I just bought 2 new nolan helmets for the wife and I. I have to admit that I bike on a budget, but after years of cheap and poor fitting helmets, I realized that we needed good comfortable helmets to make our motorcycling experience more enjoyable. I did however maintain my budget conciousness by purchasing the IMC headsets from Sierra electronics. After installing the headsets the night before our day trip to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic national Park, my inital tests that evening indicated that the microphones, or should I say the intercom portion did not seem to work, although the headphones worked just fine with the radio/CD player. The next morning I informed the wife that the intercom was not going to work for our trip, but we would have stereo, and could go back to yelling to each other... However, once we got going on our trip, my wife was talking loudly to me, and the stereo shut off, and I could hear her through the headset. We subsequently discovered that with the intercom volume turned all the way up, and the sensitivity turned to most sensitive setting, by vocalizing a loud sound, it would be enough to activate the vox on the intercom, allowing us to have a conversation. It normally went something like this.."WOOO! honey we need to find....WOOO!..a bathroom"
and so on. I told my wife during one of our stops that it is going to be weird around our friends that we always begin a conversation with "WOOO!" Technically speaking the speakers may not have the fidality of more expensive (like wwwaay more expensive) headsets, but after riding for several years on our 2002 GW, with inexpensive J&M headsets, these speakers are light years ahead in clairity (or could be the stereo is better on the BMW). We really enjoyed the 6 CD changer, and even though our WOOOer was getting a little worn out by the end of the trip, (given some others experiences with the IMC headset on this forum), It did work, and we did discover that if while having a conversation you occasionally yell out a word, it kept the intercom from switching off in the middle. I suppose that this is neither praise or an indictment of the IMC unit, but just to say that if it is a budget thing for you, I suppose it can work, I do wish it worked just a little bit better. I have not yet contacted Sierra about the microphone but do plan on giving them a call Monday, and will post what that conversation reveals.
Just to interject on one of the recent posts about the LT's burlyness at low speed, like I said, I just got off of a GL1800, and I have had no issues with the weight or low speed handling at all......but! I did discover that the side stand on the goldwing did not make me cringe every time I set the bike on it.....yup mark 1 for the parkinglot side stand roll with bike napping with my LT