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    Rider to Passenger Intercom Communication

    Hello all,
    I am interested in getting a communication system so my passenger can speak with me fairly clearly. We both have HJC full face helmets (AC-11 and CL-SP) and would like to find a reasonably priced unit that will last.

    Because of the great reviews this forum has given Autocom units, I am leaning towards that. What can I expect to pay for a unit that is wired (could be wireless but dont want to spend extra $ for that feature) between passenger and rider with phone and mp3 compatiblity? I am a little overwhelmed by all the options and features.

    Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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    I have the Autocom Super Pro AVI

    I use it for the GPS and B2B.

    The system is plug and play was a very easy set up.

    Make sure you moun the speakers and boom mike as explained in the instructions and it all works very well.

    Here is a link for a nice set for $200 (not including the additonal items for the passanger)

    http://www.topgearaccess.com/store/i...ts/kit200.html
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    Does the Active Plus Duo include TWO of those Autocom units or is it just a SOLO with a little more farkle?

    Basically the answer I'm looking for is yes. All I'd need to add to the Duo is another headset/mic unit for my passenger and two FRS radios and I'd be good to go for myself, my son and my wife (on her bike).
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    So is the active plus duo for $269 a good deal? Does anyone have experience with this model? It appears to come with everything I need for 2 up riding right?

    http://www.topgearaccess.com/store/i...kit200duo.html

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft View Post
    So is the active plus duo for $269 a good deal? Does anyone have experience with this model? It appears to come with everything I need for 2 up riding right?

    http://www.topgearaccess.com/store/i...kit200duo.html

    Thanks again!
    I think with the exception of FRS radios.
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    What would i need FRS for (sorry im completly new with this com stuff)? Cant i upgrade the duo to communicate with other bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft View Post
    What would i need FRS for (sorry im completly new with this com stuff)? Cant i upgrade the duo to communicate with other bikes?
    I'm not sure that the Autocom units themselves have the broadcast and receive capability (although you can buy those radios for like $15 a pair now so it woudln't seem that difficult to incorporate)
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    My wife and I use a Baehr unit on our RT....it was about $400. A little pricey, but performs flawlessly. My Navigator II talks to me, and can interrupt conversation if it needs to alert you to an upcoming turn. We talk clearly, even at 70 MPH. It has the capability of MP3/Sat Radio hookup. It also has the capability of cell phone hookup it that is your desire (it certainly is not mine!!). Highly recommended, if you want a wired system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft View Post
    What would i need FRS for (sorry im completly new with this com stuff)? Cant i upgrade the duo to communicate with other bikes?
    For passenger communication the Autocom is first rate. Super clear at any speed and will make 2 up riding far more enjoyable. Basically you need the earphones and mike for two helmets and the Autocom. You can also plug in a stereo source such as an iPod and both listen to music.

    The FRS radio can be added if you want to talk with another bike (or bikes), however the other bike has to have their radio set to the same channel and the ability to talk back to you so most likely they would need an Autocom type of set up as well. I currently have mine set up along with a good riding buddy who has the same on his bike so we can talk bike to bike. ( Also super clear)

    The rider passenger is hard wired so they are ready to go. Keep in mind you also need a cable to go from your helmet to the Autocom and I don't believe that's included. They offer two types: A straight cable for $20 which is 36" ( Part# 1179) and a coiled cable for $30 which stretches 25" to 48". Part #1183. I've used both and either one works fine since you're not going to stretch a coiled cable it's full length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTRandy View Post
    For passenger communication the Autocom is first rate. Super clear at any speed and will make 2 up riding far more enjoyable. Basically you need the earphones and mike for two helmets and the Autocom. You can also plug in a stereo source such as an iPod and both listen to music.

    The FRS radio can be added if you want to talk with another bike (or bikes), however the other bike has to have their radio set to the same channel and the ability to talk back to you so most likely they would need an Autocom type of set up as well. I currently have mine set up along with a good riding buddy who has the same on his bike so we can talk bike to bike. ( Also super clear)

    The rider passenger is hard wired so they are ready to go. Keep in mind you also need a cable to go from your helmet to the Autocom and I don't believe that's included. They offer two types: A straight cable for $20 which is 36" ( Part# 1179) and a coiled cable for $30 which stretches 25" to 48". Part #1183. I've used both and either one works fine since you're not going to stretch a coiled cable it's full length.
    So the Autocom box doens't come with headphones and a mic?
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    Autocom & Radio

    I have Autocom's on both bikes and purchased the Midland radio (GXT900VP4)

    http://www.amazon.com/Midland-Outfit...5500187&sr=1-2

    The price is right and you get 30mile-5 watts of power with the dual pin hookup that works with the Autocom. You can count on 1-2 miles range with these radios. With the Autocom kit you do get one extension for the included head set and will need to purchase the second headset and seperate extension for your rider. The cost adds up quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTRandy View Post
    The rider passenger is hard wired so they are ready to go. Keep in mind you also need a cable to go from your helmet to the Autocom and I don't believe that's included. They offer two types: A straight cable for $20 which is 36" ( Part# 1179) and a coiled cable for $30 which stretches 25" to 48". Part #1183. I've used both and either one works fine since you're not going to stretch a coiled cable it's full length.
    I'm kind of interested in this subject also. It looks like the Kit he was looking at comes with everything.

    http://www.topgearaccess.com/store/i...kit200duo.html

    Kit Contents
    ÔÇó Active-PLUS Control Unit (1003)
    ÔÇó 2x Universal (Type A) Headset with Universal Boom (1153)
    ÔÇó 2x Headset Extension Lead ÔÇö Straight (1179),
    ÔÇó Battery Pigtail (9V-PT)
    ÔÇó Power Cable (1536)
    ÔÇó Portable Stereo Lead 58"/1.5m (1307)
    ÔÇó Standard Cellular Phone Interface 58"/1.5m (1240)
    ÔÇó Universal Fitting Accessory Kit (1528)
    ÔÇó Installation and Usage Manual

    Looks like a good deal

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    Both my son and I run the ChatterBox CB 50 wired intercom system on our bikes.

    It works well for each of us, reference listening to music from an MP3 player, and also allows us to listen to turn-by-turn instructions from our Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS units.

    He rides a Honda ST1300 and I have an R1200RT.

    Rider to passenger communication is also decent, albeit hard-wired.

    What doesn't work well is trying to patch in a cell phone. Tried it....audible quality too poor.

    Units typically cost about $75 and can be found almost anywhere (web sites, MC catalogs, dealerships, etc.).

    I have a boom-mic setup in my HJC modular helmet (SyMax II) and a standard mic setup inside my full-face Shoei RF1000. My son wears an HJC modular.

    We've gotten several years of hard use out of the rechargable batteries, which I recently replaced ($14.99 for a new Ni-MH battery).

    www.chatterboxusa.com

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    Autocomm has a few add ons available. We have the coiled headset cords with an interface on them to plug our Etymotic earbuds into. The speakers that come with the kit work better in some helmets than others...In our Nolan 100 & 102's they work "adequately" but the earbud set up is so much clearer and crisper for tunes and when zipping at 70+. The supplied stock little boom mike works for us well. We rarely use the pilot to pillion option since we usually are on seperate bikes...the few times we have have been great. The passenger is VOX only and should be very careful with comments . I have PTT on the bars for the pilots
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverRT View Post
    I have Autocom's on both bikes and purchased the Midland radio (GXT900VP4)

    http://www.amazon.com/Midland-Outfit...5500187&sr=1-2

    The price is right and you get 30mile-5 watts of power with the dual pin hookup that works with the Autocom. You can count on 1-2 miles range with these radios. With the Autocom kit you do get one extension for the included head set and will need to purchase the second headset and seperate extension for your rider. The cost adds up quick.
    I have wondered if a remote antenna would help? Our radios lay flat in the tankbags, on occasion we try to stand them up with antenna poking out the top edge of the tankbags. Some places we have gotten 4 miles, usually 2-3.
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