Wiring Options with a Motorcycle Helmet Microphone
A helmet microphone will allow you to talk with another person while driving a motorcycle. One of the joys of riding in a bike is the option of being on the open road with nothing to disturb you. However, there are times when you want to be talking with others while on your motorcycle. There are also occasions when a passenger would be with you and you need to communicate.
Features of a Helmet Microphone
Most of the helmet microphones that are being sold on the market today come with a couple of ear pieces and a microphone that are packaged in a comfortable headset. Aside from being able to talk with another person, the headset also allows you to listen to your favorite music. Most of the models available on the market today give clear and static-free sound of the highest quality. There are even designs that were incorporated with Bluetooth technology, but it is not necessary in having good sound and reception.
Proper Microphone Installation
Mounting your microphones depends on the type of helmet that you have. Read your helmet’s instruction first to see how you can do it. There are helmets that are made with small pockets or indentations in the padding for mounting a microphone. If there are several choices, try each of them to know the most comfortable setup for you. You should also check where you can hear your voice best. But do not do it while you are just walking around with your helmet on. Take it on a test ride and see how well you can communicate with the different wiring positions for your microphone.
Wired Motorcycle Intercom
You can also wire your microphones into a central unit that contains the electronics and batteries. This set up is essentially an intercom that will allow driver and passenger to communicate with each other. The wires have to be connected when you ride on the bike and unhooked when you dismount. The advantage of this setup is the clarity of voice communication. It will also allow you to talk with other bikers.
The wiring goes from your microphone and earpiece down your arm and into the corresponding jack. The wires can be used with open or closed helmets and you can have a noise canceling option that will enhance the clarity of your audio.
Wiring for Comfort
Before committing yourself to a particular wiring system for your helmet microphone, it is essential that you try out each setup first for their comfort. If you only ride occasionally and in good weather conditions, a cheaper setup might be enough. However, if you ride frequently and in any weather conditions, you need to install a waterproof wiring. There are also options for the microphones that you need to consider. A microphone may only have one earpiece while others have two. You may also get wired for a voice activated set up, where the system is shut off when there is no one talking on the microphones. This will allow you to save more on your battery thereby prolonging its life.