Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
Re: Nolan NCOM 103 and Baehr
When i bought my N103 while out at the BMW Int. shindig in Oregon, I purchased a cord to connect it to the BMW Audio plug under the left handlebar.
Being determined to spend as much money as possible, I trashed it and had to order another one from the Nolan Dealer about 3 months later. The cord that Nolan made up for the K1200 is a six pin connector on the BMW side - I am pretty sure all BMW comm. system cables are six pins. The N103 side is their standard 4 connector audio plug.
I do like the N103 Bluetooth. I ride mostly two-up, and wireless cuts out a lot of BS for my wife. The sound quality is great. Just about everything works with it, including two-way phone calls. The only thing that does not work is the Nav III bluetooth. I can connect, and the driver gets the audio, but the passenger only gets the alert tone, which in busy sections or when the NAV III gets lost, is just one annoying beep after another.
The NAV III works fine over the BMW Comm. system, as does FM. We usually plug the iPod into the N103 helmet on trips when we don't need the Comm. signal, as the audio is much better through the Nolan helmet than when passed through the BMW Comm. System AUX plug. You do need to have the Nolan Audio cable, because you need that four conductor plug for the helmet side.
I know this does not exactly answer your question about the Baehr connection. But you might want to contact Nolan or Google their site, etc. They have other cables, including ones for Gold Wings. One of them might work with the Baehr system.
I like the N103 internal sun shade - drop down green tinted lenses. Much cooler in the summer with the visor up. I like the wirelessness, I like the day long battery charge. The audio quality is good. The helmet itself is just plain noisy, and I suspect if I did not have the LT's windshield to cut down on the airflow, I would be in the Shuberth market.
Good luck on your search for a cable.
BTW, the original BMW cable was a victim of the Wireless freedom. Getting on and getting off the bike is much faster, even with the iPod in my jacket pocket. But I once forgot to disconnect the Nolan - BMW cable and walked away from the bike. By the time the cable reminded me I was an idiot, the wires and the plug had parted company somewhere inside the rubber coating. Sometimes you do have to pay for education. Nolan does not have J&M's dedication to quality.
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