Any adventure I've been on always ends the same: I have to go home. And when I get home there is always one thing I wish I would have done differently: TAKE MORE PICTURES.
On the trips where I've taken plenty of pictures, I wished I would have taken better pictures.
After all is said and done, all you really have left after your adventures is memories--and pictures and videos are some of the strongest evokers of the memories of those adventures. Smells are up there too, but... erm... well maybe it is best that there isn't a way to snapshot a smell. In any case, you can rarely have too many pictures of you adventures. Here are some tips to get great pictures from your bike:
1 - Get a Good Camera. You may be tempted to get something cheap and crappy because you are worried you might ruin it. And you probably will. But you will also probably ruin every single attempt at taking a decent photo. Most modern digital cameras take video just fine, but I'm a little bit of a video snob, so if you are like me, maybe you would prefer something that has an emphasis on taking great video, but still does pictures too. There are a lot of options out there that I will go into in a future post, but for now, suffice it to say, get a good camera to start with.
2 - Get the Protection Plan. I hate it when I go into Best Buy and they try to sell me the protection plan on every single thing I purchase--but when it comes to the camera and accessories you are going to have attached to a bike, do it. Don't even hesitate. Chances are, you are going to break something, so get it covered.
3 - Get Rugged. This isn't a must, but it certainly is a big help. A camera that can resist water, dust, and shock definitely goes a long way when you have it out on the road. As soon as it starts raining, you'll wish you didn't have to pack your camera safely away in a zip-lock bag. You also won't have a heart attack the first time you drop it on the pavement--and you probably will drop it at some point.