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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2009, 3:17 am Thread Starter
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Bike to Bike Communications

Hi all. I am contemplating installation of a bike to bike communication system and finding it hard to chose between the Chatterbox X1 and the J&M CB system. Currently I have a Zumo 550 with XM radio and just about 1000 songs on an SD, using in-ear speakers for the music and Zumo instructions... My intention is to connect the Zumo audio output to the Chatterbox/J&M audio input so I will be getting all the existing audio on the new headset. Compatibility with other bikes is a non-issue as my son, who rides his own bike, will receive the same system. I realize none of you use both systems so I am asking for your experience with the system that you use. Also, if there is a 3rd system that I am not aware of, I'd love to know more about it..

My questions are:
1. What is the effective range of your system?
2. How would you rate the quality of music channeled through the system?

I will welcome any pointers you may be able to provide.

Thanks a lot.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2009, 5:21 am
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I use an Autocom Pro AVI with a Kenwood 3200L 4 watt GMRS radio which operates on FM which is a lot clearer than an AM CB signal. If you were to choose a system you would be better off getting an FM radio system. With the 4 watt radio I can get about a mile which proved to be useful when we've gotten separated. A mile comes up fast when one of you misses a turn. Having a cell phone piped in is great for longer distances.

The Autocom is the hub for my rider to passenger communication, GPS, XM, Radar Detector, Cell phone, and bike to bike.

The quality of the audio is relative at 70 MPH but I use EAR Inc custom molded in ear speakers and I never miss a thing. Everything I hear is clear as a bell with minimal wind noise wearing a Nolan modular helmet.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2009, 8:40 am
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JoeS, I have the J&M JMCB-2003-DU on my 07 GT. It comes with an 1/8" male plug that goes into my M3P in my tank bag. It's set up for rider/passenger and has the 40 channel CB built in it. This also has (at additional cost) a plug for a ZUMO that is bluetooth ready for your phone. It worked well on my 2400 mile solos trip to Florida 2 weeks ago. It's way better than nothing but lacks when compared to the audio system on a Harley Ultra Classic.
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I'm using the Autocom Super Pro as the hub. The bike-bike is a Kenwood 3200. Just over 1 miles range with VG fidelity. With multiple channels and QT you don't get your conversation wiped out which happens in urban areas.

The Autocom also supports a Bluetooth link to my GPS (BMW Nav IV) and the iPhone. The GPS is slick. I'm not that big a fan of phone conversations on the bike.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2009, 9:47 am
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Been Using the Cardo Scala Q2 Multi-set this past year and just plain love it. Easily integrates with my Garmin 478 for XM.

Battery power is all day long. Range to the other bike is like a 1/4 mile which is fine. Works real well with a bluetooth phone if you want and the added FM receiver is kinds nice from time to time.

Had ridden for years with out being able to talk with another rider and since getting this set up it has been just great to be able to talk with your riding partner . If you look around you can get the pair for about $200...hard to beat!

Also, had a problem with the hard wire port that connects to the Garmin as the it was producing only on one channel. Called Cardo, sent it back under warranty and presto, in a couple days had a new replacement module. Great customer service!
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I'm right there with Firstbatch. I spent nearly 30 years with nothing but wind noise. Although peaceful in it's own way, being able to hear music (other than that same song playing over and over in my head) as well as my wife really does make riding together a lot more enjoyable. Throw bike to bike into the mix with a group of friends and riding in a group has never been more fun.

Here is a photo of my electronics setup in a powered Bags Connection bag. When I put the Zumo in there it all comes with me bu pulling one pin on the front. In the bag as I'm showing it here is a Centec-AP1 fuse panel, An Escort Radar detector (it works in the bag), Autocom Pro AVI, Dongle for the cell phone, Kenwood 3200L 2-way, cell phone, gloves, advil, wallet, sunglasses, and EZ-Pass

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2009, 12:05 pm
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Autocom logic

Did a couple long trips this year with the Autocom on my K using FRS radios (Motorolas) my buddies ran the same system on their bikes. We talked crystal clear when ever we wanted up to 5 miles away. Get the push-to-talk so you can talk to your pillion in private. On one trip we had a guy with bluetooth and as great as it was for him it always ran out of batteries on long rides, especially when he talked to his wife on the back. I thought I would not like the cable to the helmet but really for the great sound and the reliability it is hard to beat! Maybe even cheaper too. Now you can run your Helmet system (Chatterbox XBI) to your autocom logic with the blue tooth adapter so you can run true wireless. Have fun!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 2009, 4:26 am
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Before you buy make sure you at least check out Autocom, had mine 3 years still 100% happy, CB performance very good.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 2009, 6:42 pm
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I've had good luck with my IntaRide system for bike-to-bike communications. I had to get a replacement for their headset though as it's just too uncomfortable.
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i have the baehr versus xl intercom system with cable for fm radio. using alan 5w fm (derestricted) for clear sound up to 2km (something over 1 mile). i do not power the radio separately as one battery fully charged lasts for about 16 hours.

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