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.

Intercom & Bluetooth Types

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Recent Reviews

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

Cardo Packtalk Radios Bold and Slim Review

Sena 10S Review

Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Compatibility

UClear AMP Review

SENA 30K Intercom Hands-On Review

Cardo Scala Rider Q1 TeamSet and Q3 MultiSet Intercom Review

Sena SMH5 Review

Interphone Tour Review

Cardo Scala Rider Smartpack Review

Cardo Packtalk Radios Bold and Slim Review Copy

Recent Hands On

Intercom & Bluetooth Reviews

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 …

SR10 Compatibility With Other Intercoms Part 6: SR10 Compatibility With the version 1.1 firmware incrementally loaded, I repeated most of the common pairing and functionality tests with the updated SR10 devices and Bluetooth headset systems. As applicable, observations regarding functionality and performance between the two firmware versions and the respective Bluetooth systems paired with the …

Midland BT2-D Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom This section describes the BT2-D system in use, along with a summary of the features and the conclusion. Using the Midland BT2-D System The BT2-D intercom works seamlessly. Whether in VOX or manual mode, session initiation takes only a second or two. A session can be initiated by either user, …

Cardo Scala Rider G9 Intercom Review The new Cardo Scala Rider G9 has excellent build quality and it’s loaded with features. The intercom is available in a single kit or as the PowerSet two-pack, which comes paired and ready to go from the factory. The sound quality and volume is also excellent and the G9 …

BikeComm Hola Motorcycle Intercom Review The BikeComm Hola series motorcycle intercoms feature small Bluetooth modules with just three user buttons, standardized headset components and simple mounting options. System configuration is simple and the intercoms are easy to use and the Hola intercoms can be quickly mounted on most motorcycle helmet types. A specific focus for …

UClear HBC100 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review The UClear HBC100 is a new system that successfully utilizes proven technology packaged in a very small form factor for efficiency, portability and versatility. The HBC100 intercom performance borders on spectacular with audio output on par with the best helmet systems we have evaluated to date. The system doesn’t …

Biker Com Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Communications System Common Radio Use With three sets of North American FRS/GMRS radios on hand and a lot of Biker Com connection cables (dual-pin L and K types) on hand I was eager to put the system through its paces. Determining if using a common radio system was going to …

Scala Rider G4 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review Yes, the G4 is loaded with features. It is more advanced than previous Scala Rider systems and is a shining example of where the industry is going. No, the G4 is not the best performing system in my book. That decision is on hold, pending an extended evaluation …

Cardo Scala Rider G4 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review The Cardo Scala Rider G4 (review) was released in early 2010. At that time, the company heralded the arrival of the G4 as the beginning of a new trend in delivering and continuously evolving their leading-edge Bluetooth helmet communications systems. That claim, and promise if you will, is clearly …

The Sena SMH-10: A Rider-to-Passenger Intercom Just to spice things up a bit, I added some photos of the Sena SMH10R, the newest Sena intercom that trades the “Jog Dial” for a new low-profile shape. We’ll have a review coming soon. A Long-Distance Trip I wrote two previous reviews of the Sena SMH10 intercom (“Sena …

2016 Interphone Intercoms Announced December 2015 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Interphone announced three completely new intercom communication systems at the recent 2015 EICMA show in Milan. The Interphone Sport, Interphone Tour and Interphone Urban are each designed for specific segments of motorcycling. Interphone told us they contracted with the GFK Institute to conduct a detailed …

Sena SR10 Review: Part 1 of 6 The much-anticipated Sena SR10 Bluetooth “hub” has arrived! I viewed a prototype of the SR10 at the 2011 Dealer Powersports Expo (report) in Indianapolis back in February of this year. Sena has been working on the SR10 ever since and they sent a pair for this review. We’re …

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.

Sena

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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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