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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bluetooth Helmet headsets

New to me '96 GL1500A/2. Came from a Concours so I have the older ScalaRider Teamset Bluetooth in my helmet and son's helmet. Love it, worked great for 6 years now but it doesn't stream music so I have to plug in a coil-cord.

Trying to decide the pro-con of adding something to the factory radio for Bluetooth and hooking into the factory intercom vs buying updated Bluetooth sets for the helmets. With a full-face helmet, really cannot hear the speakers and the radio reception isn't great.

1) if I go with adding to the existing, I still plug my phone to an aux for music and Bluetooth is via ??? The only system out there looks pretty expensive.

2) if I go with updated Bluetooth, other than Cardo at $500, are there any other units that are good? Honestly, the helmet speakers in the old Cardo really suck for music and so I mostly used earphones which really isn't a great practice.

I am an occasional rider (10k over 6 years on the Concours) so I try to align my budget accordingly. I am willing to give a little to same cost but nothing is worse than spending $100-$200 and getting junk that doesn't work.


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Your headsets should have A2DP music stream capability. All you would need is a SENA SM10 with a 5-pin cable and you can hear all functions of the factory audio system on the Goldwing. Both items can be found on my webiste HERE.

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Thank but actually they don't. It's a very early model and has a jack for music with a custom cable 3.5mm to 2.5mm. I'll check out the website though. SENA is a decent system?


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SENA is a decent system?
Sena is a very good system.I use the Sena Smh10s. I can talk on my phone or stream music from my phone. I don't need the bike's intercom because the bluetooth headsets are an intercom system. You can pair with
rider's headsets and talk up to 900 meters away. In the future, I plan to add the Sm10 like Sierra-MC was talking about to bring the bike's Radio into the headsets. I had the Scalas before and didn't like them.With the Senas, I hear my phone, the music and my passenger, loud and clear.
http://www.sena.com/product-category/smh-series/

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I am using the Sena SMH10's here also. Am very well pleased with them. We use them as rider/passenger and rider to riders (group of 4). Music sound good to me also. You may find someone close to you with a set and see if they will let you listen to them. Also look into the Sena S20. more features, but more money also.
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Thanks for the replies. I ordered the SENA SMH10s from Amazon and installed them yesterday. MUCH better than my old Cardo system. Cardo was great for voice but was terrible for music, very tinny. These sound great so I won't be needing earbuds any more. Also, the Cardo system was so old it wouldn't hang up my phone. No problem when ending a call but if you got someone's voicemail, you needed to hit the end button on the phone to hang up. Thanks for the responses!


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Sena is a very good system.I use the Sena Smh10s. I can talk on my phone or stream music from my phone. I don't need the bike's intercom because the bluetooth headsets are an intercom system. You can pair with
rider's headsets and talk up to 900 meters away. In the future, I plan to add the Sm1w0 like Sierra-MC was talking about to bring the bike's Radio into the headsets. I had the Scalas before and didn't like them.With the Senas, I hear my phone, the music and my passenger, loud and clear.
http://www.sena.com/product-category/smh-series/
I'm +1 on Sena also. I initially had the Scala units when I first bought my bike. They wouldn't stay paired with my bike. Made the dealer exchange them for Sena and I've never looked back. I'm now able to ?Bluetooth my factory CB using Bluetooth using Sena. I'm hooked.

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Forgot about the CB, how did you hook that in?


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Forgot about the CB, how did you hook that in?


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I'm assuming you're asking me. Sierra electronics sells an adapter that taps into your bike wiring and houses a SMH10 unit similar to the one on the helmet. You pair through the SMH10s and this allows two-way communication between you and the bike. This permits the CB transmission.

Here is a link to the kit:

http://sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp?...E-SNA-GW-SMH10

Works exactly as advertised but does require a bit of a learning curve.

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I'm late to the party, but I like the Sena SMH10's as well. I've had a pair for several years for music, phone, and passenger communications. Also, sometimes loan one to a friend for bike-to-bike comms within about a half mile. Only problems I have are not related to the Sena's, but to Bluetooth. Sometimes they won't pair and have to be powered off/on/rebooted/etc, then they suddenly decide to pair. Have same problems occasionally with Bluetooth in my car, so I know its a Bluetooth "thing". Also, if you have multiple devices competing for a pairing - like a phone, headset, and GPS, sometimes unpredictable things happen if they pair in the wrong order and you have to power them all off and start over. For example, if I have my Sena on and paired with my phone and playing Pandora music thru the iPhone app, then turn on my Bluetooth-enabled GPS (which also has a Pandora app), it snatches the connection away. If I power the Sena off and back on, it re-syncs everything and I'm back to normal. I'm hoping they will eventually get the bugs worked out of the protocol!

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