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I could not wait any longer, so I took the leap into the being socialable group of riders. I want some friends, too :rolleyes:
I'm puting it all together right now.Does anyone have any tips that they would like to pass along? by the way, I paid $199.00 for mine, at the bike dealer. Had to back order the wife's headset, so I can't talk to her just yet :) :)

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Enjoy and if you have questions, post away and we'll try to help where we can. We just got back from Deal's Gap and when my hubby and I rode with twistiesman and NinjaGal we all four could visit and point out road hazards and it was really fun. Got some good jokes in too. ;)

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Stacia,
Do you wear the box on your helmet or elsewhere? I rode with mine today, on the helmet. It's neat listening to music while you ride. I was the only one today with a box, so I have yet to try out the talking part. Is the range the same if mounted anywhere else? Do you prefer hardwired or batteries and how long do they last?
Thank you for all the help in deciding on what to buy. I was close to getting a CB radio, but I like the idea of talking to the wife(passenger) and being able to listen to some tunes :)

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Todd, glad you like the Chatterbox. After riding last week with Amy and Mark, I can see there are positives and negatives to both the box and CBs (Amy and Mark use CBs).

To answer your questions, I wear the Chatterbox on my helmet and like it up there. Not sure if where you wear it affects the range, but I would think so. We got much less range on them in the twisty roads. As far as hardwiring, I am guessing you mean with the radio since the unit is rechargeable. I really don't run a radio much but when I do I use batteries. In the city, I find it is not good for my concentration but I do like music for longer rides and I just use a walkman with batteries but if you were going to use it a lot, hardwiring it in would be nice.

Hope I answered all your questions. I think you'll really like it when you can talk to your wife while riding. We sure love it for that.

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One other question and I'll be done :rolleyes: How waterproof are they?

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sorry about that todd. since vaca, been catching up here at work.
i'm not quite sure, but i think you'd be able to at least let the wife listen thru the cb. not sure. but, if ya like, i can send you the instructions on the cb stuff. lemme know.
will be wiring music into my helmet soon. will need for trip to canada for the sportbike rally. freeways suck. :(

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by His_Suzuki:
One other question and I'll be done :rolleyes: How waterproof are they?

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Not very. They quit working when it rains very much and we always stop and put them in our tank bags to protect them. I think they can tolerate the rain, they just quit working for some reason. I'd recommend removing them and putting them somewhere dry when it rains.



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Stacia,
I put a new topic in the wrong section - Sportbike gear, instead of this one. Can you move it for me?
On the waterproof part, I will go get the longer cord that goes from my helmet to the chatterbox so I can put it out of harms way and then I can still use it rain or shine.
Thanks for all your help,

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How clear is the communication on the chatterbox? A couple of the guys I ride with are looking into buying them & I want to make sure that we don't waste our money

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It's comparable to talking with someone on a CB radio or a cell phone. I can hear on mine very clearly and the new ones that are stereo (the + model) are even better.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Xcler8er:
Can you suggest someplace that may give a discount for a bulk purchase?

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Ask your dealer...they may work with you. When I bought mine I found them in a catalog $15 cheaper then I told my dealer and they beat the catalog by $5. Plus I did not have to pay shipping as I would from a catalog.



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My riding buddy and I bought the chatterboxes last week for our annual ride to the races at Mid-Ohio. What a difference these things make. It is soo much better to ride with them. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Even though ours have the voice operated mic., we opted to use the PTT button. I think this is the way that we will do most of our riding/chatting. My only problem was that I could not find a very good location to velcro the PTT button. I wound up cutting off the velcro strap and just sticking the button on the signal/horn housing. It worked pretty well, but I am trying to find another solution.

I had an idea today (scary huh?). Do you think it would be possible to wire the PTT into the horn button? I was thinking about wiring it so that the horn button could be toggled between horn and PTT. I am not sure this can be done, but I plan on asking my electrically inclined brother about the possibility.

What do you guys think? Good/Bad idea. Possible/Impossible.

We really didn't try to use the VOX feature very long, since we got them shortly before our trip. Should we give VOX another try? How do most of you use them VOX or PTT?

OK, that's my 50 questions for the day :D.

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I put my PTT on the left handlebar up next to the horn button. It works much better than trying to get the VOX just right. My only problem with the chatterbox is talking/listening at speeds above 80 mph. It did make my 2800 mile trip much more enjoyable. Using the PTT also makes the battery last longer, too.

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We use the VOX but I find I'm constantly turning it on and off at the unit but I like that better than the cord running from the unit to the button. I hate that.

On installing a button, talk to Amy (radianrider) because she has a button for her CB that is installed right in her turn signal area and I really liked that. It's just a tiny button you can push and I'd like that better than trying to reach for your horn if you needed it and then remembering you forgot to switch the toggle!

Don, if you want to e-mail me and I'll hook you up with Amy or Mark and they can explain her set up better than I can.

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just a suggestion. I ride with a guy who has a ducati 916 and his bike has a button the the left handlebar for a passing light. basically it just flashed your high beam so you can let people know if you're gonna pass them. it's on the front of the assembly for your turn signals and horn but it's in the front....using your index finger as a trigger... wonder if that would be hard to rig up.

I haven't got my chatterbox yet since I ride with a bunch of non helmet wearing squids but I think we're getting ready to get some of them.

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Well for better or worse (depending on your view) I have integrated the PPT button into my horn button. I installed a micro toggle switch right next to the hi/low beam switch. I must say that it works great. I found it awkward to rotate my hand to reach the velcor PTT. Now when I want to babble, the button is right where I need it. The horn is just a flick of the switch away. I will try to get a picture up so that anyone who may be interested can have a look.



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I got my chatterbox and it's pretty cool installed in my HJC helmet. I tried getting it all set up in my RF-800 and it flat out sucks. I can't really find a way to get the speakers in there to where they don't hurt my ears. Also there isn't much room in front of my mouth for the mic so it touches my lips alot which is annoying. I think that I'm just gonna take all this junk out of my shoei and just keep the chatterbox on my hjc helmet. This doens't really go with my plans of having an intercom between the two helmets but I just can't deal with the speakers in the shoei.

I also think that the chatterbox does take some of your concentration off of the road so i think that I won't use it as much as I had planned when I bought it. Another 200 bucks down the drain.

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just wondering, is there anything else out on the market that dosent have to be attached to your helmet? They look like someone superglued a black brick to the side of their helmet. Do you feel any drag on them when your pushing those triple digits?


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