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Chatterbox HJC 50 Tandem Pro Intercom
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- The HJC 50 intercom uses the Stereo Headsets
and Headset Extension Cords. The 50 intercom has an open Mic. With
the open mic. you will hear some road and wind noise that the Mic. picks up. If you
don't have that much wind because of a large windshield and use quiet pipes,
the 50 is a good choice.
- If you have loud pipes or a smaller shield or get a lot
of wind noise you may want to go with the X2 Radio kit. You can use the
radio in regular or intercom mode, it does not matter for the passenger.
If the passenger is plugged in, they will hear everything and be able to talk
back and forth in either mode. The Radio's uses Noise Reducing headsets
and can be used with the included push to talk button. This allows you
to turn the vox all the way down and only have the mic open when you push the
push to talk button.
You do want to use the wind socks
that come with the Mic's, they do make a difference on the Open Face Noise
Reducing Mic's. You will eliminate wind noise at higher speeds using the
wind socks. You can also insert some foam
in front of your Mic's. in your helmet, when using Full Face Helmets. Make
to use the tie wrap around your foam wind sock to hold it on.
Can I use the HJC 50 to talk to someone on another bike or
- This is an intercom only, you will need a radio kit such as the FRS
X2, GMRS X1, or
X1Slim if you need communications from
vehicle to vehicle along with
XBi Bluetooth units are another option and
have pretty good range now.
Can my passenger hear everything?
- Yes, your passenger will hear everything including the audio.
You will have to switch to audio to hear your audio input.
What do I need for my Passenger?
- You need a Stereo Headset
for your passenger, one Stereo
Cord comes with the kit. You will also need a Stereo
Headset for the driver. You have your choice between Open Face and Full
What type of headset do I need?
- Open face helmets and Half helmets require Open Face headsets. On
Full Face helmets if you can place two fingers in front of your mouth while
your helmet is on, then you can also use an Open Face headset . A lot of
people prefer to use Open Face headsets with Full Face Helmets. Modular
Helmets require Open
Face headsets. The speakers will velcro to your ear flaps on
a half helmet.
What does it take to install the headsets in my helmet?
- The open face boom Mic's mount using a clam shell bracket on
the side of the helmet. The Intercom will mount on the clam shell bracket
also if used on the helmet. The full face Mic's mount using velcro on the
inside of your helmet. The speakers velcro inside your helmet. If
using a full face headset you will receive a full face mounting bracket. This
will mount the same as the open face boom mic. clam shell and will be used for
the intercom to mount on if using on your helmet.
- Most helmets have cut-outs for speakers, the speakers will fit in there
perfectly. If your helmet has a lining and no cut-outs in the lining,
you will probably want to carefully cut the lining and glue it to the inside
shell of the helmet. Just about all helmets have cut-outs but may be
covered up by the lining. Carefully run the headset wires inside your
helmet, pushing them between the liner and the helmet with the stick that is
provided. This will take a few minutes to do a nice neat job.
What are the two plastic clip looking things that come with the kits?
- The clips are mounted on the side of your helmet. They
are used for the headset jack (connector) to wrap through when not in use and to
keep the end of the headset cable from coming out of the helmet.
Also if using the radios off the helmet you might want to put the connector
through one of them, acts as a stress reliever. It does seem preferable to use at least one
if you have a headset ext. cord hooked up.
Do I have to mount the
Intercoms on my helmet?
No, with an extra headset extension cord
your headset will be left on
your helmet and the extra ext. cord then plugged into your headset and then to your
intercom. The extension cord included with the kit will be hooked up to
your passengers headset and to the intercom. Your intercom at that point can be put on a belt clip
(optional), tank bag, placed somewhere
different with industrial velcro or even mounted on your handlebars using a ram
Click here to see
an alternate mounting and to get some ideas.
If you desire to connect a passenger
intercom from this mounting position:
Non Coiled Headset Extension Cord
from the handlebar location to somewhere in the back where a passenger can
plug another Headset Extension cord into it. The Non Coiled Cord that
we have available can be used for Standard and Noise Reducing headsets.
A Chatterbox black coiled cord can be used for this application also.
If using the Chatterbox cord you must have matching cords plugged
together, Standard or Noise Reducing.
Tie Wrap the Headset Extension Cord to your
frame, under the gas tank, etc. concealing the cord as best as possible.
This will make a nice neat job. The Chatterbox coiled cords can be
stretched quite a long way. You can even use heat shrink over any part
of it if you are concerned about protecting the cable. Try and keep
the cord away from your ignition.
Ram Handlebar Mount kits available
for chatterbox radios and intercoms,
click here for description and pictures.
Are the intercoms Water Proof?
- The intercoms are water resistant, not waterproof. We
recommend using the intercoms on your helmet in the rain. We recommend using
a headset ext. cord and at least placing your intercom in your pocket when it
rains. If you do forget and get your intercoms wet, dry it with a hair
How long do batteries last?
- The HJC 50 intercom batteries will last all day with a full charge. Using a
DC Power Filter
on your bike will greatly increase the usability of your intercom on trips.
You can charge (plug it in) while stopped, or while riding. In most cases
you can charge while riding. In some rare cases (with the engine running)
the ground loops on certain bikes electrical system may effect the intercom.
How does the Audio work?
- The Audio works when selected to Audio on the intercom. If wanting
to talk to your passenger, you will only need to push the switch back to
intercom. Both passenger and driver will hear the audio. Walkman
radios work well along with all newer MP3/CD and mini disc players.
Our experience has been that some MP3/CD players will pick up engine noise,
depending on where you put them. Changing the location of your MP3
player, in a lot of cases that will take care of that. You might also
get engine noise if you plug both your chatterbox and MP3 player into the 12
Volt power on your bike. Unplug one of them, the noise will go away.
Also not all MP3 players are susceptible to this.
- We do recommend using a Chatterbox Audio
Cord. There is a physical difference between the Chatterbox Audio Cord
and a regular Audio Cord. The Chatterbox audio cord is a "coiled" type cord,
compared to straight audio cords available from electronics stores.
These cords work much better because of the 90 degree angle on the plug and also not
having a long cord hanging all over. There is also a safety concern with
using any type of straight cord which could get caught in your motorcycle or
any moving parts, etc.
- For best performance, set your Intercom volume at a
normal level for talking. Use your variable volume control on the Audio
input device to control audio volume.
- Right now I use a Zumo 660 GPS for Audio, works
perfectly. I have used several MP3 audio devices over the years.
Right now just about any MP3 devises including phones will work great. You can put literally
thousands of songs on the 15 Gig Drive.
- If you only want to listen to Audio and don't really have a need for a
Radio System or Intercom then the
Stereo Helmet Headset is what you want.
This is a Stereo Headset only with speakers and without a Mic. There is
a connector on the headset for your audio input.
- If you only want to listen to Audio and don't
want to use your radio system, then just plug the
Headset to Audio Source Adapter Cord into
your headset and Audio Source. This coiled Audio Adapter Cord will allow
you to listen to all of your music on your Chatterbox Headset without using
your Chatterbox Radio System or Intercom. Just plug one end into your Audio
Input and the other end into your Chatterbox Headset. Very handy to have when
you really don't have the need to use your Chatterbox Radio or Intercom but
still want to use your audio.
- Other MP3 / Jukebox players are also available that have small
hard drives anywhere from 2 to 20 GIG. You will find the best deal on these or something similar through
Helpful Operating Tips:
- If you can not hear yourself when you talk, make sure the mic. is
positioned properly, white dot towards your mouth.
- If you forget to charge your intercom over night and your battery goes low
you can charge using your power filter as you
ride. Just leave the intercom on, you can listen to audio for
about 20 minutes or so then you should be able to talk using your headsets. This will give the battery enough time to get
ahead a little, you will be ok after that as long as you leave the power
filter plugged into the intercom.
- Make sure you are speaking into the front side of the Mic. (white dot on
the arm facing you). If you are speaking into the back of the mic. it
will sound like you are far away.
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up answers to the most frequently asked questions that we get.
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