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post #1 of 11 Old Jan 24th, 2007, 10:54 am Thread Starter
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Question 05 LT to 05 FJR communication

We have added a Pearl Blue 05 FJR with 10,000 mi. to the Stable for my S/O.

She loved the DL1000 V-Strom but being able to touch ground solidly was a big selling point for the FJR, among other things....

Ever since I coaxed her into selling her Harley and riding the Strom she has discovered what I am talking about in the handling and power department of what a real motorcycle is !! (*We won the WA State BMW rally field events on the Strom last year)

Besides seeing me waving frantically in her rear view mirror what recommendations do you have for bike to bike comm??

My LT has everything but the factory comm gear onboard... I was thinking
the Lower cost Baehr units for us both?

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post #2 of 11 Old Jan 24th, 2007, 11:50 am
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I don't think any Comm system gets you bike-to-bike communication by default. You have to add some radio (FRS, GMRS, CB, etc.) to broadcast between the two. So adding the Baehr (Autocom, J&M, or other for that matter) will give you the platform to get sound in and out of the helmets, but you'll need to add radios on both ends to communicate. If you want to keep cost down you should look into Chatterboxes - http://www.chatterboxusa.com/

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I just added the Autocom ProAVI, with the show price last month they cut off $100 from the price. You may still be able to get the show price.

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There is an Autocom FS in the classifieds with all the bits. Motorworks in the UK have a 1200LT intercom unit for 100
http://www.bmwandguzzispares.co.uk/b...re&partcode=CA

If you ever ride 2 up better make sure that you can connect both headsets to both bikes.

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Intaride.. http://www.intaride.com/company_info_intaride.html

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If they ride side by side and get a long enough extension cord they would only need one intercom unit and no radios.


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I have the Autocom Super Pro AVi and am quite pleased with it. Headset speaker placement is fickle, but I am planning on using in-ear, so not a problem for me. You can get an Autocom Easi-Plus or Active-Plus if you don't need as many inputs.

For two-way, I use the ICOM 21 (GMRS/FRS) hooked to Autocom. You can find these new for <$150. I bought a pair for $250 delivered, brand new.

I have a second Autocom for my Harley, which I will probably drop in a saddle bag or tank bag so it can be moved to other bikes as needed such as during my upcoming SS1000 in March. For that run my buddy will use it on his bike just by hooking up to a power source.

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I think a recent issue of Rider magazine touched on bike to bike. I'll have to look at home if you need more information to see which issue. I know one of the rags has something in it.

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i believe this is the best turn-key solution, with integrated CB and plug-ins for other audio devices such as i-Pods, GPS and satellite radio:

http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=24
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The only intercom unit that I know of that also give you builtin bike-to-bike is the ChatterBox X1. My riding partner Nancy has an X1 and she seems to like it just fine. I have an IntaRide intercom that I've integrated an ICOM FRS/GMRS into, so we talk bike-to-bike via GMRS. Works great! The X1 is the budget way to go, as two of them will give you both the bike-to-bike comm that you're looking for, and an input for audio and cell phone also. The X1 installs easily as well.

Having said all of that, if you can afford two Baerh systems with a quality FRS/GMRS (i.e. ICOM), this is definitely the better route. It's just a matter of your budget. If this is the path you decide to take, Raffy is the Baerh/ICOM vendor of choice. He can give you all the tech support you need, and make sure you'll have all the right cables and such.
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This one seems to be pretty popular with the PWC and Snowmobile crowds. And they cater to the motorcycle riding crowd too. I bought a bike-to-bike Collett system once, thinking a friend I rode with would enjoy our chatter and would use it. Turns out, he has 'shot' himself hearing impaired over the years and is too vain to wear a hearing aid, so I nixed the system and sold it.

Just an FYI to add to your search for a system.

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The only intercom unit that I know of that also give you builtin bike-to-bike is the ChatterBox X1. My riding partner Nancy has an X1 and she seems to like it just fine. I have an IntaRide intercom that I've integrated an ICOM FRS/GMRS into, so we talk bike-to-bike via GMRS. Works great! The X1 is the budget way to go, as two of them will give you both the bike-to-bike comm that you're looking for, and an input for audio and cell phone also. The X1 installs easily as well.

Having said all of that, if you can afford two Baerh systems with a quality FRS/GMRS (i.e. ICOM), this is definitely the better route. It's just a matter of your budget. If this is the path you decide to take, Raffy is the Baerh/ICOM vendor of choice. He can give you all the tech support you need, and make sure you'll have all the right cables and such.
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