Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Northern New Jersey
I'm using the SENA SMH-5 Bluetooth unit. Picked up a 2-pack from RevZilla last year for under $200. It's a complete setup with speakers and both boom & wired mics so you can use it with open or full face helmets.
What Knifemaker said about noise cancelling electronics is spot-on. I've been on the phone while cruising at highway speeds and the person on the other end had no idea I was on a bike. You won't get that by just plugging a mic into your phone, the other end will hear all kinds of wind and bike noise, and probably not you...
I think they still have a single unit for under $100 (and other brands besides SENA to chose from). I got the 2-pack so my girlfriend and I could talk to each other. It's def more money than just buying a mic, but worth it. The sound quality for both speech and music is quite good, and the unit is very easy to use. We can each stream music from our own phones, and talk with just a button tap. Battery life is good, I did a 330 mile round trip from northwest NJ to Wildwood and back, in one day. About 8 hours of riding total with music streaming the whole way plus a 5 minute phone call, and it was still going.
1995 VN750 bought used @ 6K miles
2007 VN1600D bought used @ 40K miles