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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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It's been many, many years since I've had the need for a helmet to helmet comm system. In fact the first one I ever used was a pneumatic tube system on a Beemer in the 70's, it worked but I'm thinking that technology has improved somewhat in the last 30-40 years.

Our XC has the Stage One and Tri-Ovals on it and although it's not overtly loud the combination of the pipes and the low window up front do make communicating while wearing helmets a little difficult. The helmets by the way are the 2014 Victory shorty helmets that have the detachable ear pads on them. The ear pads have pretty much become permanent as the things really are comfy and do damp the racket.

After stopping a two bike shops and having to explain what helmet comm's were I gave up on the shops. They both told me they could "special order" one for me but not knowing if it will work with the shorty helmets or not I'm not willing to roll the dice.

What I'm wondering is are there those of you out there who use helmet comm devices and if so which ones, pros, cons etc.

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It's been many, many years since I've had the need for a helmet to helmet comm system. In fact the first one I ever used was a pneumatic tube system on a Beemer in the 70's, it worked but I'm thinking that technology has improved somewhat in the last 30-40 years.

Our XC has the Stage One and Tri-Ovals on it and although it's not overtly loud the combination of the pipes and the low window up front do make communicating while wearing helmets a little difficult. The helmets by the way are the 2014 Victory shorty helmets that have the detachable ear pads on them. The ear pads have pretty much become permanent as the things really are comfy and do damp the racket.

After stopping a two bike shops and having to explain what helmet comm's were I gave up on the shops. They both told me they could "special order" one for me but not knowing if it will work with the shorty helmets or not I'm not willing to roll the dice.

What I'm wondering is are there those of you out there who use helmet comm devices and if so which ones, pros, cons etc.
Are you doing bike to bike or just passenger to rider?

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Passenger to rider is all I need. It would be nice if the system had BlueTooth that could patch into my non-apple phone for music etc. but it's not a deal breaker.

Basically I want to be able to talk to that pretty redhead sitting behind me.

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I have the Cardo Scala Rider Q3 sets. Nothing not to like. The only problem with these Bluetooth communicators is they don't talk to each other. Whatever brand you get, you'll only be able to talk to those with the same brand.
The Q3 comes in pairs, so you'll have rider to passenger and/or bike to bike communication.
I'm gonna be very direct here,like your mom was (maybe)....If you aren't wearing earplugs you're being very foolish. Hearing aids cost around $5,000--earplugs cost just dimes.

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We have the Sena SMH10 and can not complain a bit.
Great volume. Able to stream tunes from her phone and she can answer phone calls(I won't while riding). In fact i'm trying to talk my cousins into buying Sena so that we can ALL communicate when we're on our longer runs.
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I researched for my half helmet but didn't pull the trigger. Here's what the forums said is best for halfs (and only from what I saw): http://www.sena.com/product/intercoms/sph10h/

I went with a Bell 3/4 helmet with integrated Sena headset. BTW, nearly as light as my half and definitely the most comfortable helmet I've worn...
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Sena has several to choose from.

From the Revzilla website

Sena 20S Bluetooth Headset - Dual Pack $494.95
Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset - Dual Pack $299.96
Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack $284.75
Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset Wired Mic - Dual Pack $224.25

The 20S has 1.5 mile range, advanced Bluetooth 4.0 and a built-in FM radio tuner.

The SMH-10R has Bluetooth 3.0 with a 900 meters range, Talk time: 8 hours and Stand-by time: 7 days with a separate battery pack so it doesn't stick out as far as the SMH-10.

The SHM-10 has Bluetooth 3.0 with a 900 meters range, Talk time: 12 hours and standby time: 10 days

The SMH-5 has Bluetooth 3.0 with a 700 meters range, Talk time: 8 hours and Stand-by time: 7 days

Personally I have the SMH-10 and am very pleased with it though I don't use the intercom, just Bluetooth for Pandora, calls, and CB comms.

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BTW we both wear full-face helmets.
Sorry if you wear different and I misled you.

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I went with this (UCLEAR)...and they work great
We also use full face helmets

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+1 for the Scala Rider Q3. I got a set a few months back and couldn't be happier. It just works!

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