2013 Motorcycle & Motorcyclist of the Year

By Motorcyclist Staff, Photography by Kevin Wing

Best New Product

Bike-To-Bike Communicators

Hearing Is Believing

"I have to deal with people all day long. Why would I want someone yammering in my helmet while I ride?" That's the most common argument against bike-to-bike communicators. Fine, but let us offer some of the pros: There's convenience (no more hand signals); safety (this corner is dirty, you're clear to pass); and enjoyment (via casual conversation with your riding partners or listening to music). Hearing is believing, and after trying headsets ourselves during road tests and staff tours, we're all converts. Even Editor in Chief Marc Cook, who supplied the quote above, now regularly rocks a headset on his helmet.

Motorcycle-specific communication systems have been around for more than a decade, but they have improved dramatically. Over the past few years, we've watched communicators evolve from clunky, cumbersome helmet anchors to sleek, lightweight, and highly functional devices that allow you to speak freely with your riding partners, stream music, listen to GPS navigation, answer phone calls, and more. This total connectivity might sound like the antithesis of what you want during a ride, but experience shows that communicators can genuinely improve your riding experience. Try one and see for yourself.

Alternative Take

Gopro Hero 3

Like bike-to-bike communicators, action cameras have become really good. The irrefutable leader in the category is GoPro, and that company’s Hero 3 is now smaller, lighter, and easier to use thanks to an optional Wi-Fi remote control and app that lets you manage the camera from you smartphone, transporting you from zero to Hero in no time.

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"It's what these guys do: defend old-tech machines by bridging the conversation from clanky machinery to unique engine architecture, significant historical precedent, the serenity of Lake Como, or some other specious attribute meant to make us look past obvious flaws."

Leave out the part about Lake Como - and you're describing a harley rider..
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