The best motorcycle intercoms

Whether you want to listen to music, make calls, or hear your sat nav clearly, you need to pick a good intercom - and here are our favourites

Motorcycle helmet with intercom

by Justin Hayzelden |

While some motorcyclists prefer the silence and solitude of riding – in fact, that’s the draw for many – some swing the other way and like to be connected to their smartphones, to make and take calls, listen to music, hear sat-nav directions or speak with their pillion or other riders in the group. If you’re the latter, then you need an intercom.

Generally comprising a pair of speakers, a microphone, a brain and a battery, these effectively replicate a wireless headset for phones and operate on Bluetooth, so you can also control your phone directly from the intercom. Most also allow for voice control to make operation safer while on the go and they can also trigger your device’s voice control as well.

Intercoms can either be universal or integrated fit; they are either designed to fit any helmet and generally sit a control unit outside the shell; or they can be integrated, designed specifically for one or two helmets and fit inside the lid in custom-made apertures. Which you choose is down to you and how often you change your helmet or how many you use.

Best motorcycle intercoms:

Top sound quality

The Cardo Packtalk Edge is top for sound quality thanks to its JBL speakers. Audiophiles will be

Cardo Packtalk edge
SENA SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset & Intercom
Top integrated

The SRL2 system, produced by Sena, is designed to fit seamlessly within three helmets from Shoei -

Sena SRL2
Best for AGV helmets

If you own an [AGV

AGV ARK Bluetooth Intercom System
Top alternative

While not specifically designed for motorcyclists, these Bluetooth earbuds from Jabra will work

Jabra Elite 75t
Budget option

It's no big-budget multi-rider system but this budget intercom has to be worth a punt for less

Motorcycle Helmet Bluetooth Headset

How do motorcycle intercoms work?

Intercoms will generally connect to phones and sat navs via Bluetooth and also to other intercoms. For speaking to pillions, this is fine and generally, for close groups, it’s OK too. Bluetooth intercoms have a range of 1-1.5 miles quoted usually, depending on the antenna and can handle conversations with multiple riders though for greater numbers or range, MESH technology can be useful.

This is an automatic system that seamlessly pairs and remembers groups of rides so that, should one become disconnected from the group, they will automatically reconnect when they come back in range.

We’ve tried numerous intercoms and these are what we reckon are the top ones.

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