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Old 11-18-2007, 06:22 PM   #1
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chatterbox? anyone own one?

http://www.ridegear.com/rg/item/F-53...ator-Kits.html

I was looking at this for my helmet, because i want to get something to talk to other *via push to talk* along with having bluetooth for my phone. anyone have any input on these? are they bulky and heavy on your helmet? or what.
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you want to talk on your phone while riding?
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:29 PM   #3
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me and another guy were looking at those till we checked out the price and we figured it is a lot cheaper to just pull over and talk
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talk on the phone, talk to passenger/other riders, sure!
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me and another guy were looking at those till we checked out the price and we figured it is a lot cheaper to just pull over and talk
this is true, but im going on a big curise here shortly, that alot of people are going to have radios. so i was just curious
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talk on the phone, talk to passenger/other riders, sure!
call me crazy but one of the reasons why I ride to get away from my phone


not to mention how drivers of cars drive with their cellphone
I could only imagine a rider trying to talk on the phone




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I have one. It is too heavy to mount on your helmet. I mounted mine in my upper. I run my radar and MP3 thru it. The sound is great, but it is difficult to talk above 70 mph. I would strongly reccomend it.
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this is true, but im going on a big curise here shortly, that alot of people are going to have radios. so i was just curious


I bought a Cobra radio at academy.. rigged the mic so i could talk without pushing the button.. was like 59 dollars.. came with charger had to buy the mic.. works.. dont hardly use it anymore.. is a good thing to have on long trip ..
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I picked up some literature on it at the cycle show but I still haven't looked into it.
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I have one. It is too heavy to mount on your helmet. I mounted mine in my upper. I run my radar and MP3 thru it. The sound is great, but it is difficult to talk above 70 mph. I would strongly reccomend it.
they do make a belt clip for it.. so yea thinking about it
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they do make a belt clip for it.. so yea thinking about it

Don't get the belt clip. Just zip tie it in your upper and get teh long passenger cord for $8. That way you only have 1 wire going to your helmet and it will be out of site.
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I don't mount mine on my helmet either - it's not that it's all that heavy, but it weighs down on one side so you know it's there, plus it's bulky and you can easily knock it around when putting your helmet on and off.

I mounted in my tank bag for a few reasons - only one cable has to go from the unit to your headset, but all of the other cables (power cable, aux music, PTT button) have to wire to it also. All the wires feed to it in my tank bag, then I have a headset extension cable running up from the unit to my helmet.

There's a discussion going on over HERE about the different units, positives and negatives of each, and personal stories of both good and bad situations. Worth the read if you're going to drop the cash for a unit. Other than Chatterbox, big names for MC use are StarCom, Collett, and AutoCom.

There's also these:
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Maybe on a long trip, while you're droning down the interstate it would be nice to be able to communicate but I would be afraid some folks would want to talk too much.
I agree, I like the peace of being alone with my thoughts while I'm riding.
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I don't use it to hold conversations. It pipes music into my helmet, then mutes when someone speaks. It's a great way to coordinate the next gas/food stop, see how much fuel the other person has, or to keep a larger group together through traffic or stoplight situations as long as the lead and sweep are both on radios.

On a ride with a bunch of MH folks a year or so ago, RocketBunny and I were the head and tail and were on the radios - made it very easy to keep the group moving.
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I had chatterbox and AutoCom. The autocom was alot better than chatterbox but also alot more $$$ because you have to have a radio with it to talk to other riders. Chatterbox was ok but me and my friends that had them were always having trouble with the head sets shorting out. We had about 6 people running chatterbox just about everyone had trouble with the head sets shorting out.
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I was looking at these earlier when I ordered my FMF pipe......on ridegear.

I was looking at the bluetooth version.....Scala rider has a bluetooth deal if all you want is to talk on your phone. I think you can even talk between scalarider units...
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Scala rider has a bluetooth deal if all you want is to talk on your phone.

I think you can even talk between scalarider units...


Correct - I have the Scala Rider Teamset for me and S.O. and it works very well - both alone and with a passenger. Range is about 50 feet so you could use it for close range rider-to-rider comm. Units mount quickly and easily to helmets.

It also synchs up to a possible eight Bluetooth units and works great with a Bluetooth phone. They have an FM receiver connection also but I don't have it.

I like it because I am not hard wired to the bike. Battery lasts forever before needing recharging.

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When you've got afterschool actvities to coordinate and a job that requires being on call 24hours a day for 10-14 day stretches ... having a bluetooth enabled helmet allows me to commute during the weekdays and have fun on the weekends. I don't make calls with it, and when I answer from the bike, people know to keep it short, or let me know if I need to pull over for more important/longer discussions.

as far as comm units go, right now I use a Nolan N-102 with the bluetooth NCOM set up. It's real nice, but I've been looking for something else for my Suomy (which I like better ... as far as helmets go) and the Chatterbox is something I've been looking into ...

There's also this one ... http://www.benchmarkhelmets.com/prod...h-headsets_17/
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