Tdragger
 
 
 
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    July 19, 2013
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    October 21, 2014
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Bell Mag-9 Sena Helmet - Solid Colors Designed to easily accommodate the Sena SMH10 Bluetooth stereo headset and intercom, the ultra-comfortable and versatile Bell Mag 9 Sena redefines the open face helmet category. From long distance touring to cruising your favorite local roads, the Mag-9 Sena is the one helmet that does it all in style. Features Tough and lightweight polycarbonate shell 3 EPS sizes for maximum comfort and size range Designed to accommodate the Sena SMH10 Bluetooth stereo headset and intercom Helmet can be run in multiple configurations with or without shield and with or without visor Fast and easy tool-free shield changes Drop-down sunshield offers on the fly protection from the sun Velocity flow ventilation creates the most ventilated helmet in the open face category Convenient speaker pockets make it easy to set up the Mag-9 with communication devices Removable and washable interior for maximum comfort Contour cheekpads for superior fit and comfort Notes Sena SMH-10 sold separately. Mag-9 Sena SMH-10 Clamp Kit is necessary when using a standard SMH-10.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Best with the Sena installed
PostedOctober 21, 2014
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Tdragger
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
My wife and I each had Nolan N43E helmets with the built in N-Com systems. The helmets were comfortable but VERY LOUD and the N-Com had a quirky control menu. She took a tumble and her helmet needed replacing so we opted for the Bell Mag 9 as it offered the internal mount Sena unit.
I would rate the fit, build, and quality in line with the Nolan. Unfortunately, being a plastic shell it is also quite LOUD at highway speeds. Fiberglass shells are just so much more quiet than any plastic shell can be.
I tend to let the helmet roll forward on my jug head so the sun visor will just touch the end of my nose. It comes down quite far which is normally good. Where I think the Nolan had an edge is in the sun visor control. The Nolan had a slider that made the sun visor position infinitely adjustable. The Bell is either all the way down or all the way up. Bell needs to redesign this.
The best feature of this helmet is the Sena integration. Fitment was very easy and straightforward. The Sena unit is wonderful and easy to use. Best user interface of all the major brands. I've had both the Nolan systems and the Cardo Scalarider system and by far the Sena is the easiest to use.
Good things about the Bell Mag 9 Sena:
* Fit and finish are first rate
* Sena integration is easy to install and functional
* Sun visor drops down far enough to maintain good vision
Not so Good things:
* LOUD, VERY LOUD
* Sun visor control is poor design. On or Off period.
Overall, for couples that want an integrated comm package, this is the way to go. The Sena unit is the best on the market hands down. For the individual that is just looking for an open face helmet, I would check other offerings and try to locate one with a fiberglass shell that promises to be much quieter.
Rides: 2006 Triumph Rocket III
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Nolan N-Com E-Box Intercom BT3 Kit The BlueTooth 3 Kit includes the E-Box, the battery, the battery charger, and the seal. It is used for wireless connection from helmet to helmet, or between a helmet and other Bluetooth equiped devices, such as a phone, GPS, etc. The BlueTooth 3 is stereo for music (when used with the Basic Kit 2 ) and allows the rider to control his music source from the helmet (skip song, mute, etc). Thanks to its multiple circuits, it also allows two helmets to be paired together for rider to passenger communication and for a cellular phone to be paired to each helmet at the same time. BlueTooth 3 works from bike to bike, with a distance of 500 meters. This distance will vary with the environments, becoming longer on flat, straight, empty roads, and becoming shorter on mountain roads, in cities and on busy roads. BlueTooth Kit3 is the newest version of the Ncom BlueTooth E-Box, to be used with the current Basic Kit2. It offers the same integration level as previous versions plus Rider to passenger communication via BlueTooth Bike to bike communication between two BlueTooth B3 systems up to a distance of 550 yards FM Radio with RDS function (to stay tuned to the same radio station for the entire ride), with 6 pre-settings for your favorite radio stations Other devices can be connected to the B3 Music players and other devices using a standard headphone jack can be connected via a wire and other BlueTooth enabled devices such as a cell-phone and a GPS can be paired through the BlueTooth connection Firmware updates as well as presetting of the radio stations, volume controls, etc. can be done by connecting to a computer via the jack-to-USB cable (included) with the N-Com Wizard program
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quirky interface but functions well
PostedJuly 19, 2013
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Tdragger
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Use 
1 / 5
1 / 5
My wife and I had been using the Cardo Scalarider Q2 Multiset for years and it worked very well. Turn it on and we were connected right away. My wife wanted a new helmet and the Nolan N43E had the features she wanted so I went ahead and bought a matching helmet and the N-com systems for both. First impressions were not positive as you have to go through way to many steps to establish bike-to-bike connectivity. Turn the unit on, switch it to FM Radio mode, switch it to Bike-to-Bike mode, call the other rider, they have to answer. Pitiful interface. Once the call is established the system performs as expected in the bike-to-bike mode. The integration into the helmet is nice as you don't have an external unit dangling below the helmet line.
For the two-up riders or for basic phone and gps integration, this system is fine. The interface for the bike-to-bike mode needs A LOT of work. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this system for the bike-to-bike scenario.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Speedmaster
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Nolan N43E Trilogy Outlaw Helmet New Features New Chinbar is extended for extra room and now can accept included chin curtain New Face shield now has intermediate open position, previous version was either opened or closed New locking pivot kit 6-in-1 design The New Nolan N43E Trilogy Helmet is a crossover design with quick-change accessories that allows for customized looks and functions for every ride. The helmet comes with the clear shield, the integrated sun shield, the peak and the removable chinbar. The Lexan chinbar is EPS lined and mounted with strong stainless-steel latches, so it passes the tests for full-face helmets of the European standard ECE-2205. VPS (Vision Protection System) features a short dark shield mounted on the inside of the helmet which moves independently from the face shield. It provides real eye protection and is also available in amber, light blue and light smoke as an accessory. The VPS is easily operated by a large rubber coated slider on the left side of the helmet. Features Quick-change shield is optically correct, UV-400 and fitted in an exceptionally large eyeport Includes a Pinlock antifog insert The short black peak can be installed in seconds instead of the clear shield Ready for the N-Com communication system Lightweight aerodynamic polycarbonate shell with built-in spoiler for improved stability Fully removable and washable Clima-Comfort liner is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and wicking Super-efficient JSW top vent with exhaust grid in the rear spoiler works in conjunction with the air channels along the crown Microlock (adjustable quick-release) retention system Velour chin-strap padding 3.6lbs with all accessories DOT certified Notes Trilogy Solid, Trilogy Outlaw and Trilogy Voyage Helmets are identical except for the paint or graphics. Outlaw versions of Nolan Helmets have a sleeker look with more subtle Nolan logos. Though this helmet passes ECE testing in Europe, in the US it is DOT Approved only.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Great Fit for me but WOW is it LOUD!!
PostedJuly 19, 2013
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Tdragger
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
My wife and I bought matching N43E's so that we could use the built-in N-com system (reviewed elsewhere). I bought the Trilogy model because I wanted the chin bar. The helmet is the perfect shape for my big head but, unfortunately, my strong chin is just too much for the chin bar so I have to ride without it. I can't stress enough thought that the fit in all other aspects is fantastic. Why I didn't rate this helmet higher is because it is extremely LOUD at highway speeds. With or without my fairing this helmet is really loud. It's too the point where it even overwhelms the N-com system. This is also my first plastic helmet so that might have something to do with it. Even my half helmet is quieter than the N43E.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Speedmaster
Yes, I recommend this product.
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