The mesh-equipped Cardo Packtalk series of motorcycle intercoms continues to expand. We’ve already reviewed the Packtalk Bold, Packtalk Black, and Packtalk Slim. Now, we’re getting our first look at the Cardo Packtalk Edge, which bumps up the technology to a new level. Here’s what’s new in the Edge.
Second-generation Dynamic Mesh Communications software makes connecting with other riders easier. Cardo claims the latest mesh software will allow 15-rider groups, faster connectivity, and easier pairing.
Bluetooth 5.2 has been added to the Packtalk Edge. This is the latest Bluetooth technology, making connecting to other units faster when you can’t use mesh. This means it will be easier to pair with riders using other brands of communications devices.
The voice recognition engine gets an upgrade. It will better interpret your command after you get its attention by saying, “Hey, Cardo.” This is matched to improved noise-cancellation for the microphone.
There are a few audio upgrades on the Edge. New JBL speakers have three new sound profiles–perfect for listening to your U2 playlist. When speaking with your group partners, the new mesh technology improves the range of frequencies, making it easier to understand other riders in challenging conditions.
Attaching the Cardo Packtalk Edge to the helmet mount has never been easier. Previously, the unit snapped onto a helmet mount. The helmet mount remains, but now the Edge unit latches onto the mount magnetically. Just get the communications unit close, and magnetism sucks it right in place.
The Edge can do software updates via WiFi. Leave your cable at home.
Improving the look and aerodynamics of the main unit, the antenna is now integrated. No more raising up the antenna to improve reception.
Returning features include a 13-hour battery life with USB-C charging. It takes two hours or less to recharge the battery. Conveniently, a 20-minute charge gives you two hours of battery life—perfect for a snack or meal stop.
The Edge is the flagship unit of the range, with the highest price among the Packtalk lineup. You’re looking at $390 for one Cardo Packtalk Edge, and $700 for a pair. Availability begins in late April.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!