Hey, everyone! We’ve got a lot of people coming in store to ask about Interphone and Bluetooth devices lately. Probably because the weather has been so good that people really want to get out and go on long rides. I’ve also found that I’m riding two-up and after a couple of long journeys with a pillion, I thought to myself “This would be a whole lot more enjoyable if we could have a chat or listen to music or something.”
So I went looking into some motorcycle intercom and Bluetooth devices for myself. My demands out of such a device isn’t asking the world- it just needs to be a pair, connect easily with the one other device that’ll be right behind me the whole time and connect to my phone for music or sat-nav directions. Fairly basic needs as far as comms go. So I’m going to get myself the Interphone Shape Intercom System.
The Interphone Shape is everything I need in a helmet intercom. Each unit, depending on whether you get a single or twin pack, comes with the main unit, a charging/USB cable, speakers, two different microphones, a clip mount, adhesive velcro and even a pair of foam spacers if you want the speakers closer to your ears.
The unit that goes on the outside of the helmet is very small- the size of a lot of other Bluetooth devices can be off-putting, not wanting something too substantial stuck to the side of my lid. That the Shape device is so small is a big bonus.
Naturally a smaller device means less space for buttons and such for all of the Interphone Shape’s various functions, so pairing the device to your phone and activating it’s functions is a matter of holding down the main centre button and listening for a certain number of beeps. It’s all explained in a nice, simple quick guide that keeps everything short and easy to understand.
So lets run through a few of the Shape’s features.
– It is compatible with pretty much any helmet as long as there’s space inside for speakers to live.
– It can connect with any other intercom, so no problem if you’re only buying the single pack to connect with a pal.
– The twin pack connects to each other without the need for bluetooth with a range of 10 meters so it’s ideal for riding with a pillion you want to chat with.
– It can connect with your phone and let you receive calls, a quick redial feature, listen to your sat nav and listen to music. You can even share music with the twin pack.
– Apparently it’s not just waterproof. It’s Ultra Proof, protecting it from water, mud, dust and heat.
– And it has a talk time of 12 hours, stand-by time of 700 hours and a charge time of only 3 hours.
At just £87.99 for a single pack and £159.99 for the twin pack [prices accurate 10/07/18] it’s a great value for money bit of kit for anyone going on a long ride that wants to keep in touch or just enjoy some tunes. Once I’ve got my own installed and had an occasion to test it out- I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks for reading, everyone. Until next time!