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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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So I added a 2013 cross country touring to my collection and am planning a 1000 mi ride hopefully in 24hr with my wife. We would like to add Bluetooth communicators. I am wondering if I need to use the victory Bluetooth kit so we can hear the radio or is there a cheeper way? I'd like to link the radio, android phone and comm together by Bluetooth. Sorry if it's been covered but searching didn't cover all three issues.

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Well here is a couple cents worth,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Forget the Sens hooking in to the radio. You'll have to have two, along with wiring harnesses and the irritation of making it all work. Sena doesn't support Vics BT dongle IIRC, even though they carry the name, but am sure I'll be corrected if wrong. Probably left out that part.

Get a SM10 I think it is. Plug in GPS, and MP3 player it will sync with two headsets. The SMH5 has 3 channels, one for phone and one for intercom. You can each have a phone connected if the phones have BT. Easy to use and sounds good even with earplugs. SMH10 has 5 channels if you need more. About $300 will get you into a dual headset with the dongle and it actually works, well. Our SMH5's have been upgraded to stream music to each other but that came after the setup was complete. This may or may not negate the need for two radio dongles, but I can't say.

The radio is plenty good to listen to without headsets and makes the deer look if you want to do that. Under 80MPH the radio sounds fine to me, but you may not want to broadcast to the world. I think the head sets are better in about every way.

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Normally we wear 1/2 helmets when close to home so it's not an issue then. We bought this bike to take some long rides and be comfortable. So full face helmets are a must for that. It's just so confusing when dealers tell you one thing and comm company's tell you another. I do have the factory gps as well where pairing to the radio would be nice but I doubt I'll use it much. It's nice to get lost when your enjoying yourself riding. I think the gps on my samsung s4 works just as good anyway.

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Is Sena the way to go? Or are others good as well? I used to have a chatterbox for snowmobiling years ago. Opinions?

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Since the dealers sell their dongle from Sena, I would say yes.
If you go out on your own, I'd say yes anyway. Good units, good support, good pricing, well you get it, just good. Sena is all I have experience with so I can't say for sure. There are several companies. All have their strong suits. Check out http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-intercoms/ and read till you go cross eyed. They aren't perfect but seem to be pretty good on reviews and do a good job of telling it like it is. Some things are opinion, some are researched, but they believe in it.
A good site to check gadgets, helmets, and the like IMHO.

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I can't really compare the Sena to other brands directly because, after a little research, I bought the Senas.

What I can tell you is that they work pretty well. They pair with a Sena dongle and can stream anything that now comes through your radio to your helmet mounted Sena. There was some talk about poor sound quality on early models, that was fixed with a firmware update. This is one of the reasons I went with Sena, simple firmware updates.

The down sides, In my opinion, is the expense and lack of dealer knowledge of this product. To buy directly from your dealer you are going to pay somewhere north of $600 to outfit a single bike for two riders.

I found my headsets online and got a pretty good deal on them, about half of dealer MSRP. The wiring and dongle I bought from my dealer, as there were questions about which harnesses I would need. I wanted the ability of a no hassle return. You can also pair the headsets directly to your bluetooth phone, mp3 player and gps. If you don't mind not having the headsets paired to your bike's stereo, you can save some money by not buying the dongles and harnesses needed for them.

Keep in mind, I don't believe, there is any brand that will talk to another brand. If you ride with people that already have communicators, you may want to consult them.

All in all we like ours just fine. We ride with a few people that have them so we have used them in many different circumstances.

If you decide to go with the Senas, shoot me a message. I can dig up the part numbers needed to make it all work. As I said, the dealers I talked to were not much help.

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Anyone use the Scala G9's yet?
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I think I'll be going with the sena setup after doing some reading and your help. Just wasn't sure about the dongle and harness. Dealer said something about the cb setup harnesses ect. I got the part numbers and I will look for some deals online. Thanks for the help

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rewindguy,
I have the G4's. I have heard some negative rumble about the G9's. Spordaic disconnections and some sound quality issues. I have absolutely zero issues with my sets, and would gladly recommend someone else to buy them.

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rewindguy,
I have the G4's. I have heard some negative rumble about the G9's. Spordaic disconnections and some sound quality issues. I have absolutely zero issues with my sets, and would gladly recommend someone else to buy them.

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