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ceepaulc57
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PostPosted: 22:20 - 13 Jun 2018    Post subject: Bluetooth intercoms Reply with quote

Hi All, new to BCF.
I am just returning to riding after a lay off and have picked up a Triumph
speedmaster. As we plan to try and do some touring, I would obviously like us to be able to talk as we go on our merry way. Looking at whats available these days and its the usual overwhelmed with choice, so wondering whether some of you could make suggestions/experiences just to give me some advice. Thanks Smile
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josdr
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PostPosted: 19:54 - 14 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the Sena products.. They work.... Very Happy
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raesewell
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PostPosted: 22:35 - 14 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on how much you are willing to spend. I cannot praise the Sena 20S Evo highly enough, it works, and it works well over long distance up to about three quarters of a mile. Sound quality is excellent.
But it comes at a price.
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Analogkid
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PostPosted: 01:18 - 15 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Cardo scala Packtalk, faultless and guaranteed waterproof, when choosing for me between the Cardo and Sena offerings there was a cigarette paper between them on features although Sena didn't have Mesh when I bought mine, but the Cardo won besides Mesh as Sena don't (or didn't) guarantee the water resistance.

If riding in a pack then see what everyone else has, it's easier to pair, or get ones with Mesh technology, with Mesh I can use BT 1 for phone/music, and BT 2 for satnav, Mesh then takes care of rider to rider comms, with BT only, one channel will be for comms (and some you have to switch between channels), with Mesh on the Packtalks the music is attenuated and voice comes over on top, but you still hear music, you also have the ability to share music, mine have FM radios built in too, but the reception can be a bit patchy, especially in the hills.
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raesewell
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PostPosted: 19:11 - 16 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used my Sena 20S Evo in all day long heavy rain and they worked perfectly. I don't know where the rumours of not being waterproof come from.
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Analogkid
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PostPosted: 20:00 - 16 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

raesewell wrote:
I have used my Sena 20S Evo in all day long heavy rain and they worked perfectly. I don't know where the rumours of not being waterproof come from.


Sena themselves, not waterproof, only water resistant, and can be used in inclement weather (subjective) they also admit units shut down when they detect water, and restart when dried.

Cardo is IP67 certified (objective)
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raesewell
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PostPosted: 08:10 - 17 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Analogkid wrote:
raesewell wrote:
I have used my Sena 20S Evo in all day long heavy rain and they worked perfectly. I don't know where the rumours of not being waterproof come from.


Sena themselves, not waterproof, only water resistant, and can be used in inclement weather (subjective) they also admit units shut down when they detect water, and restart when dried.

Cardo is IP67 certified (objective)

I think you'll find that Sena are erring on the side of caution. As I said they are waterproof in all meaningful terms. I wouldn't advocate immersing them in water for any length of time but wearing them on the bike in torrential rain for hours on end they worked fine and continued to work fine.
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Analogkid
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PostPosted: 11:37 - 17 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

raesewell wrote:
I have used my Sena 20S Evo in all day long heavy rain and they worked perfectly. I don't know where the rumours of not being waterproof come from

Sena themselves, not waterproof, only water resistant, and can be used in inclement weather (subjective) they also admit units shut down when they detect water, and restart when dried.

Cardo is IP67 certified (objective)

I think you'll find that Sena are erring on the side of caution. As I said they are waterproof in all meaningful terms. I wouldn't advocate immersing them in water for any length of time but wearing them on the bike in torrential rain for hours on end they worked fine and continued to work fine.


I suspect you are right, I only answered your last post as you mentioned rumours, but direct from Sena is not a rumour.

Me I'd rather not gamble, and with Sena themselves covering their arse, I'd rather go with Cardo who at least have faith enough in their product to have them properly certified, these things aren't cheap.

I'm sure either brand would be fine and the OP should consider what the majority of his riding mates use for ease of connection.
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borked
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PostPosted: 06:53 - 18 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

raesewell wrote:
I have used my Sena 20S Evo in all day long heavy rain and they worked perfectly. I don't know where the rumours of not being waterproof come from.


A friend of mine purchased a two pack of 20S' and one of those died due to water ingress earlier this year. Happended out of warranty though so I don't think anything can be done.

His other one is still working fine, so if you get a good one it should last.
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raesewell
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PostPosted: 16:18 - 18 Jun 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is important to make sure the rubber flaps are fully closed and secured.
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