Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Re: UClear Boomless Bluetooth Communcation
I have a UBC200.
It will pair with an iPhone (I have the iPhone 4). When paired directly to the iPhone, it works very well. Transmission quality is reported good by people on the other end of the call. Noise cancelling is excellent. I started one call, explaining that I wanted to test my headset on my motorcycle. As I continued the conversation, I started the bike, rode out of the park (25 mph limit), and worked up to 50 mph. Then I was asked "So when are you going to get going?"
The unit will also pair with my archaic BMW Navigator III, so I would assume it will pair with the IV.
When both the iPhone and the UBC200 are paired with the GPS, you lose the ability to voice dial (unless it's operator error on my part). I was able to make calls by dialing via the GPS, though.
I have not tried the unit for bike-to-bike comm, as I don't know anyone else that has one.
The down side for me is the relatively low volume available. I ride a 1200 GS, and wear foam ear plugs. At speeds over 50, even with an aftermarket windshield (Aeroflow), the volume is inadequate for phone calls/music/GPS directions. I have moved the speakers around in my helmet (Schuberth C3) but haven't been able to improve the volume situation. Having never ridden an RT (a woeful condition I hope to correct soon), I don't know if the better wind protection would make the UBC useable at speed.
My main objective in getting a headset was to be able to hear the GPS commands. I tend to need GPS help more in unfamiliar urban/low speed areas than on the highway, so the headset helps, but I really wish it had adequate volume for use at highway speed on my GS.
Phone calls are a low priority for me when riding, as I would rather focus on what I am doing (plus, I have serious heartburn with incompetent phone-yakking cagers, so I would feel hypocritical if I joined them). However, the up side is having my family be able to reach me when I'm riding (they have unique ring tones - I ignore other calls). Also, when I'm stopped, it's nice to be able to make/take a call without taking my helmet off.
One suggestion I would make regarding this unit or any other headset: after you install it in your helmet, spend some time taking and making calls, working with the various function buttons, etc., so you are VERY familiar with the unit's operation before you ever roll out of the driveway. These things can be a huge distraction.