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Night Ride / Night RIde - "Delicious Restaurant" on NH4 (November 17, 2018)
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:09:21 PM »
Good Day!

Are you ready for round 2??

We are riding to "Delicious Restaurant" at Chowdadenahalli, Kolar on November 17, 2018.

Assemble at: 8:30 P.M at APSRTC Bus Stop  - (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Ride out: 8:45 P.M

NR Point - Delicious Resturant (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Total Distance: 116 km

CHECKLIST:
Fuel up you bikes one day before.
Proper riding gears as per DOCB.
Prefer to have Rain Gear
No overtaking, and the formation need to be followed.
Average speed: 80 kmph

Please confirm your availability using poll.

Regards,

DOCB Admin Team.

Pitstop Partner: Highway Delight.

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Day Ride / Day Ride - Belur Temple (500 Kms)
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:56:36 AM »
Good Day Riders!

On the festive season, we are planning our next adventure to Belur. This would be a One day ride and we would be riding close to 500 kms. So, Gear up for this event!

Following are the details for Saturday ride (October 20, 2018):

Starting point: Popular Automach You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Briefing: 5:30 am
Starting time: 6:00 am

Breakfast: (To be Updated)
Lunch : Empire (Kunigal)

Destination: Belur (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Pictures: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Total distance: 500km


Riding Rules-  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

DOCB Pit Stop Partner: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Rider/Pillion Requirements:
- Helmet, Riding Jacket, Riding gloves and knee guards.
- Bike documents
- Fuel up bike before starting
- Bike should not be in running-in period.

See you at the meeting point!
Please be on time

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Night Ride / Night RIde - "Delicious Resturant" on NH4 (October 13, 2018)
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:37:39 AM »
Good Day!

Get those gears ready and the tanks filled for another Night Ride with DOC-Bangalore.

We are riding to "Delicious Resturant" at Chowdadenahalli, Kolar on October 13, 2018.

Assemble at: 7:00 P.M at APSRTC Bus Stop  - (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Ride out: 7.30 P.M

NR Point - Delicious Resturant (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login)

Total Distance: 116 km

CHECKLIST:
Fuel up you bikes one day before.
Proper riding gears as per DOCB.
Prefer to have Rain Gear
No overtaking, and the formation need to be followed.
Average speed: 80 kmph

Please confirm your availability using poll.

Regards,

DOCB Admin Team.

Pitstop Partner: Highway Delight.

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Gupshup / DOCB Gupshup meet September 23, 2018!!
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:33:13 PM »
Hi DOCBians,

We will be meeting at Chai Patty on 23rd Sep 2018 Saturday morning 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

All our DOCB members are welcome to join in for GupShup meeting, This is the occasions where we get to know and interact with our fellow members. It is highly recommended for all new members join this Gupshup meet and catch up on things happening in DOCB.

Meetup and Tee/CAP distribution location: 772, 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road, Above Royal Enfield Showroom, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038


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Expenses for breakfast ~ (TBU)🙂

Meetup Time: 8.30 AM till 12.00 PM 23rd Sep 2018

See you there!

DOCB Admin Team

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General Discussion / ISI Helmets MisUnderstood ?
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:39:41 AM »
Warm Greetings Everyone!!!

I was just reading through some discussions and social media updates over the need for an "ISI Helmet" to be made mandatory, a few things i read were not only shocking but very odd to say the least! Before we get into the details of things around the standardisation, Indian helmet companies misusing their powers etc,etc. lets spend some time understanding "what is" and "what isn't" ?

NOTE: This discussion is specific to Helmets only and is more about my understanding and opinion against the standards.

Helmets:

We all know what this is, the colourful crown that differentiates a Biker and for some its an expression of what the Rider's emotions are! but, take all of that out of the picture and it is just another Protective gear that is made mandatory by the government considering the growing number of Road Accidents and also a means to hide your face from the traffic cameras so that they get only your Number Plates. LOL

Anyways, every Country/Continent that feels that they are good at talking crap, come up with something called "Standards", be it the US of A, the European Union hell even the world has standards called "ISO" then why not us? I mean "We are INDIANS" and we ain't gonna back off right? even-though our standards called the "ISI" is the same as the abbreviation "our neighbour" uses for their secret services! but, who cares?

Fun Facts ->

  • Any Country can create their own process to allow labels/Standards as long as they match or have something in common with the Global Standards. - This helps Foreign Trade. 
  • You Don't Need to Prove your product quality to the Government on a regular basis, All you need is a "Certificate" for one product and you are good for the next 50 years. There is no one who will walk though your door to test the quality as no Standardisation body has a mechanism/Method to check it.
Now, you could always say "ECE 22.05" is the GOLD Standard but, that's for Europe and their Road Conditions. They did not survey our Bangalore potholes or the EC Flyover or get stuck in Silk Board suffocating in the heat nor did they ride through the dusty Metro Construction Sites. HELL! most of them don't even complain of Hair-fall! (They are definitely not good examples for us!!!)

Coming to Helmet Standards:

If you go through the details of each of the standards set be it DOT/SNELL/ECE or ISI. These are only guidelines as to what needs to be put in as a minimum in order to attain these Certificates.

Categorisation of the Requirements are Based on:

  • Rigid Outer Shell
  • Impact Absorbing Liner
  • Comfort/Fit Padding
  • Face Shield 
  • Additional Face Protection
  • Retention System

Now all of these items only help you understand the shape, material and construction and an expectation on how to provide a degree of protection from injury in the event of an accident provided the helmet is fastened.

In Short, you are at the mercy of the product you own and what your pockets let you afford! People have lost their lives with Studds so has been the case with an AGV Corsar. The blame is not on the Material used, its the way He/She crashed. There is no respect in dying from a head injury even if it was "Shoei" because u still died!

My views are blunt on Helmets:
Fundamentally, if you can come up with a reason why you're riding with a helmet even you think is substandard, I can say with great confidence that you should not be riding a two-wheeler. My helmets don't cross 3 years, Crash or No-Crash, good or bad. My Helmet served its purpose and its time to go!!

So Instead of comparing and wasting time! lets just concentrate on the Road and try to miss those barricades! The Sticker on the helmet aint going to do much there.

Lastly: study and carefully choose the brands you trust. Wear their products because you believe they haven't cut corners. Be hard to please in this regard - there is no such thing as too good a helmet for your head.

If you feel the helmet is substandard, ISI or not. Don't buy it and share the word! People will oppose the brand and the brand will up the standards.

Be Safe! Ride Safe! #ATGATT

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General Discussion / Tata Nano is no More!
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:10:22 PM »
What started as one man's dreamdid become an achievement years later.  The time, the effort and that undying sense of achievement that in 2008, took the world by storm! is no more.

Yes,  it's true! Tata Motors has stopped production of the people's car! The 4 wheeler that gave so many families a chance to rekindle dreams is now just another page is the automotive history of this value-conscious country, that only looks at value for money. More is never the merrier. The hard work and effort of hundreds is now going to be called a failure! This is sad but a learning for all automotive giants, we are Middle class ruled economy, everybody wants more!

More details in link below:

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Good Bye Nano!

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Ride, Rider stories & Travelogues / She is almost a year old!!
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:07:35 PM »
It feels like yesterday that, I saw a TVC from Bajaj saying they have  a 400 cc offering and the first advertisement just swept me off my feet. It was love at first sight, it was just one of those things that tingle your palms for that Adrenaline rush, that hidden craze because these were just dreams that I could not afford.

It definitely wasn't as classy as it seems atleast for me. I was this golden eyed kid staring at the bike looking at me everyday I passed by the showroom on my classic saying "Do you think you are good enough for me?". Well, nevertheless I muscled up the courage to walk-in to the showroom and take a closer look at her and the rest just slipped through me! Its almost a year. She celebrates her birthday on the 19th of July! and man is she amazing !!!!

Here are some glimpses of my time with this amazing beauty! The Dominar 400, My "Harley Quinn" !!!!


Its gonna be lengthy, I hope I don't bore you. I thought, why not take you through my Journey  :P

Chapter 1: How it Happened!

It was a freakishly sweaty Saturday Morning at Chennai, just up from bed for my early morning dose of Youtube and WAM!! the Dominar Ad was on my face. I had the whole weekend to myself and there was obviously the need to get my Classic to the garage for an oil Change. So, I decided to lift my otherwise super lazy rear to the Garage and get her ready for the week ahead.

I don't know what got into me, I decided to walk up to the Bajaj Showroom about a 100mts from the Garage and there she was! Sleek, staring at the Street outside and a Donkey just making her scream for no reason! (lol, no Dirty feelings. I am still talking about the Dominar)

I walk-in, a warm greeting from an unknown Stranger.

Stranger: Hello Sir! How can I help you.
Me: Just Window shopping Sir, I wanted to check this bike out. ( trying to control my emotions!)

Stranger: My name is Mithun, I can show you the bike and also help you with a Test Ride. Let me know if you are interested.

Me: (Inside) BC, Ru serious! get that bike! lets see what it can do! Enough of your Ads troubling my Youtube time!!!

(Reality) Sure Mithun  ;D ;D

(Ain't I an As****e)

So, it happens. I get the bike. Pull the Dominar out for a test ride. (My first test ride for any bike till date) I start the engine (not impressed), I raise the throttle (doesn't sound like the Advertisement), alrite then! lets see what it can do!

I start and the rest is History!

I still make sure I meet Mithun (Currently with KTM) everytime I am in Chennai. This guy introduced me to something I had not felt before. The courtesy, the simplicity of Mithun just blew me away however, he was also the guy who gave me the bad news. No Black coloured Dominar on sale yet! Buggar !!!!

Chapter 2: The Predicament :(


I have always been a fan of Black, I have never thought of a Machine in another Color, a heart breaking thought at the back of my mind in every meeting that I attend at work. What do i do ? Should I go for it? Should I wait? Should I break my Dream Run? I was lost, confused. I wanted to own the Dominar no matter what.

Life had other ideas though, Mom fell Sick, I had to run back to Bangalore. Quit my job. I am now sitting at home, trying to find another job. Listening to the constant chatter of "Why are you not going to Work!" tough times it lasted for a few Months but Determination was all I had. :( :(

Chapter 3: The Good News. :)

Out of the Blue, an unexpected call for an Interview and Guess what I am employed again!! and the next thing, I called Khivraj at Hoodi,


Me: Hello, DO you have a Dominar in Black.
Assosciate: Not yet Sir, We are expecting the Color to come out in July!

( All hell breaks loose! The Dream rekindled! My first 400cc Bike (eventhough, its 373cc my mom wouldn't know, or would she ??? she still thinks I own a Pulsar though)

Me: Ok, I will see you at 3PM, Just confirm te Delivery Dates.
Associate: Sure

Chapter 4: My Fate is Sealed!


I walk-in, pay the leftover part of my savings. Give the Documents, One more test ride on the Dominar and 3 weeks later. I had her.


Like a wave, she came roaring out of the basement parking with shining Pilot lights, still wrapped in her first covers, shining! A Matt Black Dominar. I had it! I bought it! the emotions still in my eyes! the happiness. M bundle of Joy! right there! WOW!!!! the sense of acheivement! Something mind blowing!

I dont know if I would ever feel this way about another bike again but, this was just for the better days to come. I heard the blah blah from the delivery dude and as soon as the Key hit my palm, its GAME TIME!!!

From that day (July 19th, 2018), the way I look at biking has entirely changed. The sense of touring has changed, the passion for biking and adventure is more than ever before. Every Km I Travel, every trip i complete means more than it ever did before.


I found a new me! more than everything, I found a new brotherhood. A Family that I will always cherish. Yes, its DOCB. When I joined the group, I was another Squid that was probably just an unruly mess of speed and power. I tuned myself, I learnt alot, a supportive forum of fun, knowledge and people of all age groups!.


I can never thank Bajaj enough for giving me this Bike and Tushar bhai for what he has done to mould the group to what it is today, not to forget the Admins who are the backbone of this community and every single individual who have been so suportive to make one's dream become a reality!

A heartfelt Thank you to you all! Thank you for accepting me and my Harley Quinn to your family.

I am forever in debt. She will be a year old in a few days and already over 20K on the odo. Looking forward to some more memorable rides and loads of foolishness from me!


Untill next time! Take care Gentlemen. You are all Amazing and special.

GodSpeed!


Just reliving the memories in enough to put me in tears! it's no doubt a machine but, its a machine that gave me a family I never thought I would have. Once again, Thank you!

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Trusted Petrol Pumps in Bangalore / 24 hour Bunks in Bangalore
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:52:59 AM »
Here is a list f Petrol bunks around the city that will help you in case you run out of fuel:

These bunks are some of the best bunks around but, keep your eyes open :p

  • Indian Oil ( Bommasandra and Begur) - Below EC Flyover
  • HP - Tin Factory Bus Stop
  • HP - Marathalli towards HAL
  • HP - Murgeshpalya
  • Essar and Shell near Oil Mill Road
  • Shell and Indian Oil - Bellandur
  • Shell - Sankey Tank Road

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Dominar TVC / Dominar HyperTours 2018-19
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:06:14 AM »
Get You plans ready ! This year is filed with surprises and miles to be covered before hanging the jacket off one last time.








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Alloy wheel repair / Indian Two Wheelers Alignment : kammanhalli
« on: July 04, 2018, 08:28:41 AM »
For those in need of getting your alloys fixed/balanced at an affordable price. Look no further than Kammanhalli. LOL  ;D ;D ;D ;D

So, there is the small store that does the alignment, removes all sorts of Alloy bends and repairs damages as well on the Empire hotel - Thalaserry Hotel stretch in Kammanhalli.  They are well known to most bikers who are regular squids in the city :P

In case, you ever need some assistance with your wheels. Do reach out to them.

Indian Two Wheelers Alignment
No.60/1, Nehru Road, Kammanahalli, Bangalore - 560084, Opposite To State Bank Of Hyderabad
 
Phone: +91 9379410899 / 9343842301

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General Discussion / Night rides - Do's and Dont's
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:43:04 AM »
Good Day Gentlemen and ladies  ;)

Lately, our group has started adding more than usual count of Night Rides to our Inventory. Notable points being we do have some senior riders in the pack and members that are new to the whole 350+ CC conversion.

My intentions with this write-up is simple and straight, Safety, No Casualties and a Fun environment.

Here are some Do's that you could consider as part of these events.

  • Full Riding Gear, Rain Gears are optional, Clean your helmet visors before the ride
  • Check your machines before for the right tire pressure, Oil Levels, and lets not forget a good rest even if the ride is less than a 100 kms to and fro
  • Check your lights and Fog lamps (if installed) make sure all the electrical's are Functional including your "horns"
  • Carry all necessary documents
  • Preferably use the left lane, the centre and the right lanes are for bigger and faster vehicles. No Doubt we are faster but we are still on 2 wheels.
    • These are some basics before any trip but, they take utmost priority on a Night Ride.

      Here are some Dont's, very important ones to say the least.

      • A night ride after a busy day at work can be tough on your eyes and the ability to make split second decisions, if you are tired - Flag off your sweep. He/She will gladly wait for you to recover. DO NOT PUSH YOURSELF
      • Ride at whatever speeds you are comfortable with, Standard riding rules apply irrespective of the Ride type or location. The team will back you and wait if needed.
      • Lane switching. When you ride as group you are responsible for the rider in front of you and also behind you. any sudden dodges or changes can impact the decision making of the other rider and lead to a disaster. please use your indicators and make sure you do not disturb traffic as well
      • Dont Go Crazy: Traffic and trucks can charge any rider to go crazy. A good rider knows his limits so please refrain yourself to the maximum possible.
      • Do not overtake unless necessary and always pass on the messages either over Intercom or Signals.

      Ride Safe, Be Unique. Follow your lead and maintain formation!

      Godspeed!

      P.s. Please feel free to add any points that i might have missed.

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Ride, Rider stories & Travelogues / Being ME !!
« on: July 03, 2018, 09:42:41 AM »
I have been thinking about putting my thoughts on ink for quite sometime.

Here's a little insight into why  a descent amount of bloggers write, some are just upset, depressed or want to say something to the world that they could not otherwise. I have been through that phase already. Today I am an outsider, a passionate rider, a Comedian and a firm believer in learning from my mistakes. Now, that was a serious statement! Nevertheless, enough of the that, don't you think?

Here, I am. 9 years of solid touring, crazy roads, memorable trips, a tonne of friends and a beautiful experience that cannot be summed into a single article and in other news, I am still single and happily fooling around on two wheels! LOL

I started off as a 18 year old with a Driving License and no idea what to do with it and the funny part of it being I had a "book" that was issued by the Indranagar RTO. (Digitalization did happen I Guess??  :o )

I come from a humble background, an Underdog, I have had to work my way up the ladder, be it bikes or professional life. I have been shown the door and kicked out more times than I can remember. However, none of this stopped me from getting to where I am today, "The Motivation" was always the urge to buy a bigger machine and to never run out of money for Fuel.

I started with a Kinetic Honda ZX. Back in the early days, what used to be a regular tuition class would end up being a run for the money. From Indiranagar to Nandi Hills for Tea at the hill top and back before 9:30 for my attendance at home.  :P I guess that's when I learnt there was a Squid inside me that till date creeps out on highways. i have mellowed down though, I mean, I kind off have, or something like that.... anyways........ My transition was slow and steady, Kinetic ZX to a Pulsar 150 UG 4 then the Pulsar 220, Classic 350, Himalayan (Short lived Dream) and now the Dominar 400. ( I have been a Bajaj fanboy haven't I :P )

I have never been crazy over Mods, never worried about speeds but i believe in knowing my machine to my best abilities. Actually, I made up my mind to learn these things after my first ride to Leh. It was unplanned, bitten by ego and a solid push to the finish, I probably fell down every chance i got.  ;D ;D ;D and worst, I took the Lead's words too serious. I did it on a RE 350 Classic nevertheless. It wouldnt be wrong to call the "Classic" the first Indian Tourer. (Still my opinion)

I have travelled the lengths of the Country but never shied away from a challenge, no matter the pain I will meet u in the next stop for Chai  :P Somehow, there is still the urge to ride longer and farther to a place nobody has seen or been to, camp under the stars with your always lovable packet of "Maggi" boiling on one side and just stare at that 2 wheeled beauty.

Unfortunately, I have lost the plot on why I was writing this thanks to a couple meetings that popped up. (This the hard part of the "Work - Life" balance nonsense!)

However, At the end of it all after every ride, I have always wondered, ?What do people say about me when I am not around??. There is not much you can do about this thought can you?

Be yourself, Ride for Fun, promote Safe Riding, Live for that extra mile on the ODO. There is no alternate to the wind blowing hrough your hair.

Godspeed!

To the Admin Team of DOCB:

Thank you for accepting me, my apologies for the torture I can be at Rides. I am learning and hope I am as good as all you someday!. (I am very thankful, that there is no BOT here on the forum  :D :D :D :D :D :D )

See You soon Gentlemen !!


From Your Joker

- Rohit Barui a.k.a (The Naagin guy, Black Mamba, Pupps, Sweep, and lots more to come..)

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Gadget Reviews / vnetphone v6 & v8 - Budget Intercoms
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:46:45 AM »
Here is another budget investment for your touring needs.

The Vnetphone v6 and v8 are budget friendly intercoms that are available on Ali-express and other websites.

Price: 4K to 8K INR

Both the Intercoms come with pretty much the same range and options:

● Full-duplex motorcycle helmet Bluetooth intercom for 5 riders simultaneously
● Maximum 1200 meters calling distance
● Remote controller is installed on the handle of your motorcycle, easy to operate
● Bluetooth V3.0 hands-free at range of up to 10 meters
Support NFC connection, faster transmission speed
● With FM radio function, it can be used for radio listening and FM
● Automatic answering phone calls provides convenient and safe riding journey
● Waterproof material and wind resistant design keep you worry-free about the intercom
● Built-in 550mAh Li-polymer battery for long time using
● 120 hours standby time and 8 hours continuous calling or music playing time

Specification:
Charging time: 3 hours
RDS: no
TTS: no
FM range: 87.5 - 108MHz
Speaker power: 0.25W
Working temperature: -10 Deg.C - +45Deg.C 
Charger specification: DC 5V 1000mA


Pro's:

Connects to a maximum of 4 riders + you.
can connect to Sena as well but only to one device at a time.

Cons
Cumbersome Design
You will need some time to get used to the design


Accessories:

Comes with an additional remote that you can mount to your handlebar.

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Gadget Reviews / Sena 10S
« on: June 28, 2018, 01:42:35 PM »
Sena is a major player in the Intercom industry. It wouldn't be wrong to classify this intercom brand as a luxury! with notable improvements including upgraded speakers, moving from Bluetooth 3.0 to 4.1.

Here are some of the new features this intercom offers:

New speakers with excellent volume range.
Improved Bluetooth pairing between multiple Sena units.
Ride Connected app makes it easier to connect with other riders.
Advanced Noise Control makes communication even crisper.
12 hours talk time and 10 days standby (claims proved accurate).
Ability to charge the unit?s battery while in use.
Option to use wired or boom microphone (both included).
Auxiliary port to run ear buds instead of speakers if you prefer.
Ability to connect two BT devices (e.g. Phone + GPS)

Pro's:

Affordable price point.
Relative simplicity and ease of use.
Speakers allow listening to spoken audio at highway speeds.
Sleek design that is less bulky than the 20S.


Cons:

Limited number of intercom connections.
Standard Bluetooth pairing still has room for improvement.
True range a closer match to what?s claimed.

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General Discussion / Intercom: Do you need it ?
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:02:28 AM »
Whats more important to have a classy ride to remember?  Hmmmm...???? lets see, there is the obvious option of screaming out of your helmet to the guy next to you or your pillion. LOL

There is another option to ease the pain of screaming or turning around. you can call them to stay connected or save the recharge/bills using an Intercom.

Lets begin!!!!

A helmet is perhaps the most important protective gear that you should wear when riding a motorcycle. It protects your head from the collision, reducing the likelihood of a deadly accident. The intercom on the other hand is a additional add-on to the helmet that eases communication. Bluetooth helmets/Intercoms are not only used for rider-to-rider communication. Depending on the specific product that will be chosen, you can also have it paired with your mobile phone or other riders. With this, you will have the opportunity to talk to someone in a manner that is hands-free. You will be alerted if someone is calling you. Just press a button to take the call and you can already talk as you drive. This will also be helpful when listening to music or to directions for easier navigation.

The good thing about the use of Bluetooth helmets is that the signal is pretty strong. This makes it excellent in offering hands-free connectivity, allowing the communication between two parties or devices to be clear. Especially the newer versions of Bluetooth intercoms, they utilise an advanced technology that does not only offer clarity, but also power efficiency and noise cancellation. It uses minimal power, and hence, it will take long before it can drain your battery. This is perfect even for long-distance rides. Nonetheless, if it is not used or you do not intend to use it, turn off Bluetooth to save power and to avoid it from being discovered by other networks.

Now, the question DO YOU NEED IT ?

Personally YES, its a wonderful invention to say the least. Most of the new Intercoms are water resistant as well so, riding in the rain is No Problemo! however, some intercoms tend to burn your pocket as well.

Invest wisely and make sure that you ask someone for better prices before you pick one.

Cons:

Can be bulky.

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