Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms


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Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms

Post by Squatchmo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:08 pm



My wife and I used the stock setup for our Valkyrie and it worked fine... but I'm not even sure if the system works on the Aspy. Plus, it costs so dang much to get all the cords and headsets, it's ridiculous. Besides, the CB is messed up (I turn it on and all it does is scan until I push the PTT button). So....

I've been looking at the Bluetooth intercoms online and it looks like that might be a better and less expensive alternative. Also, no phone cords to get wrapped up in (don't ask me how I know). Thoughts? Anyone use the Bluetooth alternative?



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Re: Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms

Post by darryldevaney » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:37 am

I'm in kind of the opposite position. I've never used the stock intercom but do use a bluetooth setup (Sena SMH10). I like not having cords to deal with, personally. My 1500 doesn't have the CB, which I probably never would have used anyway, so I get all I need with the bluetooth.
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Re: Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms

Post by Hoosier Jack » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:51 pm

I'm getting ready to set up my new radio BT and some headphones. Interested in how this goes.

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Re: Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms

Post by Squatchmo » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:45 pm

Well I went ahead and ordered a pair of Midland BTX 2 FM units and got them set up last night. I haven't road tested them yet, but we talked to each other wearing our helmets, from the couch to the recliner, and they worked well :D I like the FM option because that means I can mount my XM satellite radio on the bike and listen to it that way. It was $127 for both sets, and they each came with a boom mic and a mic for full-face helmets. The radio even cuts out when we talk, so that's cool. They can also be paired with up to 2 or 3 other riders for bike-to-bike communication, even if they own different brands. They charge up in 6 hours via usb cord, and have several hours of talk time. I'll update once we road test them.

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Re: Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms

Post by Squatchmo » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:21 pm

Well we got to road test them and here's the update:

I rode solo with them last weekend and had mine paired with my phone and was able to make and receive calls to and from my wife while on the highway... that worked great, and it was pretty cool!

The FM radio feature... well... not so great. The tiny antenna doesn't allow for much reception, so once I would get a good signal on a local station, it would break up after a couple of miles. It would probably be okay if I stuck around the metro Huntsville area, but not so great on the open road.

We rode two-up today and finally got to test the intercom functionality. Not bad, not bad at all. The only bad thing that happened was for some reason my wife's unit shut off after we had been riding about a half hour. I thought maybe hers had not held a charge. We stopped and I noticed it had actually shut off for some reason. We turned it back on and rode another 20 minutes or so and it worked fine.

We used the boom mikes with our open-face helmets and they worked well. The sets also come with mikes for full-face helmets as well, so that's nice. When you order two sets together, they are already paired. They also come with an auxiliary wire so I can plug mine directly into my XM radio when riding solo. The sound quality is good, and the mike sensitivity can be adjusted. The volume goes up and down depending on ambient noise, so that's a plus as well. You can also listen to music from your iphone/ipod or the FM function, and the intercom takes preference when you talk. Also, you can use regular voice commands to make and receive phone calls, at least I was able to with my Iphone 7. They can be paired with up to 2 other bluetooth units for bike to bike communications as well, and they don't even have to be the same brand. Charge time is 6 hours, I think talk time is about 6 hours as well (?) and standby is something crazy like 200 hours.

Overall, a pretty good deal for $127, IMHO.

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Re: Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms

Post by alwims » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:35 pm

My wife and I have been using these for a while now and we are very impressed so far. Sounds a lot better than the stock 1800 wired system. https://www.gearbest.com/motorcycle-par ... tml?wid=21 Also, at $36 per helmet, they were a great gamble. Pair to your phone and make great clear phone calls while traveling down the road or listen to music from your phone. FM radio works great too.

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Re: Opinions on stock vs. BT intercoms

Post by Jag39 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:12 am

alwims wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:35 pm
My wife and I have been using these for a while now and we are very impressed so far. Sounds a lot better than the stock 1800 wired system. https://www.gearbest.com/motorcycle-par ... tml?wid=21 Also, at $36 per helmet, they were a great gamble. Pair to your phone and make great clear phone calls while traveling down the road or listen to music from your phone. FM radio works great too.

One note. If ordering from Gearbest, figure on a month for delivery. My tracking number finally showed it in a shipping container coming from China. They do have a sale on it right now for $27, but I would consider the extra bucks through Amazon. Just an opinion. Haven't tested mine yet, but maybe today.



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