Sena Freewire


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Sena Freewire

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Okay peeps, I have a 1800 goldwing and my wife rides a VT750 honda. I always connected my helmet to the goldwing audio system using a cable and loved being able to hear the music and GPS and I added an expensive Autocom intercom kit with 2 way radios to each bike so that my wife and I could talk to each other when riding on different bikes, but I could still use the goldwing audio system. It worked okay for many years. We recently purchased a couple of Sena10S intercoms and they work very well duplex communication and no wires attaching me to the bike.
However I can no longer listen to my music and GPS directions whilst on the goldwing.
I see that Sena sell a box of tricks called the Freewire which allows me to pair my intercom to the Freewire and the Freewire is connected to the Honda Audio system so I can listen to music and GPS plus use the CB if I want. However it is not clear to me if I can listed to my goldwing Audio system and speak with my wife at the same time, or if I can only either listen to the goldwing Audio system OR talk to the wife (1 or the other, not both at the same time). I like to listen to my music and be able to hear my wife at any time she speaks. I have asked Sena about this but have not received a single reply. It already cost us $400 for 2 headsets and now another $250 for the Freewire, so going wireless is looking to be very expensive. Before I open the Firewire box and start trying to install it, I wanted to find out if it allows me to listen to the goldwing audio AND speak to my wife on her bike via the 10S intercom at the same time. If it doesn't I will return the unit and ask for a refund. So I am wondering if anyone on here has used the Freewire and can confirm does it allow the Sena headset to be paired with another headset in intercom mode and still allow my headset to connect to the Freewire at the same time so that I can listen to music/GPS whilst talking/listening to my wife on the intercom? Thanks for all replies.

Gary


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Re: Sena Freewire

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One of my coworkers has a freewire installed on his Goldwing and really likes it. He uses the 20S headsets on his helmets. I looked into getting a setup for my bike but was told the freewire only works with the 20S headsets? Might want to check with Sena before you invest. His setup gets all the bike audio and his GPS and phone and will communicate with other riders. I backed away largely due to the cost and I really don't ride with guys that have communication systems on their bikes. I have a wired J&M setup on my full face but I don't use it much, I wear a half helmet most of the time.
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Re: Sena Freewire

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Thanks Scott, I have sent Sena 3 email asking my question, but not received a single reply. I already bought the Freewire unit from Sena and it is sitting at home, but I don't want to open the box until I know it will allow me to use my Sena10S as an intercom with my wife (on her motorbike) and listen to my goldwing stereo at the same time. If I open the box, I assume Sena will not allow me to return the unit. The alternative is to purchase another 10S headset and wire it into the main Rider intercomm plug on my wing and then pair it with my intercom and the wifes intercom, that will allow us to both hear the CB and stereo (not ideal!) and we can still use them as intercomms. The 10S allows up to 4 pairings, I would just need to make a wiring loom between the goldwing 5 pin intercom plug and the microphone/headphone leads coming from the 10S. But before buying another 10S and cutting it up, I am hoping someone can answer my question about the Freewire.

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Re: Sena Freewire

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Well I decided to call Sena as email wasn't working and they confirmed the 10S can either be in intercom mode with my wife, or connected to the Freewire so that i can listen to my music, but cannot do both at the same time.
They agreed that if I purchase another 10S, I could pair it with my headset and my wife's headset (3 way intercom) and if I modified the wiring on this 3rd unit to connect it to the 5 pin rider intercom lead, this would allow us to both listen to the music, hear the CB and talk to each other at the same time. I had only wanted my wife to hear our voices not also my music, but it seems this is the only reasonable option. The gentlemen at Sena made it sound very easy to get a refund for the Freewire, so fingers crossed he is correct and I will then get a 3rd 10S!! Who would have thought it could be so difficult to have an intercom and listen to music at the same time!! At this rate it will cost $1000 ($500 for 2 sena intercomms + $500 for 2 sena Freewires!) to replace 2 $100 wired headsets!!

Gary


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