Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

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Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#1 Unread post by billk7457 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:17 pm

I thinking about getting a Bluetooth helmet. I'm wondering if any of you have experience with them, and any recommentations as to which to get, and which to stay away from. Thanks, Bill

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#2 Unread post by billk7457 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:51 pm

I should probably add that my use would be for gps mostly. Maybe some audio. Probably not for phone calls and bike to bike communication.

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Re: Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#3 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:57 pm

I have no recommendations for you.

For me personally, I prefer no talking and no music inside my helmet.

I have heard that Schuberth helmets are good for communications....mostly it all comes down to what fits you best...and what will accommodate your system.
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Re: Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#4 Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:27 am

I wouldn't worry about a dedicated BT helmet. Just pick the helmet you like, make sure it has speaker pockets in it, and use a Sena helmet system. I had the same question last year, and am quite happy with my Sena SMH-5FM.

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Re: Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#5 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Wed May 18, 2016 1:06 pm

Schuberth has an integrated sound system that replaces the neck roll padding with speakers and microphone. Nice set up. Works very well. System is made by/compatible with Cardo systems.

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Re: Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#6 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri May 20, 2016 4:21 am

Jarlaxle wrote:I wouldn't worry about a dedicated BT helmet. Just pick the helmet you like, make sure it has speaker pockets in it, and use a Sena helmet system. I had the same question last year, and am quite happy with my Sena SMH-5FM.
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I'd prioritize fit over whether a helmet has integrated BT or not (and besides, integrated ones cost a bundle). If you've already got a helmet you're happy with, even better. You can just get a separate BT system, and since you just need it for GPS (and some audio), you'll be able to save a bundle (since you won't need to consider bike-to-bike range and other features that more expensive systems offer). I'm pretty happy with Sena too. The SMH5 that Jarlaxle uses should be fine for your needs, and it costs less than US$100.
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Re: Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#7 Unread post by Amdonim » Thu May 26, 2016 9:27 pm

I tried a few different solutions for music and navigation, and honestly the best thing I've found is a good set of earplug style headphones. I get $15 ones from walmart and I have a Nike skullcap I wear to cover my ears. The skullcap holds them in place really well, the sound quality is a lot better and it reduces wind noise. Best of all it's dirt cheap. Protip: Get one with an inline remote and microphone. I put tape around the microphone to act as a windscreen. Allows use of Siri functionality. I know it's not exactly what you asked, but I thought I'd offer it as an alternative.

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Re: Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#8 Unread post by fzrbiker » Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:57 pm

What about just buying a blue tooth device that you could pair with your other device instead of buying a new helmet? I have a scala rider that I bought over at 4 Wheel Online and works pretty well pairing with any type of gadget.

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#9 Unread post by Kuurus » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:55 am

My two cents (late)

I have the SMH10 and I love it. Use it for phone, GPS and speaking with other riders in my group and it works fine. I wouldn't go back to no comm ever again.
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Re: Any thoughts, advice, recommendations on Bluetooth motorcycle helmets

#10 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:31 pm

Kuurus wrote:My two cents (late)

I have the SMH10 and I love it. Use it for phone, GPS and speaking with other riders in my group and it works fine. I wouldn't go back to no comm ever again.
Same here. If I'm riding alone, I don't use mine much, but it really improves the dynamic of motorcycling with a pillion or another rider. Navigating, bathroom/gas/food/photo breaks, or warning each other about hazards becomes a lot simpler than with hand signals.
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