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Went with the Sena SMH10 Bluetooth/intercom when I purchased my XC. I had a J&M CB on my previous bike (VTX1800), which worked well, but I have to say I like the Sena unit better. Wireless headset, bluetooth connectivity to phone, GPS, etc., and overall sound clarity are all very impressive.

I know lots of folks don't like technology interferring with their riding, and i can appreciate that. In many ways I agree. However, the bluetooth makes it feasible to use my motorcycle for business trips. More riding is a good thing. And the only thing better than riding is getting paid time and mileage to ride!

Another bonus is being able to carry on a conversation without shouting while riding two up.

There's probably other quality bluetooth units out there. Just wanted to pass along a positive review of the Sena unit.
 

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+1. I have a dual set which for me makes it easier to talk to the wife - look, an eagle! My wife likes it too, she's a phoneaholic and worries about missing calls while we are riding. So far no complaints other than wind noise from my wifes mic to my speakers. Strange thing is she can talk on the phone as so far nobody has realized she's going 70-80 mph down the highway on the back of a bike.
 

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I guess that all works if you have a decent quality full face helmet, eh.

As someone who only wears one when I'm mandated to; that's the best reason I've heard for wearing the big helmets. Do your necks ever get tired or do you ever get too hot wearing them in the Summer months when it's pushing 120 degrees?
 

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I have 3 of my cervical vertibrae fused and I get a little neck workout going into the wind and with crosswinds with a half helmet and never notice neck pain with a full helmet. The headset makes very little difference as it only weighs a few ounces.

As far as getting too hot goes I notice it gets a little hot in slow traffic and at lights when it gets into the 90's. I guess I'm just used to it; 20 plus years in the AF following rules to the T and being required to wear a helmet on/off base gives time to adapt.

You can get communication systems with ear buds or wrap around headsets for riding sans helmet. The bonus is that most good systems allow phone, rider to rider communication, bluetooth or wired MP3, and bluetooth or wired GPS connection.

If you want to find out more webbikeworld does reviews on just about everything motorcycle. If you trust reviews this is the place to go.
 

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Thanks Ammo; I'll take a better look at Webbikeworld for more info.

As someone who routinely rides in 115+ temps; I've learned to cover all exposed skin to keep from dehydrating between stops and keep plenty of cold water in a soft cooler. How do you manage to drink water on the road with a full helmet? Do you use one of the "camel back" things with a hose or something?

I see you don't have a Vic listed in your sig. Are you thinking about getting one?
 

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Cabo, thanks so much for describing your experience with the Sena SMH10 bluetooth. thumb up This XC is my first cruiser so I have a lot to learn when it comes to bike comms.

Ammo_Umb, The first accessory my wife asked about when we got home from our Victory dealer was a bluetooth/intercom unit. She's either on her DroidX phone talking or texting all day, so I need to come through with this one. This purchase will make it easier to buy lowers and the D&D's for the XC. :D

BBob, I've been wearing full face helmets on the street for 20+ years with previous bikes, but I really like the half helmet I wear on the XC. I respect your choice not to wear a brain bucket, especially in AZ. I really hope I don't have to go back to a full face to use the comms.

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Yep I have one, 2011 XR. Only wear my full helmet when it's under 40 degrees so I have no problem with dehydrating. I thought about bringing a camel back on long trips but figured it's easy enough to pull over and get a drink.
 

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I guess that all works if you have a decent quality full face helmet, eh.

As someone who only wears one when I'm mandated to; that's the best reason I've heard for wearing the big helmets. Do your necks ever get tired or do you ever get too hot wearing them in the Summer months when it's pushing 120 degrees?
I have worn my GMAX 68S in 105° temps for the better part of a 400 mile ride. Riding in hot weather without proper riding gear will actually shorten your ability to ride any distance. I wear full mesh coat, mesh pants, gloves and boots no matter what the temperature. Yah I am an ATGATT rider and very comfortable while I ride.

I have rescued a friend on a hot day wearing a tee shirt and jeans and he was completely exhausted after 100 miles. The guy had a mesh jacket in his saddlebag and after we got him re hydrated, he put it on and rode another 250 miles and was COOLER.

You gotta try it for yourself and see. If you can borrow someones mesh gear and ride for a few hours, you will be sold.
 

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Ours wifes may be related at least in a phone addiction kind of way. Like I suggested before go to webbikeworld and read the reviews. When I got mine last Nov the Sema rated the best for everything except range between intercoms. Range doesn't matter to me because the wife and I are on the same bike. If you are planning on riding separate bikes or riding with a friend that you want to be able to talk to I suggest looking at a model with at least 1000' range that does well with objects in between. This would help a lot if you get slightly separated and an emergency happens.

After reading reviews and deciding what you want go to EBay. I bought a dual set for a little less than $200 - a local dealer wanted $258 for the same set.
 

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BBob, I've been wearing full face helmets on the street for 20+ years with previous bikes, but I really like the half helmet I wear on the XC. I respect your choice not to wear a brain bucket, especially in AZ. I really hope I don't have to go back to a full face to use the comms.

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I don't think you will. I see people with the 3/4 and Modular helmets with the mouth piece all the time. I never see anyone with a half helmet with them though.

Maybe I'm just not looking close enough. :)
 

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I was too cheap to buy the ear bud setup to replace the speakers on my Sema set. I cut open some aftermarket ear pads and sewed the speakers into them. I put velcro on the back of the pads and on the inside of my/my wifes half helmet straps and mounted the speakers. The system itself it either universal clamp on or glue on. As long as you can squeeze the inside of the mount in between your helmet shell and the foam line it will work. If it's too tight and deforms the foam or shell (it will change the fit on one side) use the glue pads. After everything is mounted it only take about a minute for each helmet to install/uninstall the system.

This summer I'll probably buy the earbuds ($32) and convince my wife to use a 3/4 helmet with a shield. The wind in her mic translates as static in my speakers so I have to shut her off until I need to talk. It work out good; if she needs to talk she taps my shoulder - if I need to talk I turn my volume up and beep her. The Sema is push to talk to call or vox. With vox you make a noise (volume depends on sensitivity) and it turns on.
 

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I use my Sena unit with a 3/4 helmet exclusively. I am sure the wind noise would be less with a full face helmet, but the clarity is still pretty impressive with the 3/4 helmet using the intercom. As for talking on the phone, I was on a conference call the other day for 30 minutes while traveling 65mph. Had i not mentioned it, no one would have known I was on the bike.

My wife is also in the phone addict category. She hasn't used this option on the bike yet, but once she does the intercom feature will probably no longer be needed.

As for wearing helmets and mesh riding gear in the heat, can't really speak to that. Talk to me about cold weather gear, frostbite, etc., and i may have some input!
 
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