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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Bilt Techno 2.0 Helmet With Sena Intercom Is Solid, Comfortable & Well-Made Helmet With a Few Rough Edges The Bilt Techno 2.0 Sena Bluetooth Helmet is, as its name implies, the second generation of the Techno Bluetooth helmet concept. It’s available as a full-face or flip-up helmet and both have a relatively clean and …

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 …

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 …

High-End Bread and Butter. The Sena 10S is the successor to the groundbreaking and hugely popular Sena SMH10 intercom (review), first released in 2010. Sena has released a flurry of intercoms since then (along with other Bluetooth devices) and they had to get this one right. Good news, SMH10 fans: the 10S is better in every …

A Low Profile 10 Series The Sena 10R now holds the middle ground in the new Sena 10 series intercoms. If it looks familiar, you’re right! This is similar to the Sena SMH10R (review), which introduced the low profile format. In this design, the intercom and battery pack are separate modules. Stick ’em on your helmet, …

The Stealth Communications System The Sena 10U deconstructs the physical design of a typical motorcycle Bluetooth intercom system. It’s designed to allow you to hide the various parts inside selected helmets for a sleeker installation. This gives you “bespoke” style system that looks like it was designed by the helmet manufacturer. The battery and CPU …

Sena Fulfills a Wish! The Sena 3S is a fantastic little (and I do mean little) Bluetooth motorcycle intercom system. It does everything the Big Boy systems from just a few years ago did…and then some. And it’s about 1/3 the cost. You can read our complete Sena 3S review for all the details. In that review, …

Next Generation of Motorcycle Communication Systems The Cardo Scala Rider Packtalk is an advanced motorcycle communication system with many new features. The system is the first to include the Cardo “Dynamic Meshwork Communication” (DMC) feature, a wireless mesh network. This connects up to 15 Packtalk riders (increased from 10 for 2016) in full-duplex intercom mode …

Small Size, Big Features Simple is good (or better) and the new Sena 3S is that for sure. Remember “Murder, My Sweet”? Moose Malloy would say that the 3S is “cute as lace pants”. The Moose is right, of course. But he’s always right. Who’s going to argue with him? The cuteness factor is a …

Back to Basics With The Cardo Qz The Cardo Scala Rider Qz is a simple and basic “Bluetooth entertainment system” for motorcyclists. The Qz does not have an intercom function but its 2 channels allow you to listen to music and/or GPS and talk on the cell phone. Many webBikeWorld readers have asked about just …

Now Arriving: Pro Sound For The Rest of Us! November 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Interphone announced a “universal” Pro Sound speaker kit that will fit many different brands and types of helmets. The original Interphone Pro Sound kit (review) provides outstanding sound quality and volume, but the first kits were designed for the Schuberth C3 …

Sena 20S Intercom Review Part 1: First Impressions The Sena 20S is a new addition to the Sena intercom lineup. It was first introduced in this webBikeWorld Sena 20S preview that was posted during the 2013 AIMExpo (report). The 20S slides in to the top spot as the new flagship motorcycle communication system for Sena, bumping the very …

Schuberth SRC System for the C3 Pro and S2 Helmets The Schuberth SRC-S (Schuberth Rider Communications System) is an updated intercom. It fits the Schuberth C3 Pro (review) and the SRC for theSchuberth S2 (review). Both of those, in turn were an update for the original SRC we reviewed in 2010 for the Schuberth C3 (review).. Wow! That’s a big …

Sena 20S Intercom Review Sena 20S Review ▪ Sena 20S Preview ▪ Introduction (Part 1) ▪ Details and Features (Part 2) ▪ On the Road With the Sena 20S and Conclusion (Part 3) Sena 20S: The Sena 20S in Use This report is based on using several Sena 20S intercom systems. They ranged from initial production systems through two versions of …