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  • Friendships in the Motorcycle Community

    The friendships you'll make in the motorcycle community are among some of the BEST friendships that Steph & I have made in our entire lives! The Buffalo Chip recently asked me "Who is your Chip Fam?" "I’ve always said Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the colosseum of the motorcycle world! The Chip is a renowned symbol of “ALL THINGS MOTORCYCLE!” For me; it has an undeniable energy about it as if it’s almost spiritual. Steph & I keep coming back because of the memories we’ve made together here. It is knowing & looking forward to seeing all the family we have made over the past years - the Buffalo Chip is there for us to keep making new friends & new memories. If I were to narrow down my reasonings for coming back to The Chip year after year… these would be my 5 reasons: 1: The Biker Culture 2: Surround myself with like-minded people 3: The ability to be who you are 4: Being part of the motorcycle history 5: The one time of the year we all come together to celebrate the life of the biker… the biker lifestyle. Each year we embrace the experience of the Buffalo Chip. Sturgis 2023: 72 hours of rain turned us into being the kids without any parental supervision. For 3 days straight we bouncing from one camp to another on our mini bikes just playing in the mud & loving every bit! Being part of spontaneous dance parties in the middle of stranger’s campsites… they just didn’t know that they were going to be our best friends! Putting yourself in the middle of the action. Becoming part of the entertainment not just watching! Overall, coming to the Buffalo Chip… you are sealing your fate of being part of history. The motorcycle history that is being told at this moment! This is where Friendships in the Motorcycle Community are made! With that being said; it’s our special home for several weeks each year. The Buffalo Chip history in the making… come be part of it!" -TJ Thompson The Ornery One

  • Motorcycle Vlogging Setup

    Motorcycle vlogging, or moto vlogging, has become increasingly popular over the years. With the rise of social media and video platforms, more and more riders are sharing their experiences on the road with the world. If you're interested in starting your own motorcycle vlog, you'll need the right setup to capture high-quality footage and audio. In this blog, 'll discuss some essential equipment that TJ & I have used for creating a great motorcycle vlog. Camera First and foremost, you'll need a camera to capture your rides. There are several options available, from action cameras to DSLRs. Action cameras, such as the GoPro or Insta360, are a popular choice among vloggers due to their compact size and durability. They can be mounted on your helmet, handlebars, or tank to capture different angles of your ride. DSLRs, on the other hand, offer higher quality footage and more control over settings like aperture and shutter speed. However, they can be bulky and may require a separate mount or stabilizer for use on a motorcycle. The major downside to DSLR’s when one is riding is that they take up so much space compared to an action camera. Don’t get me wrong… I used a DSLR for years & was able to capture some amazing photos however it is very limited if you are not familiar with settings & photography. Our “go-to” recording device to be honest is our phones! The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is our current phone & the camera specs are beyond what I expected to begin with… the quality is so natural & seamless! Pros of the iPhone camera that TJ & I use! Pleasant and vivid color in photo and video, accurate skin tones Wide dynamic range in photo and video, excellent contrast High level of detail in photo and video Excellent autofocus for photo and video Pleasant simulated bokeh effect with very good details on faces High-quality continuous photo and video zoom at close and medium range Excellent video stabilization Small & compact Conveniently handy as most of us have our phone within reach Microphone The audio quality of your vlog is just as important as the video quality. Wind noise can be a major issue when recording audio on a motorcycle, so it's important to invest in a good microphone. A lavalier microphone, which clips onto your helmet or clothing, is a popular choice among vloggers. They're small and unobtrusive, but still capable of capturing clear audio. Some vloggers also use a shotgun microphone, which is mounted on the camera and pointed towards the rider's mouth. I have used a wide variety of microphones during the last 6 years of vlogging as well - while I am still learning there are new & improved mics becoming available constantly. Communication Systems with Audio & Video: As far as communication systems that have cameras integrated our choice has been Sena. There are so many pros to these units but to be honest again… they do not perform well under 4+ hours of rain. TJ & I ride all weather & for hours upon hours. With saying all of this; have had some issues with our Sena units after this particular ride & the units are not living up to the standards I originally thought. Another communication systems for motorcycle riding is the Cardo brand. TJ & I have NOT rode enough miles with these units to give an honest review neither here in a blog or video. There some microphones that you can connect externally to your action cameras, DSLRs, iPhone etc. I have had a handful of different mics & have found Rode Wireless GO to be the best yet. Now, here is another catch… if the connection is not solid then the camera will not pick up the audio from the mics but from it’s own internal mics. The connections that I have are a little touchy. Mounts To capture different angles of your ride, you'll need mounts for your camera and microphone. For action cameras, there are several options available, including helmet mounts, handlebar mounts, and suction cup mounts. For DSLRs, you may need a more stable mount, such as a tripod or gimbal. It's important to choose mounts that are secure and won't come loose during your ride. I don’t recommend using a tripod or gimbal with your DSLR on your motorcycles… that is just a disaster & crappy footage just waiting to happen. Both GoPro & Insta360 (along with other less expensive brands) make housings/mounts for their action cameras. I recommend getting the correct housing for your camera & using it with different positions on your bike until you like the angle of the footage. Maybe even mix it up a little & try different angles during 1 vlog. Editing software Once you've captured your footage and audio, you'll need to edit it into a cohesive vlog. There are several editing software options available, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and iMovie. These programs allow you to trim and arrange your footage, add music and sound effects, and make color and exposure adjustments. Editing can be time-consuming, but