Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
Time for a change?
My ride is a 2007 R12RT with an Autocom Pro Active and a Zumo 550 GPS. I have been thinking about going wireless for a long time and since my wife and I recently got new helmets (Arai RX-Q's), I decided now would be a logical time to make a decision.
I have read enough material that my head hurts and find my self leaning towards staying with what I have and trying to improve on the things that I am less than 100% satisfied with.
Most of my frustration with the system has to do with not getting enough volume through the speakers which seems to be a very common complaint. Voice communication between the rider and passenger is good to about 35 or 40 mph at which time we need to raise our voices as speed increases. Navigation voice prompts and music via the Garmin SD card are also insufficient in my opinion. I have tried repositioning the speakers many times and had my dealership check the overall operation of the set up but the problem persists.
Question: Can anyone tell me if going to in-ear custom monitors would help? If yes, what do they plug into (the Autocom unit itself or...)? I don't like the idea of yet more wires but it may be worth it if it works.
My old helmet was an Arai also and the old installation was sloppy so I intended to do the new install myself.
Question: Is it common practice to lay the speaker and microphone on top of the helmet liners and tape them in place? I have read several instances where people talk about creating space inside the helmet so these parts are flush with the foam linings. I love neat and tidy but equally dispise the thought of trying to hollow out room for this stuff.