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I rode sport bikes for 35 plus years, cruisers for another 5 years plus. I know have a tour bike (Harley EG). I've used Bluetooth connected to my phone for last few years for music (the voices in my head get annoying at times) and passenger communication (better than hit on helmet to slow down or bathroom break). There are limitations to Bluetooth than I've found, battery live and connectivity. Depending on how much my wife and I talk my Uclear units are good for 4 to 6 hours of constant use. Not bad but always seem to die when I really want them. My units stay connected when riding very well. But when I stop, take helmet off, grab phone for pictures or other stuff and walk away from helmet the connection is lost. Connecting back no big deal but sometimes I forget. My question to those big time touring folks, is wired better. My EG has onboard driver and passenger 7 pin hookup with full separate controls, radio, intercom, CD, weather band, etc. Are wired headsets better and convenient to use. I know some of you have had Goldwings, Harleys, SVTC, etc. Do you use wired Headsets? If so what brand and why. Each head set are expensive ($150 plus), JM ($130), IMC ($85). Is the switch from utilizing bikes system better than Bluetooth thru phone? Any and all input is welcome. Thanks.
 

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Monica and I went with the Sena 3.0 with Bluetooth connectivity. We can take phone calls, then switch back to talking to each other and others that have at least a Sena 2.0.
We can get at least 6-8 hours use in a day. We’re quite satisfied with our units. I hope this helps les. When we meet up at Waynesville I’ll be glad to show you our system.


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Thanks, Keith. We were getting better battery when we first got our Uclear units. They are 6 years old and still work pretty good. Just know that soon they will be replaced and since current bike has capabilities of using wired headsets I'm weighing the options.
 

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Bevo, on the EG I have radio, GPS, CD, intercom, weather band and can hook phone to it. I use Bluetooth now and thinking of using bike's wired capabilities so I'm not depending on Bluetooth battery life. I've never used bike wired headsets. The SVTC has similar setup only much more advanced. Headsets are expensive to a tight was like me ($400 a set) and was seeking some feedback on pros and cons.

 

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Thanks, Keith. We were getting better battery when we first got our Uclear units. They are 6 years old and still work pretty good. Just know that soon they will be replaced and since current bike has capabilities of using wired headsets I'm weighing the options.

Les, I needed to replace my Arai 3/4 face, with what is new for me...finally...a, cake-and-eat-it-too, 2019 Nolan N100/5 that I put a J&M 801 Elite Series system into. The sound? Fantastic...crystal clear, and the helmet...so comfortable, the features massive, including pin-lock, embedded sun visor...and the fact that I can now FINALLY have the great chin and face saving benefits of running 'full face', but at a gas stop, drink stop, eat stop...up the Chin Bar goes, and now all the 'you-don't have-to-mess-with-your-helmet' benefits of having worn a 3/4, like simply wanting to sip a water bottle at a gas or butt stop!

I know you were asking about wired head-sets..but, if you are due for a new helmet (age of current one...to protect the noggin...) I can't more highly recommend the new Nolan N100/5

In fact..if having one of the best featured and performing wired head sets the J&M 801 Elite Series interests you....you can actually have it come already installed...and ready to go. I should have taken this route...in the Nolan N100/5 that I was interested in. I saved $80.00 by installing it myself...but if having to do it again....heck, I'd let THEM do the custom install...drill the holes, re and re all the padding...etc...because to have it come right out of the box...shipped by them....and be able to go for a ride...in my opinion----->...is WORTH $80.00 for my bother and time. When my wife is coming up for a new helmet...that's the way she will get it...already custom installed...and ready to ride.

BTW, I have a long-oval head shape, that I find being that head shape...a hard search for not getting a helmet that creates an over-eyes (forehead) pressure point...(and that is why I put out for an Arai Signet full face for my Sport/Tour riding) and the Nolan 100/5 is an intermediate-oval...that glad to report, will WORK with a head shape of long-oval. As soon as I put it on...the luxury of the padding, as well as the shell shape, was super comfortable...and now that the helmet has heat formed to my head...even more so...

The J&M 801 Elite Series sound and communication system, ROCKS...
The Nolan N100/5 'convertible' full face to 3/4 ROCKS... and together form a great touring combination! Just sayin'... :)

Post Edit...the Nolan N100/5 is the only helmet that is LEGAL to run in the chin-bar 'up' mode...as you have a lock switch that will LOCK IT, into open place...and will not come down by accident when under ride...and if you are a European rider...you MUST run with a convertible in the chin down, UNLESS it can meet safety standards (like locking in the open position) to not be fined, if you are caught. I intend to ride most often upon the SVTC in the locked open 3/4 face position, as I love the feel of the wind...and not looking through a visor...but...when slipping my leg over my ZR-750...can bring down the chin bar...and have all the same benefits that my now retired Arai Signet offered me for Sport/Tour. Having this style of helmet...gives you the best of both worlds...simply...the best! :)

As a guide, my tape-measured head just above the eyes, is just under 24 inches, and I purchased (according to the Nolan chart), an XL...that fits absolutely perfect...snug form fit to head shape and cheeks,...but not tight...which has relaxed a little since two months of wearing...

https://www.jmcorp.com/Nolan-N100-5-Helmets.asp
 

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Bought the IMC headsets for wife and I. These are wired headsets made for the Harley sound system. Installed today and went for quick ride without wife. Today we took grandkids to airport to fly back home, she just wanted to chill and catch here breath after 10 days of having them down here. Sound quality is much better than the Uclear Bluetooth headsets we had, but still would recommend the Uclear units. The volume can be turned up extremely loud. Bass and treble is much better. My bike doesn't have NAV, but hooking phone up to bike all functions of phone works great right through stereo into headset. I can even use Google Assistant and control phone via mike. Wife and I did play with intercom and can used VOX or push to talk. Volume on intercom was very good. I'll update after a few days of communting and whenever wife and I go out. If this sounds like I'm writing this half asleep, I am. Love the grandkids but they wore Pop out this past 10 days.

 

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Wanted to give an update on my wired headsets, I love them. Sound quality is great and since the bike is designed to work with them it's a seamless operation. No more having to charge Bluetooth, no more having to connect phone to Bluetooth. It all works thru the bike. I still connect phone to bikes audio to stream my music, Google Maps and phone calls. I thought having cord going from helmet to bike would be a hassle, it's not at all. The only down side is phone calls. I can hear Incoming audio great, but other end has difficulty hearing me. But you have to remember my bike is pretty loud. I currently have the headset installed in my 3/4 helmet. Below 30 mph off heavy throttle is good, above that I'm having to almost shout. I'm sure when weather gets cooler and I change back to full face the outgoing audio will be better. With my open face helmet I can't use VOX due to wind noise for intercom but my wife has a full face and it works great. Having to push a button on handlebars is no big deal. All controls for audio are on the handlebars so it's super easy to reach.
 
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