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Bluetooth Helmets vs Cardo/Sena add-ons

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.
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My thought is, as you should replace your helmet every 5 years, then the BT needs replacing if it is embedded in the helmet. If it is an add-on then you just need to transfer it from helmet to helmet.

(I have a Scala-Rider)

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Re: Bluetooth Helmets vs Cardo/Sena add-ons

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My thought is, as you should replace your helmet every 5 years, then the BT needs replacing if it is embedded in the helmet. If it is an add-on then you just need to transfer it from helmet to helmet.

(I have a Scala-Rider)

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As for the Helmet it is what ever fits the shape of your head. I have the Nolan N102 that I'll replace next year(will 5 years old then) with the N103. I like the "Flip Face" over the standard full face.

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Re: Bluetooth Helmets vs Cardo/Sena add-ons

I have a Schubert C3 with the SRC BT that is imbedded into the helmet. My previous helmet was a Nolan N102 and I wanted BT for it for the last 5 years, that is one of the reasons I bought the N102. However I did not think that was offered was quite ready for prime time so I waited and last year I eventually switched to Schubert. Costly, but quiet for me, and the SRC BT works for my application.

I think that there has been such a technology change in the last 3 years that by the time I make it through the this helmet cycle I will probably want to upgrade the BT also.

I suggest you get the most function available for the best fitting helmet for you on this go around and if you might be able to upgrade either the helmet or BT individually..

One more caution would be to only buy a BT setup that has firmware upgradability so you can get fixes and new function that becomes available.

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I've been thinking about a communications system. Thanks for the excellent info and advise

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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.

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