Interphone F5 Handlebar Remote
This product is poorly designed.
First, it doesn't fit Harley's very well. I cut my grips down so the remote would fit the bar, which it now does, somewhat. It is screwed down as tight as possible, yet still wants to slide around the bar. I remounted with electrical tape underneath it and the mount still won't bite into the tape and stabilize.
Second, the remote size is too thick around the bar. I have to reach around it to turn on my left turn signal.
Disappointed in this product. Wasted $116 bucks!
June 29, 2015
Not perfect, but still a great option
First, let me just say I love the concept, and I recommend this device as it lets you keep your hands on the bars where they belong.
Bluetooth pairing to headset: it took me a lot of attempts to get it to pair the first time, but I have been able to pair it again w/no problems. Sometimes it won't automatically pair (maybe 1 time out of 10), but I just turn the headset off & back on and it usually automatically pairs on that 2nd attempt.
Usability: It's much easier to use than headset buttons on the side of my helmet, which is mounted at an angle, and sometimes I press the wrong button. The directional joystick is VERY easy to use and get right every time. However, for selection you have to press it in, straight in, and for some functions hold it in. With winter gloves, it's very easy to mess that up. e.g. you're trying to press straight down, but the stick accidentally moves up and you have a completely different selection than intended. I would have preferred a 2nd button that was just a button. Maybe I will get better at it.
Battery life - it shuts off automatically based on lack of motion. However, I parked the bike in the Atlanta airport parking garage for 2 nights, and the remote battery was dead when I got back. I guess the vibration of cars in the lot kept it pairing with my helmet headset, which was accidentally left turned on and locked in the top case. The battery in the headset was still alive and well when I got back, and lasted another hour playing music on my ride home. But the remote batteries were completely dead.
Install: Super easy to install, only minutes to insert batteries and screw on to grip. HOWEVER, it has the stupidest screw heads I've ever seen. The screws require a triwing screwdriver tip, halfway between a straight blade and a philips. If you lose the little screwdriver that comes with the kit, I think you're screwed (pun), because it will be hard to find.
May 15, 2015
I bought this to pair it with a F5MC interphone. It works just as expected, very easy to control with gloves.
It was a little difficult to install it on my left grip, because it was in the way of the clutch lever. So I ended up putting it directly on the handlebar, between the clutch lever and the left controls.
Yo can control the interphone with both hands on the handlebar.
November 11, 2014
safety, convenience, ergonomics
I looked at a number of communications gizmos and what sold me was the combination of the F5 headset and this thing. Having controls right at the handlebars is comfortable and convenient, and saves that moment or ten you would have otherwise spent reaching up to your helmet and adjusting - whatever. If you have an F5, which is pretty sweet to begin with, it absolutely improves the experience. If you don't have a communications system and you're a bit of a control freak, (e.g. you'd rather be on the bike controls, and riding) this was made with you in mind.
Installation-wise, note that this unit is designed to mount ON the left hand grip. In my case, it did not fit aftermarket heated grips which are slightly larger than the fitment specs allow. I made a strap instead: stainless steel, black oxide finish, with some adhesive foam weatherstripping in key spots to keep things in place and cut down on vibration. I mounted it directly on the handlebar, between the horn/light/turn signal assembly and the clutch bracket. It looks and works great, (disclaimer: if you need such a solution, hire a professional mechanic). Also worth mentioning: it ships with two different size brackets which should cover most situations, clever fasteners and a special tool to install or remove them, extra hardware, and a tiny screwdriver to open the battery compartment. If you have an F5, this won't come as a surprise - everything is fully thought-out and in the box.
Operation-wise it couldn't be simpler - joystick, thumb, that's it - and easy to use with gloves. You don't even have to switch it on or off. I've been using the handlebar remote for over a year, and it continues to work great, on the original battery, (which is included, of course).
April 13, 2014