Nolan N-Com B1 for N104/N44 Helmets
I never ride two up or with groups so didn't need the B4, just wanted something for occasional use if riding over long periods where I could listen to music or answer phone calls.
Installation with my N-104 helmet was a breeze, perhaps 15 minutes all in. Pairing was simple and it was good fun testing. Took me maybe 10 minutes to remember which buttons to use for pausing, skipping tracks, etc. Pretty darn easy overall even with gloves on. Sometimes the boom mike gets in the way when opening or closing the chin guard but to be expected.
Sound clarity is decent for speakers of this type, I do have a loud exhaust and as a result I seem to have the music at max more often than I should. This would not be a problem with a stock exhaust or a traditional bike. I've only made a couple of test calls but the people I spoke to mentioned that I sounded completely clear and with my chin vent closed heard absolutely no background noise (and only a slight amount with vent open).
My phone is an Iphone 5s, I can use Siri with this system but a little more attention is required since you may need to listen carefully when playing back voice activated texting, etc.
Pretty cool product IMO
October 1, 2014
Nolan N-Com B1 for N104/N44 Helmets
After two years of research about what type and manufacture helmet to update to, probably the most confusing and time consuming part was determining to buy the N-Com system or stay with my Sena SMH5 system. I drive a 2012 BMW R1200RT which has the BMW Navigator IV GPS, which I link to the Sena system at the same time link to my iPhone 5S for phone and music. My wife, who rides with me, and I also are able to talk to each other via the system. When I purchase the N-Com system it became apparent I had to sacrifice features to get the integrated installation and look the N-Com system provided. I have opted to give up trying to link my GPS and rely on the visual routing information when I use it. I have more value for having my iPhone 5S linked.
I also discovered that I cannot update the N-Com system using my MAC as it only supports Windows, this is a big oversight as the MAC platform is a mainstream product.
Nolan, if your listening, please update your product features to those of your competition.
March 24, 2014
If you are looking for a communication system that is easy to install and operate you can't go past this one.
I had Scala Rider on our old helmets and noticed that the sound quality on the Ncom if far superior.
Pairing to TOMTOM Rider V2 and mobile phones was a very easy process.
I live in Australia and it was delivered to my door in less than a week.
The charger is 240/110V so there is no problems with 240v supply here in Australia.
December 24, 2013
Works great so far
If you're not getting any music through the B1 you must push the up button for 2 seconds to activate the music. I had some trouble getting music to play through initially. I thought that connecting the bluetooth had the same effect as plugging in a cord. This is not the case. There are two modes, a phone mode and music mode. To activate music mode you must hold down the up button for 2 seconds, you must do this everytime.
It takes some time to learn all the commands but its as good as it is going to get with three buttons. You don't really want any more buttons than that anyhow... youre on a motorcycle.
On my Android I was unable to get the headset to make an outgoing call, though this may be an android problem.
People don't know that I'm on a motorcycle, that is the quality of the call. The music is average, nothing great, no bass, you'll have to boost it with EQ. The highs are pronounced. But i hope you're not buying this for that anyway.
The battery life is dope. I rode 7 hours straight with a 1 hour phone call and music on the entire time.
Nice part is that it is integrated seamlessly into the N44.
November 30, 2013
The user instructions aren't easy to understand. It took a bit of time on you-tube to get the basics. It'll take some practice and practical use to fully appreciate the features.
August 12, 2013
Great value and easy to install and use
I purchased this item and had it shipped to Australia. Quick delivery and great value. I had both of the units installed in 15 minutes and operating in about 5 minutes after charging. I have tried all features of the unit and can't fault it at all. Very sleek in comparison to others on the market. Very happy with my choice
July 8, 2013