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post #1 of 46 Old 01-10-2015, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Blue Tooth units, who's got what?

I have done some searching but couldn't find a thread that gave me enough info,
What I am after is advice on what types of Blue Tooth units people have for phone/GPS use but also for rider to passenger communication and bike to bike communication. Just to make it clear I am a Helmet Comms Noob, I have never owned or used one before. Time to catch up I guess.

Maybe just copy and paste the Questions from this thread into your response so it remains consistent so everyone reading can compare info.

Blue tooth unit Brand and Model,
Helmet speakers or earbuds,
Sound Quality for music/gps/phone,
Sound Quality for communication rider to pillion/rider,
Fit to Helmet, Fit IN helmet, Helmet brand used.
Cost (Aus $)
Where in Oz did you buy/source it.

Hope this is OK with the everyone. Hope we can collate some good info here.

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post #2 of 46 Old 01-10-2015, 01:43 AM
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Hey Spots,

A mate and I use Sena smh5 headsets -

they clip to your helmet really securely, with no modifications required to helmet.

Good sound quality, becomes a bit hard to hear above 100kph but is fantastic for riding through town figuring out where to stop/stay etc

In helmet speakers which fit nicely in behind helmet padding and you can choose between a wired or boom mike

Bluetooth connection to phone, GPS good for up to 5-8m; Bluetooth to other sena riders good for upto 400-600m without distortion

Phone quality really good and new firmware update give a 2 slot speed dial using the unit without touching your phone

Bought mine as a 2 pack off eBay for $269.00 about 3 years ago and have used them on 3 major trips totalling about 12000km without any issues.

Battery life is great, we had ours connected all day riding and it still had about 25% power left at the end of a full day.

Rode with mine on in heavy rain and beating heat with no issues.

These also have the ability to charge while riding if you have a USB port on the bike

I would highly recommend - though they are a little on the pricey side, my brother bought a cheap set from aldi and they lasted about 3 months.

All in all a great little product

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post #3 of 46 Old 01-10-2015, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by 5POTS View Post
Blue tooth unit Brand and Model,
Sena SMH10
Helmet speakers or earbuds,
In Helmet speakers
Sound Quality for music/gps/phone,
Pretty good for GPS and phone. Passable for music.
Sound Quality for communication rider to pillion/rider,
Very good upto approx 800 metres. Sometimes get some wind noise feedback if other rider has not adjusted microphone position correctly.
Fit to Helmet, Fit IN helmet, Helmet brand used.
Connects to lip of helmet (outside). I have two "helmet bases" and move the device between my Arei Vector and Kabuto Aeroblade helmets. Fits both easily and solidly.
A few years ago it cost about $330 for a dual set, if I recall correctly.
Where did you buy/source it.
Bought from a local importer. I have seen them at a number of dealerships and at Hemet House here in Perth.
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Sena S20 set replaced an old Scala Rider set. Night and day difference mainly because of the improvements in Bluetooth technology in the last 7 years since we purchased the Scala units.
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post #5 of 46 Old 01-10-2015, 07:06 AM
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Sena SMH10

I have the Sena SMH10, works well! I mainly use it with my ipod, is good up to 100km/h. My brother has the other one (he purchased two units) and we found that "bike to bike" bluetooth was just ok as long as you were no more than 200m (line of sight). I had to cut some foam out of my helmet for the speakers to fit well. I would say they would be great for rider to passenger communication. I don't have my phone bluetooth to it as I don't want any calls when I'm riding. It's a great unit for charging and battery life, easy with USB cable.

Overall I think it's excellent value for money!

Hope this helps,
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Blue Tooth units, who's got what?

Blue tooth unit Brand and Model, SENA SMH10

Helmet speakers or earbuds, HELMET SPEAKERS

Sound Quality for music/gps/phone, GOOD (I also use Earmold ear plugs to reduce windnoise, so turn up the Sena volume a bit more)

Sound Quality for communication rider to pillion/rider, GOOD, 700-900m DEPENDING ON TERRAIN/LINE OF SIGHT. (Used it large group travelling across to Canberra, music plus inter-bike chat)

Fit to Helmet, Fit IN helmet, Helmet brand used. FITS/CLAMPS TO LOWER RIM OF HELMET BEHIND LEFT EAR (Left side important so you can adjust volume and select functions on the go), SHOEI XR-1100

Cost, JUST UNDER $230

Where did you buy/source it. FROM HELMET HOUSE IN VICTORIA PARK, PERTH


Other considerations: One of the SMH5 variants (and possibly the SMH20) has a built-in FM radio. The SMH10 doesn't.

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post #7 of 46 Old 01-10-2015, 10:57 AM
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Can't say enough good things about it. I went all bluetooth last year, glad I did, let me get rid of all the wires and trash I had running here and there about the bike. Intercom was the best thing, good for obout a quarter mile plus (BTW: what in HELL are there "meter" things you guys keep talking about?!).
Gotta keep them charged, however. I carry a battery brick, 14.5 mamps, and charge it during lunch stops (that is, if I'm on the road,will work for a week or more using it twice a day during my commute to/from work), otherwise it won't last all day, runs out late in the day: the nice lady gives you two warning "the battery is low," then shuts down until recharged, which takes awhile. I find the sound quality to be very good, listening to Satellite radio, music, FM.
Good luck!
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This is what I use for my trips.

Helmet: Nolan N43T
Bluetooth: Bluetooth kit 2
Speakers: Basic Kit 2
Integrates well with Windows Phone Nokia 920 - Can use voice commands, music etc.

Sound quality is really good, when doing Hway stuff (>100km/h) I use ear plugs and can still hear the music (a lot will depend on the player/phone as well). Have taken phone calls at around 80km/h and it works well, but not at 110km/h, the other end can not hear you. If you did not want to go with the Bluetooth, there is an external line in for Music/Sat Nav. Most modern phones have a standard (can not remember the name) that can allow you to skip tracks pause etc the Nolan has it and works well on my Nokia Lumina 920.

The good thing about the Nolan is that its all integrated well into the helmet, each helmet has cutouts for the Basic Kit and the Bluetooth unit. But there is a down side, not all Nolan helmets have the same kits, so upgrading has to be done carefully, if at all. For example, had a Nolan N102 helmet - basic kit 1 + Bluetooth 3 (I think), when I got the N43T I spent 30 minutes trying to fit the Basic kit 1 to it, I actually needed the Basic Kit 2 (~$100), but the Bluetooth component fitted fine.

I would love to get the N44 helmet but again they have a completely new Bluetooth component, which I am not ready to spend ~$400 mark for. For next time I would go with the new Sena and third party helmets.

Anyway that be my 2cents worth.

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post #9 of 46 Old 01-10-2015, 11:58 AM
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SENA, SMH10R low profile dual set ($359). Mates with about any Bluetooth device, low ambient noise, clear comm with pillion and other riders intercoms. Be advised that the helmet utilized has a lot to do with clarity of transmissions. My helmet is a full face Scorpion EXO-500 which is very quiet. My wife hears my transmission clearly, however, her helmet is an open face utilizing the optional boom mic, and it's pretty noisy. It is really annoying when on an extended ride when paired with three other riders (more if using optional capability) and one of then is generating wind noise, and you don't know which one is the culprit. GPS voice and built in MP3 music very clear. I don't take phone calls while riding so no idea of phone clarity. Hope this helps.

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post #10 of 46 Old 01-10-2015, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all who have replied so far
Getting some good info and actual users first hand experiences.
Keep the responses coming as I don't want to spend my money on a dud system, and we are generating a good resource here for other who want to do the same.
Thanks again and I am looking forward to reading many more reports.
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