Phone calls from a motorcycle

By: Keith Barrett

So many of us have become used to carrying mobile phones around that it almost seems impossible to imagine situations where we are out of contact. Even when travelling, we expect to be available to friends, family and work colleagues.

Although the laws on using phones while driving have changed the ways in which we can communicate on the road, motorcycle owners face a different set of challenges.

It never was particularly easy to make use of a mobile phone while on a bike. For starters, the helmet (obligatory in the UK) used to get in the way.

Technology is now providing a solution to this problem.

The use of bluetooth devices means that riders can now communicate with fellow enthusiasts and those located elsewhere.

Bluetooth helmets and headsets are becoming increasingly popular, opening up a whole new world of opportunities.

The basic idea is that a headset can be fitted within an existing helmet. That headset will contain some headphones that allow you to hear what others are saying.

Attached to the front of the headset is a microphone. This allows you to speak to other road users and people all over the world, when used in conjunction with a mobile phone.

The idea is simple and yet effective. Although the sound quality can be somewhat variable at the present time, the technology continues to improve and costs are set to fall still further.

If you have a helmet that is not suitable for use with a headset, then there are also a number of specialist bluetooth motorcycle helmets on the market.

You need never be unavailable again.

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