Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Bike to Bike Communication Recommendations

  1. #1
    '94 K75 heejrbmw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Boone, NC (Mountains of Western North Carolina)
    Posts
    119

    Question Bike to Bike Communication Recommendations

    Looking for a recommendation for bike to bike communication product that is worthy of consideration and not too expensive. I'm looking for something that may not exist. Has anyone had any success with a FRS/GMRS radio set with a full face helmet speaker/microphone combo? Is it even worth considering? I don't need communication over about 1/2 mile at most.

  2. #2
    Unfunded content provider tommcgee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Braintree, MA
    Posts
    3,068
    FRS/GMRS works fine, but I use it as part of an autocom system. Some of the high output bluetooth setups may work for you. Check out the Scala reviews on webbikeworld.com.
    Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!

    -Tom (KA1TOX)

  3. #3
    Registered User Bumblebee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Bluewater Country Ontario Canada
    Posts
    43
    My husband and I have the Scala Rider Q2 set and it has been a relationship saver on many levels. Works well, clear, uncomplicated and comes pre set with the units coordinated.
    Well behaved women seldom make history.
    Kathryn_________________________________________
    2002 R1150R yellow

  4. #4
    Registered User kgadley01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    3,532
    My wife and I use the J&M CB unit. it works well and comes in handy for talking to other riders. most riders in the U. S. that have a CB stay on channel 1. complete setup for two people on one bike costs about $800. to add other units to other bikes (we have 4) costs an extra $400 per bike. if you don't want to invest that much, I hear Chatter Box works well.
    AKA SNAPGADGET
    Lifes too short to ride an ugly Motorcycle

  5. #5
    roughwaterjohn
    Guest
    I use the Blueant F4 Interphone. It works with up to three devices (cell phone, ipod, voice GPS or intercom between two bikes, etc.) I don't use mine for intercom, as I ride solo and not typically in a group of bikes, but the clarity is great and installation was simple. I wrote a product review and installation report for it here in the gear section. The distance for intercom is supposed to be 500 meters.

    http://www.myblueant.com/products/he...e/f4/index.php

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Somers, NY
    Posts
    537

    No love for the Sena's?

    My wife and i both two units that we mounted to our helmets for about $250. Works great for up to about 1/2 mile distance between us. I use a cable to pipe in my XM radio. She doesn't want the music.....

    They are wonderful.....
    Somers, NY

    Just enjoying the ride.......

  7. #7
    Wired for sound!
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Granite Bay, CA
    Posts
    102
    Quote Originally Posted by heejr1 View Post
    Looking for a recommendation for bike to bike communication product that is worthy of consideration and not too expensive. I'm looking for something that may not exist. Has anyone had any success with a FRS/GMRS radio set with a full face helmet speaker/microphone combo? Is it even worth considering? I don't need communication over about 1/2 mile at most.
    Yes sir... '06 LT with the stock COMM system using Shoei flip-up. I use the TK3131 from Kenwood (discontinued). Pluses???

    • No hash and trash due to squelch being set to low
    • Crystal clear communications of 1/2 mile or more
    • Squelch does not break my MP3 player / FM Radio / Pilot to co-pilot discussions
    • Small, lightweight and rechargeable anywhere there is a plug
    • Window that tells you what channel and DQT settings you are on
    • Lockable input - results in the radio not changing channels when you bump it
    • Useable off bike - nothing like having the radio available when your waiting for
      companions to arrive


    Minuses???
    • Proprietary cable for VII to radio, however it works with the VII very well
    • Again, proprietary cable only 12 inches long. I made one that's 28 inches and makes the radio usable from a tank bag. If'n you tinker, it's not really an issue.
    • Discontinued - finding them could be tough.


    ICOM also has a FRS/GMRS radio... Just don't like the way it works on the VII system.

    my $0.02...

    Would I recommend it? You betcha...

  8. #8
    '94 K75 heejrbmw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Boone, NC (Mountains of Western North Carolina)
    Posts
    119
    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate the information. Now, to decide which way to go!

    Ed

  9. #9
    Registered User Beemer01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Chicago, Ill
    Posts
    986

    +1 on Sena

    Easy to set up, 1/2 mile or so range, logical interface and outstanding support. And if the music is important to you - almost audiophile quality sound thru the speakers.

  10. #10
    Registered User Lisa_ST's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    37

    Bike-to-Bike Recommendations

    You can contact me if you are still looking. Autocom markets a simple system with our recommended radios that would work for you.

    Lisa
    lisa@autocomdirect.com

  11. #11
    Dum vivimus vivamus ted's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    2,586
    I did a lot of looking and testing before settling on the Sena SMH10, just edging out the Scala G4. Both are great units, I just liked the big volume wheel on the SMH10. Both can be had for around $350 for a 2-unit set.
    Ted
    "A good stick is a good reason"
    1994 K75RT
    Moto Pages

  12. #12
    MATTWALSTON
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by heejr1 View Post
    Looking for a recommendation for bike to bike communication product that is worthy of consideration and not too expensive. I'm looking for something that may not exist. Has anyone had any success with a FRS/GMRS radio set with a full face helmet speaker/microphone combo? Is it even worth considering? I don't need communication over about 1/2 mile at most.
    There are Autocom headsets with PTT which go straight to a Kenwood radio. I'll be more than happy to look into these for you. The headset and kit is $199. The radios will run between $50 and $250. There are cheaper ways to do the same goal, but they aren't as reliable and nowhere near the same build quality.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •