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

Cardo Packtalk Radios Bold and Slim Review

Sena 10S Review

Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Compatibility

Interphone Tour Review

Motorcycle Phone Mounts Reviewed

Sena SMH5 Review

Cardo Packtalk Radios Bold and Slim Review Copy

UClear AMP Review

Cardo Scala Rider Q1 TeamSet and Q3 MultiSet Intercom Review

SENA 30K Intercom Hands-On Review

Recent Hands On

Intercom & Bluetooth Reviews

Iasus GP3X2 Throat Mic System Review The Iasus GP3X2 helmet headset system is an extremely viable solution for those who do not need, or want all the latest bells ‘n’ whistles — wired or wireless. Well designed and well made, each component complements the other, forming a very functional system with impressive audio quality. The …

Intercom Microphone Cover Simple wind cover for motorcycle intercom systems helps reduce background wind noise. This is a tip adapted from the aviation industry. With so many variables it’s difficult to come up with a solution to headset wind noise that suits everybody. I’ve borrowed from the aviation industry for my solution. I ride a …

Connecting a Two-Way Radio to a Motorcycle Intercom System A case study in connecting a two-way radio to a motorcycle intercom system. Many motorcycle intercom owners would like to use their system to communicate with their friends, who may be using a different brand. Unfortunately, motorcycle Bluetooth intercom systems are not compatible. For example, there’s …

High-Tech Power Delivery for Today’s Motorcycles The Arboreal Systems Neutrino is the world’s first smartphone controlled power delivery system for motorcycles. It has six configurable circuits that handle up to 60 amps to connect and manage lighting systems, heated clothing circuits, GPS, radio, power outlets and other accessories The Neutrino eliminates or reduces the need …

MyFi XM Radio Review Seventy feet is 21.3 meters, or 841.5 inches.  That’s how much wire is used to connect the various accessories of the Delphi XM MyFi radio kit together.  It’s ironic that a device that most people consider to be wireless comes with 70 feet of the stuff. We received one of the …

wBW Special Report:  Choosing a Motorcycle Radio Antenna After my recent Jensen JHD-910 radio article was posted on webBikeWorld, an astute reader commented about the importance of the antenna. He and radio pioneer Marconi were absolutely correct, in that any radio depends on how well the antenna works. Because this article could be used for more …

Motorcycle Intercom Comparison Final Report Mea culpa, this Bluetooth Helmet System head to head is long (long) overdue. We are transitioning from the hot sticky days of summer to the cooler but more pleasant and colourful days of fall. This, along with prompts from the Editor, serves to remind me that a slightly reduced riding …

Part 2: 4,000 Miles With the Sena SMH-10 on the Trans-America Trail I loaned Chris another Sena SMH10 intercom pair for his latest adventure, a trip on the Trans-America Trail. This was the latest version of the SMH10, with the most recent firmware update. Chris is an experienced intercom owner and user but has limited …

AKE Electronics PowerCom ROGER One Intercom System The AKE Electronics PowerCom ROGER One system works, period. It is a pure communications device for those who want or need to stay in touch. If requirements or budget are modest, this is all one might ever really need. While the wired environment allows for a single radio …

An Intercom Bargain? The SCS ETC S-1 Helmet Bluetooth Intercom is a Bluetooth v4.1 based system. It features fast device pairing, excellent audio switching and very good audio fidelity. It also has an external auxiliary input that supports any non-Bluetooth device using a 3.5 mm interface. Audio from the wired interface is not interrupted by …

HOLD THE PHONE! Four Smartphone Mounts for Your Motorcycle  Many motorcycle owners are now mounting a smartphone on their motorcycle. Not that I’m advocating taking and making actual phone calls; indeed, most of us try to get away from that aspect of our lives when we ride. So no, that’s not what I’m talking about. …

UClear AMP Go and Pro Intercoms UClear has revised its Bluetooth intercom lineup with the new AMP systems. The popular UClear HBC100 (review) and UClear HBC200 (review) will be gone when current stock is depleted. There are now three AMP systems: the AMP, AMP Plus and AMP Pro. That’s more or less a “good, better, best” hierarchy, with the …

You Asked For It! The Interphone Tour is the new top-of-the-line Bluetooth 4.2 intercom system from Interphone. It marks a new direction for Interphone, as the Tour is quite different from the Italian company’s previous intercom systems. The new design is available in three versions: the Interphone Tour, Sport and Urban. Each is built on …

HD Speakers for Intercoms and Audio Devices The UClear Pulse Pro Headset and Pulse Pro Drop-In Speaker kits deliver superb audio. The HD (High Definition) sound extends from deep bass tones that can be felt in the helmet all the way to unwavering high tones. Whether you want an upgrade to the standard UClear headsets …

The Packtalk for Smaller Groups The new Cardo Scala Rider Smartpack is nearly identical to the revolutionary Cardo Packtalk intercom system (review). The main difference is that the Smartpack system can connect up to 4 riders in the “Dynamic Mesh Network” rather than 15. Also, the Smartpack range in DMC mode is rated at 5 km …

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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