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Cardo Scala Rider SmartSet Android App for the G9 Intercom We all anxiously await the next generation of Bluetooth motorcycle intercom systems which promise a whole lot more “gee whiz” and bang for our buck. In the meantime, Cardo has quietly (sort of) added an Android-based “SmartSet” mobile app to its system maintenance suite. This …

Sena 20S Bluetooth Intercom and Sena “Expand” Preview October 17, 2013 – Sena had another major announcement today at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the Sena Action Camera (preview), Sena has announced the new Sena 20S intercom. The all-new Sena 20S is a state-of-the-art motorcycle and powersports Bluetooth communication system. It has a …

Cardo and Shoei Announce Intercom Partnership October 28, 2013 –  Shoei and Cardo announce a high-end communication system for Shoei Customers Shoei Co., Ltd. and Cardo Systems Inc. announced today that they have signed an agreement under which Cardo will design, develop and market an unique and high-end communication system to specifically fit the Shoei Neotec, …

Sena SMH10B Version 4.3 Firmware Update The music sharing ability found in the Cardo Scala Rider Q1 and Q3 intercoms cannot be ignored, but it has been overtaken, by the music sharing feature now implemented for the top of the line Sena SMH10B. Cardo threw down the gauntlet and Sena has responded by moving the yardstick forward significantly …

Cardo Scala Rider Q1 TeamSet and Q3 MultiSet Intercoms The Cardo Scala Rider Q1 TeamSet and Q3 MultiSet are new, small form factor Bluetooth motorcycle intercoms. The Q1 was primarily designed to be a simple, easy-to-use, short range, full-duplex intercom for a rider and passenger on one bike. The Cardo Scala Rider Q3 uses the …

Sena SPH10 Bluetooth Personal Headset and Sena SPH10H Half-Helmet Intercom Sena is an industry leader in Bluetooth communications with an ever-expanding line of motorcycle intercom systems. So where do the Sena SPH10 Headset and SPH10H half-helmet systems fit in? The SPH10 is an excellent system with all the expected features of a full-bore Bluetooth helmet …

Sena SMH5-FM Intercom Review Sena keeps putting the good stuff together and getting it out to the market. The second iteration of the downsized but very capable SMH5 intercom, now endowed with an integrated stereo FM tuner, is an example. It’s also one of the reasons Sena was chosen as thewebBikeWorld Bluetooth Technology Provider of the …

Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Intercom Review The Sena SMH10R Bluetooth headset is a very different type of motorcycle helmet intercom system. Instead of the traditional single intercom module that attaches to a helmet mount, the SMH10R intercom functions are split across two separate modules. One module houses the Bluetooth “brains” and the rider control buttons, and …

Vertix Raptor-i Intercom Review Redux As Derryn stated in his original review of the Vertix Raptor-i “…it delivers all of the features expected of a ‘new generation’ Bluetooth device at a competitive price.” I can’t and won’t argue with that assessment, but I can expand on it. The Raptor-i has all of the good stuff, …

Cardo Scala Rider Q1 and Q3 Music Sharing Intercoms Announced UPDATE: Cardo Scala Rider Q1 and Q3 Review May 1, 2013 – Cardo Systems, Inc. has announced two all-new additions to its Scala Rider product line: the rider-to-passenger Q1 TeamSet and the bike-to-bike capable Q3 MultiSet and Q3 Single. Replacing the popular Solo, TeamSet and Q2Pro products, …

Motorola MU350R Bluetooth Two-Way Radio Announced April 18, 2013 – Motorola announced a potential game-changer: the Motorola MU350 and MU350R (kit of two radios) Talkabout Bluetooth two-way “walkie-talkie” radio. Available in summer of 2013, the MU350R is claimed to have built-in Bluetooth. This could mean that you could pair it with your Bluetooth motorcycle intercom …

Are Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercoms Compatible? We have not been able to pair two different brands of motorcycle Bluetooth intercoms. Although it’s impossible to definitively state that this is true for every Bluetooth intercom system, there is no indication that two different brands will pair, despite the rumours you may have heard. This is unfortunate, and …

Three Bluetooth Adapter Transmitters Reviewed How do you connect that MP3 player, radio or other device to your motorcycle intercom system? A Bluetooth adapter/transmitter is the way to go. An indispensible device for today’s connected motorcyclist but, for some reason, still not widely known, understood or utilized. All three of these handy-dandy little gems do …

Nolan Ncom Multi2 and B1 “Basic” Intercoms Announced March 7, 2013 –  Nolan announced today the Multi2 and B1 motorcycle helmet intercoms. Here is an edited version of the Nolan press release: In 2006, Nolan took the riding industry and the electronics world by surprise by being the first company to introduce a Bluetooth system to …

UClear HBC200 “Force” Intercom Review Putting it all into perspective – the HBC200 remains the absolute champion regarding audio processing and intercom performance. This is despite the fact that its effective intercom range of 700 to 800 meters is still outclassed by one or two other systems. Not having to install and use a boom …

UClear HBC200 “Force” Intercom Review The new UClear HBC200 “Force” Bluetooth intercom system uses the same “boomless” microphone design as the proven UClear HBC100 intercom (review). The UClear intercoms are unique, because they do not have the typical boom or wired microphone found on other intercom systems. This eliminates some of the wiring and complexity when …

BikeComm Group Intercom Communications System Review The BikeComm BK02 delivers on its promises in a big way. It provides wireless shared stereo audio to rider and passenger while hosting a variety of wired and wireless peripherals including two-way radios. The BK02 package may seem expensive, but in comparing the sum of all its parts, it …

Vertix Raptor-i Intercom Review The Vertix Raptor-i is a new motorcycle intercom from a wireless technology company based in Singapore. The Vertix Raptor-i delivers all of the features expected of a “new generation” Bluetooth device at a competitive price. Plus, it has some very interesting add-ons in the pipeline… Keeping tabs on the motorcycle intercom …

Sena SM10 Stereo Bluetooth Transmitter Review The Sena SM10 Dual Stream Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter is a timely and cost effective solution that allows both a rider and passenger to share audio from connected devices. This includes portable music players, navigation and radar warning devices and even wired motorcycle sound systems. Basically anything that has a …

BikeComm Hola Motorcycle Intercom Review Part 3: Hola Intercom Ride Report As a long-term effort there has been lots of opportunity to use all of the Hola systems with different helmets while riding different motorcycles under differing riding conditions. The first thing that needs to be mentioned is how much the firmware updates and upgraded …

UClear WT300 “Spider” Bluetooth Adapter Review An excellent universal Bluetooth audio adapter, the UClear WT300 “Spider” streams stereo sound from any connected device. It also connects a two-way radio with your motorcycle Bluetooth intercom system. The WT300 kit comes with a wireless Push-to-Talk (PTT) controller that can be attached to the handlebar or elsewhere. The …

Cardo Scala Rider G9 Intercom Review Far more feature-rich than the Scala Rider G4 (review), the latest addition to the “G” family isn’t much bigger, but it is definitely better. For example, the Cardo Scala Rider G9 has the best (i.e., most responsive) audio gain control I have experienced. Combined with near-silent functionality, the G9 intercom …

Midland BT Next Intercom Review Using the Midland BT Next system is a pleasure in every way. Midland has truly brought the BT to the “Next” level. Introduction to the Midland BT Next Connectivity with multiple devices via primary and secondary Bluetooth inputs and a wired connection lets the Midland BT Next offer unmatched services …

HuRob HSB-S100B Intercom Review It is relatively safe to say that most of us have one or more devices for communicating when riding our motorcycles. The predominant medium for those communications is wireless, with Bluetooth providing a rapidly evolving capability. As Bluetooth has evolved so have the platforms and systems that utilize this wireless medium …

Interphone F5 Intercom Review The new Interphone F5 has excellent sound quality and it’s easy to use with an internal voice guidance (spoken status announcements) in a variety of languages. It has an uncanny ability to filter out background noise while sending clear voice signals to the pillion or other riders. The traditional-style Interphone mount …

Sena SMH5 Intercom Review The Sena SMH5 offers a lot of performance at a “How do they do it?” price. It’s small, easy to use, feature-rich and designed for “every day use or casual riders who require must-have features at an affordable price”. The mounting system is simple and robust. The SMH5 slides on to …

Sena SMH10 4.0 Firmware Update NEW! Part 2: Tips, tricks, installation and many rider comments added below. The Sena SMH10 intercom firmware 4.0 update is now available! Also, Sena released an Apple Macintosh compatible version of their updating software, available here for registered SMH10 owners. To obtain the updating software for either a PC or Mac, you must first …

UClear HBC200 “Force” Bluetooth Intercom Preview   Background February 23, 2012 – UClear formally announced the new UClear HBC200 “Force” intercom system at the 2012 Dealer Expo. We reviewed the original UClear HBC100 (review) last year on webBikeWorld and were very impressed. The HBC100 is a unique intercom, with a microphone system that uses their military-spec, patented …

UClear WT300 “Spider” Bluetooth Adapter Preview February 23, 2012 – In addition to the new UClear HBC200 intercom (preview), UClear also announced the new UClear WT300 “Spider” Bluetooth adapter at the 2012 Dealer Expo. (From a UClear press release) – The UClear WT300 “Spider” Bluetooth adapter connects Bluetooth headsets to create wireless, hands-free group communication capabilities. …

UClear HBC200 “Force” Bluetooth Intercom Preview February 23, 2012 – UClear formally announced the new UClear HBC200 “Force” intercom system at the 2012 Dealer Expo. We reviewed the original UClear HBC100 (review) last year on webBikeWorld and were very impressed. The HBC100 is a unique intercom, with a microphone system that uses their military-spec, patented “Adaptive Beam …

Sena SM10 Bluetooth Stereo Audio Adapter Preview February 21, 2012 – In addition to the new Sena SMH-5intercom, Sena also introduced the new Sena SM10 Bluetooth Stereo Audio Adapter system at the 2012 Dealer Expo. UPDATE: Sena SM10 Review! The SM10 is a surprise and it responds to the many webBikeWorld Sena owners who have been asking …

Sena SMH5 Preview   Background February 21, 2012 – Sena formally announced the new SMH5 intercom system at the 2012 Dealer Expo. The SMH5 has a slightly smaller form factor than the Sena SMH-10 intercom (review) and although it uses the new Bluetooth 3.0 standard, it is more comparable in features to the original SMH10. …

Interphone F5 Intercom Preview February 19, 2012 – Just a quick note to let you know that Interphone is back in the U.S.A. The Interphone F4 (review) was/is one of my favorite intercom systems, only because it’s simple and easy to use and I’ve used it enough to know how to work it without a …

Designing and Testing a Cardo Systems Motorcycle Intercom I’m finally getting caught up from my visit the EICMA and the Cardo Systems R&D Center tour and back into the normal webBikeWorld routine. It was a wonderful trip and EICMA is an amazing event. It was also a lot of work; unfortunately without much time for …

Amp Up the Volume! The Iasus “Diablo” Mobile Amp increases the volume available from an electronic device such as an MP3 player or radio. It can pump up the volume by 50% with a 15 dB boost, so be careful — you can damage your hearing and ruin your earbuds at the same time! Tiny …

BikeComm BK02 Group Intercom Communications System Review Borrowing a page from the Editor’s playbook used to introduce the Sena SR10 Bluetooth hub (review), this article will first provide a brief initial overview of the new BikeComm BK02 system. The BK02 uses a Bluetooth hub as its core component. It provides a capability requested by many motorcyclists — …

Cardo Scala Rider G9 Preview November 16, 2011 (Update from original posting) – Last year, in conjunction with the EICMA 2010 show, I was given an exclusive tour of the Nolan Helmet factory, which resulted in two reports. “How to Make a Motorcycle Helmet” is an inside look with photos and video of how a …

Iasus GP3X2 Throat Mic System Review – Part 2 Part 2: Using the Iasus GP3X2 and Conclusion This section will describe iPhone and Blackberry Adapter For those of us with an iPod, iPhone (Gen 1 thru 4) or one of the RIM Blackberry models, the Iasus adapter kit with the 93 cm (36.6 in) long …

3BR Weatherproof Power Ports, Cables and Connectors 12V or 5V DC water-resistant power ports to keep your mounted and portable accessories juiced up and functioning while on the road. Sometimes a plan just comes together and when it does, it’s good — really good. Last fall as I started to develop the winter maintenance and …

Contour GPS HD Video Camera Review There are lots of reasons to like the Contour HD series video cameras — size, weight, durability, ease of use and superb video and more. The Contour GPS with Bluetooth on board made further resistance futile on my part; I have been assimilated, and gladly. In an effort to …