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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2011, 5:20 pm Thread Starter
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Which helmet with intercom?!

Thinking of BMW System 6, or Schubert C3 with intercom/bluthooth.

Will Scubert system fit with the setup of K1600GT with BMW Nav IV?!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2011, 1:48 pm
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Might be smart to actually wait for the bike to see if either helmet works correctly with the new electronics of the K16xx bikes.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2011, 4:01 am
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The System 6 isn't available in the US, so I hear that the Schuberth Bluetooth will be our "factory approved" option. Not sure how that will play out in other countries though.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 2011, 9:30 am
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A lot of riders here use the Nolan helmets. One thing I like about Schuberths, (even their cheapest) is they provide velcro pockets inside and there's room to fit addin kits (helmet speakers). That's not the case with many others, particularly full face sports.

I'm still on the fence with Bluetooth comms. It seems a smart way to go, but the pain of managing batteries, charging and propretary pairing issues with 3rd party BT, left me cold when I researched it a while back. I never found a sport helmet with good coms on helmet speakers above cruiser speeds of 50mph.Earbuds always worked a lot better. Flip fronts seem to have more room, but I like a quiet long rides above 50mph.

I always came back to simple wired comms like Autocom, perhaps linked to PMR radio sets. You can do the audio passenger to rider on a wire with very low battery power budget. Any wireless starts pushing it up. I don't think VOX switches work too well at speeds either and again I come back to a simple PTT (push to talk). Noise cancelling is very important and I haven't seen clever DSP designs I might expect. But I guess they have them for aircraft coms. When you see the size of the earphone cavities, you can appreciate why aircraft or 'copter headsets can work. I also thought it wasn't worth considering helmet speaker comms in a helmet that wasn't itself quiet above 50 mph. Why add to riding strain with comms volume higher than helmet noise for it to be heard? The Schuberths are some of the quietest helmets I've worn if the neck skirt is kept good and would probably deliver the best comms performance in the bunch.

If I was buying a BT set I'd carefully work out the cost and factor in dc power leads (off the powerlet), spare batteries and a charger that is 'fast' and works off both the bike power and the mains. Surprisingly at the time I found the manufacturers hadn't appreciated the 'battery flat' scenario on the road and other than 'expensive' spare batteries, had,'t addressed the fast charge on/off bike issue.

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Look here for a complete list of what works and what doesn't:
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Sena Bluetooth systems work well


Bike to bike - rider to pillion, MP3, cell phone, sat nav, XM - pretty much whatever you need. Good volume and high fidelity speakers.

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I'll second the Sena. Have had one for about a year and it works great w/ an iphone and gps. The battery lasts a full (long) day. It should fit any hemet.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 2011, 3:55 pm Thread Starter
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I like it :)

Sena SMH10 Intercom www.senabluetooth.com/

..Got an Schuberth C3 helmet. Will it fit without any problems!?
I`d really like to pair with others bikers using Schuberth Src and Cardo G4..

But.. i`d really like the the Fittings of the Schuberth Src, but if the Sena works with all features on the K1600 its a easy choice..

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