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post #1 of 5 Old Apr 1st, 2007, 11:18 pm Thread Starter
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I am in the market for a bike to bike comunication system. My main interest is to communicate to my wife on her R1200C. I don't want to use cell towers since most of our last 3 vacations our phones were useless. A Local dealer was talking us into a chatterbox unit but I am not sure this would work best for us. Most of my riding is solo and I would like to be able to contact other traffic.

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post #2 of 5 Old Apr 1st, 2007, 11:27 pm
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I have Autocomm systems on both my H-D and my LT. I can use the same helmet (with headset) on either bike, and I can use the same ICOM GMRS/FRS radio and connecting cable as well. On trips and outings, this setup works great for communicating with others in our group, bike to bike, bike to other vehicle, bike to base, whatever.

What I'd really like to find is a "standardized" frequency list for communicating "in the blind" with others, similar to how CB Ch 19 was (maybe still is) the de facto standard for open communications on the highways.


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post #3 of 5 Old Apr 2nd, 2007, 6:29 am
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My wife a I use Icom VHF portable radios with PTT. The distance is about twice that of GRMS. Another couple that we ride with use the same setup. We have the weather channel and the trucker channel programed in for when we ride alone. We find this setup very convenient.

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post #4 of 5 Old Apr 2nd, 2007, 9:02 am
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I wouldn't mind finding a cheap system that would plug into my Autocomm and allow me to communicate to my wife who would be in a car, on the occasions where we take bike and car (she doesn't ride her own). Sounds like a similar request to the original post.

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post #5 of 5 Old Apr 2nd, 2007, 2:04 pm
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2 way communication

I recently upgraded my Autocom and installed the old system on my wifes new bike. We also invested in a pair of Motorola Talkabout T5422. They are rechargeable units with VOX as sold by Autocom and they plug into the grey Autocom plug. We have not used them much and certainly not invested enough time in getting the Autocom VOX settings correct. The fact that my dearly beloved has dificulty understanding simple instructions does not help much. I am sure the mike is not put in the correct position. As for waiting for me to finish speaking before she starts - no chance ;-)

I am seriously considering installing PTT buttons despite the complaints about the more complex set up -DOH!!!!

I am also considering sending it back and getting an Intaride as there is a local distibutor who will install everything on my bike and helmet for 40 GBP.

We shall see.

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