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I've been looking for a simple pilot to passenger intercom and I can't believe there isn't anything out there. I don't need to talk to anyone that isn't on the bike with me, I don't want/need to take calls or listen to the radio...but most important, it has to be easy to set up and use, otherwise my extremely techno illiterate wife won't be able to use it. If it's much more complicated than the can and string, she won't be able to use it.

I've come across a couple wired units, but they all get horrid reviews. Anyone seen anything worth a dang?
 

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Nady used to build some units that were based on the FRS radios. Actually a lot of these FRS ( family radio service) radios that are dirt cheap and available about anywhere have a VOX setting where you would have rider/passenger communication without pushing buttons. That is where I would probably start with what you are asking.

On the other hand, there is a reason most all the bike communicators are bluetooth. They are much nicer to use on a bike. All the tech is going into these. Which means you get better speakers and so forth. The small size and integrated electronics can be mounted to the helmet and are out of the way, easy to charge, last all day. There is a big difference in these and how good they work. Buy the cheap ones off ebay and you will get your moneys worth. Maybe. Buy a Sena unit and you will have something that works very well.
 

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That was the plan...but what will she have to do to make it work? Is it something that once I set it up, all she has to do is talk? Is it a PTT set up or voice activated?
The Sena's are pretty much turn them on and they work. Their least expensive "5" series will work very well for you. Comes with a "quick start" paper that is easy to follow. Basically you push the button and hold the wheel for about a second to turn them on. Same to turn them off. First time on you have to pair them. With both units "on", simply hold down the wheel till the led lights flash blue/red on each unit. They do the rest. Once paired they should pick each other up soon after being turned on. Bluetooth stuff has a few quirks and I have seen mine not want to link right away for whatever reason. That is the ONLY negative I can offer to them. Once linked they are two channel and on always. Which means she can talk anytime and you will hear her in your speakers. Even when you are talking, you don't have to wait for the other party to stop talking.
 

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The Sena's are pretty much turn them on and they work. Their least expensive "5" series will work very well for you. Comes with a "quick start" paper that is easy to follow. Basically you push the button and hold the wheel for about a second to turn them on. Same to turn them off. First time on you have to pair them. With both units "on", simply hold down the wheel till the led lights flash blue/red on each unit. They do the rest. Once paired they should pick each other up soon after being turned on. Bluetooth stuff has a few quirks and I have seen mine not want to link right away for whatever reason. That is the ONLY negative I can offer to them. Once linked they are two channel and on always. Which means she can talk anytime and you will hear her in your speakers. Even when you are talking, you don't have to wait for the other party to stop talking.
SOLD...that sounds like what I want.
 

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I have a Nady that belongs in the Smithsonian....You don't want one of those.
Like motorcycles, unless you are a Luddite, newer stuff is mo bettah.
 

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New Sena SMH5's showed up on my door step last night. First thought is that they are as advertised...easy to use and just what we were looking for. Although, a clean installation, at least to my satisfaction, is a little tougher. Both our helmets are made in a way that makes it hard to hide the wires securely. I'll have to play with that a bit. And, my helmet doesn't have much of an ear hole, so it took a little playing with the speaker location so I couldn't feel them hitting my ears.

All in all...a big thanks to those that recommended them.
 

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I know some will cringe at this, but I dug out a little of the foam where the speakers would sit almost flush. After finding the correct position ( most important part of the whole thing ) I marked a circle around the speaker and went to work with a flat blade screwdriver.

I am sure I will die because of it. But, it sure works good! 0:)
 

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Just spent the weekend on a 800 mile round trip to visit family. The Sena's are awesome. 80mph with both me and my wife having open face helmets and still able to talk back and forth with virtually no wind noise.

Thanks again for the recommendation!
 
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