ChatterBox GMRS X1 Communicator Kit
When riding two-up, there are times when the
ability to talk to your passenger would definitely come
in handy. Letting your passenger know when you're turning,
stopping or starting can certainly make the ride safer.
Getting feedback from the passenger can also help you make
the ride as enjoyable as possible for them. Unfortunately,
motorcycle helmets can block out a lot of sound even when
standing still. When moving noise from the engine, wind
and road can be deafening and will make a meaningful conversation
next to impossible. For those who like to ride a motorcycle
with a passenger, there are a number of in helmet communication
solutions ranging from simple motorcycle helmet intercoms
to true two-way radios.
The basic motorcycle helmet
intercom is a great way for rider and passenger to communicate
when riding. Generally, rider and passenger both connect
a head set to a single control unit. Usually, the microphones
are voice activated and quality helmet intercoms allow for
full duplex communication. Without duplex technology, only
one user can speak at a time. If you like ending every sentence
with a military-style "over," you might not need a duplex
system. For my money, the ability to talk simultaneously
when using the motorcycle helmet intercom is worth a little
extra. Duplex technology is becoming standard on more motorcycle
communication systems but it's a good idea to double check
before you buy anything. Other features of interest include:
- no drill installation
- built-in radio tuner
- personal audio input
- cellular phone compatibility
A motorcycle helmet two-way radio system is going to cost a little more but it gives additional flexibility. With the two-way radios, each rider has their own control unit that the helmet headset plugs into. The control units transmit and receive signals wirelessly. Since the riders do not have to be tethered to a single control unit, two-way radio based helmet communication systems are useful for motorcycle to motorcycle communication as well as operator to passenger communication.
Regardless of which system best fits your needs, it is important that the headset fits well. Motorcycle helmets are not designed with room to spare so anytime you introduce extra gear it can get uncomfortable. Just a little extra pressure in the wrong place on your head will make a leisurely ride miserable. Taking a little extra time to select a low profile headset that fits well in your helmet will definitely be worth the effort.