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Motorcycle Intercom Reviews


Introduction Hmm, must be fall. We’ve had our first snow fall, mixed in with the brightly coloured leaves still drifting off the tree branches, with both settling onto the still green lawns; and now we are finishing up almost two weeks of early fall-like weather; up and down we go – the past, present and …

Introduction In the early days, communicating vocally in real-time required a face to face encounter, and while this tried and true means of communicating has been very much impacted by our COVID-19 environment, it has not (yet) totally disappeared…but we also now have (many) other options. Real-time communication is more important than ever and thankfully …

Introduction As many of us lament the baring of trees of their colourful fall renderings that (typically) foreshadows reduced riding opportunities for a few months, it is vital, no, critical, that we all continue to look forward in our COVID-19 pandemic world and that as motorcyclists, we all keep planning for the next ride, no …

Introduction Here we are, one day away from Fall, which usually means cooler nights (bug reduction protocol) and warmish days providing (hopefully) lots of opportunities to continue exploring local highways, roads, secondaries, and passable trails. We can indeed, in our COVID-19 world ride alone but together; don’t stop. And of course, riding is required to …

Introduction In retrospect, I guess the title for this review should have been used for Sena Momentum EVO posting, but it fits here just as well. Sena continues moving forward with some speed, what I call a ‘bit of a tear’, evidenced by the release of these Series 50 systems – the 50R and 50S …

Updated Garmin has some new GPS systems that are designed for hiking but can be easily used on motorcycles. The new Garmin Montana 700 GPS Series can be mounted to handlebars of basically any bike to help you navigate this wonderful world of ours on two wheels. The Montana 700 GPS Series features a five-inch, …

Review Video My Shortest Review Ever Cameron Martel, my colleague, friend and manager here at WBW likes to tease me about how I always seem to find a way to overanalyze, overcomplicate and over-write every review while taking too long to get to the point. I’ll own that. Yes, I’m naturally a bit of a …

Introduction This long-overdue long-term review of the Sena 30K is being finished off as we begin a new year and a new decade and, coincidentally just as Sena announces the new 50 Series products featuring Bluetooth 5.0 and Mesh 2.0. Once the new Sena 50 Series product hit the streets, the 30K system is going …

Introduction With Cardo introducing the 2019 edition of the PACKTALK BOLD, SLIM and FREECOM 4+ systems with Sound by JBL audio – the result of a collaborative Cardo-JBL effort, we wanted to revisit these flagship systems; but getting both systems has and is taking a bit of time. As such, this review covers only the …

Introduction Along with the 2019 PACKTALK BOLD and SLIM products with Sound by JBL, came a very timely accessory kit from Cardo. Originally identified simply as the Cardo Audio Kit, it is now typically identified as the Cardo ‘45mm Audio Set’ – a clearer delineation of what this kit provides. This accessory audio kit is …

First Impressions I’ve been trying to find a way to reliably shoot sharp videos with clear sound while out testing motorcycles since I started writing for wBW a couple of years ago. I haven’t been able to decide which equipment I needed to do it. Last year I gambled on a GoPro Hero 6 thinking …

The EJEAS Quick 20 Systems were provided by EJEAS Industrial for this review Introduction Technology in all forms, with a particular bent for communications, especially wireless forms, along with motorcycling are life-long passions that haven’t been diminished by time. As such, the opportunity to review another new or unknown Bluetooth helmet system is never one …

Sena Gains (a) Momentum Anything to do with technology, motorcycling, and relatedly safety education and training gets my utmost attention – always has, always will. So, when Sena announced the first Momentum helmet in 2017, it got flagged, and Sena’s evolution of this product has been followed with interest. Quite incidentally, in jumping into a …

Introduction webBikeWorld has been evaluating Bikecomm products since around late 2010/2011, in having reviewed the early Bikecomm hybrid wired/wireless BK-01 and BK02 systems and later on, the standalone HOLA BT systems. Some of them are still here in plastic storage containers and a couple of them get charged up and used now and then. Especially …

Introduction As identified in the UClear Motion Series – Motion 6 and Motion Infinity postings, just about everything UClear has marketed or provided for some form of testing has been reviewed by wBW and that includes a broad-range review of the UClear AMP Intercom models in January 2017. And until the release of the Motion …

Introduction SCHUBERTH has long been known for its high-end class-leading helmets. After reading Cameron Martel’s recent review of the C4 Pro, I was intrigued to try out a SCHUBERTH helmet. Shortly after Cam’s review, the opportunity came up to try the open face M1 PRO, and I jumped at it. The M1 PRO is SCHUBERTH’s …

A Review Request From A Friend My favorite part of doing these reviews is helping someone make a wise purchase. None of us wants to spend our hard-earned money on something we won’t like over the long run or that is poor quality. My friend Steve Crawshaw asked me about a month ago if I …

Introduction SENA is a long-term major player in the Bluetooth industry and particularly within the Powersports community. Their involvement and support for the motorcycling segment, not to mention a very long and diverse product line, is a major reason why we all have the current connectivity and communication capabilities mounted on or in our helmets. …

Foreword This second (of 2) reviews in the UClear Motion Series introduces the Motion Infinity, the top tier offering from UClear with unique features – one being a game-changer. Included in this posting are Motion series common feature updates, the unique features of the Motion Infinity and the On the Road Roundup. We hope you …

Foreword This first of two Motion Series reviews introduces the new Motion Series systems from UClear and focuses on the Motion 6 system that is the base offering of this new series of products. The more advanced Motion Infinity is the subject of the second review in this series and while it shares almost everything …

Better Than Ever Cardo Systems is a Bluetooth communications company that makes comm systems for motorcycle riders. Recently the company unveiled its new Freecom+ Line. The lineup consists or the Freecom 4+, Freecom 2+, and Freecom1+. The lineup delivers improved quality communications to various areas of the market. The Freecom 4+ is a four-way rider-to-rider …

A Great Experience with Packtalk Bold and Packtalk Slim Earlier this year I was offered the opportunity to test the Cardo Packtalk radio system. To be honest, I had never used a radio or communication system when riding and never really felt like I needed to get one. I have always liked the solitude that …

Years ago when my husband and I began to take longer trips on our motorcycles we realized we needed a better way to communicate than the frantic hand signals my loving spouse always failed to notice. So for Christmas a number of years ago we gifted each other with the SENA SMH10 intercom system. Overall …

Never Get Lost Again. Our Editors Review The Top GPS & Navigation Units for Your Motorcycle Who needs a GPS anymore now that we all have a smartphone? It’s a good question that we often ask ourselves here a wBW. We keep coming back to the fact that dedicated GPS units have functionality that makes …

A Rundown of Motorcycle Intercom and Communication Options with In-Depth, Hands On Reviews from Our Experts Nothing is better than a long, quiet and solitary ride with just your thoughts and a wide open road in front of you. It doesn’t get any better than that. In the real world things are nuanced and complicated …

Interphone F5 Intercom Review Each subsequent Interphone intercom system has been more sophisticated, more capable and more useful. Interphone’s claim to fame in my book is the intercom; and the F5 model doesn’t disappoint. It distances itself — literally — from other leading contenders, beating out the Sena SMH10 by a substantial margin and even …

Chatterbox XBi Review This section describes owner impressions of the Chatterbox XBi system; using the intercom; a summary of the features; the “Bottom Line Ratings“; and the conclusion. Chatterbox XBi User Impressions Controls Each Chatterbox XBi Bluetooth intercom module has five separate controls: On/Off, Mode and Intercom, along with Volume Up and Volume Down, seem like …

Chatterbox XBi2 Review Part 2 This section describes user impressions of the Chatterbox XBi2 system; using the system; a summary of the features; the “Bottom Line Ratings“; and the conclusion. Chatterbox XBi2 User Impressions Controls: Having five separate controls: On/Off, Mode and Intercom, along with Volume Up and Volume Down, seems like one or two too many. …

Twiins Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Compatibility As confirmed by the representative, Twiins will only work with another Twiins when it comes to pairing up for intercom use. This is not unusual as there are very few systems on the market that are backwards or laterally compatible with similar systems – Cardo products being one notable exception. …

Part III: IMC Camos BT Adapter Q&A It’s apparent from the many emails we have received on the topic that Bluetooth motorcycle intercoms are still in the early stages of development, with many problems not yet solved. The recent IMC Camos Bluetooth stereo adapter article generated this dialog between the author, HBC, and an owner, …

Sena SMH5 Intercom Review .The Sena SMH5 is a near-perfect example of how to grow the market without diluting an established product line. The SMH5 is the newest and smallest sibling in the Sena intercom product line and it more than holds its own against growing competition. In reality this Part 2 follow-on could consist …

Part II: BTS 300 System Configuration Options As stated in Part I, the original wBW IMC Camos BHS 600 review from September 2007 invoked a lot of comments and feedback. Most of the comments involved issues related to configuration and interface issues. Accordingly, some further technical insight into this new system, the BTS 300, will be provided in …

BikeComm Hola Motorcycle Intercom Review Part 2: Hola Intercom Functionality With the BikeComm Hola intercom modules fully charged before use, the headsets were connected for an initial evaluation before being installed on helmets. The BikeComm Hola intercoms worked just fine on startup. The documented beeps and tone sequences provide audio status information in a form …

Big Button Remote for UClear Intercoms UClear took their own unique path with the new HBC Remote, introduced at the 2015 AIMExpo (report). It works with any UClear HBC100 (review) or UClear HBC200 (review) intercom system. The intercoms must have the new “Sawtooth” firmware installed first. The remote has a strip of hook-and-loop that fits over the hand grip and …

Ruggedized Interphone Off Road Intercom for Adventure Touring November 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Interphone announced the “World’s first  intercom system designed exclusively for the world of off-road travel”, the Interphone Off Road. The system has some unique features that should make it very useful for off-road adventures. Following is an edited press …

SR10 Features Part 2: SR10 Features The SR10 impresses. It is the solution for connecting and managing multiple devices and leverage the advantages provided by a common radio while still maintaining a wireless connection with the helmet, with portability and multi-system compatibility. Does it do everything I expected? Not completely. But considering Bluetooth features and limitations, along …

Sena 20S Intercom Review Better, much better… Going down the road with the new 20S system is much smoother than what we reported upon in the initial Sena 20S Review Part 1: First Impressions posted way back in July of this year. The Sena team deserves kudos for their continued updates and evolution of this new system; …

Sena SR10 Form, Fit and Functionality Part 3: Sena SR10 Form and Function All of the nitty-gritty details regarding the construct of the SR10 were provided in Part One of the Sena SR10 review, so I won’t repeat everything here but will instead focus on what I see as some salient form observations. The SR10 is …

Using the SR10 Part 4: Using the Sena SR10 This is “where the rubber meets the road: in a sense. And with a lot of time spent in testing and using the SR10 adapters with many different devices over the last several months, its strengths, weaknesses, limitations and “bugs” become evident. Two of the radio …

SR10 Software Management Part 5: Software Management As lamented at the end of Part Two: Sena SR10 Features, a few issues and observations impacting SR10 functionality and performance remained outstanding, so I was really looking forward to the first firmware update. Nevertheless, continued use of both SR10 systems, along with a growing list of Bluetooth helmet …