Intercom and headsets : V-Twin Forum: Harley Davidson Forums
» Sponsors

Go Back   V-Twin Forum : Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Forums > Model Specific Discussion Forums > Harley-Davidson Touring
New User? Register Forgot Password

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-15-2012, 07:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
Seasoned Rider
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 46
ULimited12 wants to know Dino or Syn?
Intercom and headsets

I bought a 2012 limited that came with one wired headset. I haven't done anything to mount it yet because I need to buy one for my wife's helmet too. (no comments required) Is it worth the investment to go with bluetooth? It seems pretty pricey but it seems like a better way to go. The cost it what stops me though. I can buy a second headset from J&M (for me) and the cost is around $200. If I go with a bluetooth set it's $400-$600. I plan to do this once so I do not want to experiment with off brand stuff.

Any experience, suggestions ?
ULimited12 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 11-15-2012, 08:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
Lifetime Premium
plongson's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cedar City, Utah USA
Posts: 1,125
plongson wants to know Dino or Syn?
This last year we went from CARDO to SENA and while the cardo is good, the SENA is amazing. To be sure it's definatly worth the price. Highly recommended...

As for the MoCo...Come on guys, make BT communication AVAILABLE on these big touring bikes! Wired units are history.
On the road again...

Last edited by plongson; 11-15-2012 at 05:49 PM.
plongson is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 12:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
MikeYork5's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Clemente, Ca.
Posts: 243
MikeYork5 wants to know Dino or Syn?
If you just want to communicate with your wife and other CB equipped bikes, the cheapest way to go is to buy another headset - you can get them for around $80. I bought one, a major brand (not J & M) whose names escapes me right now, but it works fine. If you want to use your phone, other media devices and communicate with other non CB equipped but BT equipped bike go with a BT setup - IMHO.

"When ifs and buts are candy and nuts, oh what a world it will be"

The MAIN THING is too keep the Main Thing the Main Thing
MikeYork5 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
Mike02's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Vernon CT
Posts: 360
Mike02 wants to know where he is and how he got here
Just don't get get

Why would anyone wnt to talk to someone while riding? Something I don't get. I ride to get away and enjoy riding.. sounds, smells, views... and nobody talking..
Mike02 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 05:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
1rusty1's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: mars
Posts: 120
1rusty1 wants to know Dino or Syn?
My wife and I like to be able to talk when we ride so I picked up some wired headsets on ebay for around 75.00. They work great. I think bt would have been nicer but no point in paying the price unless you plan on talking to other bikers in your group. They do make a bt adaptor that will plug into the bikes wired system that I may end up getting down the road
1rusty1 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 06:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
Lifetime Premium
bcomes's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 239
bcomes wants to know Dino or Syn?
I have the wired J&M headsets that plug into the bike. I don't mind the cord and I certainly don't mind not having to charge or replace batteries.

One other consideration might be getting the gear wet. I've soaked the J&M microphones and headsets (one is a half-helmet unit with the leather pockets for the speakers) and they still work. Not sure how the BT units might hold up going down the road for a few hours in a downpour.
bcomes is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 07:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
Seasoned Rider
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 46
ULimited12 wants to know Dino or Syn?
for the ideas

Last edited by ULimited12; 11-15-2012 at 07:17 PM.
ULimited12 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-18-2012, 01:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Motto.. Live for today becuase you never know what tomorrow brings...
Posts: 1,099
1L243 wants to know Dino or Syn?
I have always ran J&M headsets with two piece cords. The HD headsets that came with my Ultras (3 of them) were one piece cords and did not mate well with the full face helmets I used.

You can buy your helmets from J&M with headsets installed spendy but nice. J&M has treated me well for any returns and repairs for no charge.

Not only will you like the headsets for the intercom but I like to listen to music and they work great for that as well.

I researched BT and did not like the recharging and the cost.
1L243 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-18-2012, 07:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
Ibc's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Maine
Posts: 303
Ibc wants to know Dino or Syn?
Lot to consider here. If you want to go with a wired headset/mic, check Whitehorse Gear. I have bought two IMC sets for about $35 each. These worked ok, the primary cable plugs right into the Harley socket without any adapters. I don;'t like the intercom units which require a comm box clipped some where on you or your bike.
If you want to go "wireless", the brands mentioned would work fine. Keep in mind there are different models. One model is just for intercom, blue tooth to your phone, Ipad etc. The other model does all that, plus allows wireless comm to other riders who have the same comm gear up to 1/4 mile away.
If you get a set that requires earphones in your helmet, the best thing would be to pull your cheek pads and cut some material out to mount the head phone/speaker properly. Hope this helps.
03 Ultra Classic Electra Glide, stock, and keeping it that way................I hope
Ibc is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-20-2012, 10:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
FNG :)
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Hellenback
Posts: 7
Linerider wants to know Dino or Syn?
Been riding with the J&M corded headset for years and have been very happy with the sound from the helmet speakers and the CB communication. (I don't ride 2-up, so can't respond about the intercom). I notice that the J&M is much clearer than the guys that I ride with that use the Harley setup. That being said, my next upgrade will be to go bluetooth and wireless. The Sena has had great reviews, and a rider friend of mine has it and has said good things. However, it will not integrate into the HD Ultra set up without a dongle (weird word). If you are running a Garmin 550 or above, you can link it to that. Or, link it to your iPhone for the music and to be able to use your cell phone. If you are into keeping it simple, go with the J&M wired speakers and mic. Just my 2c.
Linerider is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the V-Twin Forum : Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself. WE WILL SEND A CONFIRMATION EMAIL TO THE ADDRESS YOU PROVIDE. If the email address is NOT VALID, you will not be given access to the system!
Email Address:
Motorcycle Year/Make
Where you live
Security Question
*Required, this field is not shown to others: While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, john and his friend sally both spotted a dalmatian inside a truck with sirens, headed to put out a fire. State what kind of animal is mentioned in the sentence above.
Date of Birth
Your date of birth and age are displayed in several places on the forum. Only the administrator will have access to your date of birth should you choose to hide it via the privacy option below.
Month Day Year


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:35 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(C)2001-2012 All Rights Reserved (C)2001- All Rights Reserved
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum strong>Kawasaki Z125 Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Forum Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Honda Africa Twin Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum Ducati 959 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Victory Charger Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum
BMW Scrambler Forum Ducati Scrambler Forum Kawasaki Ninja 250SL Forum