Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: seattle, wa, usa
Question: How Practical is cell phone communication while riding? Is it more of a pain in the ass than what its worth?
Question: What is the best method for A. talking on cell phone, and B. Listening to music while riding? Would it be a Bluetooth headset? Do they have good musical sound?
Question: If I have a zumo 550, and get the XM antenna thing for it, does the Zumo in effect become my XM radio, or do I need something else?
In a perfect world, I would be riding my RT on some winding mountainous road while enjoying the lucid sounds of Beethoven’s 9th (or Alice and Chains.) The phone would ring, and I would seamlessly switch over to it and tell my stock broker to sell all of my Boeing Stock (or more than likely tell the wife I will bring home milk for the baby.) Then maybe I would switch to the ipod, or get crazy and listen to comedy on the Xm radio.
However….What I seem to be finding is this:
A. The stock stereo for the RT is junk, and forget about it.
B. Helmet speakers such as J&M’s suck for audio quality.
C. Bluetooth devices become disconnected, and have poor audio.
D. Ear buds are the best, but really don’t facilitate a mic for a phone conversation.
I would really like to hear what you are using, and how well it works. I would hate to spend a ton of money on some mediocre stuff that doesn’t work only to find out that an Ipod and earbuds are the only real practical way to go.