Motorcycle Intercom: The Ultimate Guide to Choose the Best One

    The motorcycle intercom will change the way you communicate during travel.

    Alright, it’s true, there’s something magical about being just you, the bike, the bends, the landscapes and the sweet sound of the engine, but the magic is gone when you have a passenger behind you or you’re taking a ride with a friend on another bike, because talking to him becomes a difficult task.

    Whether it’s for conversation or to tell him you want to make a stop to enjoy the amazing landscape, motorcycle intercoms will allow you to do so without resorting to alternative methods such as screaming, neck twisting at contortionist level and – last but not least – morse code, tapping dots and lines on the rider’s shoulder or helmet.

    The intercoms will make your life easier by allowing you to stay focused on driving and making you fully enjoy the pleasure of the trip by also giving you the option to listen to music and follow the directions of the navigator.

    Let’s see which are the best motorcycle intercoms on the market and which one to choose.

    Best motorcycle intercoms

    Below we will list which are, in our opinion, the best motorcycle earphones by price range.

    Cheap motorcycle intercoms

    Lexin

    LEXIN 2pcs 8 Riders v5.0 Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Music Sharing, Helmet Communication Systems with Noise Cancellation, Motorcycle Intercom with Type-C Fast Charging for ATV/Dirt Bike/Off Road
    • 【Music Sharing& Noise Cancelling】This helmet communication systems featured music sharing that allows two riders enjoy the same music during their trip. And it also functions well for speeds up to 120km/h with advanced noise cancellation technology. Lithium Ion battery provides up to 15hours music stream, 15 hours talk time, and one week standby time.
    • 【8-Way Conference Intercom & Universal Pairing】This LEXIN motorcycle bluetooth heaset shares the riding experience and enjoy conversation with up to 8 riders talk at one time at an intercom range of 2000 meters. Universal pairing feature, compatible with most of the Bluetooth headsets or earpiece in the market.
    • 【Waterpooof Design】This LEXIN motorcycle helmet bluetooth featured waterproof can handle all weather conditions, and even work for temperature -15°F.

    Lexin LX-B4Fm is the cheapest motorcycle intercom available.

    If you need a bluetooth intercom and want to spend less than 180€, this is the perfect device for you.

    Lexin will allow you, for a small expense, to stay connected all the time with your travel companions.

    • Audio quality: good up to 120 km/h
    • Communication range: up to 1600m between 4 riders
    • Number of connected users: up to 4, a host and 3 auxiliaries, once paired the host decides who to talk to among the 3
    • Communication type: double simultaneous
    • Battery life: 120h standby time and up to 8h conversation time
    • Nav pairing: yes, with voice input feature
    • Music streaming: Yes, with forward, backward, play and pause music control.
    • Last number redial: yes
    • DSP: yes
    • Waterproof: yes

    Lexin: Full review

    Midland BTX1 PRO Intercom

    The Midland BTX1 Pro is the best-selling motorcycle intercom in Italy.

    Technically simple but really complete with all features and functionality, it is specifically designed to allow the rider to communicate with his passenger and another rider (within a 300 meter maximum radius).

    According to our tests, it is the intercom with the best value for money.

    • Audio quality: excellent up to 120 km/h
    • Communication range: 300m
    • Number of connected users: 2
    • Communication type: One-to-one intercom for up to 2 people
    • Battery life: up to 30h conversation time
    • Universal intercom: yes
    • Radio FM: yes, you can save up to 6 stations
    • Automatic Gain Control (AGC): yes
    • VOX Technology: yes
    • Helmet compatibility: universal
    • Waterproof: yes (IP67 certification)

    Midland BTX1 Pro: Full review

    Mid-range motorcycle intercoms

    Midland BTX1 PRO S Intercom

    The S version is the evolution of the Midland BTX1 Pro.

    Unlike the previous version, the BTX1 Pro S has the following features:
    conference feature;
    – increased range;
    – option to have 2 phones connected at the same time;
    a slightly better battery life.

    So if the conference mode and the 2 phones connected at the same time don’t appeal to you, you can just choose the BTX1 Pro.

    Alternatively, pick the S version and you won’t regret it.

    • Audio quality: excellent up to 120 – 130 km/h
    • Communication range: 800m
    • Number of connected users: 3
    • Communication type: conference up to 3 people
    • Battery life: up to 23h in conversation time
    • Universal intercom: yes
    • Radio FM: yes
    • Automatic Gain Control (AGC): yes
    • Digital Noise Killer: yes
    • VOX Technology: yes
    • Helmet compatibility: universale
    • Compatibility with BMW, KTM, DUCATI, etc systems: yes
    • Waterproof: yes (IPX6)

    Midland BTX1 Pro S: Full review

    Interphone Cellular Line Active

    Interphone Active is a device designed to connect up to 4 users within a range of 1km; thanks to the iQal (Interphone Quality Audio Lab) technology, the Audio quality is considerably improved and can suit even the most demanding rider and thanks to the new Vox feature, you can activate the intercom via voice commands to talk to your passenger.

    We do not recommend it only to those who usually travel with more than 4 friends.

    • Communication range: 1.000m
    • Number of connected users: up to 4
    • Communication type: conference between 4 Bikes or 2 Bikes with Rider and Passenger
    • Battery life: up to 20h conversation time, up to 1,000h standby time
    • Charge time: 2.30h
    • A2DP/AVRCP: yes
    • Song Sharing: yes
    • Automatic Gain Control: yes
    • Tecnologia bluetooth: version 4.2
    • Radio FM: yes, you can save up to 8 stations
    • Universal intercom: yes
    • Compatibilità con TFT BMW: yes (more info here)
    • Waterproof: yes (IP67 certification)
    • Weight: 55 gr
    • Length: 86,9 mm
    • Height: 50,4 mm
    • Depth: 22 mm

    Interphone Active: Full review

    High-end motorcycle intercoms

    Midland BT Next Pro Intercom

    Midland‘s flagship product.

    It is a product designed for those looking for a wide range to communicate with their travel companions in conference mode (1,600m).

    It is a device that features excellent audio and build quality as well. The reliability of the product and Midland’s customer service are remarkable.

    • Audio quality: very good up to 130-140 km/h
    • Communication range: 1600m
    • Number of connected users: up to 8
    • Communication type: conference up to 8 users, one-to-one up to 6 users
    • Battery life: up to 20h of use (2018 version up to 35 hours)
    • Charge time: n.d.
    • A2DP/AVRCP: yes
    • Song Sharing: yes
    • Volume automatico: yes
    • Tecnologia bluetooth: 4.2
    • DSP: yes
    • AGC: yes
    • Radio FM: yes, you can save up to 6 stations
    • Universal intercom: yes
    • Waterproof: yes
    • Weight : 55 gr
    • Length : 95 mm
    • Height : 50 mm
    • Depth : 20 mm

    Midland BT Next Pro Intercom: Full review

    Cardo Scala Rider Packtalk Bold Intercom

    Offer
    Cardo PTB00001 - PACKTALK Bold Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Headset - Black, Single Pack
    • Patented Dynamic Mesh Communication technology provides seamless, long-range intercom connections with unmatched ease and stability for large and small groups alike. Best in class wind-noise reduction
    Cardo Scala Rider PackTalk Duo Communication System
    • DMC Intercom mode for multi-party intercom calls over a virtual private network for up to 15 riders.
    • Make / Receive / Reject calls by voice command or at the push of a button, A2DP/AVRCP profile for wireless stereo from smartphones, Conference mode between outside caller, Rider-Passenger.
    • The Private Chat function allows 1:1 conversation while no other group members can listen in

    Do you have a very numerous company with whom you ride? If so, the Cardo Packtalk Bold is the bluetooth helmet intercom perfect for you.

    It is the flagship model of the U.S. manufacturer and is the most advanced from the functionality side.

    It is capable of communicating with 15 users within a 8km range, thanks to its dynamic network technology, providing the rider with unprecedented flexibility.

    Plus, with the new voice command functions, motorcyclists can simply say “Hey Cardo” to the system and it responds instantly at any time.

    It is one of the most expensive, but its features and Cardo‘s reliability make it worth the price!

    • Audio quality: excellent up to 130 km/h
    • Communication range: 1600m Bluetooth, 8000m DMC
    • Number of connected users: up to 8 with Bluetooth, up to 15 with DMC
    • Communication type: conference up to 4 users with Bluetooth, one-to-one up to 8 users and 15 in DMC mode.
    • Battery life: up to 13h conversation time, up to 1 week standby time
    • Charge time: n.d.
    • A2DP/AVRCP: yes
    • Song Sharing: yes, passenger rider
    • Automatic Gain Control: yes
    • Tecnologia bluetooth: version 4.0
    • DSP: yes
    • Radio FM: yes, you can save up to 6 stations
    • Universal intercom: yes
    • Compatibilità con TFT di BMW: complete (from version 4.2)
    • Riconnessione automatica: yes
    • Waterproof: yes (IP67 certification)
    • Weight : 59 gr
    • Length : 80.3 mm
    • Height : 45 mm
    • Depth : 25 mm

    Cardo Packtalk Bold Intercom: Full review

    Scooter Intercom: What is the best intercom to use in the city?

    A lot of people asked me which was the best device to use in the city streets.

    Most scooter riders need a product that is user-friendly, has good audio quality and good battery life so they don’t have to charge it every day.

    In this case I would say that the best scooter intercom is without doubt the Midland BTX1 Pro. It has a super long battery life (more than twice that of most competitors), excellent audio quality and amazing value for money.

    If, instead, you need a more minimal device that integrates perfectly with the jet or modular helmet, you can choose the Sena 3s, the smallest intercom ever, which however has several shortcomings including a low battery life and an audio quality inferior to that of Midland.

    Motorcycle Intercom:

    The ultimate guide to choose the best 

    What is an intercom and how does it work?

    The motorcycle intercom is a device that allows rider-passenger or motorcycle-motorcycle communication.

    The latest models also offer users the option of listening to and sharing music, hearing your navigator’s directions and communicating with a number of people who also own the intercom.

    The different types of intercoms are:

    1. Acoustic Intercoms
    2. Wired Intercoms
    3. Bluetooth Intercoms

    Motorcycle acoustic intercoms

    The acoustic intercoms are designed to transmit sound through tubes connected between the two helmets.

    To be precise, it is similar to the game we played as children with two cups and a wire.

    Pros:

    • No power supply required
    • Less disturbance caused by wind
    • Cheap

    Cons:

    • Volume cannot be adjusted
    • Rider and passenger are constrained by the tubes attached to their helmet, which becomes uncomfortable when getting on and off the bike.
    • Cannot communicate with other motorcycles

    Motorcycle wired intercoms

    Wired intercoms are the evolution of acoustic intercoms, they have a control unit, to which must be connected via a cable, the microphones and the motorcycle headphones of the rider and passenger.

    The control unit serves as power supply and can amplify the signal and therefore, increase the volume output of the earphones.

    On some models, you can connect an mp3 audio source to the control unit to listen and share music with your passenger.

    Pros:

    • Since they are not fixed to the exterior of the helmet, they do not alter aerodynamics and weight.
    • The control unit can be powered through the power socket of the motorcycle
    • They have a lower cost than Bluetooth ones
    • They do not depend on a battery because they are powered directly by the motorcycle

    Cons:

    • Limitation of conversation distance based on cable length
    • They allow communication only with the passenger
    • Reduced comfort: remember to plug/unplug the cable from the control unit every time the passenger or rider gets off the bike.

     

    Motorcycle Bluetooth intercoms

    The Bluetooth helmet intercoms are the cutting edge devices but have already outclassed the technologies mentioned above.

    They are the ones on which we will focus more because, as you will see, they are definitely more versatile, comfortable and equipped with more features.

    We will let Wikipedia explain the bluetooth technology; this type of devices allows you to have a wireless communication system between you, your passenger or another bike.

    Depending on the model you choose you can communicate:

    • only with your passenger
    • with your passenger and another bike
    • your passenger and several bikes

    The most advanced models offer the option to connect via Bluetooth your smartphone and your satnav, allowing you to listen to directions and answer or make calls.

    The latest generation models also allow communication with other brands of devices, thus becoming significantly more versatile.

    Pros:

    • Greater comfort because they are wireless
    • Can connect different devices such as telephone and satnav
    • You can communicate with more people and not only with your passenger
    • You can adjust the volume according to speed
    • Increased communication range between devices (the most advanced ones claim they have a radius of several kilometers).
    • Can share music
    • Can listen to the radio

    Cons:

    • Added weight on helmet
    • Battery life restriction (although the latest models claim to have a battery life ranging from 12 to 30 hours, so I would say they’re more than adequate a day riding a bike)

    How to choose a motorcycle Bluetooth intercom

    There are definitely several features to consider, especially according to your needs.

    Let’s see what they are:

    Functionality

    Depending on your needs, you can either choose single-function intercoms, such as those that allow you to communicate exclusively with your passenger, or multi-function intercoms such as those that allow you to communicate with another rider and connect smartphones and navigator at the same time, also allowing you to safely manage your calls or search for your destination.

    Last but not least, a wired intercom will be much less comfortable and versatile than a Bluetooth helmet one.

    Distance

    One of the main aspects if you want to communicate with a friend while riding another bike, is definitely the distance

    This may limit you in your conversations.

    Before placing your order, remember to check the transmission/reception distance reported by the intercom manufacturer.

    Compatibility

    To avoid making the usual mistake of finding yourself with an intercom that is not compatible with your biker friend’s intercom, it is best to check in advance whether or not the device is compatible with your friend’s intercom.

    There are intercoms that communicate only with each other, and others that can communicate with different models, even those of other brands.

    In this entry, we would like to point out that at the time of purchase you will have to check that the intercom you’d like to buy is compatible with the fitting on your helmet.

    Ease of use

    Please remember that you will be riding a motorcycle and having a device that requires a difficult setup and use will not help your riding, on the contrary, it could risk distracting you.

    For this reason it is worth bearing in mind that the more your intercom is equipped with easily recognizable buttons (even while wearing gloves) the more your riding will benefit.

    Some have large buttons, some have voice commands and some have remote controls that can be connected to the handlebars. All you have to do is choose which one you’ll find best on your bike.

    Battery

    This is key if you are a road travel enthusiast, because it will allow you to have more autonomy.

    The latest high-end models have claimed to have a battery life of more than 20 hours, I would say that’s more than enough for a day riding a motorcycle.

    If you’re more “urban” you shouldn’t underestimate this aspect because it allows you to charge your device less often, even if you’re doing short trips like home-work.

    Sound quality

    Last but not least, sound quality.

    It is what ultimately determines the level of satisfaction of your experience with an intercom.

    Why?

    Because, if you struggle to understand what your partner says or what is said during a phone call, well, it is obvious that you will not be satisfied with your purchase.

    That’s why the best intercoms have noise suppression and automatic speed-based sound amplification built-in.

    Since you’ll be able to listen to music, it’s obvious that the devices that will have better motorcycle headphones for music playback will make your trip a better experience..

    Conclusions

    If you haven’t decided your best motorcycle bluetooth intercom yet, don’t worry.

    Take a look of our article about the 5 best intercoms for motorcycles sorted by type.

    If you have any doubt or question, please leave a comment in the form below this post.

    We will get back to you within 24 hours.

    A heartfelt goodbye,
    Your motorbikeintercom.com

    Again, here are the best intercoms:

    LEXIN 2pcs 8 Riders v5.0 Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Music Sharing, Helmet Communication Systems with Noise Cancellation, Motorcycle Intercom with Type-C Fast Charging for ATV/Dirt Bike/Off Road
    • 【Music Sharing& Noise Cancelling】This helmet communication systems featured music sharing that allows two riders enjoy the same music during their trip. And it also functions well for speeds up to 120km/h with advanced noise cancellation technology. Lithium Ion battery provides up to 15hours music stream, 15 hours talk time, and one week standby time.
    • 【8-Way Conference Intercom & Universal Pairing】This LEXIN motorcycle bluetooth heaset shares the riding experience and enjoy conversation with up to 8 riders talk at one time at an intercom range of 2000 meters. Universal pairing feature, compatible with most of the Bluetooth headsets or earpiece in the market.
    • 【Waterpooof Design】This LEXIN motorcycle helmet bluetooth featured waterproof can handle all weather conditions, and even work for temperature -15°F.
    Offer
    Cardo PTB00001 - PACKTALK Bold Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Headset - Black, Single Pack
    • Patented Dynamic Mesh Communication technology provides seamless, long-range intercom connections with unmatched ease and stability for large and small groups alike. Best in class wind-noise reduction
    Cardo Scala Rider PackTalk Duo Communication System
    • DMC Intercom mode for multi-party intercom calls over a virtual private network for up to 15 riders.
    • Make / Receive / Reject calls by voice command or at the push of a button, A2DP/AVRCP profile for wireless stereo from smartphones, Conference mode between outside caller, Rider-Passenger.
    • The Private Chat function allows 1:1 conversation while no other group members can listen in

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