BikerCom Bluetooth Intercom
BikerCom Bluetooth Motorcycle
Intercom Communications System
Part 1: Introduction, Setup and
by H.B.C. for webBikeWorld.com
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Part 2: Installation
Part 3: Using the BikerCom System
BikerCom (aka Biker Com) intercom and communications
system is a relatively new product. It's a unique
hybrid system, combining wired and wireless features to
get the job done.
It may not satisfy everyone, but
compared to other wired or wireless motorcycle intercom
and communications systems it does a lot and
it does it all extremely well.
Call it a hybrid or call it a compromise; I call it one of the
best-designed, well-built and most solid performing systems I
have ever used.
No, I’m not finished with it yet. Yes, it has
potential not yet explored.
For those who have been following, this is part 8 of
the 2009 webBikeWorld Bluetooth Extravaganza, an ongoing
series of evaluations of Bluetooth-based motorcycle
communications systems. As with most of the other
evaluations there are two parts to this Biker Com review and a
third may be in the offing.
Part One introduces and discusses the system,
features, initial configuration and, other information,
all to help you become better informed about this unique
system. Part Two will describe the installation (on
a helmet and
motorcycle), system use, summary and compatibility
tables and available technical information.
Early this rainy summer the Editor felt the need to
load me up with goodies…knowing full well that like a
crow, I can’t resist the shiny new things. Actually I
volunteered and as I finish this evaluation in early
September, when summer seems to have having finally
arrived, you won’t hear me complaining.
Playing with toys is what I live for -- just ask my
spouse and friends. Besides -- we know that the only real
way to evaluate communications system is from the saddle,
and that means riding time.
And before getting in to the fabric of this
evaluation, a little thread needs to be pulled here --
that being Bluetooth. I have to say -- and
disregarding the skeptics -- that I am most impressed with the
progress Bluetooth has and is making and how it is being
Except for one, all of the systems evaluated so far
have speed, versatility, reliability and the ability to
add other peripherals via a wired connection. Again
except for one, all of them support the Advanced Audio
Distribution Profile (A2DP) for full stereo audio
As well, most of them support the Audio/Video Remote
Control Profile or AVRCP which makes for some feature
rich configurations and to a great extent, hands-free in
the truest sense.
This industry segment seems to be alive, well and
growing and in that sense, we all win.
BikerCom Bluetooth Intercom and Communications System
and Push-to-Talk Controller.
I have no hesitation in using wired, wireless or a
combination system. For both my spouse and I using a
motorcycle communications system is just part of our
motorcycling regime: seldom do we leave home via two
wheels without this capability. What gets used depends
largely on requirements and sometimes, the platform.
The Biker Com system is a product of Open Road
Solutions, in existence formally since 2007 although
development of the Biker Com intercom and communications system had been ongoing for
several years prior. The head office is located in
Taiwan along with other corporate activities.
As their flagship motorcycle communications system,
Biker Com is a result of experience gained by the
founding principles and what was seen as a global
motorcycling requirement for a complete quality system. A dynamic development program has seen continuous
development and refinements based on user feedback.
While open to debate, the Biker Com system is somewhat
of a hybrid -- combining wired and wireless components
and technologies that work together as a hub controlled
system, it still allows components to function in
It is unique in many ways but also mainstream in
others: some categories can be compared with other
systems while some cannot.
In The Big Box
The display box is quite large but considering
everything packed inside, totally understandable:
Control Box (system hub).
Two Bluetooth headset modules - Helmet Headset Rider (HHR)
and Helmet Headset Passenger (HHP).
Two Helmet Headset Clips (helmet clamp brackets).
Two detachable boom microphones.
Two small foam carry cases for the removable Bluetooth
A 110-220 AC/DC charger with dual mini-USB connectors.
Three 3.5mm stereo audio cables (straight to 90-degree
Two radio interface cables, both with dual-plug (L and
K standard) connectors.
Two 3.5mm 4-element extension cable used for the
harness or the radio connection.
One powered Push-to-Talk
(PTT) harness with bi-adhesive backing.
One long two-wire fused
(3 Amp) power harness for connection to 12V DC power.
An installation bag with a hex key and a great
selection of foam and hook and loop mounting bits to aid
in mounting up the headset and in getting speaker
placement just right.
BikerCom Noise Filter
BikerCom Noise Filter
One other component sent along indicates the effort
put into identifying requirements and producing a
solution; that being the optional BikerCom Noise Filter
Accessory component. Two of these were included in
one of the first shipments and I got two more with the
last kits received.
These electronic modules are meant to be used if a
two-way radio is added to the system,
powered by the motorcycle battery and/or is connected to
an external antenna, as is often the case with many CB
It's probably a good idea to install a noise filter
anyway. When battery power is used or components like
the Control Box are mounted on the motorcycle (under the
seat and/or near the battery or management modules) the
system can become ‘dirty’ or conductive in an electrical
sense, which can cause interference.
The BikerCom Noise Filter isolates the Biker Com components from
conductive noise. If not filtered or attenuated out,
this noise ends up being heard in the headset and it can
be transmitted during voice sessions. This is not an
uncommon issue, having experienced it myself on various
The filter unit is meant to be mounted more or less
permanently although the system wiring allows the filter
unit to be connected or removed from the system in short
order -- great for evaluation purposes.
The BikerCom motorcycle communications system control
box, front view.
BikerCom motorcycle communications system control box,
The Control Box
The core of the BikerCom system is the Control Box or
hub. All intercoms or communication devices that
will be used must connect to this hub by wire or
wirelessly by Bluetooth and in turn the hub wirelessly
transmits and receives audio to and from the helmet
headsets. With five 3.5 mm audio ports, plus the
ability to pair up with two Bluetooth devices, a variety
of peripherals can be connected via the Control Box.
Based on Bluetooth version 2.0, the Control Box
provides Class 2 power for connectivity, allowing a
wireless range of up to 10 m or 33 ft under optimal
conditions between the Control Box and paired Bluetooth
devices. The proprietary wireless link between the
Control Box to the rider's and passenger's headsets
provides a similar range.
This hub approach, similar to a standard network hub,
has its advantage in allowing multiple wired or wireless
connections with the Control Box which then manages the
audio feed to and from the headsets based on system
priorities and features.
Some will perceive that the BikerCom is more complex
to use and manage than standalone Bluetooth systems, in
reality it is not and is actually easier to use than
some 'simpler' headset systems. The only (possible)
disadvantage is that Control Box is another component to
deal with for power, storage and security - something
that users of wired systems already know of.
What really differentiates the BikerCom from other
wired and wireless systems is that the system link
between the Control Box and the Headsets is wireless.
And with the Push-To-Talk (PTT) component installed
(even if radios are not going to be used) the system is
powered On and Off by this device; direct access to the
Control Box is not needed.
The BikerCom Control Box supports the Headset Profile
(HSP), the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
and in all likelihood, the Hands-Free Profile (HFP) that
provides the additional interface features supported by
The unit measures 14.0 x 7.5 x 3.0 cm (Length x Width
x Thickness), weights 150gr and is finished in a smooth
flat black finish. The face has five buttons, all
slightly recessed and all with corresponding LEDs for
status light display.
The HHR (Rider) and HHP (Passenger) On/Off buttons
are arranged vertically on the left, while the Power,
Other and Mobile Phone Rider (MPR) buttons are right of
centre. The control module is powered via a 12V DC
fused harness connected directly to the battery or some
other appropriate switched/un-switched power source.
The Control Box is turned On and Off by using the
main power button on the box or by the PTT button, if it
is connected. A voltage monitor turns the system
off when supply voltage drops below 12.5V DC…a seemingly
minor feature but important in the overall scheme of
Activating the wireless link to the headsets is done
with the HHR and HHP buttons. The ‘Other’ button
is used to connect with a Bluetooth device and the
Mobile Phone Rider button is for pairing with the
Rider’s (primary) Bluetooth device.
A two-wire power harness with mini-connector emanates
from the bottom left of the Control Box. A cutout on the
back provides the mounting surface for the five 3.5mm
connector ports: PTT, Radio, Aux 1, Aux 2 and Audio.
Two other small cutouts on the back side allow power
connectors to be tucked out of the way when not in use.
The Helmet Headset
The two helmet headsets included with the BikerCom
system are called the Helmet Headset Rider (HHR) and the
Helmet Headset Passenger (HHP). (Editor's Note:
The HHR and HHP are what I would normally call the rider
and passenger intercom module).
The headset assemblies are multi-piece, comprising
the actual Rider and Passenger Bluetooth module and the
mounting bracket. Mounting is done by using either
the clip or bracket secured to the bottom edge of the
helmet shell or secured by use of supplied (thick)
adhesive hook and loop pads. The speakers are hard-wired
as is the boom microphone base.
A small screw-off mount with a 3.5 mm connector lets
the boom microphone be changed or replaced in seconds, a
good feature. Even though the boom microphone is not
obtrusive and stays in place, a thin wire assembly would
work as well or possibly better in some full face
The headset module snaps down onto the bracket,
locking the two pieces together securely -- easily one of
the best latch mechanisms seen on any of the systems.
The microphone is marked with a black and a silver
wrapping next to the wind-sock covered microphone. For
correct orientation the silver marking is on the mouth
The speaker leads are long enough for the XD3, the
Nolan and the BMW System Six, so I suspect they will be
fine for most installations. Helmet installation
will be described in Part Two.
Headset controls and indicators are simple. There is
a status light just in front of the Multi-Function
Button (MFB) positioned towards the rear of the module.
Two small pressure controls for volume Up and Down are
located on the top and bottom back edges respectively.
The mini-USB 5.0V power port is located on the back
of the module and a small and very flexible weather
plug, itself attached to the module, is compressed and
pushed in to seal the power port when not in use.
Initial Actions & Observations
Each kit includes a small 110-220V charger for North
American use. As with other systems coming to market or
being updated, the charger features dual mini-USB
connectors for charging both system modules
With the latest kits on hand, the first action was to
unpack the goodies from the boxes and inventory
mark the rider and passenger Bluetooth modules of each system with the
last three digits of the control module serial number to
provide a measure of system control and reduce the
chance of components, once paired, from getting mixed
All four Bluetooth modules were placed on their
initial charging. The red light on the modules
indicating charging went out after only 1.5 hours on the
first set and just over 2.5 hours on the second set. Even with some residual charge, it is still important to
fully charge the units up before initial use.
With tentative mounting spots on both the BMW R1200R and
F800GS identified, initial use will see the modules
carried in the tank-bags occupying the same space as the
(wired system review) Digital systems do when in use. For more
installation information see Part Two.
With this hub-based system, the headsets for the
rider and passenger
are paired to the control box rather than each other.
While the procedure is not complicated, it is somewhat
different from most other Bluetooth headset systems. Hint: read the instructions or you might be fiddling
around for quite awhile.
Another observation is that the buttons on the
control box seem hard to operate (this point was
actually raised by the representative regarding one of
the earlier versions). The latest systems received work
better, but the On/Off switches on both the rider and
passenger Bluetooth modules still only
move about 1.5 mm between on and off.
This is a small amount of play, but a definite click
is heard and felt when they are used.
This brings up ease of use - the three pressure
activated controls are not hard to operate with light to
medium weight gloves, but the two On/Off buttons given
their slight recess and minimal travel can be tricky. Better tactile control or use of pressure buttons for
all five would really help here.
For many users direct access to the control box is
likely to be limited once everything is installed and
wired up, similar to other mainstream wired systems. Being able to power the system on and off via the
powered Push-to-Talk component is the perfect solution when
access is limited.
Initial System Configuration
Although my first pairing was to use the Bluetooth
headset module in a standalone configuration paired to
my HTC Touch (detailed in Part Two), from a ‘system’
perspective, the first pairing effort undertaken should
be with the Control Box.
To Pair the BikerCom Control Box and the Rider's Bluetooth
Module (the HHR):
Step 1 -
Both devices must be off.
Step 2 -
Press the multi-function button or
for ten seconds, its light flashes Red and Blue
indicating pairing mode.
Step 3 -
With the HHR (rider's) button on the Control Box already
on, turn on the main power.
Step 4 –
The HHR Control Box light blinks Red - within a
few seconds pairing will occur.
To Pair the BikerCom Control Box and the Passenger's
Bluetooth Module (HHP):
Step 1 -
Make sure the HHR (rider's) headset is already connected
to the Control Box (per above).
- Switch the HHP (passenger's) button on and wait 5 to 10
seconds until the light starts to flash Red.
- Press the Multi-Function Button on the passenger headset until in
Pairing Mode, indicated by the light flashing Red and
Step 4 -
Switch the Control Box HHP switch OFF and then
ON: the two devices will connect.
Once connected or reconnected, both the rider and
passenger Bluetooth intercom
status lights on the Control Box are a steady Blue with
blinking Red and the indicator on the helmet modules
blink a rhythmic Blue.
Wireless Connection One: MPR, or Mobile Phone
The Biker Com system has something called a "Mobile Phone Rider" (MPR).
For this Bluetooth connection
I used the HTC Touch device. With the Control Box
powered up and then the HHR, the status indicators will
light up and settle into their connection patterns.
With the mobile phone readied, pushing the MPR button
for a few seconds causes its light to flash Blue then
into the familiar Red/Blue flashing that indicates
In a few seconds the ‘BC-MPR’ device shows up on the
screen. After accepting the pairing, the only services
option presented is ‘Headset’, nothing else. This
typically indicates that the basic functions supported
by the headset and hands-free profiles are supported.
Initial calls were made using the phone and its menu
features. As soon as the call was initiated audio was
switched over to the headset. I could terminate the call
by using either the phone menu, pressing the
Multi-Function Button on the
headset once quickly or, best of all, having the other
party terminate the call.
If the mobile phone supports voice control or voice
dialing functions and if properly configured pressing
the Multi-Function Button once should activate the appropriate menu on the
phone. I did get the HTC to call two different numbers
that I have saved off in the voice activation menu.
As the MPR connection is Priority One for the system
the audio from the device is only streamed to the HHR
(Rider) headset for privacy.
Just remember that control of the motorcycle and
being aware of your surroundings is the only priority
here: anything that can be a distraction shouldn’t be.
Wireless Connection Two: Other
Any audio from devices paired under this option is
streamed to both the rider and passenger headsets as a stereo
broadcast or shared stream, although the passenger
will lose all audio if a higher Mobile Phone Rider (MPR) priority is active
(see table above).
Pairing the Garmin zumo 550 With the BikerCom
With the GPS Bluetooth readied,
push the Other button on the Control Box for a few
seconds to put it in pairing mode. It takes about 30
seconds for the two devices to find each other. The zumo
displays ‘BC-Other’ as the device to add, which I did
and then set the Audio menu for Navigation, MP3 and
After another minute the two devices actually started
to communicate, the typical delay I get when using the
zumo’s Bluetooth. The mono audio stream finally got
pushed to the hub and then up to the headset. The zumo
wireless link is noisy and the audio stream of poor
Pairing the BMW Navigator III+ (Garmin 2820)
With the BikerCom System
Although I usually
complain about its lack of features compared to a
zumo550 or something newer, the Navigator always
impresses me when it comes to pairing, reconnecting and
just plain working as a paired device.
I paired this GPS using both the mobile phone and the
Other (BC-Other) connections. Both pairings took a few
seconds and that was that. The Auto-Connect feature of
the BMW Navigator that I typically leave turned on usually
had the two devices paired by the time the helmet was
Hint: Pairing devices via the BC-Other allows both
headsets to listen to the stereo broadcast from the hub. Any
mobile phone connection is heard only in the rider's headset.
Rider and Passenger Bluetooth Module (HHR and HHP) Constraints
The Biker Com is comprised of a set of two Bluetooth
modules, the HHR (Helmet Headset Rider, or the rider's Bluetooth intercom module) and the HHP
(Helmet Headset Passenger, or the passenger's Bluetooth intercom module) that function as a pair.
system components, the rider module has most features available to
it at all times but while the passenger can receive most
audio, outside of the intercom, the user cannot actively
participate in phone or radio sessions.
The headsets are not meant to be standalone units as
they were specifically designed to function with the
Control Box or hub. As well, they are not a device
qualified by the Bluetooth Qualification Body, so
reliable performance in standalone mode with Bluetooth
devices is not guaranteed.
The Bluetooth Qualification Body is part of the
Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the
organization that "oversees the development of Bluetooth
standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth
technologies and trademarks to manufacturers" (Wikipedia).
The Intercom functions between a system set of the paired
BikerCom rider and passenger headsets and is not meant to be used as a
longer distance rider-to-rider capability. With typical
use the intercom and shared stereo or broadcast feature
is solid out to about 25 feet, but anything after that
is very sporadic and clear line of sight becomes
I did conduct one test with the headsets worn by
two riders on two motorcycles, but unless you are
practicing the side by side routine, something never
recommended, using the two headsets as a rider to rider
intercom capability is just not viable.
Both the rider and passenger Bluetooth modules are meant to
be paired individually or collectively to a single
device: the Control Box. While not having
Bluetooth Qualification, either headset can be used individually
to pair and connect with one Bluetooth device.
For standalone use or with the hub off-line this is
an option that can be exercised to provide a mono or
stereo audio stream to the headset.
Once the headsets have been discretely paired to
other devices they will not connect to the Control Box.
Only one pairing can be undertaken by the headset, so no
switching between devices is possible. To restore the
headsets to the system, the individual rider and/or
passenger intercom module
pairing procedure must be completed.
Audio Signal Prioritization
Good systems assign priorities and the Biker Com is no
exception although with more device connections
possible, some groupings take place within the
As described in the manual, there are two scenarios
that serve to detail the situations that bring the
priorities into play with the resultant conditions:
|Mobile Phone Rider (MPR)
Connection Not Active
Priority 1, Bluetooth MPR is available for
• Intercom -
• Priority 2 audio
inputs are enabled
Bluetooth Other – shared
- Push-to-Talk – as activated
- Radio (two-way) – audio IN shared, audio
OUT from HHR only
- Auxiliary 1 – shared (ie – GPS for
- Auxiliary 2 - shared (ie – Radar detector
Priority 3 functions enabled and shared
||- Audio input enabled and
shared to both HHR and HHP
|Mobile Phone Rider (MPR)
Priority 1, Bluetooth MPR in use by rider
• Intercom -
• Priority 2
functions maintained for HHR (rider)
||- Bluetooth Other
- Two way radio – audio IN and OUT via HHR
- Auxiliary 1
- Auxiliary 2
Priority 3 functions disabled
||- Audio input disabled to
both HHR and HHP
The duplex wireless intercom allows the rider and
passenger to talk back and forth freely. The
intercom is available except when the rider’s Priority
One device (e.g., the mobile phone) is active. The intercom is
voice activated (VOX)
and obviously optimized for rider with passenger use.
While I had presumed that the intercom would be
available only when both headsets were connected and in
use, I was wrong. With the Control Box and rider headset
connected and the passenger headset switched off (no passenger
connection) the headset VOX (Intercom) can be triggered
by the rider.
I thought that having the powered Push-to-Talk component
connected was part of the issue -- it is not. So to see
how the matter was going to impact standalone use, I
purposefully took a fairly high speed highway run in
very windy conditions with the front vent of the Arai XD3
helmet open and/or the visor up so as to deliberately
activate the VOX due to noise levels.
When the intercom goes active, music is muted and
that ‘open channel’ audio loop is there in the headset -
you have to wait a minimum of ten seconds for it to time
out (if it does) before any other audio resumes.
Thankfully each headset module can be individually
adjusted depending on noise and audio (microphone) input
This is done by using the Volume Up and Volume Down
buttons in a specific sequence to increase or decrease
the sensitivity values in discrete steps. My fear was
that even the highest adjustment would not be enough and
that the VOX would keep triggering.
But I found that the highest setting works quite
well. Unless there is a sudden loud noise, inside or
outside the helmet, the VOX will not typical trigger
while on the road, making use of the system with only
the rider module operating a more sustainable proposition.
Have used and evaluated many communications systems
with VOX, manual or automatic activation or a
combination, I prefer those that allow the intercom to
be de-activated or activated by either user.
Where the intercom is or can be a switched feature,
the primary consideration is to make sure that as
desired or needed, the intercom is activated before
getting totally focused on the twisty road ahead --
button fumbling is not recommended, especially when an
‘uh oh’ corner comes up!
VOX does have its advantages, but it needs to be
carefully engineered and calibrated so that high and low
thresholds accommodate a wide range of environmental and
user conditions and provide sufficient adjustment for
Advanced Audio Feature
Another feature that also becomes quite noticeable, but
much more appreciated, is the automatic audio control
that maintains a consistent or ‘fixed’ audio level in
the helmet vis-à-vis the surrounding environment. Most
four-wheeler systems have had this feature for some
years even though many owners don’t know it is there...
As ambient noise levels increase or decrease helmet
volume increases or decreases accordingly. The feature
works by sampling with adjustments made dynamically. It
works quite quickly and smoothly in reacting to changes
to the user environment. This I like.
As recommended in the manual, I took time to ‘tune’
each connected peripheral with the system and as
previously identified made sure that intercom activation
volumes were at the required settings. This all
contributes to a more enjoyable audio environment inside
Easy street awaits -- just plug the desired peripheral
directly into the appropriate port on the back of the
Control Box and allow the hub to manage the audio stream
to the headsets based on system priorities (see table
Connecting an Audio Player to the BikerCom
With the rider module active and the Control
Box powered up, plugging in the iPod Nano activates that
device and almost instantly the stereo audio stream
arrived in the helmet.
Connecting a GPS Device to the BikerCom System
Both the Garmin zumo550 and the BMW Navigator
III+ were connected to the Control Box via their audio
cables using Auxiliary One as the input port. As long as
no higher priority audio is active (Rider MPR), active
audio from the device will heard by both rider and
As this is a wired connection music streamed from the
control box to the headsets is stereo but the monotone
navigation instructions are just that -- mono. Navigation
instructions will override the music temporarily as
audio output from the device is managed internally.
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Review: Biker Com Bluetooth
||List Price: MSRP is $749.00 USD
||Made in: Taiwan
July - September 2009. Publication date September 2009.
Notes: Warranty: One year from date of original purchase.
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From "D" (3/10): "In (Part
3 of the Biker Com review) I am confused in
the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs. Are you stating that
the Midland radios will not work at all with this setup?
Would it be possible to elaborate more on exactly what
you discovered? I am hoping to find a US source
for this product soon. It was stated that they had
trouble with the Midland (FRS/GMRS) radios, but it was
unclear if they would work. Can the reviewer
elaborate if the FRS/GMRS radios will work with this
HBC's Reply: Given the referenced
paragraphs of the BikerCom Part 3 - Using the BikerCom
System article, I believe you are asking about FRS/GMRS
radio use, which I explained was not successful, even
though it was possible on occasion to get the system to
key or transmit, and on another instance, receive a
transmission from another radio, but never with any
consistency. I did point out that my testing was
At the time of publication, the only radios
successfully used were the two portable transceivers
provided by OpenRoad. These transceivers are
multi-band in function and can be used quite freely in
some parts of the world, but for North America, they are
for Amateur Radio use (for which I am licensed).
These transceivers are state of the art and fully
compatible with the BikerCom systems. My success
in using this equipment was identified in the article.
So no, the Midland FRS/GMRS radios, nor anything else
tried so far, will work properly. Some will key,
and some will receive, but not both. The
not-acceptable workaround is to press both the BikerCom
PTT and the transmit button on the radio to initiate a
I am working on an update and have, as time permits,
been testing a wider range of FRS/GMRS radios on-hand or
as on loan, to try and identify the primary issues,
which I suspect are switching delays in the individual
radios and VOX settings to mention two.
Accordingly, I am working my way through an extensive
test matrix to see what works and what doesn't.
There is such a wide range of consumer radios on the
market, especially here in North America, and there are
also real differences between brands and models in
different parts of the world based on regional or
national restrictions and guidelines.
I know that BikerCom is hoping to get a list of
qualified radios drawn up, but given their limited North
American market presence right now, it could take a
while: which is one reason I am trying to work through
the issues. I do not yet know of any North
American distributor for the BikerCom systems,
I was planning on doing a follow-up on the systems,
once the updated pieces are received from Open Road and
the radio issue was going to be part of that. I have
been in contact with some overseas users and hopefully
some radio related information will be forthcoming...
Hope some of this information helps."
From "R.U." (10/09): "Thanks for the
great review. I wish you would address the volume
level. I always ride with ear plugs, and have no
problem adjusting the volume on my StarCom so that I can
hear perfectly. Does the BikerCom have sufficient
volume to overcome ear plugs?"
HBC's Reply: I had a comment in
the articles about wearing earplugs, etc...but to be
more specific and direct:
It is seldom that I ride anywhere without wearing
earplugs, unless doing some with/without earplugs audio
tests on systems, helmets, etc. Once the
individual device audio output levels are set, and the
volume on the BikerCom Bluetooth module is adjusted for
comfort levels, particularly with earplugs, then the
automatic audio control takes care of the rest.
Although a subjective comment, from my perspective I
haven't noticed any difficulties in still being able to
hear incoming audio when wearing my standard earplugs.
I would have to say that there is sufficient output for
most users. In high noise environments, I have the
Rider module at around the 75 percent point. I
have cranked the Rider module up once or twice to
maximum and it was a bit much.
Just remember that every individual configuration
depends on the rider (hearing, audio level preferences
and ear protection used) and the equipment (motorcycle,
helmet, clothing, etc).
I also have a StarCom Digital system and it
definitely has more gain than the BikerCom, but that is
not unusual, or unexpected, for a wired system with
higher output standards."
From "A.S-K." (9/09): "I am very
much interested in HBC's review of BikerCom and I am
looking forward to the reviewer's installation (or
solution) to the BMW System 6 helmet!!
Your reviews are fantastic help."