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post #1 of 7 Old 05-13-2008, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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has anyone had experience with using radios from bike to bike?

i am considering the idea of using a motorola type talkie with ear bud and mic..
probably push to talk or voice activatied..

im not talking about chit chat all along the road, but mainly for occassional information exchange and decision making..

any input or ideas?



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post #2 of 7 Old 05-14-2008, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-14-2008, 05:09 PM
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I am waiting for someone to put up some info too, my buddy and I are wanting some type of Communication. I think J&M have a nice set up. I need to get over to their site and check out what they have available.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-14-2008, 10:10 PM
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The only thing I've ever used is the 40 channel CB on my Wing.. Since nobody I ride with has a CB, I use it to get Smokie Reports while travelling down the interstate..

Since MajorLagg has met the guys I ride with, he understands the typical communication we use, which requires only one finger.. Hee Hee
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-15-2008, 08:29 AM
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You can use GMRS/FRS radios for bike to bike, up to maybe a mile or so......despite whatever claims of 20 miles they make on the box. I have used the in the ear bud with the little voice mike on it. THe key to the deal is keeping wind noise off the mike. DO NOT use VOX, the wind will activate it and drive you crazy, use push to talk. They work the best with full face helmets obviously. We had no problems up to about 65mph on the freeway, after that the noise was too much and they are useless. But for two lane country roads at 50-60 they are awesome, and even being able to hear clearly pulled off the hiway thru your helmets is a good thing...........
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-17-2008, 05:09 AM
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I use a Chatterbox (FRS/GMRS) on almost every ride unless it's a dirt ride. I like listening to music when on the highways. Most of my helmets are wired with headsets, so comm and music is easy.

The Chatterbox X1 is good for 2-3 miles apart unless you are in mountains. My wife and I have been up to 5 miles apart in open country and just barely been able to communicate.

You can get speaker/mic headsets for your helmet and I recommend that over earbuds. More comfortable, better to hear ambient sounds and other traffic, etc. Push-to-talk (PTT) is much better than VOX. Wind noise and the need to enunciate and talk loudly make VOX a pain. I have a Chatterbox PTT switch on most of my bikes, and it just stays on those bikes all the time. The Valk and both KLRs have the power cord installed, too, and I just mount the X1 to the ram mount on the handlebars, plug in the cables, and run one cord to the helmet. I don't like having the X1 mounted to the helmet directly, but that would eliminate the cord. It runs on battery for quite a while.

The X1 also gives a boost to music being fed through it from an mp3 player (or whatever source), but this might only be when on wired power.

Can't offer any opinion to other options, but there are several.

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-28-2011, 06:51 PM
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Thought I'd resurrect this thread on bike to bike communication since its three years old and things have changed with technology.

Does anyone have something new to add as far as what works best for bike to bike? Like the thread originator, I'm not looking to talk someones ear off, more for info exchange and the like. I'm not against the Chatterbox set up but wonder if anyone has had experience with HAM radio rigs in conjunction with a headset/PTT bar mount similar to the Pryme Highway SPM800?

Having the ability to take the radio on a hike, call in the cavalry or get the latest weather report would be handy. A full 5w of power is also handy for reaching out.

Any recommendations on radios and headsets would be appreciated.

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