) My 2023 Macbook Pro has the M2 Max Chip, 64gb Memory, and 2 TB storage. You absolutely need more than 16gb of memory to edit large video files. I’d recommend at least 32gb of memory. However, 64 makes it painless to edit 4k footage. 1TB of storage can suffice. I always go overboard “just in case.” With that being said, I store everything on external hard drives to keep it running smoothly. Hope this helps!

      • Jeff Jensen on April 1, 2024 at 6:54 PM

        Thanks Staci. Your passion for life and adventure is very inspiring. That was very helpful. I plan to just dabble in MotoVlogging, but who knows what life holds! If you ever find yourself in Michigan!!

        Ride safe and enjoy to the fullest every minute of this gift called life!

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