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Intercom systems

does anyone have any recommendations for rider/passenger intercom systems?
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Hi Jim

Here's a suggestion - try the Search function at the top of the page. For example, searching on 'intercom' or 'motorcycle insurance' will bring up all the previous posts on the topic, and you might find your question has already been answered. There have been 7 posts on the topic of 'intercom', and here's a couple to get you started: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/000139.html
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Autocom - more expensive than most, but truly excellent. We've used them bike to bike and rider to pillion and the sound quality is superb. Added to that you can plug in a mobile phone/wlakman, etc.
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Hi, I have just purchased an Autocom, the hyp is that you can talk easily up to 150 MPH, total bollox. Up to 60MPH excellent after that wind noise is picked up by the pillions microphone and passed to riders speakers, Pillion has difficulty hearing properly at speeds over 75MPH which I believe is exactly the same as much cheaper systems by Nady and Sonic, so personally I'd go for the cheaper options. I've contacted Autocom but in the great British tradition their attitude was " we've had your money so **** off"
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Sounds like two problems - one, the voice actuation should solve that, and two the passenger's helmet is probably getting bad airflow and thus the noise. Can't be too pleasant back there.

ANY other intercom will be the same or worse.

First bad report on Autocom service I've heard, but certainly noted for future reference by myself and I'm sure others.

Perhaps try again with someone else. Point this thread out to them...

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The Autocom needs a little tweaking for it to be set up right.
- Adjust the headsets to sit as close to the ears as possible, without being uncomfortable or restricting when taking the helmet on and off.
- Set the high/low volum to high by shortcutting the lead, no reason to fit a cable to have the option available.
- Microphone needs to sit as close to the lips as possible, actually touching the lips.
- Voice actuation must be trimmed over time, and your voice level adjusted to the system.

You'll need some time to get all the factors right, and especially to adjust your voice volume and the actuation. It'll never get perfect, imho, especially on a big dual sport with the turbulence these bikes produce. In my experience the Autocom works fine up to about 110-120 km/h depending on the wind force and direction, while over that speed we have to shout.

It's also sensitive to moisture, which creates som annoying static noise after hours in the rain.

All in all though, I'm pleased with a system that is still working satisfactory after about 70Kkm two up.

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