Had a Motocom intercom/bike to bike system with Midland
GMRS radios. Everything worked fine for about 5000 miles
until it started having plug, PTT, and cable problems.
Eventually purchased two Autocomm basic bike to bike
(No Intercom) systems with speakers & mic for $99 each
on "sale" for Motorola radios. Really like the durability of
Autocom plugs, PTT, & cables.
We use camera bags ($5 each) on the handlebars similar to your
cellphone bags and have a PTT on each bike handlebar. Can take a
camera bag and mount next to trunk with PTT when riding
two up. Motorola radios use 3 AAA Duracell rechargeable batteries that
can last all day unless we talk too much.
Agree, safety is enhanced using radios.
One of the other guys I ride with has GPS, Weather Radar,
Radar detector, FM radio. He lets use know about police radar and
in combination with the GPS, roads to take to get around that
heavy rain cell ahead of us. We use channel 15 with Midland &
Motorola radios. My friend's Kenwood "might" be channel 12 talking
to us on channel 15 on our radios. We wear earplugs and can
talk at speeds up to 70MPH with full face helmets. Have not had
the system in heavy rain, yet.
Gave a friend my old Midland/Motocom unit. He uses the system
on his SV650. He even uses his highbeam "flash" button for his
PTT after disconnecting the headlight flash wiring.
His system works well with cable, plugs, & PTT modifications.
Nice work on your system. Wanted to post photos of what we use
being similar to your systems.
Autocomm system with Motorola radio
$5 Camera bag containing everything. Cable from PTT & Helmet connects
to cables coming out of Camera bag