OK no offence here meant, but HOW Much talking do you need to have while riding?
I been riding a LONG time, atv's MX bikes, street bikes, snowmobiles, jet ski's boats, off road trucks and jeeps and so on,
almost any time, we DID use radio's
it was never a issue for the guy talking to be STOPPED< the other could still HEAR thru radio';s while driving, NO need to remove hands from things, as all you have to do is STOP< to talk and be safe?
Most all directions and meeting points have always been talked about BEFORE heading out and started driving?
and then again, IF a guy got stuck(and no one was behind or in front to see them), they WERE stopped and would radio, or at next crossing or??
then , we would wait and if NO one showed up, as expected, we went back to find them, or again used radio's
again being STOPPED no worries about hands off bars or??
I some times think folks way over think things getting caught up in making something really NOT needed!
almost NO one today again doesn't have a darn cell phone, Kids included it seems! or not anyone that are old enough to be riding alone/solo on trails (legal age on most trails is 16+)
by this time they should know to follow directions pretty well, know how and when its safe to use a mic, radio.
so again, I think, this topic is being over thought, but still cool to talk about tech, of new systems.
but honestly, HOW much talking is going to happen while riding, I know I wouldn;t even want folks listening to me ride 24/7 like, as I am sure I say some things that are not kid friendly, like when , you get caught by a thorn bush, hit a hard rock and get a painful jolt, or??
having a LIVE mic, might be NOT the best idea for me anyhow LOL
again, food for thought, not a bash
but do we really need a live mic while trail riding?
good points all around..don't see it as bashing at all.
many years ago, i started keeping a 4 pack of FRs in the camper cause it seemed like most places we went, the cell phone signal was crud..and it was good to hand a radio to the kids if they were going to be out roaming the campground, or over that the playground etc..just so they could call if there was a problem or we could reach them to tell them dinner was on.
I then started carrying one when it was just the wife and I...we'd go camping and I like to take my lil 1979 Honda Trail 90 with me...just go for a light cruise in the state/national park roads..never many miles away, but often no cell signal...we quickly learned that running the higher power 5 watt GRs was needed..and honestly, unless there's a ham repeater that you know about in the area, the GRs do just as well as the hand hams..maybe better.
I certainly can't knock guys who having riding buddies/kids to talk to...it's gotta be a lot of fun...most of my ride time is solo..and when I do go with guys to an actual destinate..ie Adventure World...it's all single file trail stuff..and the most talking we do is stopping at a crossroads to try and figure out where the heck we are, talk about whether we're up for a harder trail, need to take a breaketc...but just like playing video games. I can see where hot mics could be a lot of fun while riding.
when I'm on my own property, again solo.. we have decent cell service now, so whether riding or mowing I wear bluetooth ear buds to keep the sound levels down and be able to hear a text msg or call coming in...