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Motorcycle Electronics: Reviews
If it is electronic and used by or with a motorcycle, you will find it in our motorcycle electronics reviews section. Whether you’re looking for a helmet camera, a Bluetooth communication system or a new GPS, Rider‘s electronics section has got you covered.

Vertix Raptor-i Helmet Communication System Review

Vertix Raptor

Ken Aiken
November 26, 2013

The Raptor-i from Vertix does all that’s expected of a top-quality Bluetooth helmet communication system, and a bit more. The lightweight control unit fits onto the side of a helmet using a very strong type of hook-and-loop fastener that is claimed to be secure up to 130 mph. The control unit has four... Read more »

Garmin zumo 390LM GPS Review

Garmin zumo 390LM motorcycle GPS

Greg Drevenstedt
October 29, 2013

Trying to stay ahead of do-it-all smartphones, less than a year after Editor Tuttle’s evaluation of the zumo 350LM GPS (Rider, February 2013) Garmin has released a new model to replace it. The zumo 390LM has all of the features of the 350LM, plus three new ones—Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones,... Read more »

Cardo scala rider Q3 Bluetooth Communicators Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 28, 2013

Cardo Systems, Inc. has revamped its popular Q-line of scala rider Bluetooth helmet communicators, which now includes the Q1 TeamSet (two headsets) rider-to-passenger communicators; the Q3 (one headset); and Q3 MultiSet (two headsets) bike-to-bike communicators. Compared to the G9 PowerSet that Eric... Read more »

Nolan B4 Motorcycle Communication System Review

Nolan B4 Communication System

Ken Aiken
May 6, 2013

Nolan’s new B4 communication system has all the functions of other top-quality Bluetooth motorcycle systems and some of the same limitations. It offers A2DP stereo from FM radio and MP3 players, linked GPS, pilot-to-passenger and bike-to-bike intercom, and of course, full cellphone capability. The... Read more »

Cardo scala rider G9 PowerSet Review

Cardo scala rider G9 PowerSet

Eric Trow
May 3, 2013

There’s no denying that social media has become a huge part of our lives. And the popularity of social networks continues to explode. Facebook. Twitter. FourSquare. And now…Cardo? Cardo Systems, the makers of the scala rider G9 Bluetooth motorcycle communication system, have managed to create a veritable... Read more »

Garmin zumo 350LM GPS Review

Garmin zumo 350LM GPS

Mark Tuttle
February 4, 2013

The enhanced navigational capabilities of the latest smartphones have started to give dedicated automotive GPS units some serious competition. But for motorcycle use, these special phone models still have several weaknesses. They’re not waterproof, vibration resistant or glove friendly, and using them... Read more »

UClear HBC100 Moto Helmet Communicator Review

The UClear HBC100 has large buttons that are easy to use with gloved hands.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 20, 2012

As great as many helmet communicators are at enabling on-the-road conversations between a rider and a passenger, or between riders on different motorcycles, and at streaming music and taking/making cellphone calls, they can also be fiddly gadgets that require patience to master. Installing them on helmets... Read more »

Budget Audio for Honda Gold Wings

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Jerry Smith
November 8, 2012

I put a Gold Wing GL1800 on my dream-bike list back in 2001, and finally snagged a used ’01 last year. But I quickly discovered that one of the features I was so eager to get—a factory stereo—came with speakers so anemic they had to be cranked up to ear-bleed volumes before I could hear them at... Read more »

Midland BT Next Motorcycle Intercom

Midland BT Next Intercom on helmet

Scott Williams
June 5, 2012

Remember when communicating with your passenger relied on hand signals, thigh pats and knee squeezes? ah, the good old days… OK, motorcycle intercom systems aren’t new, but Bluetooth technology makes them a lot easier to set up without hardwiring anything to your bike. You can share pithy observations... Read more »

High-Tech Motorcycle Gadget Buyers Guide

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Greg Drevenstedt
May 30, 2012

When I was a kid, one of my favorite after-school cartoons was Inspector Gadget, about a quirky cyborg detective (think of a clumsy, incompetent Terminator with the personality of Maxwell Smart and the attire of Inspector Clouseau) who, along with his niece Penny and Brain the Dog, embarked on zany... Read more »

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