Well it’s time for a new intercom in the K1200LT. Over time there’s been a pinched wire or two that’s caused a loose connection or a short. I have to jiggle my headset plug or position it just right where it connects to the motorcycle to get both speakers to work. At times I get a “crackling” in my speakers. I’ve actually tracked down the short for me and positioning the air intake winglets can affect the performance. I can get a new part but it also means stripping down the front end of the bike to replace. On the other hand, Donna goes through a lower headset cord a year just from wear and tear at the flex point on the cord where it plugs into the motorcycle. The cords are only about $23 but you get tired of buying them!
So I’ve been shopping around and yesterday we bought a Cardo Scala Rider TeamSet Pro. It’s a wireless BlueTooth system between the rider and the passenger. It’s got the ability to add a cell phone to each headset (not sure if we’ll do that), a BlueTooth enable or wired MP3 player and a BlueTooth enabled GPS for audio directions. Last night I installed the headsets in the helmets and charged both the units. Hopefully later today we’ll take them for a test run. The instructions actually advise against testing them inside in a quiet environment because the system is dependent on ambient noise to operate. Once we have a decent ride with them I’ll post a review of the system.