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Old 06-15-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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I wondering what would be a good race radio setup for offroad racing? I would like to let the pits know I am coming. Has anybody used them before?
Any good info would help. or a system that you have used or using.

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Old 06-15-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
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This is a very popular setup for Baja and other desert racing:
http://www.pciraceradios.com/Categor...cat=Motorcycle
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:00 PM   #3
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PCI and McKenzie's are the only 2 quality setups I know of.


McKenzie's, http://www.helmetkits.com/, is were I bought my stuff a few years ago.

PCI however, is owned/ran by Bob ''The Weatherman" Steinberger, I believe. Someone who gives alot back to the offroad racing sport.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:37 AM   #4
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:12 AM   #5
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Check out www.ruggedradios.com , too. I have two Baja Designs kits that have been working well.

Do not cheap out on this, either spend the big bucks or don't but the halfway measures fail often.
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:24 AM   #6
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My 0.02 is that radios are an un-necessary expence that unless you are in the top three aren't going to gain you more than a few seconds at each pit, at best. Added weight and complexity of using radios creates more distraction than positive effect. SCORE and BITD allows radio use, some like AMA does not allow radio use. What series are you racing?
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:24 PM   #7
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I just would like it for letting my wife know how things are going. Since she will be chasing me in the rv. Let me know if is having in problems. 500+ miles is lonely on a bike.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:07 PM   #8
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So, is she going to be using a hand held or a radio mounted in the truck? A radio in the truck sends and receives better, but then she has to stay in the truck or leave the door open and stay close by. Hand held radios have very limited range as compared to the truck mount, if the little Icom gets out 2 miles you are doing good, which would give you maybe 2 or 3 minuets on either side of the pit to talk. Not much for a total cost of around $800 to $1000.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:32 AM   #9
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did this season without em.. seems like pits are within an hour or so and if you dont make it with a problem to the next. you will have a stuck stub to give to a passing rider for the next pit captain.. then THEY will pick you up going to the next pit where your wife will be... if you dont show on time she can ask a captain.. she will be traveling usually with the same group and will become freinds quick...

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I agree, save your money. Radios are great when you go play riding and everyone has one. But in a race they are more troublesome than they are worth.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:11 AM   #11
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My 0.02 is that radios are an un-necessary expence that unless you are in the top three aren't going to gain you more than a few seconds at each pit, at best. Added weight and complexity of using radios creates more distraction than positive effect.
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I agree, save your money. Radios are great when you go play riding and everyone has one. But in a race they are more troublesome than they are worth.
Beat me to it....

In V2R you may come into a pit located on the other end of a valley so maybe they'd get a couple minute warning you're coming in. Most of the pits I bet they'd only hear you about the time they see you.
And do you know exactly where the pits are? Do you know that cluster of things in the distance is the pit or is it an old ranch or highway crossing? Don't plan on talking at your support truck, aint gonna happen.
IMO only if you're really dicing for position and you happen to have an issue (like a flat) will a radio be helpful so your crew has 30 seconds to be ready with bike stand, wheel, and tools which will possibly save you a lead (and your crew needs to be able to swap a wheel & air filter in -45 seconds too).

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Old 06-21-2010, 11:29 PM   #12
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I LOVE this stuff...GREAT advise .

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