Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Near Omaha, NE, Western IA, USA
Scala Rider Q2
Riding with the wife (2 bikes; me on the GT, her on the Ducati) we have used the Scala Q2 since spring of last year (or thereabouts).
I have custom Westone earplugs (not the music kind, just the plugs), as does the wife. Wearing the plugs with the Q2 is no problem. The communication is clear and works amazingly well - as long as I can see her in my rear view mirror. We definitely like the full duplex and VOX activation... Volume is definitely fine, unless it's a very windy day, then it would be nice to get it a little louder.
When on my own, I sometimes listen to the radio (FM, no stereo) and pair it with my phone. This works very well too - again unless the winds are strong... Putting up my windshield all the way does help some in windy conditions. I have been 'picking up' the phone while riding, and like a previous poster, had a hard time convincing the other party that I was actually riding the bike while talking to them.
Setting the speakers and mike up in the helmets (I have a Shoei X11, the wife has a Shoei RF-1000) was very easy and straightforward. It takes a little fine tuning to get the speakers just right (if it sounds weak, try to move the speakers around in the helmet - if they are not aligned well with the ears, the volume 'suffers'), but it's an easy installation. Do read the book and follow the instructions exaclty as written to do the pairing; that way it will work the first time (don't ask...)
All in all, the wife and I are very happy with the Q2. I was wearing mine in summer downpours and had no problems with the unit. While the range may not be quite as good as FRS or CB, the (actually working) VOX, full duplex, and lack of antennae more than make up for that, in our opinion.
His: 2012 K1600GT
Hers: 2008 Buell Blast (for sale) & 2009 Ducati Monster 696