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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-04-2019, 09:44 AM
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I just got back into biking 2 years ago after 30 years without. I had a CB radio on my V45 Sabre that was handy for group rides. I do think having the directions in your ear has to be safer than reading a map on the tank bag.
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I just got back into biking 2 years ago after 30 years without. I had a CB radio on my V45 Sabre that was handy for group rides. I do think having the directions in your ear has to be safer than reading a map on the tank bag.


About the only people still using CB are off road Jeep people. They go places cell phones and Bluetooth won’t cover. When I ride solo I listen to music via my Sena. When my wife is on the back, we can talk. I am fortunate. She only speaks when there’s something to say, not constant chatter.


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Surviving on a motorcycle is all about being acutely aware of your surroundings. I know I'm feeble of brain but I find that even with no entertainment blowing in my ears it's all too easy to start thinking about something other than riding and get caught out. Unless you're extraordinarily skilled as a rider, additional distractions are not a good thing.
Isn't that true about everything? I'm a carpenter/cabinet maker, I'm running tools all day long that can take a finger/hand/leg........off at any time, very seldom if I'm working alone do I not have music going. I had a boss that couldn't focus if the radio was playing, doesn't make him or me special because we do things different. Why is is that those of you that cant/or dont like to listen to music/radio.... think that its not possible for others to do so, or want to do so?
Its like listening to all the people that think that motorcycles are death machines and we're all fools for wanting to ride them, if you dont/cant then by all means dont, but whats it to you if others do.
Contrary to what Bob thinks I dont get bent because he or anybody else thinks the way they do, but its still tantamount to telling you that you're ridding a donorcycle.
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Earbud/comm threads always go this way. They're almost as bad as darkside tire threads. I dream of a day when silence lovers and music listeners live side-by-side in harmony, just like in that John Lennon song. 😁

Still, $100 is a pretty good deal, if one wanted such a gadget.
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oh ... STILL, $100 IS A PRETTY GOOD DEAL, IF ONE WANTED SUCH A GADGET.



But, the silence lovers would still have that $100 in their wallet for things like pie, so there's that.
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oh ... STILL, $100 IS A PRETTY GOOD DEAL, IF ONE WANTED SUCH A GADGET.



But, the silence lovers would still have that $100 in their wallet for things like pie, so there's that.

This is perfect timing BonnieBlack. I ride mostly solo, looking for some music for those long ones. Buddy of mine just picked up the Sena5. $85 on Amazon so I have been researching. How is the sound quality at hiway speeds ? Do you wear ear plugs as well ?
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Sound quality was good. Not as good as the stereo in my living room of course, but enjoyable. I did not need to max my volume.

It'll depend on the helmet I'm sure. I have an Arai which has too much wind noise, but the speakers mount on the cheekpads in these recesses designed for the purpose right next to my ear. By the end of the day I was sick of the wind noise, so I did try riding with the music on and earplugs. This is one of the great lifehacks for in-helmet music listeners I read. It's suppose to cut down on the wind noise but still allow you to hear the music. But I think my earplugs are too effective, I could not hear the music well enough with volume maxed that way. I may try to find less effective earplugs and see if I can split the difference.
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I made such a sad purchase, but such a good deal I thought I'd share it. It is a helmet speaker communication system ... for one. For the man with no friends



So, I've decided I want to hear my GPS and music in my helmet, and I'm tired of dealing with earbuds and the wire to my phone. And my Etymotic earbuds have worn out anyways and they don't make them anymore and the ones they do make are only affordable to lottery winners and computer operating system creators.

I ordered a Sena comm system that cost more than I wanted to spend, but then I found that Cardo makes a comm unit for one, cheap. You get all the bluetooth connectivity stuff, can say "Hey Google" or "Hey Siri" and tell the phone to navigate or play music or whatever your phone is able to do. And the Cardo system is waterproof and the Sena unit isn't, so Sena is getting returned.

A Cardo Freecom 1 can be had for $100, while supplies last. This year it's being replaced by the Cardo Freecom 1+, so the one I bought is on sale. The 1+ is just the 1 with the added ability to communicate with a passenger on your bike, but no other feature or quality updates. I don't carry a passenger, so the 1 is perfect.

I haven't used it much, but so far it works great. Can hear it fine, voice commands work, I can call my wife from the road and she can hear me (I know, people have opinions about that).

Anyways, that is my recommendation.


Isn’t this the unit that they market as “for the lone wolf”? Lol. I bought the pactalk bold. I too have no riding friends but I wanted a voice activated unit I could use to control my phone. I ride while listening to the Sirius XM app. I just like having music and a full faces helmet where nobody notices I’m singing along while riding. Shout out to the other “lone wolves” out there!


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How is the sound quality at hiway speeds ? Do you wear ear plugs as well ?
Well, I'm not BonneBlack and I have a Cardo Packtalk Bold rather than a Cardo Freecom 1, but here's my experience: My earplugs are custom molded Westone DefendEar Filtered and they reduce rather than block noise which allows me to hear things like sirens, car horns, and the speakers in my helmets. I have Cardo speaker/microphone/mount kits in my Shoei Neotec 2 and my Bell Star MIPS so I can move the Packtalk from helmet-to-helmet.

And I can hear the Packtalk just fine at freeway speeds in both helmets. Bike-to-bike communications, music, phone calls, and GPS directions can all be heard easily with the earplugs in but exhaust, wind noise, and music are all reduced to comfortable and safe levels.

The only problem I've experienced is I'll occasionally leave my earplugs out for short hops on surface streets and the Packtalk can really startle me if I forget to turn the volume down.

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