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post #1 of 12 Old 02-19-2007, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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chatterbox?

looking at the gmrs unit. want to be able to talk in my group rides, some have J&M cb radios, they work ok. chatter box is less money. several have gmrs radios. I want to have the unit mounted as opposed to trying to stuff an earbud in and velcro a mic in front.


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If your speeds are typically low (55mph or less), then you'd probably be ok with the Chatterbox or Collett Communicator.

I've had both and were quite happy with them at low speeds. At higher speeds, the VOX can never seem to be adjusted right and you'll spend more time messing with turning knobs than anything.

Mid last summer, I came across something and tried it. It is actually the least expensive and the BEST performance I've ever gotten from anything for bike-to-bike communication. And I've spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to set up the "perfect" system.

I bought this:
http://www.midlandradio.com/comersus...idProduct=5506

and this:
http://www.midlandradio.com/comersus...idProduct=4178

It is a basic system, i.e. - it is for bike to bike communication only. It doesn't do mp3 or cell phone or GPS integration. Basic, but it worked flawlessly at any speed from Ohio to Tennessee, riding in Tennessee, and back to Ohio. A four day weekend of about 1200 miles was done with only one set of AA batteries per radio.

I had planned to wire them into the bikes, but when I found the batteries lasted that long, I deceided to just use batteries since you can buy them at any gas station and you don't have to worry about ignition noise filtering into the comm system.

I know it may not be as fancy as you hoped, but it's worked flawlessly for me.

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I agree with Rich MC regarding the Chatterbox. They are a good solution at lower speeds, but above 50 or so mph, the Chatterbox is ineffective.

Sometimes you have to go through something to find out why you did it.

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Check out the MIT-100 here. It's great in that it has Bike to Bike (you supply radio), intercom (comes with equipment for two helmets), audio input and cell phone input mounted to the bike for ~$220 shipped.

It's good quality and sounds great even at 80 mph

http://www.imc-electronics.com/bike.html (near the bottom)
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I have a chatterbox, it's called a WIFE:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Check out the MIT-100 here. It's great in that it has Bike to Bike (you supply radio), intercom (comes with equipment for two helmets), audio input and cell phone input mounted to the bike for ~$220 shipped.

It's good quality and sounds great even at 80 mph

http://www.imc-electronics.com/bike.html (near the bottom)
Looks nice. The only thing I don't like is that there would be so many wires. I've done the "Spaghetti Warehouse" of wiring before, and always end up angry....

Though I might be willing to try this system next time I feel like spending some money....
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It's actually not too bad. I have it under the seat next to my fuse block. The driver helmet hook up, cell and audio sprout in the front of the driver seat, the passenger in teh back and the radio from teh bars. A few zip ties and a velcro strap to hold the radio wire when not in use and it looks amazingly well done. Takes all of 20 minutes to make it look pretty.
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I have a chatterbox, it's called a WIFE:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
So you're tellin' me mine wasn't the only model manufactured, then?

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It's actually not too bad. I have it under the seat next to my fuse block. The driver helmet hook up, cell and audio sprout in the front of the driver seat, the passenger in teh back and the radio from teh bars. A few zip ties and a velcro strap to hold the radio wire when not in use and it looks amazingly well done. Takes all of 20 minutes to make it look pretty.
How does the PTT work? Is it for the radio (bike to bike) only? On the intercom side, do you transmit to your passenger all the time, or is there a voice activation switch that turns on the passenger intercom when you start talking?
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How does the PTT work? Is it for the radio (bike to bike) only? On the intercom side, do you transmit to your passenger all the time, or is there a voice activation switch that turns on the passenger intercom when you start talking?
Ptt is for the radio. You can attach it easily enough to the handlebars or i guess anywhere you'd like.

The intercom is always on so you don't have to say a trigger word before you start transmitting. I was worried about ambient wind noise but that has not proven to be a problem.

When you talk on the radio/cell, the passenger can hear both sides but can't add anything. When you have an incoming call, the music channel gets turned down. It's a great all around system and the price is right.

I picked up two units, one tank bag mounted for any friend I go to ride with, for the price of one autocomm setup in teh same way.

It'll work until I can afford a BAEHR system. Until I hit that level, I think it's more than amazing
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