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Old Feb 20th 2019, 07:19 AM   #1
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Group riding communication ways

Hi guys,
Soon season starts here in NJ, USA and I would like to know what you guys are using for communication in group riding. I was last year in couple group ridings and I noticed that hand signals not always works when the group is bigger.

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Old Feb 20th 2019, 07:45 AM   #2
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I installed a Cardo Pactalk slim on my RF1200. I just use it to talk to my partner when she's riding pillion though. A nice feature is that the Cardo system has a 'always listening' mic so you can call siri with your voice instead of trying to find a tiny button on the freeway with a glove on. From reviews I've read, it is better than the Sena equivalent with longer range with more riders.

Though I would recommend getting a system that mounts to the side of your helmet, like the Pactalk Bold. I bought the Slim because it is more low profile but the battery pack sits at the base of the rear of my helmet and constantly gets caught on the collar of my jacket when I'm riding a sport bike. Plus I'm hesitant to leave my helmet on my bike when I park, even when secured, thinking someone will rip out the shiny Cardo.

Very confusing to set up though.
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Old Feb 20th 2019, 07:52 AM   #3
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Thanks Alex. I was thinking about Senna but not all people in our group have it and was thinking/looking for something which is cost effective and can help with simple notificatio. For example that I need a gas, stop or use restroom etc. When there is 12 of us in a group we have to all wait to either intersections where we stop or just stop on our own.
I'm just curious what people are using to resolve those kind of issues.
On the side note, as track goes do you use any app or hardware to.measure your leaning angle, when you speed, break.etc? I kind a know when I shpuld break, how hard etc but having something I can review affter session would be helpful as well.

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Old Feb 20th 2019, 07:56 AM   #4
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When I ride with or lead a large group we usually setup the ride route. Then it is up to each rider to wait for or signal the rider behind them for turns or to make sure they are still with the group.
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Old Feb 20th 2019, 09:54 AM   #5
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Hi Desmolvr, that's what we usually do. Go over the rules before ride and during the ride, each of us has to make sure that the rider behind him/her is visible. We are also giving hand gestures but this doesn't always work :/
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Old Feb 20th 2019, 09:55 AM   #6
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Desmolvr, what app/map you are using to share the map with others?
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Old Feb 20th 2019, 10:55 AM   #7
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I do not use an app and honestly try to avoid large groups lol. It is always hard to keep a large group together.
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Old Feb 20th 2019, 05:11 PM   #8
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get a sena 30k, convince all your cheap buddies to get one for mesh communications; should solve all problems....and more. will change the way the group rides.

https://www.sena.com/product/30k
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Old Feb 20th 2019, 06:16 PM   #9
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Like everyone else said, keeping the group size down will help. As long as your lead bike and your tailgunner have communication, that will take care of most issues that come up.
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Old Feb 20th 2019, 07:04 PM   #10
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Thanks guys for responses I really appreciated it. I will talk to my group and provide your advices.
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