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Bluetooth Headsets

Postby busterol89 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:18 am



My wife and I are looking into Bluetooth headsets to communicate between our bikes. Hers is a 2004 Honda Shadow 1100 and I have a 08 Goldwing. We have been looking at the Sena SMH10 and the cardo scala rider G9X. I am wondering what others have used and what their suggestions are.



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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby spiralout » Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:41 pm

About time you got around to making a post :P
Try searching for bluetooth headsets or helmets. There're lots of threads already with what people are using.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Harp » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:59 pm

I started with a Nolan Basic 2. The Mrs wasn't thrilled about being tethered to the bike careening down the highway at 70mph. I checked out a few option and finally found a Scala Team Rider Q1 set.
I'm very happy with this set. It took me about 20 min to install units in both helmets. After I programmed it, I was able to link it with my phone allowing me to use Spotify, Google Maps and most other mobile phone features. It does have an FM tuner in the set. Additionally, Scala has a website that allows you to update your system when necessary.
My only regret is that I cannot connect with other Bluetooth systems with the Q1. I believe Scala offers other units with this feature. I would buy this unit again. Very happy with purchase.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:51 am

I have a set of Cardo Scala Rider Q3 headsets. Ive only used them a handful of times but they are nice units with quite a few options. My biggest complaints are short battery life (6-8hrs of normal use, a little more if used less) and that it cant be used while charging. Too bad they sit in their case majority of the time.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Harp » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:13 am

[color=#0000FF]I've had no trouble with battery and charging issues. I usually get 3 days (9-10 hrs actual use) from each charge, unless I sync with radio or Spotify - then I still get at least 8 hrs. I don't really use Maps as I have navigation. That might be an issue as well. Again, mine were purchased last season. Might have better battery tech???[/color]

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby busterol89 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:33 pm

Thanks for the info. My wife and I went with the Sena-10s system and having only used it for two short rides so far we are very happy with them. Sound is good and she loves to be able to talk to me when she needs something instead of "hand signals".

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby redbag » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:40 pm

I've used and been very happy with the Sena SM10 interface module to provide a BT link between the bike audio (AM/FM/USB & NAV) to the SMH10 (helmet modules). I'm just east of Elk River if you'd like together after monsoon season for an installation inspection. I installed mine in the tail trunk, pulled the rear passenger bike audio thru a very small hole and ran power to it from a trunk-installed USB power outlet. Works fine and is secure from curious little fingers.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby bdukes » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:55 pm

Wife and I sure like our Sena 10R. Thinking about getting SR10 for bike radio and 2 way radio.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby dtrider » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:55 pm

redbag wrote:I've used and been very happy with the Sena SM10 interface module to provide a BT link between the bike audio (AM/FM/USB & NAV) to the SMH10 (helmet modules). I'm just east of Elk River if you'd like together after monsoon season for an installation inspection. I installed mine in the tail trunk, pulled the rear passenger bike audio thru a very small hole and ran power to it from a trunk-installed USB power outlet. Works fine and is secure from curious little fingers.


Do you leave the SM10 power switch in the 'On' position all the time or do you turn it off whenever you get off the bike? If you leave it powered on all the time and it's battery runs down, does it still turn on immediately once you apply power again?

I have mine mounted on the handlebar so that I'll remember to turn it off when I get off the bike. However it seems to be picking up some noise from the bike's electrical system and I wonder if moving it to the trunk would help.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby redbag » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:07 pm

Hi Dwight--The power is comes off the ignition side so I don't leave something capable of making heat in the on position. I usually do power it down manually as well when I toss the gloves in the trunk at end of the day. I've found on a few occasions I've needed to power it down then back up again in order to get the pairing to function correctly. More of typical USB issue than anything else.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Lavelle » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:25 pm

Hi, I use the Sena SMH10 and for me it works great! I did a ride from Brisbane to Cairns and could still communicate with my fellow rider at 75 - 80 MPH the clarity is very good especially when on the phone. The manufacture is a little ambitious with the range as I found that comms became a little broken at about half a mile distance but apart from that, I'm really glad that I purchased it and the fitting is real easy and it doesn't look as bulky as some units. Hope this helps??

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Happytrails » Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:22 am

If you wear modular helmets you might want to check out Sena 10u's. :D :D
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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Lavelle » Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:47 pm

Very nice wing there mr Happytrails :D

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Happytrails » Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:52 pm

Lavelle wrote:Very nice wing there mr Happytrails :D


Thanks. Amazing the coincidence I was thinking the same thing about yours :D :D

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Happytrails » Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:56 pm

Happytrails wrote:If you wear modular helmets you might want to check out Sena 10u's. :D :D




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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby pidjones » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:20 am

We have had Sena SMH5 sets in our helmets for about four years now. I use mine daily on commute to connect to my cell phone and receive calls or even make them if needed. When we are two-up, we like to be able to communicate without yelling. We had Air Rider sets before, but she didn't like the "dance" that you have to do to mount up with them on. I still have to turn hers on for her because she forgets how. I've never ridden with another bike that had them to discover what bike-to-bike is like, but imagine it is pretty good within the range limit. When I'm just commuting (20 miles each way) I can usually go up to a month before recharging.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby dtrider » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:51 am

Personally I like the Sena 20S. The biggest problem that I had with most bluetooth headsets before was that they could only handle one mode at a time. You could listen to music, or you could use the intercom, but not both simultaneously and the switch from music to intercom took a few seconds even when using VOX. For us that pretty much eliminated listening to music or audio books on long rides.

The 20S can handle multi-tasking to at least allow music and intercom to be running together. When one of us starts talking the music automatically mutes a bit, then comes back when we stop talking. Pretty much the same as the wired audio system on the bike. Pair the headsets with the Sena SM10 dual bluetooth stereo transmitter and we can both still listen to the bike's sound system. That lets me keep using the iPod or the XM radio. Sierra Electronics also has a setup that would let me be able to use the bike's CB too, but I can't see spending that much money for a communications option that I almost never use.
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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby wellman » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:09 pm

Last year I was researching the same thing. Had decided on the the Sena 20S. When I went to the local dealer to look at helmets, they had the ScalaRider G9x Power Pack Dual units on sale. Couldn't pass up the price. Ended up buying 2 HJC Imax-2 modular helmets and the G9x Dual units. We really like the system once we figured our how to use them, lots of options available. Only problem I had was one of the units not holding a charge and difficulty pairing with other unit, would get a lot of static then nothing. Sent units back to Cardo Systems and both were replaced under warranty. One issue that has not been resolved: if we stay on intercom mode for an extended period of time, a few hours, the static comes back. Cardo Tech Support acknowledges there is a glitch in their system and the next firmware update should fix it. The solution at the moment is to periodically tap out of intercom mode then go right back in and everything is fine. Doesn't do this all the time but when it does happen this fixes the issue. That was at the end of riding season last year. Planning on doing firmware update soon to see if they have fixed this. Not a major issue, when riding alone I can use the phone or music all I want with no problems, just with prolonged intercom connection.

Really like the modular helmets as well.
Hope this helps.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Mean Wing » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:41 pm

I purchased my INTERPHONE 5FMC Bluetooth headset from RevZilla.com after watching the "comparison" videos, and learning that this system (speakers, mic, & attachment plate) was specifically compatible with my newly purchased SHOEI NEOTEC Modular Helmet. The audio range is decent, has a competitive battery life, and is easy to operate (finding the buttons) even with the thickest of winter riding gloves. Though the "British" female voice that provides status updates of the device cannot be turned off, she's helpful for navigating the many options of the device. It's definitely a strong contender . . . ;)

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Boatingrtb » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:21 pm

Like dtrider I have the sena 20s. Couldn't be more happy with the way it handles multi-tasking! The voice commands always work for me. When I make or receive a phone call, they can't believe I'm running 70mph down a noisy free way on a bike. They think I'm in a private room somewhere. It works clearer & better then the Bluetooth car system in either of my cars. The other bikers I ride with all love the sena 20s to communicate with.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby pappyam » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:23 pm

Last year, I got the Sena 20S Dual. Since I ride with a group and use the cb, I purchased the Sierra adapter that Steve Schmidt gave them the plans for, thinking since my wife does not ride, that I coud use the second one to stick in the console as a module. Unfortunately that does not work. You need an smh10 module, which I ended up buying. Now, I have all the features of the Goldwing audio including cb, and all the features of the Sena including music, phone and gps commands and all without any patch cords to unplug when getting off the bike. Could not be happier. Sound quality is also quite good. Sierra also makes the adapter for the Scala. I purchased the Sena because it could pair with at least one other non Sena Bluetooth device although, I have not yet tried it.
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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby RCAFRotorhead » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:15 pm

I am running with a Scalla rider Qz and have enjoyed it. I did have trouble to start with as it would randomly turn off. I sent it back and they sent a warranty replacement right away. The sound quality and noise cancelling microphone are very good. I always wear earplugs so I looked up and bought a set of Plugfones (https://www.plugfones.com/) and had great luck. This way the volume is way down (saves battery), I have my earplugs in to protect hearing (already damaged from helicopter noise :( ), and I don't have the pressure on my ears from the helmet installed speakers. Last year I used them every day for the 35 min drive to and from work to listen to the radio and the odd phone call. In all, very happy.

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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby brettchallenger » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:54 am

Just a heads up for our European riders or visitors, headsets are now illegal in France. Some kind of safety issue - and this is from the country which gave us "priorité a droite", the motoring equivalent of French plumbing.
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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby Bob Myers » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:17 am

I have a 20S in my helmet, wife has a SMH10. She does not care to listen to music,etc while we ride. I do, and use a SM10 to stream my music from the bike, and use an additional SMH10 with a modified helmet clamp to interface the bikeCB to my helmet, in case i feel the need to use it.
We started 2 years ago with a dual SMH10 kit and I quickly upgraded my headset to the 20S for the audio multi-tasking
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Re: Bluetooth Headsets

Postby roadrash12 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:06 pm

I had both the G9X and the Sena SMH10 I change from the sena to the g9x because of the crackling noise that was coming from the sena I think it was a wiring problem I just was not going to spen money on replacing wires that may or may not be the problem.
Any how compairing the two systems the sena smh10 we had for about a season and a half and for the most part they worked good up till they started crackling they were clear even at high speeds also fast connection. The g9x we got last year they were a little harder to use but once you get to know the button funtions this system did a real good job very clear even at highway speeds. But these two units should not be compaired with each other the Sena 20S is the closer brother to the G9X in price and in features. Both units are great bluetooth devices you can not go wrong with either one. The only reason I went with the G9X is most of the guys I ride with use the Scalarider system and all said they would not change their units for another brand, I have not regret buying the G9X the system works great and fast connection to other riders. My subgestions if you ride a lot in groups see what most of them are using if you want to communicate with your fellow riders. If that is not important to you than either system is a good choice.
This is a pretty cool write up on how to set up a blue tooth to work with Honda premium audio system EXCEPT the intercom function that is, check it out if your looking for a set up like this.

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