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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-23-2006, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have a good recommendation for (or warnings about) communications systems designed for intercom between rider and passenger? My wife and I both have Nolan flip front helmets and we want something that is simple an unobtrusive as possible.

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For a long time my father and I had a Nady system with FM radio... it's nice to be able to talk to your partner while riding the only drawbracks are:

- If you and your wife have different volume leve that you like it's a bit bothersome to be ajusting constantly
- Depending on the speed you ride it maybe worhtless, most systems are good up to 75-80 mph because of wind noise
- If you choose some system that has FM radio or other sound input you will need to adjusting the VOX level so it works at speed...

This was an old Nady system and maybe current systems are better but that's about all the problems I encountered during some 10 years riding together... last advice is to take you helmets and test out the fitting of the microphones inside of them as you wear them, this can change how it fits and how you put it on...

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I have a Chatterbox FRSX2. It works as an intercom for driver & passenger and as bike to bike communicator with other Chatterbox & most other FRS (Family Radio Service) radios.
It can be helmet mounted, kept in a pocket, or mounted like I did HERE & HERE. I made the bar mount, but I believe factory ones might be available.
It can be voice operated, or push to talk with the button on the unit, or with the wired remote button.
Like Mushu said, wind noise can be a problem. I've only used it with a full face helmet. Above 60 or so it can be a little tough to hear well. I haven't used it as just an intercom, but my buddy has and says the wind noise isn't quite as bad then. As an intercom, you only need an additional headset for the passenger, which plugs into the main unit.
The biggest drawback is the price. I got mine from an online dealer for $240, which included the radio unit, power wire and headset extention cord (for use with the bar mount I made).
It will accept other audio devices (such as FM radios or MP3 players) by the aux input plug, and has a cell phone input. (I think it only works with Nokias though)
The batteries have lasted for an entire days ride, and can be recharged by the charger that plugs into a standard house outlet, or by an optional power cord from the bike.

All in all I'm happy with it. The only problem both my buddy & I have had is when helmet mounted, the mount started to crack. That's why I decided to go with the bar mount and I made an aluminum mount for my buddies helmet.

There are other Chatterbox units which are intercoms only and alot smaller than the intercom/communicator I have.


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I plan on getting this:
http://tinyurl.com/ymr9mn

No bike to bike, but the whole system is wireless, and has the feature to work with bluetooth cell phones, and it costs less than alot of other systems out there.

Many have raved on the original Scala Rider, and I see no reason why adding a passenger intercom would not offer the same quality.

As for talking bike to bike, you can just call them on the phone....
provided they have a bluetooth headset too........
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The system you want to buy seems really good... may even get one for myself specially for the bluetooth thingy... nice to have

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I plan on getting this:
http://tinyurl.com/ymr9mn

No bike to bike, but the whole system is wireless, and has the feature to work with bluetooth cell phones, and it costs less than alot of other systems out there.

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Thanks everyone. This gives me some new ideas to investigate further. I am still torn between going with some cheap two-way radios (under $ 100) or some dedicated system ($ 200 +++).

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cheap two-way radios (under $ 100)
My .02 on cheaper ones....

Try to find something that has a push to talk (PTT) button that is seperate from the headphone wires (most seem to be built into the headphone wires) That way you can mount the PTT button where it's easy to see and reach, instead of fumbling around, with one hand off the bars, trying to find it.

The voice operated function will most likely be usless above 40MPH or so. (on cheaper ones)

That's one of the reasons I like the Chatterbox radios.
My PTT button is right next to the hazard button.


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That's one of the reasons I like the Chatterbox radios.
My PTT button is right next to the hazard button.
That's funny. Everytime you have to talk to your wife you hit the HAZARD button.....

By mistake ?

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