The title says it all. I'm just beginning to look at comm system for my 2002 LT. I have a stock OEM sound system with the optional BMW multi-cd changer...which incidentally will soon be replaced with an iPod interface (the ISBM71) as indicated here
. I'm doing this because I just don't use the cd changer, and I don't like messing with (changing and carrying) cd's.
In terms of a comm system, the choices, options, details etc. are enough to make a fellers head spin. I've read more threads than I can count on this topic, so I figured starting one more wouldn't hurt...as perhaps there are others in the same boat as I.
As one who usually researches everything to death before committing, I will generally go with whatever product has the best opinions, reviews, and support. However, in the comm system arena, the opinions seem to vary almost as much as opininions about which oil is best! In short, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of consistency...not even amongst the BMW LTr's. I recognize that much of this is determined by personal preference and desired options, so maybe I'm just looking for some coaching and/or validations of my observations and opinions.
CB versus FM-UHF (FRS/GMRS)
Many of the folks that I ride with, have CB's. In my humble opinion, a CB seems like a better way to go versus FM-UHF (FRS/GMRS) radios. Not only does a CB allow you to listen and talk to your riding partners, but it also allows you to listen/talk to others too, and get local/traffic information. I understand that from a radio performance and privacy perspective, that the FM-UHF option is probably superior, but it seems from a practical standpioint, CB might be a better choice. Am I wrong in thinking this? Are there CB type comm systems that would allow for a future addition of a FM-UHF radio?
Wireless (bluetooth) versus wired
While I do have some devices that are Bluetooth capable, I'm not convinced that this is the way to go...at least for me. I happen to be one of those people that will NOT use a mobile phone while driving. Now, don't get me wrong here...I'm not getting up on a soap box about the issue. I just don't have any desire to make or take telephone calls while cycling. If I feel compelled to disrupt the Zen-like harmony that cycling offers me, to make or take a telephone call, I'm happy to pull over. I'm also not too keen on having to rely on re-chargeable batteries in my helmet. I'd probably either forget to bring my charger along on my trip...or forget to plug the helmets in altogether. It is for these reasons that I'm leaning toward the good old fashioned wired set up. Am I wrong here?..Is cordless/blue-tooth the best thing since sliced bread? If so, I'm all ears.
I'm basically looking for a system whereby I can;
- Talk to my SO (driver to pillion) communication, without yelling over my shoulder.
- Listen to my cycle's music system
- Has a coulpe of auxilliary inputs (for my Garmin SP2610, and room to grow)
- Talk to others in my riding group.
- The Baehr system looks to be a fairly quick plug-n-play solution...but the price seems rediculous. I'm not against paying for quality, but is this system really worth almot $2000 when you factor in the cost of the helmet mics, etc. Any opinions?
- I would like a system that is concealed somwhat. I don't mind seeing a couple of cords, or a PTT button. I just prefer NOT to have some large device clamped to my handlebars (like a J&M system), exposed to the elements, and inviting a thief to tamper with it.
- My wife and I use flip-front helmets, so would be looking for helmet mic/speaker setup that is compatible.
Sorry to be so long winded. Having said all that...I'm all ears boys and girls. You replies and opinions are greatly appreciated, so thanks in advance.