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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Alright, I need some opinions, I am thinking of ordering a Motocomm intercom system, it handles all peripherals, cell, mp3, two way radio for bike to bike, garmin, radar detector. Basically the "box" is just an interface between all the afore mentioned, runs off 2 AA batts, ( to avoid "noise"). i talked at length with the "factory"(actually unit is imported) nice guy and offered no BS, all functions are muted automatically when voice comes in, or phone rings, then music fades back in, all except bike to bike are vox, seems to be exactly what i am looking for, much cheaper than starcom or autocom, coming in at 180.00, not bad, what do you think? Thanks to all.
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The fact that it does not run off the bikes power is the one thing that has me looking at the Autocom. Filters can be used for "noise" quite successfully (resistor spark plugs are known to help too)

I have tried the wireless bluetooth units and although they are great for the phone or GPS, they can't really do quality sound for music.

The Autocom Active Plus is the unit I am looking at now, and there is a rumor they will have a bluetooth option soon...

The distinct advantage over the Motocom is true stereo and the ability to use your own earphones...which I really like.

The Motocom of course is half the price, so that makes it a consideration. Which ever one you get be sure to write a review of it here OK?

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Knifemaker, I was told by the "factory guy" that the model coming out in 2-3 weeks has in fact a better mic. and stereo sound, also he stated that their speakers are changeable with what ever you can match on impedance (got those numbers at work) and fit in your helmet? I will talk with him on Monday to validate these points again. I have no problem with the batt. operation, as I am a maintenance mech. at a power plant, and work with plc's and various electronics on a continual basis, for the past 20 yrs. and have ZERO tolerance for noise, (not much on gizmo's, filters and such, if they can be avoided) so the batt. thing is fine, Whichever product I purchase, I will give a detailed review. I wonder if anyone here uses either? Thanks again for the response - mark
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Well,. there seems to be a few new devices/improvements "coming soon" around the whole bike communication arena.
Keeping an eye on this one too:
http://www.collett.mb.ca/

For others reading this, Motocom info here:
http://tinyurl.com/2q7qh9

Starcom site:
http://www.starcom1.com/

And Autocom:
http://www.autocomamerica.com/

As mentioned , I have the Scala Rider Teamset...but the intercom portion of the system crapped out, so I'm looking for an alternative...that will also allow me to listen to stereo music..with my own earphones..(Etyomtic ER6i's-
http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6i.aspx

These provide impressive sound quality, while at the same time, are rated with a 34-36 db sound isolation. (better than foam earplugs)

To continue, there is the Tork Ridemate:
http://www.motoguide.com/ridemate.htm

Air Rider:
http://www.motorcyclecommunications.com/

J+M
http://www.motorcyclecommunications.com/

And, Baehr:
http://www.baehrusa.com/

And likely more on the way, and improved versions "coming soon"

The ability to intergrate your cell phone, music and GPS seems to be suddenly a "new" idea for bikes..but Bluetooth phones, Ipod's and GPS devices have been on the market for some time...
You'd think they would have all this figured out by now....


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Well stated Km, I did not realize that all that was avaliable, some of it is quite pricey, wondering if this is a case of "you get what you pay for"? I will continue to do a little more leg work, thanks again
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I use the Chatterbox FRSX2.
It's capable of bike/passenger intercom, bike to bike, cellphone, mp3/ipod/whatever has a tiny plug, and an aux plug which would (I'd guess) work with a GPS.

The cell part... Mostly when I ride, I do so to get away from the distractions of life and have no need for a cellphone at that time. So I've never had it hooked up to the unit. If I NEED to use the cell, I'll do it when I decide to stop for a break.

The music part... I'm plenty happy enough with the music from my pipes.

The GPS part... I'll eventually find my way, even if that means taking the long way. One of my favorite says is, "With no destination in mind, you can never get lost" I usually pick a direction and go, not a destination.

The only reason I got this one is for bike to bike/passenger communication.

As opposed to some other units I looked at, it has an optional PTT (push to talk) button, which I have mounted on the handlebars. Runs on rechargable batteries or plugs into the bike (which also charges the batteries). Mounts to the helmet or (like I did) mounts to the bike, or in a pocket.

Also, many other units are not weather resistant like this one is.

This is kinda like the oil debate, many options to choose from, and many opinions on those options.
Look around, get opinions, and then you decide on which is the one you want.

Here is how I have mine mounted....

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Hyper, While i agree with the gettin away part 110%, unfortunately I am on call 7 days at a time 24/7, which is not to say I can not ride, I do, but I must be available by cell (company foots the bill) just to be fair to the others I work with. On the music, again I agree, I LOVE my new cruzers!! but I have to have my fix of 70's rock, in particular Lynyrd skynyrd and the allman brothers. Thanks for the input, I have heard very little about the chatterbox setup, now I know more, thanks again-mark
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more reading here:
http://tinyurl.com/3kdhz

I didn't include the Chatterbox because I don't know anyone that has the NEW bluetooth model.
They have got some bad press in the past because of bad or skimpy wiring used. I know one person that had probelms with the microphones the day he got the unit and spent about a month getting it resolved.

As with any product, their are bound to be "monday" units and "wednsday" units. This is likely the case with the Scala Teamset I had, assembled by a hung over worker monday morning?

I am really leaning towards the Auto com, but am awaiting some feed back on the Baehr units as these seem simular. (but a bit pricier...but they at least include everything in the price)

As a side story here, because the Scala Rider does do such a great job paired up to your bluetooth phone, I had came very close to buying two of them ..so my wife could use one with her phone and I could use one with mine. As we are on a "family plan" I can talk to her all day and it does not cost me anything. So we could in effect use them for an intercom while on the bike. If I got another incoming call, I could still answer it.

The problem was that this was just an intercom and did not allow me to listen to music.
Hence the search continues..........

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KM, I was wondering why you chose the earplug model you did, I went to their site and they have a few models to choose from, any particular reason(s) for your preference?
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KM, I was wondering why you chose the earplug model you did, I went to their site and they have a few models to choose from, any particular reason(s) for your preference?
Well, it's spec is 16 ohm impedance, which is more comprable to ipods, mp3 players , etc..and, from owners reports (and even their own write up), it seemed to have a bit better bass response then the other models.
http://tinyurl.com/rkcut

There is a "compare chart" on their site, you can see the 6i's specs.

If you do a search you can find them online for around 80 bucks...
best price today:
http://tinyurl.com/bqlva
..the only ones that have been reported to be nicer are the custom moulded ones offered by westone:
http://tinyurl.com/2vy4f2
or
http://tinyurl.com/34rpsw

These you go to an ear doctor and he takes a mould of your ears and sends them to the company, they then build the earphones using your molds. Many swear these are way to go if normal in-ear plugs bother you.

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