Originally Posted by dglenn1
I've got to study this for a while but great job. Let me preface this with my total ignorance of 2-up riding. Still thinking about it at this point. I got the idea that she has to switch over from her own phone/ipod to the bike intercom, correct? Do you have a way to break in if you need to communicate to her right away other than signaling her manually and waiting for her to switch over? Is that ever an issue? Seems like the passenger will now be extra distracted and hard to redirect if things need to happen in a hurry. Is this a problem?
Great project and something the industry should be offering as part of their intercom packages. You are blazing a much needed trail here. Thank you.
Hi Dan and thanks for the compliments.
The whole idea to this came actually up based on the Baehr handicap that the passenger cannot participate in cell phone (or other radio communications for that matter) conversations. With Autocom for instance this problem does not exist.
Anyway, currently the only switch to command the sound source to passenger helmet set is located on the left passenger trunk panel. If I want to talk to her, I must (gently
) tap her knee and ask for permission to talk...
Well, really I could make sort of a PTT button for myself so I could interrupt her phone conversation or foreign language listening session but that will be one of the next winter projects if the need arises.
I also have to point out that we are not in so bad speaking terms with my dear wife that she would constantly be "offline" from me. It is just sometimes that she would like to make or receive her own phone calls and listen to her own music (or even nothing) in case my music or radio station gets boring. She also likes to keep up her English/Swedish/German/Russian/Spanish skills by listening to language courses.
And I have already decided that I will not hook up a separate iPod to this second Baehr. Today's cell phone has the MP3 player and it even works as a GPS so one unit can do all the needed passenger entertainment without all the wires and stuff.
As for the safety issue, you made a point. I have not thought about that. Perhaps the override PTT button would make sense and it also would make a nice winter weekend project
On the other hand - there are a lot of bikes where rider and passenger just ride without any other means of communication than tapping the shoulder or knee...
Thanks for your input and best regards