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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
Download the latest version Cardo G9 firmware here.
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Parag M:While you are wearing the helmet, its attached left (only). It handshakes pretty good over BT with my iphone for music+calls. The speakers sound tinny, and are ok at best. Operation is not easy with gloves, and all-in-all its overkill. Still, Im not unhappy with it.
While riding, only your left hand is free unless youve installed cruise control.Aug 9, 2013
Christopher M:Its mounts on the left side. Isn't really a great unit though ill tell you that. I'm about to call for my 3rd warranty replacement. Its very faulty and its not build to last.
I take care of my stuff and no matter how fragile I'm with the unit, something always seems to go wrong with it.Aug 9, 2013
Lucas Z:Left side only. It make sence because your left hand is relativity free. Soyoucane use your left hand to push the the buttons. Unlike your right hand that is most likely in the throttle. If you're a pillion then I guess it doesn't matter other than it might look odd. Good luck. :)Aug 9, 2013
Benjamin D:The Scala Rider G9 mounts only on the left side. It was intended to allow for operation of the device with your left hand so that you can still operate the throttle on your motorcycle, etc... with your right hand.
Jason T:It's really designed to go on the left side. They include a stick on microphone option so you can take the boom off, which should make it right side mountable. It will not mount on the right with the boom.Aug 9, 2013
Wesleyan H:All units in the Scala Rider line are designed to be mounted on the left side of the helmet. The lengths of the boom and full face helmet mics plus the individual speaker wires are designed as such.Aug 9, 2013
David R:Sorry for my slow response... I use the corded mic as it works brilliantly, is well out of the wind and isn't constantly brushing my lips. On calls there is no deterioration in voice quality as reported by those i speak to on calls, and the cord tucks away in the helmets lining, so in many ways it feels built-in. Hope this helps! DavidNov 5, 2013
Scott F:It really depends on your application. I use the boom mic on both my half shell and my flip face. I use the corded mic on my full face. Both have equal sound quality and work equally well. I like the flat profile of the corded mic in the full face, my chin doesn't touch it like it does with the boom mics. Hope this helps. I love 'em both.Oct 30, 2013
David P:I use the boom mic I like to move it out of the way occasionally. If you cough or speak loudly to someone the voice activation kicks in. Can be annoying. I'm sure there is a sensitivity setting I could play with but I just installed it out the box and it haven't looked back since.Oct 29, 2013
Robert S asked:In regards to power, how long does the battery last under normal usage (listening to MP3 while riding, and usual 2-way communication with another rider) and how long does it take to charge back up?Oct 10, 2013
Michael L:I recently used my G9 for 12 days during a 6000-mile cross-country trip. I consistently got nine hours on a charge. I was riding solo, so I only used it for listening to GPS voice prompts and XM radio through my GPS unit. To be honest, I'm not sure how long it took to charge. I plugged it in at the end of each day and didn't bother with it until the next morning. This is a great piece of equipment that has worked flawlessly for me.Oct 10, 2013
A shopper asked:I have a G9 and use it with my iPhone 5 for calls and music (Pandora) via Bluetooth. I just bought a Motorrad Navigator V GPS and paired it. Problem: when turn instructions are give it turns off my phone pairing. It needs to manually paired again to restart music. Can 2 Bluetooth devices be connected?Apr 13, 2014
Clemens M:You'll need to connect the phone with the gps via bluetooth. The GPS is connected to your G9. When you get a phone call, it should show the caller id on the gps and is routed through the gps to the G9. Same applies to your music. You can't really play music from your phone to my knowlegde. I had to upload all my songs into the gps and play it from there. It's an awful set up but that's what we are dealing with as early adopters in a small market.Apr 15, 2014
Gerard D:I'm not familiar with the Motorrad Navigator V GPS but do know if you use a mobile phone and a GPS with the G9 you must pair the mobile phone directly to the GPS device. I also noticed when apple upgrades the OS system on the iPhone I had to reset pairing for the G9 and start over, section 9 of the manual. I have iPhone 5s and this fixed connection issues I had with the last update. Not sure if this will resolve your problem.Apr 16, 2014
Stellario D:I believe you have to connect the iPhone to the Navigator and the navigator to the Cardo. In older systems it had to be done this way. I am not sure about the new Bluetooth configurations. I have not paired up my system this way (I also have an iPhone and a Navigator IV) as the music quality degrades quite a bit.Apr 15, 2014
George B:In theory you could, but I think it would be awkward. The speaker wire is not connected with a standard plug that is easily replaced, so you probably would have to cut the existing speaker wire and spice it to the ear buds. Also, since you would have to position the ear buds in your ears before putting on your helmet, you would need to leave a lot of extra wire so you could put the helmet in your lap while you use your hands to insert the ear buds. You might be better off buying a pair of Bluetooth wireless ear buds if your primary usage will be listing to music and answering your phone.Aug 27, 2013
Matthew P:There are 2 jacks on the device. One is for the microphone. The other may be for ear buds. The speakers would have to be cut or the device would have to be opened and the speakers unhooked. Aug 26, 2013
Steven M:As long as your phone has turn by turn capabilities this unit will support it. When synced with the headset you'll hear any voice prompts from your phone that you would hear directly from the phone if it weren't connected. I never had a 4s but it works fine with the iPhone 5 and 5s.Dec 22, 2013
Richard W:Yes, I use my iPhone 5, make sure my bluetooth is active and then pair it to the Scala Rider. I then select google maps on my iPhone, enter the destination and the voice directions are heard through the speakers on the Scala Rider G9 headset.Dec 22, 2013
Johnmark M:Yes, the headset comes with two kits; on the first you mount the headset to the holder by fitting it between the hard outer hard shell of the helmet and the inner paddingand tightening a screw to hold the headset in place. The second kit glues the headset's plate to the helmet. In short, Yes.Dec 29, 2013
Mike C:If the helmet is like my Nolan helmet, which also has its own Bluetooth Headset, the answer is NO. The Scala 9 unit I have attaches externally to the helmet and I have to force the microphone under the helmet lid. It is very uncomfortable, but it does work. Since the Scala has become the standard for the club to which I belong, I don't have a choice.Nov 10, 2013
A shopper asked:Is the Scala Rider G9 installation compatible with a Nolan N-104 helmet? I'm aware of the Nolan N-Com B4 unit (also from Revzilla), and like the way it integrates into the back of the helmet rather than a big unit sticking out on the side. However, from the reviews of the Scala Rider G9, they are generally more positive, especially for sound quality (listening to XM sat radio). Also, the SR G-9 seems to be much more generally in use which would be an advantage if I choose to ride with others and want to use the intercom.
Also, is the SR G-9 software compatible with Macintosh OS 10.x? The Nolan N-Com B4 is not. I realize this is not a real big deal, but it would be a lot more convenient for me rather than looking for a PC user for updates, and setting radio favorites.Aug 8, 2013
GUSTAVO D:SR G9 is perfectly compatible with the Nolan helmet. Just be very carefull when installing it on the side because there is not too much space available. Sound is great and mic fidelity unbelievable Enjoy it Kknd regard. Gustavo De Gennaro Buenos Aires - ArgentinaAug 9, 2013
David E:Generally helmets that offer there own communication units are not compatible with others. I have the G9 unit and use it to communicate with a group of riders. The unit is not overly large and with the wired mic vs. the boom, I feel it's very unobtrusive. I agree that Scala Rider seems to be the most popular unit on the road.
The software is compatible with Apple. I synch my unit to a MacBook. Lastly, I have used the FM and Bluetooth features to listen/stream music and it works quite well. I believe you can store 6 stations and of course stream your music library. Overall, I have been pleased with the G9.Aug 9, 2013
Kathi V asked:Can you purchase an extra helmet mount/speakers for the G9 without buying a whole set? I want to have amount installed on a second helmet without having to remove/reinstall mount/ speakers.Nov 27, 2013
Gerard D:I did buy an additional G9 headset and an additional G9 headset mount only to use with my G4 which is on my extra helmet. You need the main module unit for any extra headset and just buying the mount itself without it serves no purpose.Jan 8, 2014
Chuck H:I use my old G4 mounts on several of my helmets since they can be purchased separate. The only difference I've experienced is the microphone is not as sensitive on the G4 as it is on the G9. My G4's actually work better.Dec 15, 2013
RevZilla:The Cardo Scala Rider G9 is compatible with the HJC IS-MAX BT Bluetooth Helmet, however the device will not fit in the recessed section of the helmet. There are no known issues of the speakers interfering with the internal drop down sun shield.Feb 11, 2013
A shopper asked:I'm considering purchasing the Cardo Scala G9 or the Sena MH10. I want to be able to hear through foam earplugs. I listened to the Cardo G2 and it wasn't loud enough through earplugs. Has anyone listened to both the G9 and the MH-10 and can tell me which one is louder, taking into account the automatic gain control of the G9? Has anyone listened to these units with good earplugs and can comment if they are loud enough?Jan 19, 2013
RevZilla:The sound quality between the Cardo G9 and Sena SMH-10 is quite comparable, though the Sena might be a bit clearer. However, the Cardo G9 definitely has the upper hand on amplification - a great improvement over the Q2 or G4. The only disappointment in volume for me was the intercom feature, however, integration with your phone, or music is quite good and should be plenty loud enough even with earplugs.Jan 21, 2013
JustBusa:I wear the 33dbl blocking earplugs and the G9 goes way louder than I am comfortable with. I can hear it crystal clear even above 85mph. Tried the G2 years ago, same issue as you. U-Clear has good sound, better G2, but no where near the sound the G9 puts out. You will not be disappointed.Mar 18, 2013
JustBusa:The software needs to be updated to enable the One+8. It is super easy and you will be glad you did it, as the program that opens allows you to preset all your radio stations, program a one touch quick dial number, and add fellow G9 riders to your quick links (if you ride with any)Mar 18, 2013
JR651x750:Yes you do need 2 units to communicate to your passenger. They offer the 2 pack bundle on revzilla if you like that unit. The 2 biggest things I would recommend you thinking about is do u want a boom or not?(a boom is the mic that wraps around from the unit and sits in front of your mouth) And how much do u want to spend. The 2 best companies are Uclear and Scala. The biggest difference is the boom. Uclears mic is built into the speakers and scalas is not.Depending on what kind of helmet you own and your personal peference. I would suggest looking at both before u make the decision.Oct 1, 2012
CafeThruxton:If you can get in between the padding and the actual shell then the clamp will work. I ended up using the adhesive mount on my Arai Vector 2. I have not had any issues and I ride in some tough weather out here in New England.Nov 5, 2012
A shopper asked:Will this work with the HJC CL-Max helmet? Also, I'm not sure I want the unit on my helmet all the time. Once you mount this on your helmet, can you remove the entire unit (where nothing is on your helmet) for when you don't want to use it? There may be times when I want my helmet clean from gadgets (as it's custom painted). Just wondering. Thanks.Jul 4, 2012
RevZilla:No, you will not be able to use Cardo Scala Rider G9 with a half helmet. You will need the Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Pro combined with the Cardo Scala Rider Half Helmet Audio Kit in order to make compatible with a half helmet.Jun 15, 2012
"Your scala rider G9 is compatible with all scala rider intercom models for intercom calls. In addition, it is also compatible with the Schuberth SRC-SystemTM. Intercom range with other models is limited to the distance of the device with the shorter range. For instructions on how to pair and use your scala rider G9 with other scala rider models, please visit www.cardosystems.com/compatibility".
So, the answer to your question is "YES".Jun 25, 2012
RevZilla:Yes, you will be able to use the G9 clamp with the Cardo Scala Rider G4. You will need the Cardo Scala Rider G4/G9 Mic Set, which is only available as a pre-order for now, and retails for $59.95.May 10, 2012
Christopher E:If you are asking whether or not the G9 will communicate bike-to-bike with the older Q2 system then the answer is yes. Range will be limited to the Q2's slightly shorter range but it still works well.May 14, 2012
A shopper asked:will the g9 be able to work with the droid x? i was going to buy the g4 power set but saw all of the issues with the droid blue tooth working with the g4 system. did they fix the problem?Mar 6, 2012
CafeThruxton:I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 on ICS and the G9 and it works great. Google Maps and Play come through crystal clear. Just make sure you get the latest firmware update and you should be good to go.Nov 5, 2012
Christopher E:Yes, the Scala Rider G9 will pair with the factory Alpine bluetooth unit on a BMW K1600 GTL. I just tested my G9 with my GTL and was able to listen to the radio through the G9's speakers as opposed to the bike's speakers.
The G9 will also pair with the optional BMW Nav IV gps unit.May 14, 2012
RevZilla:Two Cardo G9 units can communicate in 4-way conversation with two G4 units. Basically you pair the G9 set together and pair the G4 set together. Then pair 1 unit of the G9 set to 1 unit of the G4 set. Once the G9 unit is connected to the G4 unit, both will form a bridge between their other pairing. This in should establish the link between all 4. Cardo System's website has very nice tutorials on how to pair them. Honestly it's a much easier to watch their animations than understand worded directions. http://www.cardosystems.com/us/download/animated-tutorialsApr 13, 2012
Justin E:To my knowledge there is no cross brand compatibility with any Bluetooth communicators. This is a major mistake in my mind. That said it's hard enough to get 2 or more Scala units to talk to each other most of the time.Sep 13, 2013
RevZilla:The Cardo G9 does not have an "input" port. Currently the Sena SMH10 would be best suited for this type of scenario, since it does have a standard head phone jack style input port on the clamp. Otherwise you can plug your satellite radio into a Sena SM10 Dual Stream Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter to create a Bluetooth signal that the G9 would connect to.May 31, 2013
RevZilla:The Cardo Scala Rider G9 should attach without issue to the Kali Naza Helmet. This also goes for other bluetooth systems using a clamp mount, and sticky mounting as well (such as the Sena SMH10R).Apr 8, 2013
A shopper asked:My Helmet is Schuberth C3. I had the SRC Cardo System for my Helmet but I had problems with it. I want to change to Cardo G9, but I need to know if It is compatible with Schuberth C3. Thanks.Nov 18, 2012
RevZilla:If your Garmin GPS is compatible with voice activation, you will be able the voice commands. However, keep in mind that the Cardo G9 only offers the possibility to use the voice command with one device at a time (either your phone or GPS).Jul 10, 2012
RevZilla:The Cardo Scala Rider G9 will only be compatible with very few Nolan helmets. Depending on what Nolan model you got, you might have to get the Nolan N-Com E-Box Kit in order to make it work with your helmet.Jun 26, 2012
RevZilla:Yes, the G9 will fit the G4 mount. However, the speakers included with the G9 mount are better quality than those included with the G4 mount. If you are upgrading from the G4, we recommend installing the G9 mount and speakers, in order to take full advantage of the improvements.May 3, 2012