As most will realise here, we generally avoid taking advantage of our retailer position to spruik products, but I'm making an exception to bring to your attention the new Bluetooth headsets from Sena.
We got interested in their products when the motorbike test examiners at the WA DoT had selected the SMH10 for use whilst examining students. And then most of the instructors in this area have been incorporating them into their training too. Good quality and robust. Similar in quality to the Scala, but I've found much less intermittent cut-out on the Sena.
If you haven't used a headset before, the advantages are fourfold. Firstly, it will bluetooth to your phone allowing you to receive calls, and if you have voice activation, make them too. Not necessarily for when you are riding, but if you stop you can call without taking off your helmet.
Secondly, you can have your favouite tunes playing whilst you ride - contrary to what you'd think, background music doesn't distract from traffic noise awareness, but certainly detracts from wind noise (which can actually get quite tiring).
Thirdly, if you have sat nav, with bluetooth, then it'll give you the directions through your headset. Much better to do that than try and look at the screen if its handlebar mounted.
And finally, if you have a pair, you can talk to your pillion, or another rider! Very handy if riding in a group, the leader and tail end charlie can make sure that if the group gets split at lights etc, then they can arrange where they will regroup.
I've been using with a Samsung Galaxy S2, and I'm loving it. Seamless and easy to install and set up. When the phone rings, or a satnav instruction comes through, the music seamlessly turns off, and then turns on again after.
And the best part is that with the new SMH5, the price is extremely attractive. The single set will be retailing for about $130, and the pair set for about $250. Making them very affordable indeed. Made in Korea.
So there you have it. www.senabluetooth.com
Next month (hopefully), we'll be seeing the Nolan N43 Air start to come in. This is an open face helmet with a difference - a chin protector! More details when we have them...
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