I'd also like to know about peoples experiences with the bike to bike chatterboxes. I tried to go the cheap route once and use my Motorola's for bike to bike. I didn't have PTT and voice activated never work well.
The voice activation works pretty well, although we end up having the sensitivity pretty high so it doesnt activate with wind noise. kinda makes you yell.
sometimes i use the PTT button on the unit instead.
the range is fine.
i wish they werent so expensive...but they are worth it to us.
I ordered them after we almost crashed into each other when i decided to turn suddenly. d'oh.
A lot of bike to bike responses here, but I think your question was an "intercom" questions, so. . . I've been using a Chatterbox intercom system for a couple years, mostly on my BMW between the wife and myself. For a relatively inexpensive system it works very well and consists of a small box (put it in a pocket, clip it on a belt, or whatever) that the two headsets plug into. Because we wear full face helmets I purchased the headsets desighed for that application and they work fine. The wind noise isn't too severe and we can talk and hear fine, even at 70-80 MPH. The box is a rechargable unit (I bought an extra battery when I bought the system so I would have one) and a full charge will last ALL DAY. You can also plug a music source and/or a cell phone into the box if you desire. It's a simple buy very functional system. There are much more expensive units out there (Autocom for example), but the Chatterbox works fine for about a third of the money.
I am about the only one very unhappy with mine. One important point is mine is about 5 years old. They may have made improvements.
The thing I feel made it not work for me was the fit difference between my helmet and my wifes. The ears were tighter on mine so the speakers were pressed tighter, and the mike was closer to my mouth. My wifes helmet was the opposite. (hey I have a big head).
Since the volume could not be adjusted individually there was a problem. Has this been fixed?
I haven't checked out the Autocom system, but I have seen other riders with the Chatterbox transmitters strapped to their helmets.
Those things look HUGE! Almost the size of a cordless phone.
I think the idea is great... but I think I'll wait until technology catches up and they shrink the size a bit.
there's a company that uses military tech for their microphone (straps to the neck)... connect it to the chatterbox unit and it's better for highway riding. works even at high speeds apparently. was showcased at Laguna a few yrs ago.
??? how did you guys go with fitting the microphone in a full face helmet?
I find there is not enough room in my Arai Signet GTR - my lips tiuch the mike. It also looks Huge, and is flat - so does not fit well to the curve (chin bar).