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Old 10-29-2009, 10:43 PM   #1
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bluetooth anybody have it?

Anybody have blue tooth helmets or a bluetooth add on that i can do? And how does it work? and how well?
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I've been looking at a few different options for bluetooth helmets for my iphone. I looked at the integrated bluetooth helmets and didn't really like the build quality compared to the high end helmets. The integrated helmets that I looked at was around $250, the Element I believe (http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...id-Helmet.aspx), suomy also has one (http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ar-Helmet.aspx) for around $350.

I didn't like the integrated helmets, not because of the modules, but because of the helmets themselves (not a great fit for me). So I started looking at add-on modules. One module that I liked was the chatterbox XBi2 (http://www.chatterboxusa.com/cbxbi2fkit.html) and you can get the kit for around $190. I have a bit more experience with the chatterbox specs than the others just because I've been looking at getting a few shortly. I really like the intercom system that chatterbox has, where 3 chatterboxes can communicate with each other at the same time, and just a push of the intercom button takes you back to your phone or music. I looked at it at Cycle Gear and I like the big buttons on the XBi2 for use with gloves.

I've also come across the scala rider (http://www.cardowireless.com/scala_rider/) that retails for $120. I don't have much info on this because I believe it to be a cheaper XBi2. It has bluetooth functionality like you would find in the other units, but unfortunately no intercom.

And finally, I use to use a bluetooth receiver for my bicycle for music and I found that to be a great cheap option for just streaming music. You can get a normal bluetooth receiver at Frys, Microcenter, on eBay, or just Bestbuy and hook it up to a normal set of headphones or a pair of helmet speakers. The downside to this is most of these receivers are not waterproof like the ones made for the motorcycle. So you would need to put this inside your helmet or jacket, limiting or cutting off access for volume, or the OFF SWITCH, the most important button at times. Mah on the Aprilla forums is using a bluetooth receiver and some helmet speakers to create his own bluetooth module (http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s....php?p=2262053).

I also liked looking at some helmet speakers on http://helmetaudio.com/. If I get the XBi2, I am going to replace the speakers that come with the chatterbox with the Iasus XSound2. Not that there's anything wrong with the ones in the chatterbox kit, I've been told they are great and can be clearly heard at highway speeds with earplugs, but I just like good sound

I know there are many other options out there, but these are the ones that have crossed my path. Cycle Gear has a few options that I could open the boxes and try out, I would highly recommend going and seeing what they have in stock.

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We sold and installed at least 50 of the different models and are very familiar with them.
Their clarity is good and they have had no reliability issues.

Come by and see Brandon at the shop and he can go over the different ones available.
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i can see the accident rates of bluetooth talkin riders being crazy.............
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I have the Element Fastrack Helmet. Works great for music at speed. Turn by turn navigation also (nice to not have to look at your navigation!) Forget about telephone over 40. For phone I can hear when someone is calling. I just have to pull over call them back if it is an emergency.

You can still hear your engine noise and traffic noise with this one. It is a of a lot better than messing with ear buds.



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i can see the accident rates of bluetooth talkin riders being crazy.............
Yeah I'm not big on cell use, even while driving a truck, but for music, nav, communicating to other riders or your passenger the Scala works well.
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The bluetooth helmets we have (Element) are NOT snell approved....

Id rather use a bluetooth device myself than have an integrated helmet. You can switch the device over to different helmets and you can also wear a safe, properly fitting helmet as well.
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I used the Chatterbox Xbi2 bluetooth and have been pretty happy with it..
Rechargeable battery lasts pretty long and it has built in intercom and 1 auxilary input.

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ght=chatterbox

I sync it with my phone and stream music.
Sounds decent at speed even with ear plugs in. Phone is only good going less than 50 since my bikes are pretty loud. Plus my helmets flow a lot of air.
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Would be cool to use the phone doing 90 while wheeling and splitting traffic.
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Would be cool to use the phone doing 90 while wheeling and splitting traffic.
and while getting a reach around from your boyfriend too right?
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I've also come across the scala rider (http://www.cardowireless.com/scala_rider/) that retails for $120. I don't have much info on this because I believe it to be a cheaper XBi2. It has bluetooth functionality like you would find in the other units, but unfortunately no intercom.
I have the Scala rider team set. I have had it about a year now. works great. I can talk to the passanger, make and answer calls if needed. my cell runs windows mobile so i was able to install garmin gps software on it. I can hear the turns and alerts in my helmet. It will also sync with most brands of bluetooth gps's. The only thing its not realy good for is music. Its not loud enough when you factor in the wind noise. I wear ear plugs when i ride and can still hear the other options. I bought the team set for $170 last year at the cycle show. It has a range of about 75ft. Also another cool feature is if you make or receive a call on the phone you can confrence in the passenger.
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