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 however. From a passenger sitting behind you who has a question, to communicating with other bikes nearby, to Spotify playlists and a wife at home who calls to tell you about something the kids did – there are lot of good reasons to be connected while riding.

Motorcycle intercom and bluetooth communications systems allow you to stay connected. Technology has moved very rapidly and today’s communication systems are affordably priced and work very well. There are so many to choose from in such a wide price range. It’s hard to decide which one to choose. One thing you’ll find about Bluetooth intercoms is that they come with a whole lot of features packed into a tiny housing. In addition to intercom capability between driver to rider, or other bikers, they let you connect to cell phones, GPS devices, and phones.

When reviewing these devices we look at factors like sound quality, voice prompts, comfort and fit, design, effectiveness and lot of other things too. Sound quality is by far the important factor and we look for features that improve sound like noise cancellation to dampen any interfering noises from traffic, rain, wind and other environmental factors. Digital signal processing to help reduce the noise really matters the faster you ride or if you ride in high ambient noise areas like cities.

Riding a bike takes concentration and two hands so voice prompt technology is hugely important too and is getting better every day. You want to operate the headset hands-free so it can be awesome when you find units that are a pleasure to use via voice controls or frustrating when others can be absolutely horrible and unusable with voice controls. Comfort and fit matters so we look at materials and how the units feels while being worn for extended periods.

Cell phone connectivity is the other major performance factor because the whole point of these units is to be able to have connectivity when paired. Some systems mount on your helmet, while others have capability to mount on your belt clip or bike. If the system is big and bulky, you may want the ability to mount it on your bike. You can integrate some intercoms with cell phones so you can talk while you ride. They require special cables or you can get motorcycle intercoms that have Bluetooth capability so they connect to your Bluetooth-enabled phone wirelessly.

If you want music, look for a system that has a built-in FM stereo radio tuner or an auxiliary stereo input for your phone. While most units are universal working with any helmet with clamps or adhesive, some motorcycle helmets come with provisions for Bluetooth kits to reside completely inside the helmet.

Recent Intercom Reviews

Intercom & Bluetooth Brands

Most riders don’t realize just how many new manufacturers are out there making bluetooth communications devices for motorcycles. There are also a lot of established brands from the big electronics makers like Motorola and Sony to the specialists like Sena who have taken the world by storm in the last decade. Below, we have listed all the communications brands we have tested, you can simply click on the link to see all the reviews we have conducted for each brand.

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Recent Reviews

In this section you will find all our recent hands on reviews

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[REVIEW] Sena 10C EVO-01: “Integration at its Best”

[REVIEW] Sena 5S Bluetooth System

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Sena 30K Intercom: Long Term Review

Cardo PACKTALK BOLD with Sound by JBL

Cardo 45mm JBL Audio Kit: PACKTALK BOLD Companion Review

SENA 10C Pro Review: Making Things Easy

Recent Hands On

Intercom & Bluetooth Reviews

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 …

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 …

We have reviewed a lot of motorcycle intercoms over the year at WBW so we know a thing or two about which ones our editors love. We also see the analytics on the site so we know which brands get the more views and attention from our readers. Between consumer interest, our editor’s opinions and generally who we think is really innovating in the intercom and bluetooth communication space, here are the most popular brands at the moment.


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SENA has become the defacto bluetooth communication company these days.

Sena’s motorcycle bluetooth communication devices and video imaging systems are designed to inspire riders and boy do these guys know what they’re doing.

Sena Adaptive Mesh-Networking technology is about to change the way you communicate on your ride. Group intercom connections are made simple with Sena’s new technology, when one of the group’s riders goes out of range the Adaptive Mesh-Networking intelligently keeps the rest of the group in seamless communication.

Helpful Links: Read Our Sena Product Reviews.

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Cardo Systems

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Cardo Systems is a leading manufacturer of Bluetooth communication systems for motorcycle helmets. Cardo Systems offers premium motorcycle intercom system set to revolutionize group riding.

Cardo has developed solutions for and in cooperation with a select group of leading manufacturers in the field of motorcycles and accessories, such as SHOEI, Schuberth, Ducati, Bell and HJC.

Cardo has literally pioneered a new product category that was non-existent until then. As our product line gradually expanded, we added many “firsts” in terms of features and functions. Today, the scala rider line includes the most advanced devices in the category from solid entry level products to the most feature rich communication and entertainment system available. scala rider products can be found in motorcycle accessory stores in over 80 countries.

Helpful Links: Read Our Cardo Reviews.

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