Before anyone questions it, I know Jimmy from another forum and he's not a spammer, just promoting a company he had a great experience with.
I'd love to know why you picked the B5 over something like a Scala Rider or Sena. Looks like the price point is about the same.
Thanks for the note about me not spamming a site. This may be the first time I have put up a plug for a website between this forum and the other AND I'm not going all over to boast about this company. (Now that I think about it, I have encouraged people to get the Gman bushing before.) I looked at Nolan 104 EVO tech helmets and they are constantly $450 online. At the site, I could get it for about $360 shipped. That is worth sharing.
The main reason I went with the B5 is because I already have the Nolan 104 EVO tech and the B5 fits seamlessly into the helmet. No wires hanging anywhere. I have been looking at the COMs systems for a couple of years but didn't see anything I had to have and prices were very high. I think prices have come down some.
Now, cross company communication seems to finally be available AND actually working. With any system, there are trade-offs and advantages. The B5 is the latest N-com and there aren't very many reviews on it yet. So, I went by the list of features and connectivity and went for it. I installed it today and everything is working well.
What I mainly looked for was:
1. Bluetooth syncing with my iPhone to listen to music, follow GPS directions and/or listen to the radio for traffic reports when traveling.
2. Ability to answer my phone when on the road. I don't plan to make a lot of phone calls but need to be available while riding. Push a button and tell Siri who to call or text and I am in business.
3. Ease of use for 1 and 2. The B5 turns on and off on its own based on movement. Pick up the helmet and it comes on and syncs automatically.
At some point, I may use the system with other riders. It is supposed to connect with most other brands. If I just want to talk to my possible +1 in the future, an inexpensive unit can work for that. The system will remember the riders I have synced with in the past and automatically connect with up to 6 of them at once. I'm not sure if I have to COM call them or make it so I can talk to all at once.
I know that some systems allow an open channel for a lot of riders to share. If I was always leading a group of people, I might have put a preference on that but I don't do that. In fact, at this point, the people I rarely get to ride with don't use any COM systems.
I haven't gone on a test ride yet but plan to in the morning.