Bike to bike communication


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billcrawford
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Bike to bike communication

Postby billcrawford » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:16 am



Any good gear to talk to bike to bike



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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:23 am

A lot of our Goldwings have a CB and it works ok. Very susseptable to interference, electical and atmospherical. Decent range with all things considered. Powered by the bike so need for batteries is a plus. It'll last all day, all night, etc.
I have a set of Cardo Scala Q3 wireless headsets that I had gotten for the other bike. 6-8hrs on a charge, cant use while charging, but are nice units. Can pair a few bikes together, fair range, wireless, waterproof, can link to phone for calls, mp3, has FM radio, etc. Not as easy to use and only works with some other Cardo units.
I am looking at an interface system to allow direct hook up of some (FM) 2 way radios or HAM radio walkies, thru existing intercom. Better than the AM CB in my opinion, more frequency options, less interference, good range (very good if a repeater is used), and still simple to use. 2 way radios are common and priced good. Can use batteries or connect to system for constant charging, can still use while charging.
There are lots other options, just not that I can comment on due to no experience with them.

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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby ka4yqi » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:32 am

My riding buddy and I use sena smh10 to talk bike to bike. Usually there is 4 of us. This one will do up to 4 riders in conference mode. Suppose to be good up to 980 yards. It all according to what features you want now. I still use a cb on the 1500 sum. Check out all the device now and see what interests you.

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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby harvey01 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:58 am

There are a number of different ways to communicate today. Obviously CB radio is a primary method and works quite well. Some use their cellphones. Some use a Bluetooth hookup which may or may not use cellphones. Then there is FRS radio and ham radio. Personally I have CB radio between my wife's bike and mine. This also seems to be the best for riding with different groups as CB is the big choice most available.

I like the little FRS radios as they do have a better range but modifying the system is beyond my capabilities although I think Bikemp3 has a CB radio with that capability.

I suspect that a ham radio would be the ultimate or best but all users have to be licensed and not everyone is willing to go get that license. One of the big keys is to have equipment that works with your riding friends and groups.
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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:04 pm

Harvey, the interface Ive been looking at is from AirRider, their Add-A-Radio system. Plugs into existing intercom and headset. Ive sent them a couple emails with questions regarding compatability of various makes/models but have not heard back from them yet.

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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:15 pm

harvey01 wrote:There are a number of different ways to communicate today. Obviously CB radio is a primary method and works quite well. Some use their cellphones. Some use a Bluetooth hookup which may or may not use cellphones. Then there is FRS radio and ham radio. Personally I have CB radio between my wife's bike and mine. This also seems to be the best for riding with different groups as CB is the big choice most available.

I like the little FRS radios as they do have a better range but modifying the system is beyond my capabilities although I think Bikemp3 has a CB radio with that capability.

I suspect that a ham radio would be the ultimate or best but all users have to be licensed and not everyone is willing to go get that license. One of the big keys is to have equipment that works with your riding friends and groups.


FRS radios, by law, must have the antenna physically attached to the radio itself. You can move up to a GMRS radio, which can have a detachable antenna and much higher power, but you do need a license for it (at the moment - this is being worked on right now).

The best of course is HAM radio, where you can have huge power, the ability to hit repeaters, and your choice of equipment and antenna. You again need a license for this.

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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby dingdong » Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:39 pm

If you are looking to communicate with another bike without a CB check out ChatterBox. http://chatterboxusa.com/
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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby QuietOneRides » Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:59 pm

I bought a Sena SMH5 inexpensive simple to use great for around400 yds , 8 hr charge and can still use while charging

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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:08 am

I ride in the NC mountains twice a year with a group of mostly GL1800 guys. They all use the CB on the bike, so I got a J&M headset unit for my 1500. It works great. Everyone sets up on channel 1 at the beginning of the day, and we go all day without issues. Even in the mountains, the CB seems to have enough range to cover some rather large, spread out groups. I picked this particular model because of the way the cord attaches to the mic on the helmet, at 90 degrees. It seemed that would provide for the least stress on the cords. The audio quality is great from what I've been told by the other riders.

http://www.jmcorp.com/ProductDetail.asp ... D279-UN-HO

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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby tech1 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:05 pm

Hello
I ride with Scala. I have a G9 one bike has a G4 and another G9x. We are all able to talk all day and vox its hands free. Bluetooth up to a mile range Now they claim much more range on the new models. They can be a bit finiky to get connected once in a while but generally once paired they automatically connect. and being able to communicate with your fellow riders is the only way to ride directions warning of cars pulling out from side roads to road hazzards and general conversation I do not have a CB nor the other bikes but I might get one to for my solo ride to Alaska and back in a few years
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Re: Bike to bike communication

Postby newtothe1996wing » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:06 pm

May want to check the SENA 20S, Seems easy to use. I currently on use mine for music and phone. But i think it has a one mile range for intercom.




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