Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Nashville, TN, United States
Re: Nolan N102/103 Wireless helmets
I'll dive in, I have the NCom with 102's...Had them for a little over a year now.
The bad stuff first. The audio quality for music playback is terrible. I recently had my RDU (radio) take a dump and a a last resort used the Ipod connected straight to the helmet... That lasted for a day and I parked the bike and suffered from PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome) for a week until I replaced the RDU.The Bluetooth connection to various phones (several posts on this site) is a time consuming ordeal. I fumble with the thing every so often with mixed results. The price is a little steep, but like you I like the integrated look and going wireless.
Now the Good. The ease of use is perfect. Once you get accustomed to the set up and program it once, your golden. I believe the newer (2nd gen) is true stereo sound, although I do not believe mine is. none the less the wife and I enjoy them immensely. The sound quality is there for the spoken word, and the volume will blow my ears back if needed, I usually have the volume set two (taps) below max. At all speeds (except stopped) that is sufficient. The microphones are not chincy. a good firm feel to them, and wind is not noticed except occasionally. I ride with my visor up and/or helmet open and the wife claims she can not hear the difference. Although I will say I hear hers at times. Range is pretty good as well, although not tested BTB, I can give my order to the wife when she goes into the gas station for goodies....Battery usage is suffice enough for an 8-10 hour days worth of riding, just make sure to turn them off and charge them for the next day. There is no back-up when the power dies!!!
Bottom line if you like the capabilities of the wireless function, I believe this is a good if not the best solution out there.
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