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Navigate with a digital Roadbook on the tablet of phone is something that everybody can do. If you already know how the basics of roadbook navigation, now is the time to get your hands on a bluetooth remote. But which one?

Based on your needs, this comparison let’s you choose the best remote for you. Doesn’t matter if you’re just curious about the sport or if you’re racing a Rally in Baja California.

Bluetooth Media Remote

Bluetooth Media Remote

All the basic functions needed for RB navigation, runs on batteries but comes without a suitable mount (zipties, anyone?).

  • Uses batteries (lasts about two weeks)
  • Without mount
  • Price range ~20€
  • Available in different colors from different suppliers (search on Amazon)

Hesa Parts

NAVCOMM PRO
NAVCOMM
RALLY V3

A more ergonomic solution, 3D printed in Spain and completely waterproof, it’s a plug-and-play solution that looks the part. With several models to choose from, some even with custom logos, you’ll find the one you search. We’ve been using the NAVCOMM PRO that features the classic roadbook lever, two push buttons and a joystick (that also acts as a third push button).

Some older models (RALLY V3) use batteries, but the most recent are wired (5v to 24v) and have inverse polarity protection – so you don’t burn them if you accidentally switch the red and the black wires (check the user manual).

The newer models (NAVCOMM & NAVCOMM PRO) have OTA Updates, so you’ll get the latest updates.

With dedicated modes to music, roadbook and our TerraPirata’s RallyRoadbook’s app – so you know it works flawlessly.

  • Dedicated TerraPirata mode (Android and iOS)
  • OTA Updates
  • IP67 – water and dust proof
  • Inverse polarity protection
  • Continuous Click
  • 3D printed
  • Batteries last 2 to 5 months (RALLY V3)
  • Wired connection (5v to 24v) – NAVCOMM & NAVCOMM PRO
  • Price range 110€ – 150€
  • Order directly from HesaParts

O2RC

O2RC Slim Carbon 2.0
O2RC Pro

Powered by USB cable or 12v connection, the O2RC remotes don’t need batteries. They’re 3D printed in Spain, water resistant and there are several models to choose from, with different number of buttons and with/without joysticks.

It’s a two component device, meaning that the remote goes on the handlebar, and then connects to a box (called “Board”) that can be strapped onto the nav tower or at the center of the handlebar (or any other place, really). The box has a on/off switch, for added safety.

  • Powered via USB or 12v
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Integrated mount
  • 3D printed in Spain
  • Price range ~120€
  • Order directly from O2Riders

F2R + O2RC

F2R Integrated Remote
O2RC Board

Do you already have your setup for paper roll roadbook? Then keep using your remote, by plugin it in the O2RC Board. It will convert the signal to bluetooth, and connect to your tablet (or smartphone).

With this combo you can switch back and forth between digital and paper, without touching your handlebar setup.

And the O2RC Board powers via 12v – perfect for the “Extra 12v” outlet on the F2R Powerbox.

  • Powered by 12v
  • Board: Water and dust resistant
  • Remote: Water and dust protected (including connectors)
  • Continuous click
  • Integrated handlebar mount, bombproof (used in Dakar)
  • Comes with a on/off switch on the Board
  • O2RC Board: ~90€ + F2R Remote (~110 to ~230€)
  • Order directly from O2Riders and F2R or H3D.

ARN

ARN
ARN

Screaming Rally Raid, this standalone bluetooth remote is fully waterproof, sturdy and comes with riding modes and OTA updates, and also – an user manual. Full featured, quick response time and powered via 12v cable. It can stand out a little bit on the handlebar on enduro setups, but installs very flush on adventure motorcycles.

  • Powered via 12v (also works with 5v)
  • Fully waterproof
  • Continuous scroll
  • OTA updates
  • Dedicated mode for TerraPirata (Android and iOS)
  • Price range 120-180€
  • Pro version available (even more robust)
  • Analog-to-Bluetooth box available (to use with analog remotes)
  • Order directly from ARN Rally

OneAdventure

OneAdventure
OneAdventure

With ergonomics at it’s core, the portuguese 3D printed remote from OneAdventure replaces the joystick with push buttons, and has a total of 5 buttons. But what’s more interesting, it’s the “trigger” button, which is in the opposite side – making it easy to use with your index finger. Clever.

On a side note, this was the fastest paring remote we ever had.

  • Powered via 12v, USB-A or USB-C (comes with an adapter)
  • IP67
  • Continuous scroll
  • Slim design (about 2cm)
  • Trigger button for the index finger
  • OTA updates
  • Dedicated mode for TerraPirata (Android and iOS)
  • Order directly from OneAdventure

SUMMARY

BrandIPxPowerContinuous ClickTerraPirata
Mode
OTA UpdatesFunctionsPrice Range
Batteries5~30€
Hesa PartsIP675-12vyesyesyes11110-150€
O2RCWater Resistant12v or USByes4~120€
O2RC + F2RWater Resistant12v or USByes5110-230€
ARN RallyIP6712vyesyesyes7120-180€
OneAdventureIP6712v USB-A USB-CYesyesyes799€
Updated January 2024

Verdict

Choosing a bluetooth remote depends a lot on the intended use. If you just want to try out Rally navigation, the low cost solution is a good choice. You just need to figure out how to attach it to the handlebar.

For an exclusive digital usage, you can take your pick. We’ve tested the HesaParts NAVCOMM, the ARN and the OneAdventure with great success. It all comes down to personal preference, ergonomics and style.

The OneAdventure challenges the traditional design of the remote, and it’s quick to install due to the usb connection. The absence of a lever is controversial, though.

The NAVCOMM PRO adds a clickable joystick, so you get more actions/features out of your remote.

The ARN keeps it simple, with the 3 buttons and a lever, with focus on robustness. The angle of the lever is somewhat different from the traditional, and requires some getting used to.

For all the paper old school riders, the O2RC Board or ARN Box it’s a great way to quickly interchange between paper and digital, while keeping the same remote you already have. We’ve also tested this setup and was very good for when we were changing from paper to digital and back. We didn’t had as many features, but the easiness of the swap was worth it.

Either you’re just having fun, or training to the Dakar Rally, one of this remotes will assurely make a big difference.

Rally on!

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