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My Zumo 550 it is on the way. I also bought a Nolan 102 modular helmet which I plan to connect to the GPS/Phone. Here is what I plan to do:
1. Use Bluetooth connection between phone and GPS (this should take care of answering and making calls using the GPS screen)
2. Connect the GPS to the helmet using the Nolan N-com basic kit and a Multimedia wire (code V specific for zumo 550).

At this moment I do not plan to add intercom or blue tooth kits. Has anybody done this basic setup and what was the experience?

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I'm still struggling with the concept of why people need to answer or make phone calls while actually riding. I ride to get away from all that stuff and if I really did need to ring somebody it would easy enough to stop for a few minutes.
 

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I'm still struggling with the concept of why people need to answer or make phone calls while actually riding. I ride to get away from all that stuff and if I really did need to ring somebody it would easy enough to stop for a few minutes.
The short answer is that we all have different needs.

I've had a Scala Rider setup for about a year and while I don't consider it essential, sometimes I am waiting for a call that I don't want to miss. I also have young teenage children who are usually home alone after school and all summer. Then there's the thought about lying in a ditch needing to get some help.
 

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I'm still struggling with the concept of why people need to answer or make phone calls while actually riding. I ride to get away from all that stuff and if I really did need to ring somebody it would easy enough to stop for a few minutes.
same as tmcgee I have teenage boys walking home from school and beeing home by themselves ... i want to be able to answer calls and throught the GPS screen I can see who is calling and choose to ingnore ...

Ok, now back to the question.. is anybody using the configuration I described ?
 

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I wasn't having a go at anyone I just can't fathom being able to concentrate on a phone call and ride a bike in traffic whilst assuming every other road user is a total moron who is out to kill me which is why I'm still alive.
For what it's worth my 10yo son walks over 2 miles home alone from the bus and my 13yo daughter does the same at a later time but during the periods they are doing that I'm not usually riding my bike so the issue of communication doesn't occur (there is no phone reception most of the way they walk anyway). As far as lying in a ditch is concerned it's highly unlikely that if you were lying in a ditch unable to move your Bluetooth would still be working on one hand or that you would be able to reach the bike to make a manual call on the other.
 

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Ok, now back to the question.. is anybody using the configuration I described ?
My experience with the Scala Rider is that it works well with the phone. I can answer and make phone calls (using voice tags) without taking my hands off the grips. The headset has automatic volume control that makes the earspeakers louder as road noise increases. The microphone is of the noise cancelling type so your callers can't hear background noise. Audio quality is very good, especially if you buy the "extra helmet" mounting kit that is intended for the teamset model. It has 2 speakers rather than one and only costs $24.

When I introduce the Zumo into the setup, I lose the ability to make calls via voice tag and answer calls via vox, but I gain the ability to see who is calling via the pop-up dialog box on the Zumo. I can choose to answer or ignore via the touch screen.

The Zumo also gives me voice prompts for route navigation. It will not pass XM audio to the Scala Rider.

I do agree with K1W1 about this whole thing being a distraction. The reality for me is that it seldom gets used, and if there is a call that comes in, it's very brief.
 

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Both of you are right... I believe that answering the phone and making calls it is a distractive action. The phone only came in play as the Zumo would connect to it and sync. The main connection I am looking is between the headset and the Zumo 550 as it has voice prompts.

The phone and the ability to not answer or answer to emergency calls is added benefit.

Kids know to call my wife if I take bike to work as I will not answer. They are also told that if anything may happen (strictly emergency) and can not get hold of their mother should call me even if on bike ... so it is more for added insurance than anything else. Never thought about passing XM or using it for iPpod. I like the sound of the wind and enjoy the quietness of being by myself...
 

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I've been looking at this setup also, but I'm interested mainly in a wireless setup to the gps and play mp3's, linking the phone to the screen for caller id would be a plus but not my priority. I'm not all that tech saavy as I still rely on maps and road signs and friendly locals!

My question is this, can I achieve a wireless setup for this?

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Mythbusters showed that it is more distracting talking on the phone than driving drunk.
Maybe. I only have a problem with such studies when they try to use the results to outlaw stupidity.
 

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Zumo came in today, install was easy. Runs from its batteries ... connect to power over the weekend. I was not impressed by the handlebar RAM mount but I guess will do it for now. The (multimedia) wire which I need to connect the GPS to N-Comm basic kit is on backorder until April but slowly will get all the puzzle pieces together. Tomorrow wil have the first run with the GPS so will see how it works by itself...
 

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Tomorrow wil have the first run with the GPS so will see how it works by itself...
Run the updates on it. The most recent one came out about 10 days ago and changed a bunch of things.
 

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Thank you for the reminder , already done. Still figuring out the best position to mount before final connectin to battery. It worked great in the morning ride to work. Once mounted in final place I wil post some pictures..
 

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I bought the bracket from Twisted Throttle that uses the windscreen bolts and mounts it above the gauges. I did have to modify the bolt pattern slightly since it was intended for the 26, 27, 2800 series, but it's easier for me to see with a glance than using the handlebar mount.
 

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Thanks for suggestion. That is exactly aht I was thinking about when I got home yesterday - I need to mount it somwhere above the gauges to be able to glance to the GPS without taking my eyes of the road.. will look into the Twisted Throttle mount ... drilling is not a problem....
 

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...bracket from Twisted Throttle that uses the windscreen bolts ....
Looked up the mount you are talking about and all pictures showed mounted with the stock windscreen mounting bracket. Do you have any knowledge if this mount would work with the Madstad bracket?
 

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Looked up the mount you are talking about and all pictures showed mounted with the stock windscreen mounting bracket. Do you have any knowledge if this mount would work with the Madstad bracket?
I don't know. Give them a call or email them. Erik rides a Vstrom.
 

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Maybe. I only have a problem with such studies when they try to use the results to outlaw stupidity.
I'm not suggesting they pass a law. Nor was I making any kind of a political statement. That is another forum. I am only passing on that maybe folks should rethink using a cell phone while driving or riding.
 
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