If you have ever watched a motorcycle race on TV you would have seen some fantastic shots taken from the back of bikes. Part of what makes that view so stunning is the realistic view you get of what a rider sees when the bike leans over at high speeds through corners. You may not have noticed that what makes these angles so realistic is that the camera stays level throughout the turn.
The fist time I saw the visual effect that a gyro cam provides when used on a motorcycle I knew that I would like to add that trick to my own YouTube videos of the various charity motorcycle rides I join in around Australia. Then, while building my first 3DR quad copter, I noticed that some people were using two axis camera platforms for aerial photography that did exactly what was required for a motorcycle gyro cam. So off I headed to a friends house who knows a bit about these things after being involved in the Australian Outback Challenge and within a few minutes he demonstrated how to build a simple stabilization unit suitable for use with a GoPro camera.
So off I headed to build a simple stabilization unit using an APM 2.5 board, a GPS and a servo driven single axis camera mount. It's overkill to say the least to use an APM for such a simple task but I think you will agree that it works great. I've only had a chance to do a simple test of it while riding around my suburb but hopefully I'll be able to do some more tests on twisty mountain roads in the near future.
Above is a short video showing the setup and comparing the effect of a stabilized camera and a static camera mounted on a motorcycle.