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Hey guys/gals!

I'm looking for information about a driver to passenger communication systems; specifically for use with an open face helmet.

Current models? Price? Quality? Reliability? Ease of use? How they work for you?

Thank you all in advance!
 

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JMC 2003

I installed the JMC 2003. I love it. Have had no problems with it. Easy communication with passenger, able to talk bike to bike. Ran about $700 for everything, so it is a little pricey but it works. I switch back and forth between my Ipod and satelite radio on the aux port. Cut out music when speaking with passenger. Passenger can also talk out bike to bike. A lot of guys I know like bluetooth headsets. I get much less interference than they do and I never have to charge my batteries. The cords are not that much of a problem.

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Autocom

pricey, yes

reliable, yes

sound quality, excellent, they have noise canceling headset, a little fussy to setup at first, once you get it setup, you never have to think of it again, my unit is under my seat, haven't touched it since I installed it 2 years ago,

I spent $750 for the unit & cables, I have rider to passenger, bike to bike, radar detector, gps w/ mp3 and bluetooth module to link to my cell phone,

there are some real good deals on Autocom units right now but currently there is no US importer, one the dealers run out of units & cables, you will have to deal directly with Autocom in the UK

I suspect they will have another importer in the future, hopefully sooner rather than later



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I've got a Scala Rider Teamset. This is a wireless, communication system that utilizes BlueTooth.

Not expensive, compared to Autocom and JCM and others. The battery life is long 10+ hours ( 7 hours advertised).
 

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intercom

I have a cheap setup. All bluetooth. Works ok. Pairs with phone easy. Made by Shark( chinese). Called BT Multi-Interphone. model SHKMBT88I. $152 for a pair. Batts last over 8 to 9 hrs so far. NO hardwire connect for other goodies. Each will pair with 2 devices and each other. Good range, over 1000 ft. Bluetooth connect only. But beware had one lose an antennae cover. Am waiting for new one to replace it. Seller gives 2 yr warranty. Check out www.GoodDeals18.com I am not affiliated with them in any way other than owning one of their products!
 

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The following is about my bike to bike and intercom system used with full face helmets, posted previously in a sport touring group. Motorcom has mic/speaker combination for open faced helmets, but do not know how it would perform:

Originally purchased the motocomm ST1 intercom/system for $160 before the price increase. The ST-1 did not work well for my bike to bike communications, poor transmitting quality and had a ST-1 plug failure. Decided to use & test motocomm speakers, mic, and two Midland radios for an R&D project. My system is for bike to bike and PTT intercom, with my passenger being able to talk to all the bikes in the group having a communication range with good quality up to 1/4 mile and up to 3/4 miles with lower quality reception/transmissions. If I had it to do again for bike to bike and PTT intercom use, I would buy the following for about $180 for two riders on same or different bikes.

Motocomm speaker/mic/handlebar PTT switch & cable sets for radio to be used costing $59.99 per helmet. If I have any plug failures, replace plugs with common stereo/TV type plugs. Use Midland LXT80s radios from Walmart for $19.99 per pair. Have not tested the VOX mode on the Midland radios. Use three Duracell AAA per radio, $12.99 for four, rechargeable HR03/DX2400/NiMH/800 mAh batteries and get 3/4 to almost full day of riding per charge depending on how much used. We use Howard Leight Laser Lite NRR 32/SNR 35 ear plugs with no windscreen on my KLR650 & DL650.

Tested R&D prototype about 5000 miles resulting in one broken wire, due to my rookie solder skills, one failed motocomm plug, and dust in an aircraft PTT switch from DS riding, replaced with Motocomm weatherproof PTT switch. Replaced motocomm plugs on the prototypes with stereo/TV plugs laying around the house and wired helmet speakers mono to reduce required pin conductors for speakers/mic to four pins using two male/female plugs per helmet. My AFX full face helmet works well with motocomm speakers & mic up to 70MPH. Purchased AFX full face helmet for my wife since her previous full face helmet had too much wind noise @ 60MPH while riding two up. Will be testing wife's new helmet over the next few months. The PTT switch is on the cable to the radio and operated with left hand & works fine for my wife & I, but recommend operator using PTT on the handle bars with plugs to connect/disconnect while getting on & off bike.

With the current system the radios are in my wife's and my left jacket pocket, so we do not have to disconnect when getting off the bike and can continue to communicate with other bikers or each other. A fellow rider uses an Autocom unit with Kenwood radio and states my transmissions are loud & clear at speeds up to 70MPH. I change three AAA radio batteries about 1/2 way through a day ride to keep communications trouble free and found top quality rechargeable batteries are a key component making this low cost system work well with properly installed mic and speakers in a full face helmet.

Motocomm Link
https://www.rflimited.com/Site.asp?CID=3
 
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