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Kit SP-A
Super Pro Automatic
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
and WARRANTY
Kit SP-A includes:
1x
1x
1x
2x
1x
1x
1x
2015 Super Pro Automatic, bike powered, logical mixing and control hub unit
2110 Rider’s noise cancelling stereo headset with plug-in ambient noise sensor
2113 Passenger’s noise cancelling stereo headset
2138 Coiled headset extension leads
2422 Deluxe bike fitting kit with on-bike socket holders and dust caps
2176 Standard 2000mm phone leads
2245 Standard 2000mm stereo music lead
HUB
IMPORTANT NOTE:
PLEASE ASK your supplier to personally check with you that this kit contains ALL the parts listed
above before you leave the shop!
Autocom UK has carefully checked that all of the parts listed above are supplied in this kit at the
time of packing and shipping; however we also train our suppliers to check and confirm with you (in
the shop) that you have all of these listed parts supplied in your kit before leaving the shop. Because
of this thorough triple check quality control method Autocom UK cannot accept any claims for
missing parts once you have left the shop.
This product is intended for sale ONLY from authorised retail premises by trained authorised
Autocom dealers, where your supplier has provided you with high quality hands on demonstration
and advice about the products before you purchase. This product is not to be sold/purchased via
mail order etc or from any dealer who has not/or cannot provide you with high quality face to face
hands on demonstration and after sales service and support.
If this product was supplied to you by mail order, we ask that you please contact
enquiries@autocom.co.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1926 431249 and let us know who your supplier
was, such that we can ensure that ALL of our customers receive the highest standards of supply and
support that our customers, products and brand deserves.
Please fill in and return the product registration on the inside back cover.
It is very important that you fully read and understand all of
these instructions before installation and use.
This system is designed for domestic motorcycle use only.
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CONGRATULATIONS
Thank you for choosing Autocom. Your Super Pro Automatic system is designed, built and fully tested
to be the very best, and provide you with many years of very high quality use and performance if
installed and used as described in these instructions.
Please take the time to fully read and understand these instructions before installation and use and feel
free to ask your Autocom dealer for advice, or call our help-line if anything is not perfectly clear and
understandable. Telephone: +44 (0)1926 431249 (UK). Email: enquiries@autocom.co.uk
SAFETY FIRST
It is very important to properly set up and use these products as designed. Please do not make any
modifications or try to use your system with any non recommended products or in any other way than
described. Do not cut or modify your helmets.
It is common sense and the law in some countries that the rider of a vehicle be in control at all times,
which includes the ability to hear other road users warnings. As such the RIDER should not have the
music volume so loud as to prevent this. Safety should always be your first priority and is ultimately
the responsibility of the rider. Make sure that the quick release connectors are free to quick release in
the event of an emergency. Do not fix or tape them together.
The rider should only make adjustments while stationary, never while in motion. Always focus your
attention to riding and safety and do not use the system in such a way as to interfere with this. The
added ability to communicate between rider and passenger and/or with other riders on other bikes can
considerably improve your safety, so become familiar with using the system to provide good advice
and/or warnings etc.
OVERVIEW
The Super Pro Automatic hub system supplied in Kit SP-A is designed for 12 volt bike powered use,
providing unlimited duration and ultra high quality and performance. Hi-Fi quality stereo headsets with
plug-in true noise cancelling boom microphones, rugged water resistant headset leads and connectors,
5 Aux connections (4 of which are stereo) and options for a single or twin plug-in stereo remote
Bluetooth module/s which can connect to between one and four wireless Bluetooth devices.
The innovative logical mixing and automatic control design provides a rider and passenger with
seamless integration with various optional audio devices such as; bike to bike radio (some of which can
also be bike powered) GPS (including stereo GPS), two or more phones (including stereo phones) two
or more stereo music devices, and/or radar detectors etc, simply by selecting the optional parts to suit
your specific needs. It is designed and sold this way to save you cost, as to include all possible
parts/options for every potential variation would not be practical or cost effective. Your Autocom dealer
should be able to help you choose what optional parts you may require.
Key features which set Autocom apart from other brands include;
• Autocom’s ultra high quality and performance, with Autocom logical mixing and control
• Fully automatic (self sensing and adjusting) volume and VOX level controls. (Can be set to manual
where preferred)
• Fully independent rider and passenger VOX sensitivity controls
• Fully independent rider and passenger master volume controls
• Front/rear stereo music fader pre-set control
• User selectable automatic audio reduction
• Rider’s headset lead with on-bike socket holder and water resistant dust caps
• Passenger’s headset lead with on-bike socket holder and water resistant dust caps
• Plug-in removable bike power lead and bike fitting kit
• Reverse polarity and thermal overload protection
Autocom systems are track tested to over 180mph during development, where they are tuned to
provide superior performance. Each part is fully tested before it leaves the UK factory and set such
that most users will simply power, connect up and use straight out of the box without the need to
make any adjustments.
Some people may need a little more time or extra help to get used to the system, in particular to the
importance of correct microphone and speaker positioning, so please be patient and if in any doubt
do not hesitate to ask for help. If your system is not performing as you would expect or as we claim
it should, then the most likely cause is incorrect installation or use, in particular microphone and
speaker positioning.
These instructions have been designed to try to help you get the most out of your system, but if it does
not exceed your expectations then we want to help. You are welcome to visit our factory at anytime,
Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 17.30 plus Saturdays by appointment. If you cannot get to our factory then
please contact Autocom, your dealer or distributor; details available on our website: www.autocom.co.uk
Autocom systems have been rated the very best for over 16 years, having won every credible media
back to back test, and not just by a bit, but by miles. This all new Super Pro Automatic system sets
completely new standards and is by far our very best Super Pro development to date, which we think
you will agree: says it all.
If you have read these instructions, typically it should take approximately between 20 minutes to 3
hours to complete a bike and two helmet fittings.
We hope you like this product and enjoy it for many years to come, as much as we have enjoyed
designing and building it for you.
Tom Beman (MD)
Autocom Products Limited
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Higher
Lower
Higher
Lower
Front
Rear
Softer
Harder
Softer
Harder
Less
More
CONNECTIVITY • LOGICAL MIXING AND CONTROL
A range of optional accessories lets you personalise your expandable system.
Aux 1 • designed for Bike-to-Bike
Both rider and passenger’s speech automatically transmits the bike-to-bike radio thanks to the I-VOX,
providing easy and safe hands free use. Incoming bike to bike audio on Aux 1 automatically reduces
the stereo audio levels on Aux 2 and Aux 4 to 50% to improve speech clarity. (Auto reduction can be
switched off). When the phone is in use on Aux 3 it disables the bike to bike VOX transmit function so
that your phone conversations are not broadcast out to the other bikes, which allows the other bikes
to continue with bike to bike communications while you are on the phone. The system can also bike
power some recommended bike-to-bike radios, plus take advantage of the optional handlebar remote
control, to disable the VOX transmit mode providing privacy for rider-to-passenger communications,
and then transmit bike-to-bike messages at any time by either pressing the press-to-talk (PTT) button,
or toggle back to the normal VOX transmit mode. When the phone is in use and disables the VOX
transmit function, the remote control PTT button lets you over-ride this so that you can transmit to
other bikes even when on the phone.
Aux 2 • designed for Stereo GPS
Incoming audio on Aux 2 automatically reduces the stereo music level on Aux 4 to 50% to improve
speech clarity, while automatic gain control compensates for varying noise/speeds and the stereo audio
can be faded between the rider and passenger headsets (auto reduction and/or auto gain control can
be switched off for improved earplug use). You can use some phones via some GPS units, but in most
cases you lose the important GPS audio and safety camera warnings while using the phone through a
GPS. This is why we provide separate GPS and phone connectivity to manage this better for you.
Aux 3 • designed for Rider’s Stereo Phone
Incoming audio is amplified only to the rider’s headset, but can be switched for both rider and
passenger use. Incoming audio automatically cuts the stereo music on Aux 4 by 100% and reduces
bike-to-bike audio on Aux 1, plus stereo GPS audio on Aux 2 to 50% to improve phone conversation;
while at the same time it also disables the bike-to-bike VOX transmit mode to prevent your phone
conversation been broadcast to other bikes. *Some phones may require a hands free adaptor.
Aux 4 • designed for Stereo Music
Automatic gain control compensates for varying noise/speed conditions and the stereo audio can be
faded between the rider and passenger headsets. Rider and passenger speech plus audio from Aux 1
and 2 automatically reduce the stereo music on Aux 4 to 50%, while audio from Aux 3 fully cuts the
music for improved conversations (auto reduction and/or auto gain control can be switched off for
improved earplug use).
Aux 5 • designed for Passenger’s Stereo/Phone
Incoming audio is amplified only to the passenger’s headset, but can be switched to both rider and
passenger. Incoming audio has no effect to any other Aux connections so that the passenger can enjoy
their own stereo music without disruption to other inputs or outputs. We recommend using the optional
remote PTT if using a bike-to-bike radio, so that you can manually disable the VOX transmit mode when
the passenger is using their phone.
Optional, remote, Single or Twin Stereo Bluetooth Module/s
Connects into Aux 2, 3, 4 or 5.
Each of the stereo Bluetooth modules lets you connect wirelessly to one or two Bluetooth devices, so
long as one is using hands free profile (such as a mobile phone or GPS, etc) and the other uses
advanced audio profile (A2DP, such as stereo devices, mp3 players, etc). The twin Bluetooth module
lets you connect to between 1 and 4 Bluetooth devices.
Ultra High Quality and Performance Rider and Passenger Noise Cancelling Headsets
When either person speaks, their I-VOX system automatically turns their microphone on, reducing the
stereo music on Aux 4 and transmits the bike-to-bike radio, for safer hands free use. When you stop
speaking the microphone automatically turns off and the music gently glides back to its normal level.
High quality, robust, on-bike leads (and coiled extension leads) are custom designed for easy, safe and
comfortable use. Built to last but also easy to service or replace. Neat on-bike rubber socket holders
with water resistant dust caps provide that professional finishing touch.
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GETTING STARTED
Having read this manual completely and checked any questions with your dealer, you should
now be ready to trial fit and power your main control hub and test to ensure it is completely free from
any electrical interference. Then test and understand how to use the headsets properly before installing
them into your helmets. Then use your helmet/s (leaving your hands free) to listen for any electrical
noise during installing and testing of any audio interfaces/devices, then do the final set up and road test.
Before fully installing the SP-A main control hub unit on your bike (or in a tank bag etc),
carefully think it through. There are many ways in which you can install your system but there is usually
only one way which is best for you and/or your bike. It is easy to get carried away and do a complete
installation only to then find problems at the end and not know the cause or how to resolve them. If
you follow these instructions carefully you should avoid (or find and cure) any problems during the
installation, meaning you only need to do it once.
Please note; the SP-A main control hub unit is splash resistant; it is designed not to be completely
sealed so as to allow it to breathe. It is however internally protected from damp and the odd splash, so
please consider its location carefully in order to help prevent excessive water contamination. For
example, do not position it where water will be forced in under pressure, such as in the front of the bikes
faring, or under a wheel arch etc. Look for locations, say under the seat or in a tank bag or wherever
you are sure it will not get soaking wet. Of course reasonable care should also be taken when washing
the bike, especially if you use a jet wash. You may cover the control box with a bag etc when washing,
but remove the bag afterwards to ensure the unit can breathe or you may cause damage if it is allowed
to build up excessive condensation. If you do not feel you can position the main control unit where it will
not get excessively wet, please ask your dealer about the optional water protector cover.
TRIAL FIT AND CHECK THE MAIN CONTROL HUB
Position the main control hub unit where you think you would prefer it to
go. Then trial fit the headset leads, plus any other audio interface leads
(and audio devices) to make sure they will all reach and connect together,
and adjust as required. Note; the rider’s headset (with ambient
noise sensor) MUST BE USED with the riders lead (as marked on the
control box label). Think about cable lengths and where they will run,
trying to avoid any sharp edges or seat pressure points/catches where
cables may get trapped or crushed, and areas of potential electrical
interference such as spark plugs and HT lead/coils, and the voltage
regulator (normally a metal finned box bolted to the bikes frame) and areas
of high heat such as engine and exhaust systems. Check with your dealer
or our website www.autocom.co.uk for specific bike installation tips.
Mounting the main control unit under the seat (as most people
do) is normally near the rear light cluster in the tail unit and fixed down
with Velcro to stop it sliding about (but also making it easy to remove
for access if required). The riders lead (longest) will typically come
along the bikes frame and out between the seat and tank (between the
riders legs). If required you can use an optional straight headset
extension lead so that it will reach under the tank and then come out
near to the front of the tank/headstock area. The rider will use one of
the coiled headset extension leads (supplied in kit SP-A) to connect
between the riders headset and the bike mounted socket (providing
two safety release points in case of an emergency or should you ever
forget to unplug when leaving the bike). The passenger lead will
normally exit near to the rear of the seat, (often close to the passenger
grab handle where fitted).
Mounting the main control box in a tank bag, using one of the
optional two part bike power leads with in-line connectors, the riders lead
will easily reach directly from the unit in the tank-bag to the riders
headset, without needing to use the coiled extension lead. The
passenger’s headset will connect via the coiled extension lead (supplied)
directly to the main hub unit’s passenger lead, with it just hanging out of
the tank bag. Or you may prefer to use an optional straight 2000mm
headset extension lead that connects to the units passengers lead
(hanging just outside of the front of the tank bag, near the headstock,
next to the power lead connector) which runs under the bikes tank and
seat and then exits by the rear of the seat (near to the grab handle where
fitted) so that the passenger can use the coiled headset lead supplied to
connect from their helmet to their on-bike socket. Please ask your dealer
about optional headset extension leads and various two part power leads
that are available if required.
When you have checked and concluded where you want to mount the
main control hub unit, including running both headset leads, power
lead and any audio leads etc, you can now connect the power lead to
the bike and test/move if required before finally using some Velcro and tie-wraps to fix in place.
Top Tips (1)
Where you route the cables along the frame of the bike etc, secure them as required using tie wraps.
Care should be taken to ensure that the cables cannot fall into the chain, wheel or foul the steering
etc, or be trapped or crushed by the seat or body panels. If required use some hard packing strips
either side of the cables to prevent damaging the cables at pressure points such as where the cables
come from under the seat between the tank and body panels etc, if required bond the packing strips
in place but only after you are sure of the final location. Avoid any sharp angles or edges, which may
damage or cut the cables.
Pay particular attention to the seat locking mechanism, which, if fouled could cause problems with
removing the seat. When using tie wraps please be careful not to over tighten them, taking extra
care to avoid brake-lines, breathers, overflow pipes etc. and when you cut the surplus off any tie
wraps remember to cut it short and square so that it reduces any sharp edges that may scratch you
when servicing or washing the bike.
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CONNECTING THE POWER LEAD TO THE BIKE
Always connect the BLACK (negative) wire directly to the battery negative terminal using the crimped
eyelet supplied, as this is the best earth on the bike. Not using the battery earth/NEGATIVE is the
most likely cause for electrical interference issues.
Connect the RED (Positive) wire to a recommended, switched ignition fused supply (5 amps
maximum, unless you fit an additional in-line fuse of between 3 and 5 amps). Ask your bike supplier if
they know of any recommended accessory power points on the bike, or consult your bikes handbook,
but only use this for the positive supply.
Typical places to find an ignition switched fused supply are the positive feed to the tail lights,
or rear brake light switch. Ask your bike dealer if you are not completely sure. Please note that you
can split the red and black power cable as required and cut them to length but don’t do this until you
make the final installation/connection, remember that you may need to move the system to a better
location to avoid electrical noise after testing, or perhaps someday onto another bike, so leave plenty of
spare power lead neatly coiled up and secured with a tie-wrap so that it can never fall onto the exhaust
or back wheel/chain etc. Do not connect to the brake light circuit if your bike has ABS braking and/or a
brake light failure warning system (consult your bike supplier/ manufacturer for approval before
connecting to any ABS brake light circuit or bikes that have CANbus). If connection to the brake light
supply circuit or rear tail light is not recommended, please use some other recommended fused/ignition
switched 12 volt supply. Always solder the positive joint wherever possible as this provides a more
professional and reliable connection. Do not use quick connectors like scotch-locks etc. These are nearly
always unreliable and most bike manufacturers condemn their use, which may also affect the bikes
warranty. You will notice the supplied fitting kit includes items which will assist in installation e.g. tie
wraps, insulation amalgamating tape to cover the soldered positive joint, (again don’t use this for the
pre-install test) a crimp type eyelet for connection to battery negative terminal, Velcro to fix the control
box and if required also speakers into helmet. For added safety and protection the system has reverse
polarity protection, which means that it reduces the risk of damage if you accidentally wire the power
lead the wrong way around, however, the unit will not function unless wired correctly. The system also
has short circuit and thermal overload protection, which means the unit will automatically shut down in
the event of being overloaded e.g. incorrect transceiver used or improper connections.
Ask your dealer about optional Part 2437 which can help solve problems if you suffer from electrical noise.
WARNING; extreme caution must be used when working with bike batteries, due to the very high
current capacity of the battery, which if shorted; between the battery terminals, or between the battery
positive terminal and ground (the bike frame eetc.) there is a very high risk burns, fire or explosion.
TEST THE PRE-INSTALLATION FOR ANY ELECTRICAL
NOISE, AND MOVE PARTS IF REQUIRED BEFORE FIXING
Identify the rider’s headset speaker harness, which has TWO RED mini connectors. Connect the
rider’s headset via one of the coiled headset extension leads supplied to the riders lead on the
main control hub, also connect the passengers headset via the other coiled extension lead to the
passengers lead on the main control hub. DO NOT connect either of the boom microphones, or
the rider’s ambient noise sensor (ANS) just yet, or any other audio interface leads to the
main control hub.
Set the rider and passenger master volume controls FULLY anti-clockwise (to their lowest
levels). Set all the other controls on the front panel to their central positions (so that the pointers on
the end of the knobs point to their corresponding pointers on the label).
Start the bike in a well ventilated area, after checking that no parts will fall off onto a hot exhaust etc.
Hold the rider’s headset speakers firmly and directly over both ear holes (noting the centre of each
speaker is slightly offset in the plastic housings) and listen carefully for any electrical interference
through the speakers. HT (sparkplug/leads and coils etc) may induce a rapid tick, tick, tick noise which
changes with engine RPM. Alternator noise if heard is normally a higher frequency constant whine,
which again changes with engine RPM, so try to vary the engine RPM while listening carefully through
the speakers for any induced electrical noise. It should be completely clean and in which case you can
now turn the rider’s volume control fully clockwise (FULL VOLUME) and do the same test again, it should
be completely clean. Now do the same tests using the passenger headset to again prove it is complete
clear of any electrical interference. It is very unlikely that you will hear any electrical interference while
doing these tests, but if you do you should carefully move the lead/s about, one at a time, and/or the
main control hub unit, while still listening to the speakers with the engine running at varying RPM to
identify which part is picking up the noise and then move it to a clean noise free location.
When you have done this and are happy with the location of the main control hub unit, headset leads
and power leads, you can switch the engine off and Velcro the main control hub unit into place, tiewrap the headset leads and power lead neatly in place, double checking to avoid any problems
areas as mentioned in Top Tips (1).
When fitting the socket holders to the bike, ensure all surfaces are flat, clean, dry and free from grease
and wax. Note: sockets are designed to tear off if pulled for safety purposes.
UNDERSTANDING THE HEADSETS BEFORE HELMET INSTALLATION
We strongly recommend that you test your headsets out of the helmet (before installation)
to make it easier for you to experience how even small movements in microphone and speaker
positioning can considerably reduce or improve the sound quality and ease of use. With this knowledge
you will have a benchmark to work to during final helmet installation later and be sure you are getting
the very best out of your system. Do not use earplugs during this test as they will hide and/or disguise
much of what we are trying to listen for.
Avoid pressure directly to the front or back covers of the microphones as this could cause
damage. The microphone is floating in an acoustically dampening material to help prevent any helmet
vibration being transmitted through the boom to the microphone as part of the noise cancelling
measures. To move or adjust the microphone please hold it by the outer edges or rubber neck, making
sure that the beige side of the fabric sits flat against and central to your lips. Try to avoid the
microphone covers touching the Velcro on the back of the speakers.
Turn both the rider and passenger master volume controls fully anti-clockwise (to their lowest volume
settings). Connect one of the boom microphones to the riders headset loom, noting the red connector
will only connect together if aligned the right way round, making sure that it clicks right in, and do the
same for the riders ambient noise sensor (ANS).
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MICROPHONE LOUD SPOT POSITIONING AND USE
The microphone has a critical loud-spot which is the point where it produces the maximum energy
from your speech into the system with the least amount of effort. The system has been carefully
designed and tuned around using the loud-spot (as part of its superior noise cancellation design) so it
is important that you understand and use this loud-spot correctly.
Turn the bikes ignition on, after again checking and
making sure that no parts will fall onto the hot
exhaust etc. Get your assistant to hold one of the
passenger headset speakers over their ear, so that
they can monitor and learn what you are
experiencing, and also get them to hold the riders
headset ambient noise sensor, ready to blow hard
into the end.
While holding one of the riders headset speakers
over your own ear, place the BEIGE SIDE of your
microphone AGAINST YOUR LIPS and without
shouting, project your voice positively through it,
as if to someone 3 meters (10’) away. Try gently
moving the microphone around (with it still
touching your lips) while making a continuous
positive tone noise to find the microphone LOUD
SPOT (the loudest point).
You will know when you have found and used the
microphone loud spot because your voice will
reliably activate your VOX, and you know when
you have reliably activated your VOX because the
system has SIDE-TONE which amplifies your own
voice through your own speakers, but only when
activating your VOX, thus providing you with audio
confirmation of correct microphone and VOX use.
Remember; if you can hear your own voice
amplified through your own speakers then you are
operating your VOX and so you know that others
will be hearing what you hear.
You must speak into
the beige side of the
microphone
Note; at the moment, while in relatively low noise
conditions, it is not so critical to find and use the
microphone loud-spot because the ambient noise
sensor (ANS) is not picking much noise up and so
the systems automatic VOX level control is set
very low to make is very easy to activate VOX,
however when you are riding at higher speeds and
in more noisier conditions, the ANS will detect this
extra noise and automatically adjust the VOX level
up to prevent helmet noise from accidently turning
the VOX on, at which time you will find it far more
important to use the critical microphone loud spot
properly and project your voice more positively through it, in order to reliably operate the higher VOX
setting. Of course when you are riding in higher noise conditions you will naturally (and without even
thinking about it) raise your voice and find operating the higher VOX level no harder than it is now, so
long as you use the important microphone loud spot.
To demonstrate this, so that you know what to expect, use the microphone loud-spot and count to
twenty, but when you get to about 6 get your assistant to blow hard into the end of the ambient noise
sensor. Notice how when the noise on the sensor made the VOX level rise you had to project more voice
energy into the microphone, and using the loud-spot became more important in order to help you keep
the VOX open. This is why finding and using the microphone loud spot is so important. The benefits of
what you are experiencing are that you have the most reliable and easiest to use VOX system available.
Remember; at the moment you are not in high noise conditions and so are not naturally raising your
voice as you would be when riding the bike at higher speeds, and so you have to think and force
yourself to speak louder to operate a higher VOX level. It will become natural when riding the bike. The
side-tone not only provides important audio confirmation of correct VOX and microphone loud-spot use,
but also lets you hear how loud you are speaking relative to helmet noise, and so helps you to naturally
speak at a relevant level according to varying noise conditions, which prevents unnecessary shouting.
It is important that you do NOT set your master volume control any higher than actually
required (too far clockwise) because if the level of your own voice amplified to you own speakers is
too loud, it makes you want to speak at a lower level, which may not be enough to operate the VOX
properly. Setting your master volume control to an adequate level (that’s not any higher than required)
makes using the system much easier and more reliable. If you need to alter any other audio input
levels then this should be done using the audio devices own volume control, and not by using the
master volume controls. After setting everything up only use the master volume controls to compensate
for using earplugs, monitor ear plugs or no earplugs.
Top Tips (2)
Fine tune and perfect using the microphone loud-spot by listening to the sound of your voice through
the speakers while carefully moving the microphone around until it is at its very loudest point. Also
try this while someone is blowing onto the ANS and notice how it can help if you pucker your lips to
the microphone as if kissing it, while speaking. After a short while this all becomes natural, especially
when riding the bike in more noisy conditions.
If you are now comfortable with finding and using the microphone loud spot and operating the VOX
reliably, even when someone blows hard on to the ANS, turn the ignition off while we now help you
experience the importance of speaker positioning.
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SPEAKER POSITIONING
WARNING; because the system is capable of being VERY LOUD for use with earplugs CAUTION
should be used when turning the volume control clockwise above the mid-way position unless you are
using conventional earplugs.
Ideally you want to play one of your most favourite pieces of music through the system that has rich sounds
and plenty of bass, being something you can identify with later when testing the helmet installation.
Set the rider and passenger master volume controls to their centre positions, so that the
pointer on the end of each knob, point to the corresponding pointer on the lid label (this is
typically plenty of volume for up to about 120mph without earplugs).
Plug the 3 pole end of the stereo music lead (supplied in the kit) into your music devices headset socket
and connect the 4 pole end into Aux 4 socket of your hub.
Top Tips (3)
Make sure that you plug your music lead into the music systems headset socket and not the line out
socket, or the volume control may not work.
Turn the ignition on (note you
need to wait about 20 seconds
before the music will be heard)
Adjust the music devices volume
control to about half way and
then press play. Listen to check
that the music is not too loud and
adjust as required using the
music devices volume control
before holding the speakers
directly and firmly over your
ears.
Centre of
speaker
Centre of
ear hole
Note that wire
normally comes out
towards back
Note that the speakers are
slightly off-set in their housings
so try to align the centre of the
speakers directly with centre of
your ear-holes (with the wire
coming out towards the back of
your head). Apply light pressure
to the back of the speakers and
you should now hear the music
very clearly.
Now try to generate as much
background noise as you possibly
can, either by revving the bikes
engine or using a loud TV, hi-fi
system or perhaps a noisy
vacuum cleaner etc, or even all of
them together, as this ambient
noise will simulate helmet noise
as if riding
Centre of ear hole
Avoid speaker
near top of ear
Centre of ear
hole
Centre of
speaker
Listen to the speakers again with them correctly positioned over your ears and you should hear the
music clearly with virtually no outside noise being heard. This is the ideal speaker positioning and you
will notice that moving the speakers just a small amount away from your ears, or out of alignment (up,
down, backwards or forwards) can easily half the volume and reduce the sound quality, in particular
the bass response, and let considerable external background noise in which will spoil the full potential
of sound quality and performance, especially at higher background noise levels (higher speeds), or
when using earplugs.
When you have readjusted the speaker positioning, lightly pressed comfortably over your ears, so that
the music quality is at its very best and you can hear the least amount of background noise coming
through, you have found the best possible speaker positioning and so you now know what to aim
for when fine tuning the speaker positioning after helmet installation.
If you now hold the microphone to your lips and project your voice positively through the loud spot, the
VOX turns your microphone on while at the same time automatically reducing the music level to about
50% to improve communications. When you stop speaking the microphones automatically switch off
and the music gently returns to its original level. Practice this a few times to become familiar with it,
and show your passenger what you have discovered. If while listening to the music your assistant blows
hard on the ANS again, you will hear the music level increase and again if you speak positively into the
microphone loud-spot you will hear the music reduce, and then gently return to normal within a few
seconds after you stop speaking
Top Tips (4)
It’s sometimes a bit tricky holding three parts with only two hands so try pressing one ear to your
shoulder with the speaker in between, leaving your hands free for the other speaker and boom
microphone, or get someone to assist with holding the microphone for you.
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HEADSET INSTALLATION
Because Autocom systems work so much better than other brands, it is easy for people to think its
working great even when it’s not set up and used properly and only giving you perhaps 30% of what
is really has to offer. This is why we recommend that you to test the headset out of the helmet with
some music, so that after installation you can hear if it sounds right and adjust as required. Using music
is the best way of hearing this, even if you do not intend using music in future. If you install and adjust
one helmet first, you can then check the installation against the other headset (out of the helmet) held
properly in place.
The plug-in boom microphone/s supplied in the kit is our most universal boom designed to fit most full
face, flip front and open face helmets, but please note; most open face and enduro/moto-cross style
helmets, including flip-front helmets if you want to ride with it open, will require the optional open
face conversion kit (Part 2156) to prevent excessive direct wind blast getting to the microphone. The
headset is not designed to work with 1⁄2 helmets (Chip style) which normally require a much longer
boom and perhaps some additional padding to mount the speakers over your ears. Replacement
consumable microphone coverings (Part 2166) and replacement consumable foam speaker covers (Part
2155) are available from your dealer. The optional long boom microphone (Part 2075) is similar to our
standard boom microphone but is 35mm (13⁄8”) longer and is ideal for larger open face helmets.
There are far too many different helmet types available to be able to fully describe every possible
installation here, and one must also consider that each year various helmet designs change, so these
instructions are designed as a basic guide only. Please see your local Autocom dealer or visit our website
www.autocom.co.uk for more detailed specific helmet installations. Most authorised Autocom dealers
are experienced with helmet fitting.
Please note; helmets that have straps that go directly over your ears may not lend themselves for a
good headset installation, as the speakers have to sit either on top or behind the straps, which can
make them uncomfortable or out of position which will reduce the sound quality. This is beyond our
control and if our speakers do not fit then nor will any others. It is a good idea to remember this next
time you choose a helmet. You can overcome this problem by using optional in-ear speaker plugs that
can replace the standard over the ear type speakers. Consider optional Part 2091 which allows
you to use most types of monitor (in-ear speaker plugs) with your system.
Some helmets may not lend themselves to be installed as we have suggested and so may require
alternative methods. Please take plenty of time to carefully consider all these basic principles, together
with the installation diagrams and your own helmet design to see if you can establish any similarities
that may help you with installation. If you are unsure about any of the above then please contact your
supplier or Autocom for help and advice. DO NOT CUT YOUR HELMET!
Put the helmet on and try to work out exactly where the centre of each ear hole is relative to the straps
or any seams etc in the lining, and also while doing this try to find and mark the exact location of the
centre of your lips inside the chin pad with the helmet sat in its natural position.
When you have established these positions within the helmet you are then ready to start the
headset installation/s.
Top Tips (5)
When installing the headset into the helmet place the helmet on a soft towel etc, so as to help stop
it sliding about and/or getting scratched. You may notice that most people’s ear holes are between
25mm (1”) and 32mm (11⁄2”) below the top of their ears, and that most people’s top of their ears
are about in-line with their eyebrows. If you look at someone’s face through the helmets visor area,
you can reference their eyebrow position to the helmet and then assist them with working out the
approximate position below this for their ear holes. If they can then also feel and then reference the
approximate horizontal position of their ear holes relative to the straps etc, it will provide a good
starting point for speaker positioning, but always start with the speakers low for maximum comfort
and then slowly lift them up until you obtain the maximum sound quality.
Example of an open face helmet
Example of a full face helmet
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BASIC PRINCIPLE HOW HELMETS ARE ASSEMBLED
There are two main types of typical full face helmet designs, one is a one part chin and cheek
pad design, per the illustration at the bottom of this page, the other and more popular type is a three
part chin/cheek pad design, per the illustration below.
Most full face helmets do not have the cheek pads glued in and are just a compression fit, which makes
them much easier to remove (although some are quite tight).
For more details of open face or flip front helmets please see our website www.autocom.co.uk
Three Part Inner Helmet Design
View from underside
of three part type
helmet
Remove
straps and lift out
each cheek pad
individually
The fabric is either taped, glued or
elasticated over the foam/polystyrene
and so it is easy to install the speakers
behind the lining. Note that the wire
should come out of the speaker towards
the back of the helmet.
Before replacing the cheek pads, tape
the boom and the headset loom to the
outer shell or the back side of the
cheek pad. When the cheek pad is fitted
back into the helmet, it will secure the
boom and loom inside the helmet.
Do not modify the helmet.
Boom
microphone
assembly
Tape boom to outer shell
One Part Inner Helmet Design
View from
underside
of one part type
helmet
Remove
straps and
lift out complete
The fabric is either taped, glued or
elasticated over the foam/polystyrene
and so it is easy to install the speakers
behind the lining. Note that the wire
should come out of the speaker towards
the back of the helmet.
Before replacing the cheek pads, tape
the boom and the headset loom to the
outer shell or the back side of the cheek
pad. When the cheek pad is fitted back
into the helmet, it will secure the boom
and loom inside the helmet.
Do not modify the helmet.
Peel back tape and lining, slide
speaker inside pushing it right
up to the strap hole
Boom microphone assembly
Return assembly as removed
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MICROPHONE AND AMBIENT NOISE SENSOR (ANS) INSTALLATION
Decide which side of the helmet
you would prefer the lead and
plug to hang from (normally the
left side) and then release and
remove that side’s cheek pad so
as to allow you fit the boom
microphone and main speaker
harness behind it, with the boom
coming up from behind the cheek
pad, up into the visor area and
then bent down (from between
the outer shell and back of the
cheek pad) in front of your
mouth. Remember you must
position the microphone so
that you speak into the beige
side. If required fix the boom
and also the main harness down
lead to the inside of the outer
shell of the helmet using some of
the Velcro supplied in the kit,
which is usually very good for
this purpose so long as where
applied is completely clean and
dry (A).
A
Picture showing loom and boom assembly within a full face
helmet.
Plan where you want to position
the ambient noise sensor
(ANS). The typical positions are either between the head lining and cheek pad (B), near the visor area
or somewhere in between the neck draught excluder and helmet lining (C).
Depending on how much helmet noise gets to the ANS you will need to adjust and calibrate the system
to compensate, using the Auto volume pre-set sensitivity control on the main units front panel.
However you should avoid placing the ANS where water will be forced directly into it at high speeds,
and do not position the ANS too close to the helmet speakers or users mouth so as to prevent these
delivering any sound that may cause the automatic volume/VOX to adjust up.
While the cheek pad is removed you can see if the fabric is taped, glued or preferably elasticated
behind it.
B
C
ANS
ANS
Top Tips (6)
Avoid crossing any wires with another or with the boom as this will create a higher than necessary
spot which may make it difficult to replace the cheek pad.
If your helmet has an air vent in the chin-bar (in front of your mouth) it is a good idea to cover and
seal this from the inside of the chin-bar so that the wind is not able to blast directly onto the back
of the microphone. This also helps to force more of the airflow up into the visor area which can often
make demisting the visor more effective for you.
With the microphone positioned close to your mouth, you may notice that it just clips your nose
when putting the helmet on and off. You can avoid this by learning a technique of slightly twisting
the helmet so that the boom clears your nose while putting the helmet on or off.
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SPEAKER INSTALLATION
Most
helmets
have
ear
pockets
(indentations) designed into the lining to let
your ears fold back after they are folded over
while putting the helmet on. Sometimes the
fabric covering these ear pockets is glued
back to the polystyrene cheek pad, forming a
visible pocket. Other times the fabric is just
stretched over the foam pocket and is not
glued back.
If the helmet has deep pockets and the
fabric is glued back you may need to fit
some padding behind the speakers (like our
optional foam speaker pads Part 2159 which
are about 6mm or 1⁄4” and/or Part 2160 which
are about 12mm or 1⁄2”). These foam speaker
pads have Velcro fitted so that you can fix the
speakers to them. Always start without any
padding and with the speakers set
deliberately low, then test for comfort/sound
quality. Then pack out and/or adjust up to
the correct positioning over your ear hole,
thus avoiding having the speaker too high or
tight where it may cause excessive pressure
to the top part of your ears.
If the fabric is not glued back forming a
visible pocket then while it is easier to just
Velcro the speakers on top of the loose fabric
(which can sometimes work quite well in
some helmets) it is far more likely to cause
your ears to fold over when putting the
helmet on, so most people prefer a more
professional installation where the speakers
are set behind the fabric but on top of the
foam/polystyrene behind. If you have time
and can install the speakers behind the
fabric, it makes for a much more
professional semi permanent fitment, which is normally much more comfortable and this is
how we would normally try to install the headset/s for you if you brought them to us.
In order to be able to place the speakers behind the fabric you normally need to remove the cheek pads
from the helmet to reveal the back where the fabric is glued, taped or preferably just elasticated over
the polystyrene. Carefully peel the fabric back enough to slide the speakers into place (normally about
level or just below the level of the hole for the strap and just behind the strap). Try to copy the
illustrations on pages 8 and 9. Again it is important to start with the speakers set deliberately lower to
help with maximum comfort and avoid pinching the top part of your ears, and then adjust them
upwards as required to obtain the best sound level and quality. If you have to un-glue or un-tape the
fabric, masking tape is often used to stick this back down
Please see illustration on page 7 and note that by angling the speakers as shown it helps to ensure even
pressure between the speakers and your ears, thus improving both comfort and sound quality. The
speaker wire normally exits the speaker towards the back of the helmet.
Only if you have tried everything else first, use your thumb (or something harder, smooth and
rounded like the back of a screwdriver handle) to carefully compress JUST ENOUGH of the polystyrene
for the wires, boom and loom to slightly recess into the polystyrene to help relieve any pressure. This
would NOT normally require more than just 1 or 2 mm (1⁄16”).
Top Tips (7)
If your cheek pad has a plastic tongue to hold it in place, be careful not to break this off when
removing or replacing the cheek pads, and also be careful not to trap or cut the speaker wire/s with
it when replacing the cheek pads. When you have installed the headset you can use the back of a
toothbrush handle to make a great tool for carefully pushing any wires up into the lining and around
the back of the neck draft excluder. You may find it is better to fix the speakers with Velcro so as to
help avoid them slipping up inside the helmet which can happen over time due to movement when
putting the helmet on. For the first time putting the helmet on after installation it is often beneficial
to use something like a silk balaclava to help prevent your ears being folded over while putting the
helmet on and off until you have fine tuned the speaker positioning for maximum comfort and
performance. If for example your right ear is folded over after putting the helmet on you should
immediately use your right hand to pull the right hand strap so that you can get your left hand
fingers up into the right hand side of the helmet to flick your right ear back straight etc. while doing
this you may also be able to feel the speaker position in relation to your ear and if possible try to
move the speaker for a better fit/sound.
Please visit our website: www.autocom.co.uk for further helmet fitting instructions.
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TESTING THE INSTALLATION AND FINE TUNING THE
SPEAKERS AND MICROPHONE POSITIONING
Put the helmet on and play preferably the same piece of music that you listened to earlier, and try to
focus on one speaker/side at a time, while moving the helmet up, down, backwards and forwards and
also side to side to listen for any improvements or loss of sound level and quality.
If for example, moving the helmet forwards (on one side) improves the sound level or quality for that
speaker, it means your speaker is set too far back, so readjust it forwards until any movement forwards
or backwards only reduces the sound quality/level and does not improve it, meaning that you have
found the best horizontal position for that speaker. Do the same for the other side and then test for up
and down.
If for example, moving the helmet up (on one side) improves sound level or quality for that speaker, it
means the speaker is set too low, so adjust the speaker upwards, and do this accordingly with each
speaker/side until you are happy that you have the best possible vertical and horizontal positioning for
each speaker.
If you now push the side of the helmet towards your head and notice improved sound, it means you
need to pack that speaker out on some foam so that it is nearer to your ear. Do this to both sides, and
then recheck each side for vertical (up, down) alignment and also again for horizontal (back and
forwards) and adjust each speaker until it cannot be improved.
Ensure the sound is equally balance to both ears, if it is slightly louder or has more bass in one ear it
means the other speaker is out of alignment (or need more packing out) until the sound from both
speakers are equal
Needless to say you will need to find the best compromise in both comfort and sound quality/level, and
your comfort will almost certainly be your top priority, however please remember that angling the
speakers as show in the diagram on page 7, and avoiding the top part of your ears will greatly help to
improve both positioning/sound level and quality while maintaining maximum comfort.
If you have a helmet that has virtually no tolerance for any speakers (very tight by your ears) you
should NOT CUT the polystyrene, and you will normally find that only a VERY SMALL amount of extra
space, or better speaker positioning would remove all the pressure and make the speakers comfortable.
Only if you have tried everything else first, including asking your dealer for advice and/or help first,
should you use your thumb (or something harder, smooth and rounded like the back of a screwdriver
handle) to carefully compress JUST ENOUGH of the polystyrene for the speaker magnet to slightly
recess into the polystyrene to help relieve any pressure. This would NOT normally require more than
just 1 or 2 mm (1⁄16”) in an area no larger than the magnet on the back of each speaker.
It may take a little extra time now to get each speaker correctly positioned and fine tuned but it will
pay huge dividends in sound quality, high speed performance and comfort, especially if you intend using
high attenuation earplugs.
When you are convinced that you have fine tuned your speaker positioning to perfection in your first
helmet installation, you should now retest the other headset (that’s not been installed) and see if you
can hear any difference between the installed headset and the one held properly over your ears? It
really is worth every minute extra of your time to make the installed headset sound every bit as good
at the one held properly over your ears.
When you have completed your first helmet installation you will almost certainly find that it
is a lot easier and less time consuming installing and tuning your second helmet. But if it is
different or you have any doubts please ask your supplier for advice.
Top Tips (8)
Note you may need to slightly readjust your speakers for more comfort during your first ride out and
until they have settled in, or perhaps in time should they slide up in your helmet through putting
the helmet on and off.
If passing an approved Autocom dealer you can ask them if you can compare your headset
installation with their ear-defender demo/test headsets in the shop. It is a good idea to do this at
least once every six months just to check your speakers haven’t move over time through putting the
helmet on and off.
GETTING READY FOR YOUR FIRST TEST RIDE,
BEFORE INSTALLING ANY AUDIO LEADS/DEVICES
Double check the main control unit is firmly fixed in place and that both rider and passenger leads, and
power lead are secure. Ensure there are no pressure points trapping any of the cables where they come
from under the seat or any body panels etc.
Setting the Auto Volume pre-set Sensitivity Control
Set the rider and passenger’s master volume controls and the stereo music front/rear fader pre-set
control and auto volume pre-set sensitivity control all to their central positions, so that the pointers on
the end of each knob lines up with their corresponding pointers on the lid label. Set the rider and
passengers VOX pre-set sensitivity controls fully anti-clockwise (very high, to ensure the VOX will not
false trigger while testing and setting the automatic volume control).
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Ideally you want to play the same music that you listened to earlier and go for a ride on your own
(between 0mph and your typical maximum speeds) and assess how the music level reacts at various
speeds, which depends on how you adjust the auto volume pre-set sensitivity control to compensate
for the ANS position relative to helmet noise.
Connect the 3 pole end of the music lead supplied into your music systems headset socket and plug
the 4 pole end into the hubs Aux 4 socket. Set the music to a comfortable level while stationary and
then go for a ride to see how the auto volume responds to varying speeds. Do not attempt to speak
during this test as we have deliberately set the VOX levels very high to prevent helmet noise from
accidently tripping the VOX so that it does not mute the music during this test.
If the automatic volume level goes up too high, too soon then you need reduce the sensitivity
by adjusting the Auto Volume pre-set sensitivity control clockwise by about 1⁄8th turn at a time, and
try again.
If you end up with the auto volume pre-set sensitivity control set fully clockwise and the music level
still rises too high, too soon, then you need to reposition the ANS in the riders helmet so that it has
more protection from the wind/helmet noise (i.e. bury it deeper into the helmet lining) then start again
with the auto volume pre-set sensitivity control set in its central position and go for another ride and
adjust as required.
If the automatic volume level does not go up enough, or goes up too late then you need to
increase the sensitivity by adjusting the auto volume pre-set sensitivity control anti-clockwise by
about 1⁄8th turn at a time, and try again.
If you end up with the auto volume pre-set sensitivity control set fully anti-clockwise and the music
level still does not go up enough, or goes up too late, then you need to reposition the ANS in the riders
helmet so that it is more exposed to helmet noise, then start again with the auto volume pre-set
sensitivity control set in its central position and go for another ride and adjust as required.
When you are happy with the way the auto volume control is working you should note its position for
later reference and can then set each users VOX controls as follows;
Setting the riders VOX pre-set sensitivity control
Start with the riders VOX sensitivity control turned all the way clockwise (soft/easy/sensitive)
and go for a ride to see if the helmet noise at speed can false trigger the VOX. If it does, then slightly
turn the VOX control knob anti-clockwise (say about 1⁄8 of a turn at a time) and try it again. Keep doing
this until you have set the VOX such that helmet noise will not accidentally turn it on at speed when
you are not speaking.
Top Tips (9)
If the riders VOX activates while you are not speaking, first check that you have blocked the
vents on the inside of the chin-bar of your full face helmet, as this not only prevents wind from
blowing directly onto the back of the microphone, it also forces more airflow up into the visor area
and so helps with demisting your visor. If using an open face helmet, ensue you have fitted the
optional Open Face Conversion Kit (OFCK) properly to the microphone. If so then the riders VOX preset sensitivity control is set too low (too far clockwise) so please turn it 1⁄8th turn anticlockwise at a
time (to set the VOX threshold higher) and go for another ride. If required keep doing this until the
riders VOX reliable stays off when not speaking.
If the riders VOX is hard to operate, first check that you are properly positioning the microphone
and are using the LOUD-SPOT. (If using an open face helmet, ensue you have fitted the Open Face
Conversion Kit (OFCK) properly and the right way round to the microphone). If so then please turn
the rider VOX pre-set sensitivity control 1⁄8th turn clockwise (to set the VOX threshold lower) and go
for another ride. If required keep doing this until the riders VOX is easy to speak to, without helmet
noise activating it when not speaking.
Please repeat this process with the passenger VOX pre-set sensitivity control
If after setting the rider and passenger VOX sensitivity controls you ever want to make any adjusts to
the Auto Volume pre-set sensitivity control, you will need to rebalance the rider and passengers VOX
pre-set sensitivity controls to suit.
Top Tips (10)
Remember to use the microphone loud spot. It is a good idea to set the VOX about 20mph (32kmh)
faster than you would normally travel so that head winds do not cause it to false trigger. A wind/draft
excluder is sometimes fitted under the chin bar of some helmets and this can help reduce excessive
wind noise at higher speeds thus allowing for a lower VOX setting. If your helmet does not have one
you can either buy them from some shops of make one. See www.autocom.co.uk for tips on how to
do this.
A low VOX setting will cause the music to keep muting and/or bike to bike transceiver to keep
transmitting when not speaking at speed, and this would prevent you from being able to receive bike
to bike communications. This is why it is very important to correctly set the VOX and why you must
find and use the microphone LOUD SPOT rather than reduce the VOX level to compensate. Remember
not having the master volume controls set any higher that required helps you to naturally speak louder
and so operate a higher VOX setting with less effort.
You may notice that you have to set the VOX sensitivity slightly higher for the passenger. This is normal
because the passenger receives more helmet noise, plus gets turbulence off the rider’s shoulders and
so normally requires a slightly higher VOX setting.
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USING BIKE-TO-BIKE TRANSCEIVERS
IMPORTANT POWER OUTPUT WARNING
ONLY use our new 2009 bike to bike interface leads which have a white 9 pin connector
(and NO grey din connectors fitted) with this Super Pro Automatic system.
YOU MUST NOT USE our old part 1402 (bike powered Kenwood interface lead) OR ANY OTHER
bike powered bike to bike radio interface leads that have a GREY 5 PIN DIN PLUG FITTED with
ANY OF OUR new 2009 products.
This is because the old bike powered interface leads (with grey 5 pin din plugs fitted, like part
1402) were designed to work with the 9 volt output of our pre 2009 systems, however ALL of our
NEW 2009 systems now have 12 volt output for the new and improved bike powered bike to
bike interface leads, which now have a better power supply for a wider choice of bike to bike radios,
ranging from 4.5 volts, 6 volts, 7.5 volts and 9 volts, each designed to suit specific transceivers.
To help prevent accidental usage (or radio damage) all of the new 2009 products now have an
internal white 9 pin Aux 1 connection, which corresponds with the new 2009 bike to bike interface
leads.
It is possible to use old NON-POWERED interface leads (which have the grey 5 pin din plug fitted)
with the new range of 2009 systems if you first convert your new system to have the old external
grey 5 pin din socket fitted using optional part 2356, which has a power WARNING label fitted as
this will now have 12 volts output.
Users are WARNED that by converting their 2009 system with a grey 5-pin socket, they should not
plug-in the old type grey 5-pin plug (bike powered bike-to-bike interface lead) into this connection,
as this will damage the radio by allowing 12 volts into a 9 volt product.
Don’t use old bike-to-bike interface leads with a
grey din plug.
Use new interface leads with a white 9 pin
connector.
Old Part 1402
New Part 2344
Although it is usually straight forward to connect up and start
using bike to bike radios via our VOX systems, we strongly
recommend that your first test and get used to using both
radios (hand held) per their own instructions (ensuring that
the radios are not in VOX mode) and become familiar with
them. This is important because most typical radios used are
half duplex and so you have to get used to taking it in turns
speaking to each other, plus allow for any short delays that
the radios may have between when you first transmit and
start speaking, to when the other radio receives and accepts
the transmission, and then allows your transmitted speech to
be amplified to the speaker after first accepting the antiinterference tone code. Using radio discipline (as you would
hear professionals use them) greatly improves both the
reliability and ease of use.
This test is also important to prove the radios are set up and
able to communicate properly to one another which helps
eliminate any frustrating problems that are sometimes
caused if the radios are not set up on the same channels or
codes etc.
Volume control
PTT Button
You should always press the press to talk (PTT) button a split
second before speaking and always say “OVER” before
releasing the PTT button at the end of your communications
to let the other person know when you have finished
speaking, so that they know they can then speak back.
Before the other person speaks back they should always
allow a second or so after you have said OVER before
pressing their PTT button, and wait a split second before
speaking, etc.
When you are practiced and comfortable using the two handheld radios with some radio discipline, you are then ready to
connect one of the radios to the system (using the appropriate interface lead to suit) keeping the other
radio as a hand-held for now, while you become practiced in using our VOX in place of the radios PTT.
Please do not try to connect both radios to the systems until you have practiced with one connected
and the other as a hand held first.
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CONNECTING A BIKE-TO-BIKE RADIO TO YOUR SYSTEM
Remove the two Pozi-Drive screws from the back of the SP-A
hub (A), turn it over with the label side up and carefully lift off
the lid. NOTE you should lightly press down on wires and front
panel while carefully lifting the lid off. This then reveals the
white 9 pin AUX connector on the main circuit board (B).
A
Pozi-drive screws
Carefully break off the blanking tab from inside the lid (C),
which previously covered the slot in the front panel. Then
orientate the interface lead’s white connector so that the
exposed crimp side of the connector faces forward as per picture
(D). Carefully align and press the connector plug into the white
9 pin Aux connector.
Carefully position the interface lead around the back of the
nearby black fixing pillar and push the interface lead into the
front panel slot.
B White 9 pin Aux connector
Before replacing the lid, push the wires down so that they will not
be trapped between the black pillar and lid when it is replaced.
With the lid on and in place, check alignment around the front
panel etc before replacing the two Pozi-Drive screws (A).
Connect the interface leads plug to the radio, making sure it is fully
plugged all the way in (fit the retaining clamp if one is provided
with the radio) and turn the radio on to about 50% volume (E).
Count to 20 into your microphone and activate your VOX (your
own side-tone confirms this for you) the other radio should
receive your speech and they can then adjust their hand held
radios volume to a suitable level. Please use this setting as a
guide to set the volume on the radio connected to your hub,
BEFORE getting the other person to transmit back to you using
their hand held radio, and then when they transmit back to you,
you can readjust your radios volume if required.
C
You will notice two important things happening which you
have to understand and get used to working with in order to
perfect using the system.
1) When you speak and activate your VOX it instantly switches
on (as confirmed by your own side-tone) and the VOX
simultaneously switches your bike to bike radio from receive
mode (or standby) into transmit mode. (If your radio has a
transmit LED or indicator you will notice this activates
almost instantly when you speak and operate your VOX)
There is unfortunately a short delay between when this
happens and when your speech is actually heard through the
other radios speaker. This is because after receiving your
transmission, the other radio has to switch between battery
saving/standby mode into receive mode and then check and
except the anti-interference tone code before allowing the
sound to be amplified through the speaker. The result of this
short delay is that when you say something like “left at the
lights” it may be heard as “at the lights” to which the reply
is “what about at the lights”, which is heard as “about at
the lights”, I think you get the message (which is that you
won’t) so to get over this you must get used to always using
a KEY WORD, (like you will hear professionals such as the
police use) for example; “OK… turn left at the lights,
OVER” this key word and a short pause will ensure that your
intended radio transmissions are heard in full, likewise by
saying the word OVER allows the other person to know you
have ended your communication and after a second or two
your VOX will then switch your radio from transmit back to
receive, so that they can then speak back to you.
Blanking tab on lid
D
2) When you stop speaking there is a (deliberately designed)
short delay before your VOX switches the radio back from
transmit mode to receive mode. This delay is the best
compromise between; staying on as long as possible to
help prevent any pauses during normal conversations
causing the system to think you have stopped speaking and
returning the radio back to receive mode halfway through
your conversations and; as short as possible so that when
you do actually stop speaking, the delay time for your radio
to stop transmitting and return to receive mode is minimal,
so that the other bike/s can then transmit back to you as
quickly as possible.
It is often very beneficial to have an experienced third person
(with radio) about to monitor your first bike to bike use, so that
they can listen for any mistakes either of you make and help
guide you with proper use. They will also be able to hear if
anyone is transmitting any electrical interference and help
identify which bike is the cause, and so help speed up any fault
finding processes.
Please note; that when two metallic objects are struck (or
rubbed) together near to a transmitting radio, it can sometimes
induce a electrical interference that is transmitted to the
receiving radio. If you hear any interference over the bike-tobike radios, try removing your tool kit from the bike and make
sure that your bike drive chain is well lubricated to see if the
interference is eliminated. If replacing the tool kit re-introduces
the interference, it is a good idea to individually wrap each tool
in cling film etc. to stop them rattling together while riding.
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INTERNAL
SWITCHES/CONNECTIONS/SETTINGS/ADJUSTMENTS
Please note; all adjusters are shown set to factory settings which suit most user’s preferences.
Aux 1 pre-set audio output level control
Auto Volume Pre-set
Sensitivity Control
More
Less
Passenger VOX Pre-set Harder
Sensitivity Control
Softer
Rider VOX Pre-set
Sensitivity Control
12 Volt Power Lead
and Connector
Harder
Softer
Optional Bike-to-bike
Interface Lead Connected to Aux 1
12 Volt Bike Power Lead
Rider’s Headset Lead
and Connector
Passenger’s Headset Lead
Passenger’s Headset
Lead and Connector
Rider’s Headset Lead
Stereo Music Front/Rear Rear
Fader Pre-set Control
Front
Passenger’s Master
Volume Control
Lower
Rider’s Master
Volume Control
Lower
Higher
Higher
SWITCH 1 (Factory setting*)
1 and 2 * OFF
3 and 4 * OFF
Aux 3 audio is amplified to Rider only.
Aux 5 audio is amplified to Passenger only.
Optional Setting
1 and 2
3 and 4
ON
ON
Aux 3 amplified to both Rider and Passenger.
Aux 5 amplified to both Rider and Passenger.
SWITCH 5 (Factory setting*)
1
2
3
4
5
*
*
*
*
*
ON
ON
ON
OFF
ON
Rider or Passenger speech automatically reduces Aux 4 audio by 50%.
when Aux 2 receives audio it automatically reduces Aux audio 4 by 50%.
when Aux 1 receives audio it automatically reduces Aux 2 audio by 50%.
Automatic Volume control is on (for audio inputs Aux 2 and 4).
when Aux 3 receives audio it automatically reduces Aux 4 audio by 100%.
Optional Setting
1
2
3
4
5
OFF
OFF
OFF
ON
OFF
Rider and Passenger speech has no effect to Aux 4 audio.
incoming Aux 2 audio has no effect to Aux 4 audio.
incoming Aux 1 audio has no effect to Aux 2 audio.
turns Automatic Volume control OFF for improved earplug use.
incoming Aux 3 audio has no effect to Aux 4 audio.
The output level pre-set adjustment controls (by each audio Aux connection) affects the audio
output level for that Aux connection.
All audio input levels are controlled by the audio devices own volume controls.
Servicing the headset/power leads; as you can see from the above photograph these leads can be
unplugged from the main control box and so servicing is easy should you ever damage these leads. If
you prefer to swap the rider and passenger headset leads over you can do this but please always
position the riders lead in the front panel slot that lines up with the rider identification mark on the lid,
as the riders headset with ambient noise sensor must be plugged into the lead that connects to the
rider socket inside the main control unit.
Bike-to-bike interface leads; the colours of the wires attached to the white connector may vary.
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INSTALLING AND TESTING OPTIONAL AUDIO DEVICES
WARNING; YOU MUST NOT USE STANDARD WIRED INTERFACE LEADS between two bike
powered audio devices. Your Super Pro Automatic is bike powered and so you can only use
standard wired audio interface leads to connect with portable audio devices that are powered by
their own (independent and so isolated) batteries.
IF YOUR AUDIO DEVICE IS BIKE POWERED YOU MUST USE SPECIAL ISOLATED
INTERFACE LEADS.
Always turn the power off before connecting or disconnecting any audio lead.
If you use a standard wired interface lead between a bike powered Autocom system and a bike
powered audio device you will cause earth loops (or ground/negative loops) which will cause
undesirable noise and in many cases also cause your audio devices independent earth audio output
amplifier to short and over-heat, which could result in a damage to the audio devices, or fire.
If using a wireless Bluetooth device then you do not need to worry about isolation, as they are
isolated (wireless).
Please consult your authorised Autocom dealer or see our website www.autocom.co.uk for more
information.
While installing and testing audio interface leads/devices, connect one audio lead/device at
a time, then start the engine and test/check that the audio is clear of any electrical interference before
installing the next lead/device, If you hear any electrical noise introduced during this installation/testing
process, you will know which lead/device is causing the problem and so can move it to a noise free
location before continuing. As with installing/testing the main control hub and headset leads avoid
problem areas such as high heat from the engine or exhaust and spark plugs/HT leads/coils etc as
mentioned on (page 4).
Aux 1 is the internal 9 pin white connector designed for bike to bike radios, with a mono input (that is
amplified to both rider and passenger’s left and right speakers) mono output of both rider and
passenger noise cancelled speech, plus VOX switching for hands free bike to bike use. As the hub is
bike powered Aux 1 also provides 12 volts output to bike power recommended transceivers via a special
interface lead.
Aux 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all stereo inputs, plus mono noise cancelled speech outputs. The way in which
each Aux input is affected by others, or affects other inputs is detail on page 3.
Remember it is important that you set each users master volume control to suit each users
own level of side-tone and then fine tune the levels as required to suit the received speech
from the other user. If any other audio levels (such as bike to bike, phone GPS or music etc)
need to be adjusted it is important that you adjust each level using the audio devices own
volume control. Do not turn the master volume controls up or down to adjust other audio input levels,
as doing so may unbalance your desired level of side-tone or that of the other user’s speech level. Once
everything is set up and balanced you will normally only ever use the master volume control/s to suit
individual needs or differences between using earplugs or not.
Some popular audio interface leads which may be of interest
Part 2253
Part 2254
Part 2255
Mono Isolation lead with 3.5mm 4 pole input socket and 3.5mm 4 pole plug to Aux
2, 3, 4 or 5
Stereo Isolation lead with 3.5mm 4 pole input socket and 3.5mm 4 pole plug to Aux
2, 3, 4 or 5
Twin Input (Mixed) Stereo Isolation lead with two 3.5mm 4 pole input sockets and
3.5mm 4 pole plug to Aux 2, 3, 4 or 5. Please use the above isolation leads with your
choice of Parts 2240 to 2251)
Part 2190
Stereo Input, Mono Output Isolation lead (for Zumo 500/550/660 with phone)
with 3.5mm 4 pole input socket and 3.5mm 4 pole output socket, for use with Parts
2245 and 2248) and has a 3.5mm 4 pole plug to Aux 2 or 3
Part 2223
Part 2224
Single stereo remote wireless Bluetooth module (for use with Aux 2, 3, 4 or 5)
Twin stereo remote wireless Bluetooth module
(for use with any two of Aux 2, 3, 4
or 5)
Ask your Autocom dealer, or visit our website www.autocom.co.uk about various isolated and nonisolated optional parts
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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
Speech volume is too quiet.
G Only adjust the riders or passengers volume controls to increase volume levels after you have first
checked you have correctly positioned the speakers and are talking into the beige side of the
microphone and using the microphone loud spot, if required raise your voice.
Phone/GPS/radar/transceiver or music volume is too quiet.
G Ensure speakers are correctly positioned (remember speakers may slip up over time).
G Adjust volume level on each audio device such as phone/GPS etc to suit.
G Only adjust the master volume control/s to increase the overall volume levels.
Music mutes 50% even when I don’t speak.
G Increase the VOX level by turning the control anti-clockwise.
Phone will not auto answer.
G Ensure your phone has this facility.
G Ensure that you have connected the adaptor block properly (if needed).
G Check that the phone is set to auto-answer whilst in headset mode (hands free).
G Try connecting the adaptor to the phone followed by plugging the lead in.
Problems with bike-to-bike radios
G Ensure that you take turns to speak and that you leave 2 seconds between transmissions. See
pages 14 and 15 for hints and tips.
G Ensure both transceivers are on the same channel and sub-tone.
G Check that the connections on the radio are secure.
G Adjust volume level on each transceiver.
G Ensure the microphone is positioned correctly and that you are using the loud spot and operating
the VOX see page 6.
G If using a press-to-talk (PTT) check the switch position is set to VOX mode.
G Ensure tool kits are removed or individually wrap each tool in cling film.
Interference whilst the engine is running.
G If you are bike powering your system and any audio devices connected by wire, check that you are
using isolated interface leads. Unplug all accessories and see if the noise is still audible. If the noise
has gone, plug one lead in at a time until the noise returns. You now know which lead is picking up
the noise. It will either need re-routing or it is an incorrect lead.
If you need more help or advice please contact your local Autocom supplier.
STANDARD 12 MONTHS MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY
If your supplier has not given advice or demonstration on how to set up or use our products, please
check with them before sending any goods back for warranty.
All Autocom products are warranted for a period of 12 months from the date of original purchase, to
the original purchaser, from an authorised Autocom retailer. This warranty covers faulty materials or
workmanship, subject to the goods being used only as stated, and only for the purpose as described in
the instruction manuals.
No manufacturer's warranty applies to the goods where they are used for any other purpose or in any
other way than is explained in the instructions. Nor where the goods have been subjected to misuse,
neglect or accidental damage, or used with any other vendor’s products, including incorrect mechanical
or electrical installation, or where the goods have been repaired, modified or altered, without the
manufacturer’s written authorisation.
The manufacturer's warranty is limited to the goods being returned pre paid to the manufacturer's
factory, with the original packaging and the original proof of purchase date. The goods must be intact
for our examination.
This warranty does not cover any consumable items such as batteries, replaceable hygiene foam
coverings for speakers and microphones, or any other items that are described within the instruction
manuals as being a consumable.
Where goods are accepted by the manufacturer, under the terms of the warranty, they will be repaired
free of charge or replaced (at the option of the manufacturer). Where the goods are returned as faulty
and are found not to be, a charge will be payable to cover costs of inspection, testing, packing and
return postage. For details of authorised repair centers available in various countries please ask your
dealer or visit www.autocom.co.uk
The manufacturer's warranty does not affect your statutory rights.
FOR ANY FURTHER HELP OR INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SUPPLIER OR
Autocom Products Limited
Unit 4, Tachbrook Link, Tachbrook Park Drive, Warwick, CV34 6RH. England
Telephone: +44 (0)1926 431249 (10 lines) - Fax: +44 (0)1926 431250
Email: enquiries@autocom.co.uk - Website: www.autocom.co.uk
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PRODUCT REGISTRATION
Dear customer, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR NEW PRODUCTS within 30 days
of purchase and receive priority service, simply by returning this
completed form to:
Autocom Products Limited
Unit 4, Tachbrook Link, Tachbrook Park Drive, Warwick, CV34 6RH. England.
or
fill in a product registration form on-line at; www.autocom.co.uk
CUSTOMER DETAILS
Original purchase date: .................................................................................................
Name: ............................................................................................................................
Address: .........................................................................................................................
......................................................................................................................................
......................................................................................................................................
Post code/Zip code: ............................................Country:.................................................
Telephone: ......................................................................................................................
Email: ............................................................................................................................
Please confirm; I do / do not wish to receive additional or updated information about your
products and/or other new products which may be of interest to you.
Privacy
There is no legal obligation on your part to provide the personal information requested, however
such information allows us to maintain a record about the products and how customers are
supplied and supported, which can help improve our standards and speed up any returns/service
works. The information collected will be used for marketing purposes by Autocom and our
authorised distributors only. We may contact you either in relation to the products you already
have or other Autocom products which may be of interest to you.
SUPPLIERS DETAILS (please stamp if available)
Original purchase date: .................................................................................................
Dealers Name: .................................................................................................................
Address: .........................................................................................................................
......................................................................................................................................
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Post code/Zip code: ............................................Country:.................................................
Telephone: ......................................................................................................................
Email: ............................................................................................................................
Member of staff who sold the products (optional) .................................................................
Product serial number
Kit SP-A ...........................................................(on side cover)
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Unit 4, Tachbrook Link,
Tachbrook Park Drive, Warwick CV34 6RH. England
Tel: +44 (0)1926 431249 • Fax: +44 (0)1926 431250
Email: enquiries@autocom.co.uk
Website: www.autocom.co.uk