I'm interested in which communicators you guys use. Bluetooth or intercom? Thanks for your responses.
2004 TC, CB on both (about to start the install on the 2011 Vision). I have used the BT from the GPS for my music and GPS calls. Then went to JM CB which tapped aux out from the GPS to my headset so had music, CB, and GPS calls as well as BT from phone to GPS for incoming call in case of emergency at home while on longer trips.
I personnally, like IComm VOX with my pax when they are back there (wife or daughter) but they don't ride with me that often. CB is a pricey way to go so it depends on how much of the features your going to use. I ride with a group that uses the CB for the most part a fair amount but not enough to be a pain. I like the felxability when we switch lead to talk to back/forth for change of plans and CB offers commonailty over BT. So, maybe look at a couple additional questions on how you plan to use it.
Are you riding solo majority of the time, 2up, and/or do you ride with a group that you would want to have some form of communicaiton with that would take you down the CB route?
CB head unit is required to take advantage of the ICOMM package/software along with a couple cables and I believe you will also have to purchase the riders headset that has the passenger/rider connectors in it (if it is like the vision).
Do you have a GPS, if so, is it BlueTooth. Will you tie it into your ICom (Im assuming you have the GPS plug like the Vision for a seperate Audio input beyone the Aux/Ipod)
I paid the extra cash and am happy with IComm and CB installed on both bikes.
I just bought a Sena SMH10 Dual. Got it installed and charged last night. Me and the wife sat in the house and talked with our helmets on. I think it's going to work pretty well, seems to have good sound quality and should be loud enough. From the reviews I read most people had good things to say about it. I paired it with my IPHONE, and it has a AUX input if I prefer to use that. Using bluetooth with my phone can drain it pretty quickly, so I like it has the aux input. I only wanted it so me and the wife could communicate when she rides with me and the connecting to my phone, not sure how bluetooth would work with other riders. I will give it a good testing this weekend, I hope.
Tim, this is my first cycle in many years so I have yet to develop a riding group. I will ride 2up with my bride so I want to communicate with her during our travels. Haven't yet decided on CB or GPS. Started with the XCT, two Shoei Quest helmets and riding gear. Now for the goodies.
2012 Cross Country Tour Sunset Red - XM, Garvin 660LM, Stage 1 w/ Tri Ovals, Driver Backrest, Passenger Handholds, Klockwerks Flip Windshield, Moto Lights, Deer Horn, Air Horn.
Another vote for the Sena. I have the SM-10 as well but the SM-5 is cheaper and will most likely do everything you want (it wasn't available when I bought my setup).
The SM-10 sells for $284.25 a pair on Revzilla.com while the SM-5 is $186.71. The SM-10 has a range of 900 meters with a 12 hour talk time. The SM-5 has a 400 meeter range and 8 hours of talk time. Another option is the SM-5 with a built in FM receiver which goes for $119.25 each.
If you are only going to use the intercom with your wife or someone close to you then the range won't matter. As for talk time, your call on if the extra 4 hours of talk time is worth $100 bucks.
You can connect any Bluetooth enabled device in addition to the intercom (i.e. GPS). To share a Bluetooth enabled device between you and your passenger, or connect a non-Bluetooth enabled device you will need the SM-10 dual stream Bluetooth stereo transmitter. For external communications though it is limited to systems that use Honda Gold Wings and Harley Davidson accessory 5 or 7 pin DIN cables.
I use the SM-10 to connect to my Midland 75-822 portable CB. It can also be used to connect to most FRMS radios. But as far as I know it doesn't allow you to share those connections between you and your passenger.
My better half and I have a pair of Nolan N104 helmets with bluetooth setups in them, fairly pricey but very comfy and durable and warm for colder rides. I have it setup so my helmet is the "master" which is connected to my phone/bike and my wifes helmet connects to my helmet allowing us to communicate just as if we were standing in a quiet room together. We havent tried it but I believe we could even set it up so that her helmet had seperate bluetooth connection to her phone so we could listen to different tunes if we wanted to (Kind of moot now that I have a bike with speakers).
These helmets are superb in cold weather/longer rides, I love the modular design over a more standard full face, and the flip down sunshield is sweet. We dont wear them much in warm weather as we wear half helmets and just talk normally (Or yell on the freeway lol). One thing I do notice though, is with the fullface on, I gotta wear ear plugs or my ears will be ringing after any ride longer than a few minutes from the exhaust sound echoing around in the helmet.
Clarity of the Nolan system is superb, and once you get the hang of how to use it its very user friendly. Battery life can be a little dissappointing as on a long trip we have run out, but thats to be expected with battery powered equipment.
2012 Pearl White XCT
Stage 1 tune, Stage 1 air filter, Ness Thunder Exhaust!, Garmin GPS, Chrome Passenger Hand Rails, Lloyds Adjustable IAV, Isuck->Android adapter, WOLO Air Horn, Kicker Speakers