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post #1 of 8 Old Mar 16th, 2010, 12:17 am Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried the Scala Rider 2?

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post #2 of 8 Old Mar 16th, 2010, 1:19 am
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Re: Scala

Got one (the Q2 Multiset)....love it.....now they have a newer version....

Here's a link to Web Bike World's Q2 Review

and here's the new one......the G4

your choice which one to go for....if its just you and your pillion, the Q2 Multiset will work well. I'm sure the G4 one-ups it a little bit more.

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post #3 of 8 Old Mar 16th, 2010, 1:45 am
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My riding buddy and I have been using Scala Q2s for over a year. Have my BlackBerry linked to my Zumo 550, the Zumo linked to the Scala and the Scala linked to my buddy's Scala. This gives me bike-to-bike, GPS and phone through the Scala. It all works with no wires. Also get mp3 music from the Zumo, but mono only. The new Scalas have stereo from the Zumo. It all works. Have been on the road for over 10 hours and the battery has never given up.
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My wife and I have been using the Q2 for bike to bike communications. I have my IPhone 3G paired with it and I receive calls fine. An IPhone 3GS would work better so I could voice dial with it. I previously had a Motorola Razor that I was able to voice dial and receive calls very well with the Q2.

My wife and I have done long rides with the Q2 and it seems to last about 10 hours. She uses the FM radio when she rides. My buddy and I did a long distance ride and were able to get about 15 hours out of the Q2 since we were only using it for bike to bike communications. What I liked was that we both brought our wife's units and we did not have to bother pairing since we used one family's set at a time.

I do need to add an additional unit to the family since our son is now riding with us more often. I know I can expand to one more unit with the Q2 but only 2 can talk at a time. I am interested in the G4 unit but I haven't heard any reviews on it yet.

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Eric, this is a post on a thread on the cb/intercom etc forum, this site. The cb/intercom forum is, as you would expect, rife with reviews, suggestions, etc. There are 1 or 2 reviews on the newest G4 system. More features, ore capability, more $ but it would be best to understand the differences v. your needs before you take the plunge.

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I recently bought the Scala Q2 MultiSet. (It's been nearly a year now, still love it!)

Syncing was no problem as the two units in the kit were factory synced. My BlackBerry 9000 synced first try and there have been no issues. Have not tried to sync to a GPS or to a third Scala headset but don't see why it wouldn't work.

Cell function is extraordinary. It dials my BlackBerry without error and the party on the other end always has a hard time believing I am on a motorcycle going 75 to 80 mph down the freeway. Even my brother in law who has a corded factory system on his Harley is amazed.

Intercom System. Flawless as an intercom. No wind noise at all and conversations are held at room volume. No need to raise your voice at all.

MP3. Sucks! The MP3 function is not amplified and relies on the amplifer (headphone level output) to drive the speakers. The speakers definitely need to be higher fidelity but they should be easy to change out. One other issue and this just may be operator error. When The intercom voice activation occurs the MP3 function turns off, As expected. But without manual intervention the MP3 does not seem to turn back on. Not sure what the issue is here but I'm sure I'll figure it out. (This issue has been totally resolved. I cut the helmet speakers out of the system, added a 1/8" stereo jack to use molded earphones in place of the speakers and the results are startlingly good).

Non replaceable battery? Do you realize how many of these systems you can buy for the cost of the BMW corded system? Besides, if CardoScala can get the batteries we should be able to source them. A little xacto knife work, a little silicone and poof. Back in business. Or, pitch the old and bring in the newer generation in a couple years.

I would not hesitate to recommend this system to a friend nor have I regretted buying one for myself.

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Got one (the Q2 Multiset)....love it.....now they have a newer version....


Enjoy!

As my wife constantly reminds me.....newer is not necessarily better.

The Q2's are waterproof. The G4 is not. For whatever that's worth.

I love my Q2. I pipe my V1 detector to my earphones via mp3 jack.

My Nuvi is not bluetooth so I have to rely on visual but, it would be nice to hear turn instructions on the headset. Scala will do that.

And... while I don't like talking on the phone while driving. I did have the phone ring one time. Other party told me that I sounded like I was in the other room. No wind noise.

Great product.

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'Tis true! The Q2 is waterproof which is very important here in the Pacific Northwet.

The G4has A2DP stereo bluetooth the Q2 does not!

Sometimes newer is better. I love my Q2 Multiset. Works flawlessly now that I cut the crappy speakers off and replaced them with a stereo jack so that I can plug in molded earphones.

The stereo jack/earphone thing is what makes the Q2 a nearly ideal solution for me. With the addition of a set of DIY molded earphones for $34.95 I can now listen to tunes at the same volume level that I listen to them at home.

The only downside with the molded earphones is that they are so quiet I miss the sound of the LT unless I am accelerating heavily.

Someday I would love to hear one of these beasties go by at 100 mph while standing by the side of the road. I'll bet the experience would be one I would remember.

As far as using the phone while on the road I don't do it often but don't hesitate to use it if I need to. With voice dialing, bluetooth hands free, and no ptt it seems safer than using CB.

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As my wife constantly reminds me.....newer is not necessarily better.

The Q2's are waterproof. The G4 is not. For whatever that's worth.

I love my Q2. I pipe my V1 detector to my earphones via mp3 jack.

My Nuvi is not bluetooth so I have to rely on visual but, it would be nice to hear turn instructions on the headset. Scala will do that.

And... while I don't like talking on the phone while driving. I did have the phone ring one time. Other party told me that I sounded like I was in the other room. No wind noise.

Great product.

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Re: Scala

I just got the BT Interphone. Far cheaper. Seems very good and very easy to use. I've only done two rides with it though but 1st impresions are excellent. Had a wired Autocom for the last 10 or 12 years and this is far more versatile.
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