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Old 05-25-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
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So I don't even have a bike yet, but I'm already pondering farkles. One thing has me stumped.....I've had GPS units on my last two bikes, and this one will be no different. I'm looking at a Garmin Zumo and all the motorcycle-friendly ones have Bluetooth capability.

I'm not really looking for bike-to-bike comms, so is there just a set of Bluetooth headphones one can put in their helmet to get music/directions/whatever from either the GPS or my iPhone? Or must I go with the spendy Chatterboxes or whatever?
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:44 PM   #3
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Cardo-Scala is good. Am waiting for my old Multi-set to die so I can buy a new (G9) set.

I have 3 units and the speakers are in 5 of my helmets.

Meshes with the Zumo 660 just perfectly.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:59 AM   #4
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So I don't even have a bike yet, but I'm already pondering farkles. One thing has me stumped.....I've had GPS units on my last two bikes, and this one will be no different. I'm looking at a Garmin Zumo and all the motorcycle-friendly ones have Bluetooth capability.

I'm not really looking for bike-to-bike comms, so is there just a set of Bluetooth headphones one can put in their helmet to get music/directions/whatever from either the GPS or my iPhone? Or must I go with the spendy Chatterboxes or whatever?
My Vote is for the LG TONE ULTRA (HBS-800)
https://www.lg.com/us/cell-phone-accessories/lg-HBS800

It's an around the neck bluetooth headset. It will connect to 2 different devices at the same time so phone & GPS are covered.

Sound quality is pretty damn good.. and has Active noise canceling.. So, about 80% of the wind noise while riding is just.. gone..

Can use google voice commands though the headset.. ie navigate to (wherever ) or text to (whomever )...

Can also use it in the car, on a airplane, out jogging ( ha! ).. Or wherever you want off the bike..

Can make or take phone calls while riding.. In my experience I've been able to hold a conversation at 75 mph with the other party hearing me well..

It's not toooo expensive. can find them going for about $65. But beware of cheaper knockoffs.. they look very similar but do not function the same..

It's a in ear vs over the ear design that blocks more noise.. Though you can still hear what your motor is doing & the traffic around you..

There is another model that is a few bucks cheaper.. but doesn't have the ANC.. I have them both and the ANC is worth every penny.. The difference in noise is like the difference in riding in a wind tunnel and riding in my pickup..
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:55 AM   #5
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Just go Sena, smh 5 if you want to be cheap. Smh 10 for a few more features, smh20 is awesome, but not really necessary unless using with another 20.
It's made for the bike, waterproof, if you ever get in a group it's great, because I've not been in a group without at least one, in the last 4 years. Battery works for 8+hours being on the whole time on the bike.


I have a clamp on my Nolan, and another on my AFX DS-39
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:46 AM   #6
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2nd vote for Sena. I have no experience with the older units, but the 20s is great. I love the android app. It makes setting things up much easier and has quick access to the manual so you can look up the commands/button presses. The sound quality is great and pairs with 2 Bluetooth devices. Can play navigation from your phone properly and will lower music volume when directions are playing. I haven't used the intercom yet but i'm sure it works well. The FM radio is a bit meh, but I have apps on my phone for that.

I have my phone on a handlebar bolt mounted RAM mount so I can use it for navigation.
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:12 PM   #7
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I have the Sena SMH10-R in two sportbike helmets and love it. Listen to music, intercom, take calls et al.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:55 AM   #8
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If you want the best, most modern system, try the UClear. The HB200 model is a good choice.

Unlike other models, the UClear can communicate with just about any other system. That's a huge plus.

As well, it has no boom mike; the mike is contained in the ear speakers. So installation is a snap.
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I also have the SENA smh-5 and I love it, music while riding is alright but it becomes invaluable when you ride with someone else that has one. Being able to ride with someone and be in constant communication is very nice.
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:20 AM   #10
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Another Sena smh-5 user.
Radio/bike to bike/GPS/talk on the phone, -all works great even with good ear plugs in.
I ride rain or shine and we have had some real dumpers this year...the Sena is unaffected.

The GF and I stay connected (talking enabled) from when we leave the garage to when we get back. The longest connection time I can recall was over 4 hours and we still had battery to spare.
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For the cheap bastards...

Get a SCALA... they can be picked up cheap, for the true KLR-ista, that's very important. Also, if your needs aren't met by the SCALA, sell it.... You don't see them often on CL but they're out there. Most want WAAAAY too much but it's up to you how much to spend. I've been using the SCALA system for about 10 years. It's above average, and perfect for what I ask it to do. Most other systems are modeled after SCALAs.

Great system...
Affordable...
Robust....
Water resistant...
Resale is good

Do your research....
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For the cheap bastards...

Get a SCALA... they can be picked up cheap, for the true KLR-ista, that's very important. Also, if your needs aren't met by the SCALA, sell it.... You don't see them often on CL but they're out there. Most want WAAAAY too much but it's up to you how much to spend. I've been using the SCALA system for about 10 years. It's above average, and perfect for what I ask it to do. Most other systems are modeled after SCALAs.

Great system...
Affordable...
Robust....
Water resistant...
Resale is good

Do your research....
Can't argue with that.

I'm waiting for my old Cardo-Scala Q2 system to die so I can buy the UClear. But it won't die!
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