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Sep 20th 2019, 07:12 PM   #1
 Oregon Motorcycle's Avatar
 
  Mar 2019
  oregon

Sena 30k Review | Motorcycle Bluetooth

Here's a few vids I put together explaining my love hate relationship with the 30k. This is an awesome lil gadget, but not perfect.



Sep 20th 2019, 11:08 PM   #2
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Now THOSE are more like it! Well done, informative, to the point. Excellent job on both! I really like that you did a 'love' and 'hate' video as most things are a mix of both.
As a person that has hearing loss I would worry if the system has to be that loud it would be damaging my hearing. I tried riding with ear buds and had to turn them up almost all the way to hear them well. I tried a pair of custom fitted ear buds but they seal out so much noise I did not hear an ambulance! Now I just ride with foam ear plugs and forgo the sounds or communication.
I looked at the 'systems' including the Sena but kind of gave up on them. A lot of the riders at work use them though.
Bummer about the signal coming and going. What a frustrating deal breaker. Well, it would be for me.
Thanks for doing the vids!

Edited by Parilla125 on Sep 21st 2019 at 08:12 AM
Sep 21st 2019, 05:08 AM   #3
 Oregon Motorcycle's Avatar
 
  Mar 2019
  oregon

Thank You.

I was actually expecting a lil more overall, but overall I'm happy. The increase in safety while riding with a partner or group is worth way more than the money it cost.

While riding with the volume up, it is hard to hear cars honking... Sirens are not a problem though. I have buddy who uses earplugs while using the Sena. He must have good ears.
Sep 21st 2019, 07:28 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  Versys 1000 SE LT+, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Nicely done.

I have the Sena 10R and ride with foam ear plugs. I can still hear the stuff I want to hear, such as cars, horns etc, with the exception of music and phone. Intercom conversations are fine, which tells me either my phone is not playing well with the Sena, or my aging ears are crapping out.
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Sep 21st 2019, 08:32 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I had to look up 'Mesh' to find out what it was. Seems like a 'Hotspot'?
One of the issues I had with all the communication systems I looked at is they would not talk to each other, which means you could not just be going around linking and talking to random riders on the road. You had to purposely link up with the same system. No talking to other random riders that happen to be close by unless you purposely linked.
I ride solo most of the time so it would be difficult to decide which one to choose.
You vids has sparked some new interest in them. I will check out what the guys at work are using and look into it.
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Sep 21st 2019, 10:50 AM   #6
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  Versys 1000 SE LT+, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
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I had to look up 'Mesh' to find out what it was. Seems like a 'Hotspot'?
Sort of. Think of it as a relay type network. We have 3 riders, A, B and C. A and B are in range, C is out of range of A, but is in range of B.

Normally A and B can talk, B and C can talk, but A and C could not. With a Mesh network, if A and C are in range of B, A can talk to C, through B.
Sep 21st 2019, 10:58 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Another benefit of the "Mesh" is that if rider B happens to leave the group it does not break the connection between A and C. If rider B rejoins the group, they automatically reconnect. No need to re-pair. This has been part of the Cardo Packtalk system for a few years and is what drew me to that system. That and the small footprint of the Cardo Packtalk Slim, no "brick" hanging on the side of the helmet.

Edited by VeritasImageryNW on Sep 21st 2019 at 11:00 AM
Sep 22nd 2019, 09:10 AM   #8
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

And still not water proof/resistant. Sena 20s dies rather quickly when it starts to rain.
Sep 22nd 2019, 10:33 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

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And still not water proof/resistant. Sena 20s dies rather quickly when it starts to rain.
Ya, Oregon mentioned that in his vid and I was quite surprised. A motorcycle item attached to the outside of the helmet, and it is not waterproof? Uhhh, not good.
Sep 22nd 2019, 04:21 PM   #10
 Oregon Motorcycle's Avatar
 
  Mar 2019
  oregon

I use di-electric grease on all the contact points. No issues yet. I’ve heard the unit is in fact water resistant, but Sena doesn’t warranty water damage.
Sep 22nd 2019, 04:46 PM   #11
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
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I use di-electric grease on all the contact points. No issues yet. Iíve heard the unit is in fact water resistant, but Sena doesnít warranty water damage.
I've used my Sena 10C and 10C Pro in the rain with no issues at all. Commutes were an hour at least each way.

Sena is one of the few that also designs their headsets to be charged while riding. The charging port is at the rear and bottom. With the 10C models, that's important. While the BT will work for 20-30 hours, the camera is like most action cameras and will only work for 2 hours if no outside power is provided.

Chris
Sep 22nd 2019, 07:38 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

My failures have all been internal shorts. Disassembly shows green fuzz on the high amp ICs. Zero conformal coating inside and a very poor attempt to make the shell water tight.

Poor design for something that will be exposed to the elements.
Sep 23rd 2019, 09:38 AM   #13
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Used Sena in the past, in all honesty, I find the whole point of it to be contrary to the reasons for riding in a helmet. I don't want to be connected, I don't want to get texts and phone calls or listen to music, I want to be on my bike on a road and right there, disconnected from everything else without interruptions in my ear.
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