Hands down no contest best bike to bike and probably best rider to passenger is the collett system. If you can find an older 900 system on Ebay or elsewhere they are a little larger then the new ones but are probably an even better choice then the newer models.
Now here is my rationale for that claim.
These suckers WORK. The older unit comes with 6 rechargeable AA batteries and a charger. You can replace the batteries with any like rechargeable ones and use that charger to keep them charged. You can also simply put AA's you picked up on the road in them and get a good two and a half days of riding (at 10-12 hours a day on the bike, I realize not everyone rides like Tige and I do). I prefer this greatly to being tied to the bike and its already overloaded electrical system. And when camping I cannot always charge the thing so taking a bunch of AA's with me (I use them in my camera as well) is simple.
In addition they are designed like helicopter sets (based on) and are to mil spec so these suckers have no problems on the windiest days or in the worst storm.
And my favorite part of the whole deal: TCO! I spent about $300 on a pair of them about three, maybe four, years ago. One for myself and one for Tige. Since then I've had a battery pack burn up on one of them, and a break in the power lead inside the unit on the circuit board. Well I'm not about to PAY some suckah to fix em right? I take them apart, get out my soldering gun. Heck, I can even design a better lead that won't break right? Well crap, this isn't working and I've torn this unit down they are going to charge me a fortune to fix this sucker now that I've tinkered right? Now add to that I have a 6000 mile trip to go on in about a week! AND these people are in CANADA!!!!
Any repair on the collett unit outside of warrenty is $25. ANY REPAIR. Since I needed it back within a week I enclosed an extra $15 for shipping and sent it to canada overnight. I had it back three days later and the unit was better than new. All the "weaknesses" I saw in the unit and tried to fix they corrected. The unit has now worked another couple years without issue. I have encouraged Tige to send his along with a check for $25 even though it works fine just to have the stronger components installed.
I cannot say enough good things about the product and the company.
I also really like the "public/private" channel feature. Any collett unit can talk to any other, so you can expand your riding group anytime using the public channel. If you and your buddy want a private chat switch to the private channel. If you are buying 6 or more (group buy anyone?) you can have your own private club channel (the stromtrooper channel!) and anyone buying a later version can ask to be included in that club. (to change clubs you have to send the unit back and pay the $25 IIRC). I chose a snowmobile club in Saskatchewan (did I spell that right) because I figured we would never run into those guys.
Hands down no contest,
"I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience, but I sure wouldn't give a red cent to go through it again" -Chester Russell
2005 DL650 "Maelstrom"
2003 KLR650 "Lou"
1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 "Boomer"
Stromtrooper Offroad Club Member #3
Blue Wee-Strom Club #69
Last edited by GrayWolf; 01-10-2008 at 11:09 AM.