Lexin is a popular name brand that most motorcycle riders are familiar with. Over the years, their headsets have continued to improve in terms of features, functionality, and overall reliability. This leading model by Lexin comes loaded with all the right features for the casual and serious rider. The Lexin B4FM motorcycle Bluetooth intercom is reliable and can be the best piece of gear you bring along on your next cross country ride. But is it really a solid performer like so many riders claim it is? Is it worth the higher price tag? And can it handle regular use? Let’s find out.
Our Verdict: The B4FM Bluetooth headset is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled devices, will work with every type of smartphone, and offers a hands-free operation so you can ride and answer calls, forward calls, make calls, listen to FM radio, stream music, or speak to your other riding buddies via the voice conferencing feature. It also features a longer than average battery life, so it’s perfect for longer rides, or for the rider who’s guilty of forgetting to charge their devices. The weatherproof design protects the headset from damage, so you can continue to wear it and stay in contact, even if it’s raining. This model features a beginner-friendly design, complete with intuitive controls and a simple setup.
Overview and Features
With so many headsets flooding the market now that riding motorcycles is more popular than ever, finding a model that performs the way the manufacturer claims it can is more challenging than you’d think. But this latest headset by Lexin is a solid performer and one that’s available at a reasonable price. It features a beginner-friendly design that allows you to easily set it up and install it in a variety of helmet sizes and styles.
If you’re planning a long trip with your riding buddies, then you’re probably online searching for the best motorcycle Bluetooth headset, one that offers a longer range, and a model that’s easy to use, especially for your buddies that aren’t exactly tech-savvy.
This latest model comes with all the bells and whistles you’ll need, whether you want a headset to use for around town when you’re running errands, or if you’re making a state to state journey during the summer.
Durable, compact, and designed to work with most helmet brands, this headset will not take up too much space in a helmet, however, the large earpads can make it uncomfortable to wear for a long period of time if you’re dealing with a full-face helmet that doesn’t have any recessed space inside that’s meant to accommodate a headset. Make sure your helmet will be compatible with this headset before you buy. If you’re already dealing with a tight-fitting helmet, then you may need to upgrade to a model that’s specifically designed to work with a headset.
This model allows you to communicate hands-free, for a safer riding experience. With this type of headset, you can access Siri to control the headset, search the internet, answer or forward a call, end a call, and more. It’s also compatible with S Voice for Samsung voice commands, which also allows you to receive or make calls hands-free, access FM radio, listen to music, or listen to GPS directions.
Universal Pairing and Voice Conference
If you’re riding with other people, then the voice conference feature can be a total lifesaver. If you’re tired of losing one or more members of your riding team due to miscommunication on the road, then the conference feature will definitely come in handy. You can connect with up to four other riders and discuss directions, allow other riders to listen in on GPS directions, or you can even stream the radio or your personal music collection. The conference feature also has a range of up to one mile, which will work out perfectly for most riding situations. The universal pairing feature makes the headset compatible with most types of Bluetooth earpieces and headsets on the market. The THOKWOK Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset is one of Lexin’s top competitors, and while it offers many of the same features, it has a voice conference range of just half a mile, which can be a dealbreaker for some riders. Lexin has definitely outdone itself by offering a one-mile range, which will allow you to stay connected to your friends at all times.
Many lower quality headsets can perform many of the same tasks that this top-selling headset can, but the real difference is in the noise-canceling feature. What good is a headset if you can’t even hear what’s going on over the roar of your bike’s motor? This model offers noise-canceling technology that allows you to clearly hear your music, a phone conversation, or GPS directions.
Many models in this price range offer an average battery life of twelve hours, so I was blown away by the longer battery life of one hundred and twenty hours when the headset is in standby mode. In terms of talk time, the headset will allow you to talk for up to eight hours before the battery needs a charge. If you want to listen to music while you ride, this model offers up to fifteen hours of streaming time, which is excellent. In terms of charging time, this headset will take about one hour to fully charge.
This model comes with a couple of mics, allowing you to choose between a boom mic for a flip face helmet or open face helmet, or a button mic for a full-face helmet.
This model can withstand a heavy downpour, unlike competing models that are only water-resistant. this means you won’t have to worry about damaging the headset if you get caught in a downpour. Headsets that are only water-resistant can handle light rainfall but must be removed in the event of a downpour. This headset can withstand anything that mother nature throws at it and will still operate the same and keep you well-connected with other riders. The only issue you may run into is difficulty hearing your buddies on the voice conference if you’re dealing with high winds, however, this is a very common issue for most headsets.
The ability to listen to your favorite radio station while you ride, check-in on road conditions, or stay up to date with weather bulletins will be invaluable when you’re on the road. Now, you can stay ahead of bad weather, accidents, detours, and much more. Or, tune into your favorite podcast, talk radio show, or listen to some tunes.
This model comes with Bluetooth enabled GPS navigation, which will come in handy when you’re traveling with other people. Use the conference feature to allow other riders in your party to listen in on GPS instructions, so you won’t get separated during heavy traffic. The GPS can clearly be heard through the speakers, thanks to the noise-canceling feature.
This model is designed specifically for motorcycle use. Often, riders complain that they’re unable to hear their headsets when talking on the phone or communicating with other riders, over the roar of their bike’s engine, other riders, and cars, but that’s where this model is different. It’s designed specifically to allow you to hear clearly over engine noise, thanks to the top of the line noise-canceling technology. This model is versatile and able to work with other models of Bluetooth compatible headsets, all smartphones, MP3 players, and other Bluetooth devices. You may have trouble with the voice conference feature at times since it can lag and cause a type of echoing effect that will make it difficult to communicate with your fellow riders. But overall the voice conference feature scored well and has a decent range of one mile, which is more than enough range to stay in touch with your riding buddies.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Works with all smartphones
- Noise-canceling feature
- FM radio
- Hands-free operation
- Voice conference feature can lag at times
- Earpads may be too large for some helmets
Conclusion and Rating
This best-selling Lexin headset scored well in a variety of areas. Not only is it versatile and compatible with most Bluetooth enabled devices, but its weatherproof design makes it durable as well. The longer than average battery life makes it a perfect choice for those longer rides or cross country adventures. Additionally, the beginner-friendly design makes it easy for riders who are not tech-savvy to access different controls and features. However, this headset is also a great choice for any rider in need of a reliable headset that they can use when they’re going on an afternoon ride or running errands and need a headset that they can use to stay in touch with family, friends, or work. This model earned a rating of four and a half stars out of five.