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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2006, 11:15 am Thread Starter
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Question bike-to-bike communication

Please clarify what is needed(minimum) for bike-to-bike communication?
Just to talk to another rider on a different bike? Without radioXM/FM, radar, cellular phone,pillion.
O.K. to shout is the simplest:-))

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2006, 2:36 pm
 
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Any FRS, FRS/GMRS radio, or CB radio installed on each bike. The difficulty comes into play when the audio needs piped into the helmet, or the radio needs integrated with an existing comm system.

My riding partner and I talk via FRS radio. I have a cheesy "FRS Pro" from Chatterbox that plugs into my IntaRide intercom, w/ a PushToTalk button. Nancy has a Chatterbox X1 installed on her bike, which has the FRS/GMRS radio built-in. So, we speak via FRS. The range is not an issue, so this works well for us.

A few considerations:
  • cost
  • range
  • how many bikes involved
  • radio integration with existing comm systems
  • headset installation
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Thank you, Joe!
I will try to find something inexpensive just to test it.
The only question is could I use earplugs together with the radio earphones? Will I hear something?

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The only question is could I use earplugs together with the radio earphones? Will I hear something?
You have a gift for asking questions I can't answer.

Sorry bud, I don't do ear-plugs.
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Sorry bud, I don't do ear-plugs.
The sign of a true musician!

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2006, 5:35 pm
 
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I used Etymotic Research's 6i Isolator Earphones/Plugs. They work great for cutting out the noise and also for listening to great music/communications etc.



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Bill is there any pressure on the ear when your helmet is on?

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 2006, 3:40 pm
 
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Once inserted into the ear they only stick out approx 1/8". I have an arai Quantum and there is no pressure on the ear. When used a an ear plug they cut about 20+db of outside noise(better than my foam plugs) combine that with the great music they produce they are perfect.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 2006, 4:09 pm
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Simple, you need the following:
  • Helmet headset consisting of either speakers or earbuds and mic (preferably noise canceling and directional)
  • Handlebar mounted PTT switch
  • Cabling system to interconnect the audio interface on the radio with the PTT and headset
  • And of course, a radio

It can be done by hand, but it's easier just to buy one off the shelf. You can go with Chatterbox, Motocomm, the Brit outfit that I posted in the other thread. These are basically less expensive two way comm systems and you get what you pay for. When we did the Chatterbox thing, I bet I replaced the headsets 3 or 4 times, but they were cheap.

This is as bare bones as you can go, but the headset is top end. It will give you a feel for the components you will need.

A simple cable like this - Cable


Coupled with a PTT switch like this - PTT Switch


With a generic two pin two way radio and a standard 5 pin headset like this one -
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 2006, 7:31 pm
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Nolan alternative - bluetooth

check out the Nolan web site on their new Flip up helmet you will see stuff there about bluetooth - no wires between you and your rider - .

Seems like a good alternative.

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