My wife, son and I use bike-to-bike all the time. What we use are Yaesu VX-7R and FT-60 radios and Starcom Digitals. I have my Ham license, but neither my wife or son do, so the radios are (SHHHHH) opened up to GMRS freqs. I would dearly love to get off of the GMRS freqs and use 2m or 70cm and I've been trying to get my wife to get her Ham license, but she's so far unconvinced - so we're stuck on the GMRS freqs.
I'd suggest that if you want to talk to just about anyone bike-to-bike, FRS/GMRS is the only way to go. I just don't think there's enough Ham operators on bikes to only go that route.
I have found that the higher end Yaesu radios have issues with the cheap BestBuy kind of GMRS radios. The problem is for sure with the cheap stuff, because the Yaesu's have no problem communicating with other similar Ham radios from the likes of Kenwood and Icom.
If I have to communicate with someone other than my family, I use a Cobra GMRS radio. The quality sucks compared to the Yaesu, but the Cobra does communicate with almost all the cheap GMRS stuff.
That all being said, what will drive your decision more than anything else is what the crowd you wind up running with are using. So for example, if you most often ride with guys with CBs then, something that would do CB would be best. Likewise Scala or whatever.
Hope this helps ...
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