Intercoms have changed beyond recognition in recent years, transforming from fuddy-duddy rider -pillion devices to units that connect you to your phone, music, sat-nav and other riders with barely a wire in sight.
The units here all depend on Bluetooth technology to wirelessly stream information into speakers sat next to your ears and out from a microphone by your mouth so you can communicate with other riders, or in some cases control your electronic devices with voice commands.
The prices are per unit, with additional set-ups for pillions costing extra.
Sena SMH10R, £158.16, Amazon
This system brings slimline convenience to riders who want one that will work with any helmet. The SMH10R avoids bulky protusions from the side of the helmet by separating the battery from the control unit. The battery attaches to the back of the lid, or can be stored inside some helmets, and the control unit goes on the side for clear Bluetooth communication.
UClear HBC100 Plus, £204.25, Amazon
UClear’s system is based on military-developed technology and is extra convenient because it does away with a microphone near your mouth, having it in the earpiece instead. It makes a particular play of its audio quality, promising home hi-fi standard while you ride, and will also connect to pillions, other riders, phones and sat-navs.
Interphone F4XT, £135.99
Currently discounted from the £174.99 retail, this Bluetooth Interphone unit is very impressive and well-priced. It’s waterproof, can connect two phones at the same time (one each for rider and pillion) and has automatic volume control that increases with your speed, promising it will be audible up to 112mph (useful on the autobahn!)
Sena SMH5, £109.99
Korean firm Sena makes good quality kit, and their SMH is a good option for those who don’t want to stretch to the SMH10R. It will connect to sat-navs, phones and music devices and allow riders to communicate with pillions or other riders if they have a system in their helmet.
Interphone BT Easycom from £48.31, Amazon
If you’re really not sure whether a comms system for you, this basic unit is a good toe in the water. It will communicate with mobile phones, pillions and sat-navs and is a good basic option for those who aren’t planning on regular big tours.
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