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  1. mwlehman

    mwlehman New Member

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    Ok..bare with me here...I am a total dumbass when it comes to this...my wife and I both ride on separate bikes. I am looking for something that we could use to talk to each other as we ride..nothing that goes through a our phone, just a separate unit ..I talk , she hears, she talks , I hear...I need the ""keep it simple stupid"" set up

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    Mike

    the red aprilia is her ride, I jump between an 99 VFR and a 04 RSV1000r
     

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    Hi Mike,

    My wife and I ride 2-up, but it would work the same as you and the wife riding 1-up. I picked up a Sena SMH10R set a few months back and have been absolutely delighted with it. It's compact, light, and simple to do the one and only thing we do and that is chat back and worth.

    It's not fancy like the latest model 20's, but it will do a lot more than we use. I think the range is about 8/10 of a mile. The unit mounts on the left outside of the helmet and the battery pack mounts on the outside rear for the helmet. I like this as the total weight of the system is better distributed than the fancy units that house everything on the left side.

    It will sync about 5 different Bluetooth system, hook to music from any Bluetooth device and also sync with a gps, none of which we use, but I have tested it with both a gps and music. We use full face helmets and these units come with both the stick on mic for full face and the boom mic for open face helmets. I think I paid about $250 for the set back in April.

    Of course there are many really good communicator systems available, but I like these because they were inexpensive, easy to install, work as advertised and it is quick and easy to turn them on/off and adjust the volume with gloves on.
     
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    thank you!!! that is exactly what I was hoping for...

    will check out now, thank you again
     
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    I have the same one as the Eagle and have used it extensively since I bought it in 2012. Around my area though, about 1/2 a mile is pushing it for range but that would be due to the mountainous area. If I were to do it over again though, I would get the next larger set. They are a little easier to use when you are gloved, mind you, once you are used to the 10, it is not too bad at all.

    I see that Sena is now starting to produce and sell coms sets that are actually built right into new cheek pads for some helmets. I don't think they have a big selection of helmet models available yet but I am sure they will eventually get to all the popular brands. Nothing to wire. Just pull out your old cheek pads and insert the new ones. Nothing mounts on the outside of you helmet. All the controls are flush with the lower portion of the cheek pad.
     
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    thank you guys!!

    quick question ...would a Sena SMH10 work?
     
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    You might as well go with the newer and slightly better 10s. Works exactly the same as the SMH10, but has some improvements and longer range.

    https://www.sena.com/product/10s/
     
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    a local guy has a used dual smh10 on a facebook sale site my wife checks out
     
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    Unless you're really hurting for money, or just don't like spending it, I would still recommend a new 10s. Plus you never know what the condition of the battery is on a used one. When they're new, they can run for 10 hours, but a heavily used one that's many years old might be quite a bit less.

    Just checked prices online and it looks like the cost has gone up since I got my 10s dual pack a year ago.
    Was $285, now $395. Definitely not cheap, but they do work quite well. Kind of cool having an hour long, full duplex conversation with your riding partner on a long trip.
     
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    LOL...I am cheap. I buy used when I can..99% of my clothes come from salvation army...
     
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    Nothing wrong with supporting the Salvation Army. I am not a religious person by the furthers stretch of the imagination, but the Sally Ann gets what very little charitable donations that comes out of my wallet. They do good things to help the down and out. All the profits from the sale of their used clothing goes to support that. And the big wig from Sally Ann does not get paid multi million dollar contracts like the CEO of United Way and many others.
     
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    never heard of sally ann..will check it out. We help some homeless in key west, most nights we are there we sit at the gulf end of duval street on steps of cvs talking to our homeless buddies...some very interesting stories .. we just sit and talk and became friends with a couple..
     
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    Sally Anne is a short for of Salvation Army here.
     
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    ok....now I really feel stupid...
     
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    Its the Canajun accent eh!
     
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    yes, it will work
     
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