Originally Posted by Diver4242
I've been searching here and not finding quite what I'm looking for. Anyone have comments in general about buying helmets that already have bluetooth, mic and speakers vs adding in units like Cardo or Sena? If the latter option, any recommendation on what helmets tend to work best (full or modular)? I guess the quietness and ability to install the cardo or sena hardware would be big items in that case. Thanks for any help.
I bought a 2011 R1200RT last summer and went through the same deliberations. I first purchased a Scala headset, but it didn't pair properly with my GPS and iPhone, so exchanged it for a Sena SMH10 headset.
I installed it in a Scorpion Helmet. I don't know the model number, but it has a removeable chin piece which renders it a 3/4 full face without the chin piece, and a full face helmet with the chin piece installed. This is great for long distance touring, to be able to switch from open chin to full face helmet as required for weather. It also has a pneumatic thumb pump which enables comfortable tightening of the helmet if required.
What is best about this set up is the way the Sena wireless works -- it pairs to my GPS unit, which is paired to my iPhone. I like to listen to audiobooks when I drive, which I download to my GPS hard-drive. When I am listening to audiobooks, the GPS takes precedent if it needs to state a voice command to me, and the iPhone overrides everything is someone calls me.
It is difficult to use the phone at highway speeds (too noisy on the mic), but is passable at city speeds. The important thing is, if someone calls me I am alerted to the call and can choose to stop and take it. The GPS is supposed to display the caller ID, but it has a still unresolved bug wherein it always seems to display the first name in my contact list, regardless of who is actually calling. However, strangely enough, the customized phone ring for certain callers supported by the iPhone comes through, so I know which daughter etc. is calling.
Hopefully this helps, but advise if you need more info. Thanks.