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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, …

Cardo Packtalk Distance Test Results This is an addendum to the Cardo Scala Rider Packtalk intercom review. webBikeWorld readers had many questions about the range (distance) of the Packtalk system under varied conditions and with different numbers of intercoms in the “Pack”. Some early adopters reported disappointing range when using the Packtalk intercoms and that was …

Neutrino Black Box “Intelligent Device Controller” Version 2 of the Neutrino Black Box Intelligent Device Controller is the newest and most advanced system from Arboreal Systems. It’s small in size but delivers a large payload. This newest variant has tremendous flexibility as either a set-and-forget or interactive system allowing automated, semi-automated or manual control of …

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 …

The Intercoms Without an Intercom Module October 17, 2014 – The Sena 10U is a motorcycle Bluetooth communication system that is completely self-contained in the speakers. UPDATE: Sena 10U review now posted! That means the 10U does not have the traditional clip-on intercom module. The entire intercom “brains” are contained in one speaker while the battery is …

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 …

BurnsMoto Dual-Port USB Chargers for Motorcycle Use The BurnsMoto dual-port USB chargers in this review are well made, easy to install and economically priced — what more could one want? Of the three products reviewed here, only the hard plastic mounting bracket that is included with the rectangular dual-port charger failed. Not a big thing …

Nexx SXCOM Intercom Review The Nexx SXCOM is a simple motorcycle intercom system that is very easy to use. It fits the unique Nexx SWITX SX10 helmet (review), or rather, the Nexx SWITX SX10 helmet was designed to fit the SXCOM intercom, which is actually a lightly disguised Sena SMH3 intercom (review). It may also fit in …

Motorola MU350R Bluetooth Two-Way Radio Review Lets put it this way: the Motorola MU350R Bluetooth Radio has lots of potential but it isn’t the total hands-free solution envisioned or needed by motorcyclists, at least not yet. But even eliminating one wired connection, at least, between the two-way radio and the paired Bluetooth helmet headset is …

Interphone F5MC Bluetooth Intercom Review The Interphone F5MC was just released as the latest in the highly successful line of Interphone F-series intercoms. The F5MC improves on the Interphone F5 (review) in several ways but keeps the same sleek form factor and ease of use. Interphone was the first manufacturer to include a “Voice Wizard” spoken status …

Cardo SHO-1 Shoei Intercom Review The Cardo SHO-1 is a new Cardo motorcycle helmet intercom system designed specifically for Shoei helmets. The SHO-1 was introduced at the 2013 EICMA show and the details were first announced in this Cardo SHO-1 preview, which was exclusive to webBikeWorld. The SHO-1 system is functionally similar in many ways to …

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 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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …