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post #1 of 11 Old 06-13-2008, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All
I'm looking for any and all advice or suggestions for rider to passanger communications.
There are literally dozens of options available but I'd appreciate any first hand feedback.
I'm looking for something that will allow my wife and I to talk to each other and also to be able to independently listen to MP3. Based on the flashing 12:00 on my TV the KISS principal is best.
I've read pros and cons on VOX vs. PTT and wired vs wireless.
As an FYI; the local Honda dealer has two matching Chatterbox wireless sets
available. They're used but they're a return from a customer that never used them and they're still in the original plastic. Retail was $379 each and I can get them for $300 cash for both. It sounds like a great deal but the units seem awefully "clunky" to be attached to your helmet and they definitly don't look simple to use.
Anyway, any feed back greatfully appreciated
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-13-2008, 07:28 PM
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I don't ride with a passenger but I do have an Autocom unit. I am sure you can get systems in the same price range as the Chatterbox. It works fabulously for MP3, FRS/GMRS walkie talkies, phone, etc.

Probably the only downside is that you will listen to the same MP3.

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I use this Bluetooth intercom for bike to bike, also pax to driver, works good for me.
http://www.myblueant.com/interphone-...helmet-kit.htm

I bought them on Amazon.com for about $135.00 each.

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I use the autocom and the wife and I love it. It is definately the best quality of all systems out there. Thick wires, great VOX, great options to build on if you like (bluetooth capability, non-bluetooth, GPS, bike2bike, etc). I'm not sure if you can listen to 2 seperate mp3s, but I would call Autocom's support system to make sure. They are always very helpful and know WAY MORE than any parts department guy/gal will know about the system. No, I don't work for them, they just really helped me with my purchase before and after I bought the system. Good luck.

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The cost for everything to make the system work is about $650. It is a wired system with VOX. It has an intercom for talking with passenger and a CB with weather channels for bike to bike communication. It has a auxillary input for Ipod or satelite radio. (I chose satelite radio). I swear by the system and I have not one complaint about about it. The VOX works with open face helmet at 80 MPH with stock windscreen, my passenger was able to easily understand me and the wind never activated the VOX. I like the wired product because I never have to worry about batteries. The passenger can talk out on the CB also or just the intercom.
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I also have a autocom (super pro avi) hooked up (radar, gps, cell phone, mp3 player, bluetooth, and passenger currently in use, optional bike to bike). Its a top notch system, however it will not play separate music for each to my knowledge. A full system depending on your use runs $400-700 in my expereince, but works very very well. Never had a problem, and eventually got over the initial cost by researching seeing the lower cost systems available. I did not want to buy a cheap system be disappointed, and then end up with a expensive one.

Very simple once setup, but make sure you understand the overall cost first before purchasing. Works flawlessly and never felt the need to go to PTT, always used vox (and I come from a ham radio background). Its a solid, if not expensive system

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External speakers

Thanks for all the great info.

One final question - has anyone out there ever mounted external speakers on their Strom? If so, I'd love to hear your experience. There are two sets on E-Bay for just over $100.00. Both come in Black so they might look OK and they claim to be clear at up to 85mph.
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I'm just wondering if external speakers and then just a less expensive intercom is a consideration.

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I am a v strom owner, along with many other motorcycles, I also build custom audio systems, I am a autocom dealer, will give members of this board special pricing. 918-446-2245 If this is not allowed on this forum, I will not post again on this subject.
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I just got the cardo scala Q2 and think they are great, bargainbikergear.com sold me 2 sets and with the discount it was right at $300. Very pleased, oh you will have to listen to the mp3s from your phone or just listen to the embedded fm radio The true duplex communication is great and the attachment piece is very small and light.
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I just got the cardo scala Q2 and think they are great...
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The Cardo Scala Q2 looks like something I would be interested in picking up! Have you had the chance to used them Bike to Bike yet? If so are the VOX or PTT or both? Also are you able to listen to music and do Bike to Bike at the same time? One last question, how long does it take to charge the battery and can you charge while on the bike? (ok I know, that was 2 more questions :rolleyes: ).

I did a search but couldn't find any reviews.

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