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Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset The SMH10R is a Bluetooth 3.0 stereo headset with long-range Bluetooth intercom designed specifically for sportbike riders who prefer smaller form factor for maximizing their riding performance, yet maintaining rich features of Bluetooth intercom. With the SMH10R, you can call handsfree on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with other riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth and the advanced digital signal processing technology inherited from the SMH10, the SMH10R offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, its super thin and compact form factor contribute higher performance for sports bike riding and it makes the SMH10R a perfect companion of sports bike riders. Features Universal Intercom Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth intercom up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain Ultra slim feather light Four-way conference intercom Conference phone call with intercom participant Multipoint for mobile phone+GPS Voice prompts Bluetooth stereo headset for Bluetooth audio devices such as MP3 players Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP Play, pause, track forward and track back Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster Bluetooth handsfree for Bluetooth mobile phones Bluetooth headset or stereo headset for Bluetooth GPS navigation Water resistant for use in inclement weather Crystal clear and natural sound quality Can be used while charging on road trip Individual volume control for each audio source Firmware upgradeable Peace of mind - thanks to the two-year warranty General Specifications Talk time 8 hours Stand-by time 7 days Intercom working distance up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain Operating temperature -10C 55C (14F 131F) Dimensions 70.7 mm x 36.6 mm x 15.5 mm (2.8 in x 1.4 in x 0.6 in) Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery Audio Specifications Advanced Noise Control Improved wind and engine noise reduction Sidetone Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom Built-in SBC Codec Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Bluetooth Specifications Profiles Headset Profile, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth 3.0 CE, FCC and IC Certificates Includes Headset Main Unit Speakers Attachable Boom Microphone Wired Microphone Replaceable Battery Pack USB Power Data Cable Cigarette Charger Users Guide Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v5.0. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies . SMH10R-01
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Old Versus New. SMH10R or S20?
PostedNovember 9, 2014
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buellMonkey
From Long Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Use 
3 / 5
3 / 5
* Just to note I have not owned the S20, but have a friend who has bought one. But I have owned the G9 and the similarities are on par.
Having owned a G9 and the amount of frustration that came with all the bells and whistles not working 100% came to an end. The most frustrating part was the price paid for something that wasn't more streamlined. Sold it.
But I realized I did miss my com and communicating with my group members.
After reading more reviews of the S20 and it being a new to market product, I came to the conclusion that I would end up being back in the same situation with my G9. Frustrated.
The SMH10R has been around for a bit and had some pretty good reviews. I finally decided to get it and for the price I couldn't really complain.
I have had it for a few days and I realize I made the right choice.
In general the VOX command prompt I disabled as its more of a nuisance that a benefit. The system gets lost/confused and you end up just turning it off and on again to reset. And the center button will get you to VOX command to access your phone. Pretty easy.
The speakers are average, but that is ok. They work well, but if you are looking for bass, get some aftermarket ones. But I could hear the rider with the S20 with great clarity, even after he was out of line of sight.
The unit is nice and minimal, but will take some practice to get the muscle memory down.
It was easy to install as most are, but I'm sure it depends on your helmet.
Pairing has a minor issue. Items pair without a problem. But there is a sequence I have to follow. When I start the unit, I have to make sure I sync the mp3 player first and then my phone. Because if I have my phone sync first, the mp3 player will not sync.
In comparing my SMH10R with my friends S20, he even said he was only really using the functions my unit has. That the multitasking functions of the S20 became a bit trying. But he has only had for a week.
I would say, if you need the latest and greatest, get the S20. But in the end, the SMH10R is a comparable unit for less the money.
And as always, the Revilla crew were great.
Rides: 2005 Buell XB12S Lightning
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Kriega R20 Backpack The Kriega R20 motorcycle backpack has been designed specifically as an active riding pack with Kriega's unique QUADLOC-lite harness system. The harness is angled away from underarms for total freedom of movement and once set, the pack is exceptionally convenient to use with none of the harness re-adjustment necessary on conventional harness systems. The size adjustable harness allows the backpack position to be moved up or down to produce the best possible fit. The Kriega R20 can be worn with or without a waist strap. The waist strap is not really necessary for street riding Features Main compartment with YKK water-resistant zip Side access pocket with YKK water-resistant zip Internal hydration sleeve with compression Internal zipped mesh-pocket SUPERSPACE 5mm airspace back. YKK water-resistant zips HYPALON Abrasion resistant re-enforcement Scholler Dynatech With integrated 3M scotchlite 420 D nylon RipStop lightweight yet extremely strong 3M Scothlite reflective logo Unique QUADLOC harness adjustable back length and total arm freedom Side access pocket Optional Kriega 3 Liter Hydrapak + Tube avaliable (sold separately) Optional add on 5 or 10-liter drypacks Optional harness pocket Removable waist strap 10 year guarantee 20-liter capacity 470mm(H) x 280mm(W) x 150mm(D)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
San Francisco Test Run
PostedOctober 11, 2013
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buellMonkey
From Long Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I read all the reviews and finally bought the backpack a few weeks ago.
After it arrived I was wondering why I bought it, being that it's a pricey backpack. I took it on a ride with the group and it still seemed that I paid a bit too much for a backpack.
But I decided to make a run to San Francisco from Long Beach and wanted to put the backpack to the test. And it was great.
I rode straight through, taking the PCH all the way up to San Francisco. It is roughly a 10 hour ride from my location and I was making great time until I hit a few miles outside Big Sur and it slows down.
I loaded the backpack down a bit and thought I would be hurting soon after I started my run. But it fits and distributes the weight pretty accordingly. I did have a slight lower back hiccup, but that's because I was leaning over to cut through the choppy wind for so long. And I'm slightly out of shape... :)
I can't comment on how it does in a full pour over, but it was damp and misting and everything seemed pretty well off.
Overall I'm pretty happy with my purchase and I had to take it out on a serious ride to fully appreciate it.
Loaded Contents:
*Clothing:
- 2x pants
- 3x t-shirts
- 1x shoes
- 3x underwear
- 3x socks
- 1x shorts
* Electronics:
- 1x netbook
- 1x netbook charger
- 3x gopro batteries
- 1x camera
- 2x camera batteries
- 1x charger battery pack
- 3x usb cords
*Misc:
- 1x motorcycle tool kit
- 1x electronic air gauge
- toiletries
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Cardo Scala Rider G9 Headset
Cardo Scala Rider G9 Headset
Cardo Scala Rider G9 The newest addition to the Cardo lineup and touting major upgrades over the G4 system, the brand new Cardo Scala Rider G9 is utilizing the most advanced technology and represents one of the most innovative bluetooth communicators we've seen to date. Some of the new features are as follows One + 8 Pairing Communicate with up to eight other riders in full-duplex toggling mode Voice Recognition Allows communication with all eight riders by simply speaking their names Full Duplex Full Duplex communication with up to 4 riders Group Signaling Allows you to send a signal to everyone in your group at once as an alert Social Networking Set up a social group based on physical location, riding groups and find other G9 users Flash Pairing Quick pairing of devices, simply touch the two G9 units and in less than 1 second they are paired Mobile Phone Conference Calls Full duplex telephone calls between a caller and both the rider and passenger Larger Buttons Easier to navigate the device with gloves Two microphone options Includes both boom mic and wired microphone The G9 retains all the features of the very popular G4 including A2DP and MP3 connectivity to stream stereo music Built in FM radio with RDS smart scan Noise cancelling microphone Weather and dust resistant design Up to 1.6km range in ideal terrain Upgradeable firmware Download the latest version Cardo G9 firmware here .
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
So far, it's an expensive miss. But not by much.
PostedJuly 9, 2013
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buellMonkey
From Long Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sound Clarity 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Use 
2 / 5
2 / 5
I bought this not sure which product to buy, this or the Sena. I took the plunge and bought the Scala G9.
I have not owned other motorcycle communication products, so I can't compare how this rates with other units.
1. Sound quality is ok. I wasn't looking for awesome sound through the speaks, but after reading some of the post I thought it would be a bit better. My left speaker seems to go in and out...like a worn headphone cable.
2. Range is as described by others, it works great through "line of sight" and even a little as you go into turns before you lose sight of the other rider.
3. Voice commands are not as crisp and functional as described. When I am trying to reach another rider, I tend to have to repeat the process a few times before it actuals works. It usually turns on the radio/music function. May be better using the buttons only.
4. Radio is ok, but with my helmet I couldn't line the speaker across the crown of the helmet. So I don't know if the radio would work better if I could.
5. Battery life seems to be as described.
6. Bluetooth works great with my phone #Nokia 928#. But didn't work so great with my Sony Walkman. It pairs, but hangs as it is waiting for some sort of function from the G9. I looked at the software version of my headset and mp3 player and the headset is an older version. Called Cardo, and they were no help. Wish they would test their product with others and give a list of approved mp3 players. Works with the Aux cable...but what is the point?
7. Cardo community is a bit anemic, and not that robust. If you are expecting a "FB" type of vibe for finding people, this will disappoint you. It's just a search engine that doesn't work that great. I've tried on different browsers, and it functionality needs more work. Generally, the whole UI is a bit buggy.
Overall, for the amount of money spent I don't feel that I got the experience they described. I bought this because most of the people in my group have this unit, but if I had to do it again I may have gone with the Sena. I'm not saying it would have been any better, but I wouldn't have had to drop the extra cash for a subpar item.
Cheers!
No, I do not recommend this product.
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