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helmet intercom system ?

Postby scotterichmond » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:12 pm



I am in need of info about what to buy . I want a stand alone helmet to helmet system.
Got any input as to what to stay away from?
This will be for use when riding my 75 GL1000.


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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:54 pm

Here's my 2 cents worth.
I bought 2 bt interphones,even got a replacement for a dead one.ended up getting a full refund minus 35 dollars shipping.both died,never even got to try them.
Next best device was the scala brand.Cost ya at least a couple of hundred,over 500 if you both want music.

Here's my solution.Both my wife and I have phones that are bluetooth and we have iphone for music.Our AT&T has unlimited mobile to mobile calling,sooooo I bought the Samsung HM3700 from Target at $55 each.
Synced them up.They have earbuds and a short cord,stereo even.When I need to "talk" to her , I push the little button for a second and it re-dials the phone,WA LA a intercom.Hit the button and it goes back to the music.
The next project is a handlebar waterproof holder for $25
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby scotterichmond » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:41 pm

I am really looking for the least hassel and wires.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:40 pm

I opted for the bluetooth because helmet speakers were kinda low volume and hard to hear the rider at 60mph.The ear buds and bluetooth are easy to put on and wireless to the phone.
There are wire type motorcycle intercoms cheep(including quality),I just wanted wireless.Once the bluetooth is set up,you only just turn it on the next time to use it.It's slick and music to boot.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby thrasherg » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:52 pm

I have had several Autocom systems over the last 20 years, they have worked well, but there are quite a lot of wires to route as it's NOT a wireless system, Having said that it increases volume as the background noise gets louder, It increases the microphone squelch/mute as the background noise gets louder (So very few false triggers). I have had a lot of issues getting it to work well in my daughters full face helmets, it constantly picks up wind noise. Having said that, I have never had one fail so they are very reliable, but quite expensive, you have to bring +12 volts and ground to the intercom unit, plus the headset leads (Rider and passenger) then there is another lead to a 2 way radio if you want bike to bike communication, then there are multiple other leads if you want to link the Bluetooth, GPS, MP3 player etc..

I really liked the system, but given all the problems we are having with my daughters helmets, I am going to try the built-in intercom on my 1800 and see how that works.. will loose the bike to bike (Unless we fit a CB to my wife's bike) but if it works better than the Autocom I will stick with it..
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby wayne ian » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:34 pm

Did you find anything yet?
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby scotterichmond » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:47 am

Haven't decided yet, I will wait till spring now.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby Jordan » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:12 am

We have the scala rider Q2 's and they work great... what you get depends on which you want.. rider to rider on same bike.. or bike to bike.. for bike to bike you need to make sure you have the distance to communicate.. ours work for quite a long distance.. and can be linked to phone &/or gps bluetooth which will interupt.. in certain priority.. I rarely use the bluetooth, 'cause I don't want to be bothered with the phone when I am riding..
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:25 pm

I have heard nothing but good for Collett products.

http://www.collett.mb.ca/products.html
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby Bootheal MO » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:31 pm

"I have had a lot of issues getting it to work well in my daughters full face helmets, it constantly picks up wind noise."

Glad you mentioned this: earlier this spring we had J&S installed in our Nolan N102 full face helmets. I rode single several times and thought the sound was good...maybe not great. When my passenger finally decided to ride, if we get above 45 MPH or extra wind (apparently she gets more wind that I experience) her mike was always putting static noise in my headset. So I turn the intercom volumn down until we slow down comeing into a town, then we can talk for a short time again.

I was hoping for a great system so I had them installed by a company in Murry KY. I have not contacted them yet about the noise as we just found this out. I hope another mike boom or sock will 'fix' the added noise. The passenger says there is no static noise coming from my mike.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby SKMURDOCK » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:43 am

Realizing this is an older post, and Scottie may have already purchased something, so far, my wife and I have been happy with the SENA SMH10 wireless intercom. Relatively easy to install and use when on the bike. There are only two buttons, both easy to find and use with gloves.

They have way more capability than we have approached, being able to link to a variety of bluetooth components including phone, GPS, MP3, etc. So far, we have only linked ours to one another, and to my phone. The way it is set up, when both helmets are on, my phone auto-links to her helmet first. Truthfully, I don't remember how I did this, but it was on purpose! :)

We have not tested this, but the system is able to work bike to bike, with communication somewhere around 1,000 yards in open terrain (according to the SENA website). You are also able to link up to four units together. Not everyone can talk or be heard by all at once, but it is possible to be in communication with three other folks.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby 2008retiredplb » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:01 am

Bootheal MO wrote:"I have had a lot of issues getting it to work well in my daughters full face helmets, it constantly picks up wind noise."

Glad you mentioned this: earlier this spring we had J&S installed in our Nolan N102 full face helmets. I rode single several times and thought the sound was good...maybe not great. When my passenger finally decided to ride, if we get above 45 MPH or extra wind (apparently she gets more wind that I experience) her mike was always putting static noise in my headset. So I turn the intercom volumn down until we slow down comeing into a town, then we can talk for a short time again.

I was hoping for a great system so I had them installed by a company in Murry KY. I have not contacted them yet about the noise as we just found this out. I hope another mike boom or sock will 'fix' the added noise. The passenger says there is no static noise coming from my mike.


Did you mean J & M headsets not J & S?
I think I had the same problem with my J & M headsets. The wind noise would mute the radio and you could not hear it. Finally installed the J & M Deluxe Passenger Controller for 2001-2012 Honda® GL-1800 # PSCR-GL18. This cuts the passenger mic off until the passenger switches it on, then it works like normal. Really cuts the wind noise when the passenger is not using the intercom. they can still hear you but they must switch the passenger mic on for you to hear them. When they are done talking they need to switch it back off. It works much better than the Honda Passenger audio control. Just have to get my wife to switch it off and on.

As far as the J & M headsets I found my 3/4 helmet headsets worked much better than my full face modular helmet headsets. There is something about the full helmet being much more noisy. When I flip the front up it does quiet it down some but I don't ride with it up very often.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby SKMURDOCK » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:50 am

Just a quick update on the Sena SMH10. Sena just released a new firmware (version 4.0) that allows the same pairing of four units together that I mentioned above, but those four can now all talk/listen at the same time.

Prior to this, while four units would pair, only two at a time were able to have a conversation.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby rickity1 » Wed May 02, 2012 7:44 pm

Sena bluetooth system is GREAT. Haven't had any problems and firmware upgrades have been outstanding. Battery life is excellent, as is volume and clarity. Definitely recommend it.

Separately - have you heard anything about an add on that connects the on bike sound [radio, GPS] to a bluetooth system? Surely someone has come up with something for the 5 pin Goldwing connection.
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby ajcowz » Wed May 09, 2012 8:17 am

Not sure if this is going to help now but check out my write up on how to bluetooth your GL1800....interestingly, using SENA SMH10 headsets + a few other bits...

http://www.goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=11232
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Re: helmet intercom system ?

Postby rickity1 » Thu May 10, 2012 7:46 pm

Thanks for the info. The "fix" he suggests should work but the SM10 device seems to cover all the bases too so I think I'm going to wait for it to come out. The "techie" approach tends to lead me astray most times. :)


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