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May 3rd 2016, 03:41 PM   #1
 MadMeanstreak's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Bellingham

  Kawasaki Connie14
BlueTooth helmets-

Anyone on here have and wear a BlueTooth helmet? Likes/Dislikes?? I've been checking them out and considering to buy one, just wondering if they're worth getting. I've got the BT Chatterbox for my helmet, but it'd be cool if it was all integrated. Would appreciate any feedback.
May 3rd 2016, 03:45 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Upside: integrated.

Downsides: Electronics go bad and you have nicely integrated garbage that more than likely can't be replaced.
Take a small spill and bounce the helmet off the ground and you have a doorstop with nicely integrated electronics.

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May 3rd 2016, 03:57 PM   #3
 LOKI's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Bellingham

  Yamaha FJR 1300
I had the Scala rider for a while and didn't like it. Too many buttons to remember. I just traded up for the Sena and am pretty happy with it. There is even a mobile app for the settings

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May 3rd 2016, 04:03 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Upsides:
Lower Cost
Tend to be easier to use
Compatible with other helmets of same manufacture

Downsides:
Cheaper quality
You can't change helmets and take it with you
Most don't work with gear from other manufactures.

My suggestion would be to look at one of the Sena models. They are pretty highly rated by real riders and the right ones work across manufactures.
May 3rd 2016, 05:37 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

I have the Sena SMH10 in both helmets. Amazon had a deal early so I got 2 units for $240 shipped. They work excellent.

Operation is easy and it pairs with GPS, phones and other non Sena BT helmet units. Super happy.

Years ago I was using the Interphone units, 1st gen worked great and I upgraded. I could never get it to work well so I researched BT units using webbikeworld and the Senas seemed to be the best. Yup!

One caution, the new Sena S20's have a water (rain) high failure rate. Many units die after riding in the rain. Sena is aware and has tried to improve the water resistance. Don't know if they have?

Guy at work removes his (S20) from his helmet when he rides in the rain. Seems to defeat the purpose of the comm unit which in my case has been well worth it.

Personally, I buy my helmet that I like and add a comm.
May 3rd 2016, 06:29 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
The Senas are great, and several helmet manufacturers have models designed to "integrate" them. My Bell Qualifier DLX has a "door" on the side so that when you take the cover off the SMH10 sits nearly flush. It also has pockets built inside to hold the speakers and mic. All wires stay nicely tucked away and run through the shell.


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