How many times have you wanted to say something to a riding buddy or passenger, but had to bite your tongue until the next stoplight? With the Scala Rider intercom from Cardo Systems, all you have to do is speak and your voice resounds in your partner’s helmet. The universal kit comes with two headsets that mount by way of a padded clamp that slips between the helmet’s outer shell and EPS liner. Install the speakers in your helmet, route the wires underneath the padding and you’re good to go. Getting the clamp in place is easier on some helmets than others, and you’ll have to supply your own Velcro to secure the speakers.
We used a Scala system for husband-to-wife communication during a 1000-mile weekend tour and it thoroughly enhanced the trip. It can take a minute for the headsets to connect when you first turn them on, but the voice-actuated feature means you can leave the units on all day without killing the battery. For the most part conversation was transmitted loud and clear, but on occasion the signal inexplicably became muddled. Resetting the connection (a one-button procedure) solved the problem. Side winds will wreak havoc on signal clarity, so position the microphone as far up in the helmet as possible. Battery life is excellent, with a single charge lasting 12 hours or more.
With a claimed range of up to one mile, the Scala G4 system is excellent for rider-to-rider communication as well. It’s also Bluetooth-enabled, so you can pair it with your phone to make and receive calls on the road.
Scala Rider G4 Powerset Intercom
Price: $489.95 per pair
Contact: Cardo Systems Inc.
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Like heated apparel or an onboard sound system, an intercom can elevate your riding experience.