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post #1 of 4 Old 01-18-2013, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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Alternatives to the major brands for helmet intercom

I got rider intercom set for christmas and now it’s time for a full review of the G6 BT multi interphone from Yeuny-Moto. G6 BT multi interphone for 6 riders bluetooth motorcycle intercom 1000meters

Like so many products the G6 makes big promises, but this time it delivers with few exceptions.
So how did I test this little bit of kit you might ask? A buddy and I went on a 3 day ride over 1600 kms. We used the G6 in the city, rolling country hills, freeway (motorway) and some twisty mountain roads.

I guess I should start at the beginning;
What came in the box? -2x wall socket charging plug, 2x charging lead, 2x helmet clamps, 2x G6 interphone units, 2x Hi-fi speaker/boom microphone loom, 4x self adhesive Velcro pads, 2x MP3 Auxiliary leads (2.5 to 3.5) instruction book.

Set up was pretty easy, installing the clamp, speakers and boom mic took about 10-15 min per helmet. The speakers and mic have the "hook" part of velcro pre installed. The velcro pads cam in handy here as one helmet didn't have cloth lining over the ears. Pairing of the units was very simple and took less then a couple of minutes. Pairing with Phone, GPS, and IPod was also very easy.
After reading the instructions I do believe that pairing with more the two units would be more complex. Initial charge of the units was only about 20 minutes.

Actually using the system is very intuitive and simple. A press of a button connects you to the other G6 head set. You can only talk to one other rider at a time, there does not appear to be a conference/muti-rider functionality. I had three Bluetooth devices connected to the G6 at one time, phone, MP3 and GPS. The system can support up to 4 connections at one time. Software priority of connection seems to work sufficiently with some delay when changing devices. For example when MP3 was playing and GPS relayed turn instruction it would cut off the first few words. SO… “in three hundred meters turn right” would become “… dred meters turn right”. In fairness this may have been the cheap GPS not sure which device is at fault. The auto answer of phone calls is great, three rings and the call answers. Calls can be rejected by pushing the call button prior to auto pick up. There is also a last number redial function if you phone supports this. Neither of our phones did. Unfortunately there is no voice dial function. MP3 players can be connected either by Bluetooth or auxiliary jack. Aux lead is a 3.5 to 2.5 jack converter and connects to the recharging socket. Music can be played/paused pressing the call button.

All this talk of buttons….hmm, yes there are a lot of buttons. They are well raised but are quite small and a little crowded in places. I was wearing mid weight leather gloves I was soon able to find all the buttons with a little effort and ESP. The volume buttons are two that you need to get to know as the volume needs to be adjusted a lot. This is one of my biggest problems; each of the connected devices and intercom seems to be at different volume levels. Music and GPS would be fine but then you get a call it nearly blasts you eardrums out, or not able to hear the intercom. Very frustrating! Also you need to increase volume the faster you ride.

So what about those big promises from the manufacture on the website?
- Communication with up to six riders? Yeah sure you could, I could not test it as I only have two? I have a suspicion that it could be confusing to set up.

- 1000m intercom range? Well sometimes it does. Basically it’s line of sight. In the city I would guess we pushed it out to about 500 meters, it did get a fuzzy when we were on other sides of big buildings. We also encountered this kind of performance in the twisty mountains. I was clear when every you could see the other rider but over about 600 m and out of sight it started to drop out. On the freeway/motorway 1000 meters still has clear reception, we even pushed it out to 1200m on the first try.

- Clear reception up to 120km/h. This really depends on how noisy your helmet is. I have a noisy helmet and 120km/h was defiantly my limit of clarity. My buddy with a much quieter helmet said he had no problems up to about 150km/h.

- 7 hours talk time? Longest we did was 6 hrs non-stop. Charging took about 1.5 hrs.

- Auto receive Mobile phone calls? Yes

- Audio navigation GPS? Yes

- Line in Audio, Bluetooth mobile/MP3/stereo music? Yes

- Full Weather protection? We could not test this as the weather was great.

- Top Sound quality, Hi-fi. Yeah they are pretty good, the position of the speakers dramatically effects quality.

In summary this is a great entry into the world of rider communications, and the price makes it hard to ignore. Oh yeah that price was only $130 (AUD) for a dual set delivered. I am sure the top of the line brands have more functions but is it really worth the extra $$$$?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-18-2013, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for the review. If my wife was still riding, I'd buy a pair. If they will connect to other brands it could still be worthwhile. I might check with a friend to see if she wants one. We occasionally ride together and it's a pain not being able to communicate with her.

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Thanks for the review. My wife and I have been dredging along without communications, but I think this year we will get a set.
As I am comparing models/ brands, it good to see what a "real" user has to say!

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I was given a set of the BT- multi interphone and found it would not Bluetooth pair with most Garmin GPS units, will work with Navman & Tomtom

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