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So the wife and I need a communication setup so when we ride on different bikes we can talk. I wear a modular helmet and she wears a half helmet. Any suggestions on a decent setup? Thanks in advance.
 

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So the wife and I need a communication setup so when we ride on different bikes we can talk. I wear a modular helmet and she wears a half helmet. Any suggestions on a decent setup? Thanks in advance.
I'm no expert on this and others will better answer you about options.

But as an avid user of bluetooth to listen to music (and occasionally talk on the phone) while riding, I would suggest a half-helmet will pretty much eliminate any ability for her to hear anything. I tried it briefly (like two rides) and you can neither hear much over the wind and DEFINITELY no mic or foam cover can overcome an "out in the open" scenario.
 

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Boyfriend and I just got the Sena 20s and its great! He wears a modular, I wear full-face. Not sure if it would work with a half helmet, as you position the speakers inside the helmet next to your ears. If she's not opposed to a different helmet, it's a great system! Good luck~let us know what you end up with.
 

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Sena has a set up for half helmets. Not sure if it is available for all of their headsets but here is one option:

SMH5 - Sena

If you look under the accessories it shows the following for half helmets

Half Helmet Earpads for SPH10H-FM, SMH5 and SMH5-FM - Sena

Sena products all interconnect. You can get which ever one you want for the modular helmet and the SMH5 for the half helmet. Cost and features are different on each of course. They also connect with other non-Sena blue tooth headsets.
 

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Sena has a set up for half helmets. Not sure if it is available for all of their headsets but here is one option:

SMH5 - Sena

If you look under the accessories it shows the following for half helmets

Half Helmet Earpads for SPH10H-FM, SMH5 and SMH5-FM - Sena

Sena products all interconnect. You can get which ever one you want for the modular helmet and the SMH5 for the half helmet. Cost and features are different on each of course. They also connect with other non-Sena blue tooth headsets.
Thanks for that info, tigerzeye! I've been thinking about something for my wife and I, and we both wear half-helmets. Glad I stumbled upon this thread!
 

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DEFINITELY no mic or foam cover can overcome an "out in the open" scenario.
I've wondered about this, and sounds like you've had experience with it. Is it completely unusuable, or so bad that yelling is just easier?
We don't do much interstate riding, mostly 60 mph and under...but on longer rides I've thought it would be nice to have an intercom and some music.
 

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What we are looking for is bike to bike and rider to passenger. The wife is going to a local shop as they are a dealer for a setup we were looking at to talk to them about it. scala rider Q3 MultiSet - Cardo Systems This is not meant to be any sort of ad for this gear, just what we are looking at. We can get it off of Amazon cheaper, but the company does not give any support if it is not bought from an authorized dealer. So I will pay a little more. They do have a half helmet mic that is sold as an accessory. I just wish she would go full face.. lol
 

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What we are looking for is bike to bike and rider to passenger. The wife is going to a local shop as they are a dealer for a setup we were looking at to talk to them about it. scala rider Q3 MultiSet - Cardo Systems This is not meant to be any sort of ad for this gear, just what we are looking at. We can get it off of Amazon cheaper, but the company does not give any support if it is not bought from an authorized dealer. So I will pay a little more. They do have a half helmet mic that is sold as an accessory. I just wish she would go full face.. lol
Please provide an update once you have used it for a while!
 

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I have used all my Sena's (on my second set) on 3/4 helmets. Speakers are of course mounted internally in the ear pockets and covered by the helmet, but the mike is a boom mike and "out in the open." Just took a call the other day while on 4 lane road at 60 ish or so. Questioned the caller to make sure he could hear me. He said sure and asked why? Told him I was on the bike at 60 and he said he was impressed, that it sounded better than most car blue tooth connections. Trick is to keep the mike right at your mouth, almost touching your lips, and making sure the mike is faced the right direction. There is a tab on the mike so you know which way is to face front.

Can't comment on hearing audio on a half helmet but as to in a 3/4 helmet it is absolutely fine. Have no problems communicating with passenger but her helmet is 3/4 as well.
 

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I have used all my Sena's (on my second set) on 3/4 helmets. Speakers are of course mounted internally in the ear pockets and covered by the helmet, but the mike is a boom mike and "out in the open." Just took a call the other day while on 4 lane road at 60 ish or so. Questioned the caller to make sure he could hear me. He said sure and asked why? Told him I was on the bike at 60 and he said he was impressed, that it sounded better than most car blue tooth connections. Trick is to keep the mike right at your mouth, almost touching your lips, and making sure the mike is faced the right direction. There is a tab on the mike so you know which way is to face front.

Can't comment on hearing audio on a half helmet but as to in a 3/4 helmet it is absolutely fine. Have no problems communicating with passenger but her helmet is 3/4 as well.
Well, that sounds doable! (I'm still not sure 'doable is a word, but...)
I spend a lot of time in a twin-engine plane, and it's really loud in there so we keep the headset mikes close enough that if you 'pooch' your lips just a bit they touch the mike.
 

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Okay, so we went with the SENA S-10 system. Mainly due to its ease of use as it has a button and a wheel that also doubles as a button. It is supposed to do voice activated intercom, but we have not set that up yet.

First test was me on the bike in full face (modular) helmet and her in her car on the cell phone. at 70 MPH her only "complaint" was due to a slightly rough road my voice vibrated. Other than that she said it sounded better than me talking on my phone standing in the house.

Second test was her on her bike me on mine. She wears an open helmet. The intercom between the two worked PERFECT!!!!!! no wind noise from her mic very little noise from the bike.

Third test was her on the bike with me. Interestingly enough this was a slight fail to me. There was wind noise coming from her mic. We figured out it was the wind coming around me and basically hitting double on her. Nothing we can do about it unless she rides with her head right behind mine (not gonna happen) The noise was not bad just there. What we can do is only open the intercom to say what we need to say then go back to music.

The Sena will do Bluetooth music individual, or you can share the music between both of them. It has an FM tuner that picks up stations pretty well considering no real external antenna. It will also link to other brands though the intercom.

I have never used any other system (obviously) but after talking to an owner of a Scala Q3 and looking at his we decided Sena due to ease of use. The Q3 owner said he would go Sena if he had to replace his.

Hope this helps.
 

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