Nolan N-Com B4 Bluetooth Kit for N104 Helmets
The Nolan N-Com B-4 really works!
This really works and easy to in stall. The clarity for voice recognition is great, clear and with no interference. The person I'm talking with can not tell I'm on my motorcycle. Controls for volume and channels are intuitive and quick to operate while in motion (Please use caution). This takes the worry out of staying in touch!
October 28, 2013
Good helmet for the amount of money spent.
Great helmet. Bloototh works great. Just battery doesn't hold as much as others.
October 24, 2013
again, product works as advertised. Nolan built this for the rider!
October 14, 2013
Features are excellent - Works great with iPhone
I bought the B4 to go with my new Nolan N104, On a stock motorcycle with stock mufflers the B4 would work great. Unfortunately I do not have stock mufflers and they create a resonance within the N104 helmet, which makes it difficult to hear the B4 speakers. I have to turn the volume all the way up which makes it uncomfortable. This is not a problem with the helmet or the B4 comm system.
I installed the B4 into the helmet myself and it was real easy to do. I had one issue where I could not get my iPhone to play music but all I had to do was download and install the newer B4 firmware and then re-pair the bluetooth. I had to remove the original pairing first before it would work,
This combination Helmet and comm system would work great on any BMW, Honda, or stock Harley. Beware of aftermarket pipe/muffler resonance!
October 2, 2013
Mixed feelings about this product
While I like it's style, ease of use and features, I am very disappointed by the fact that from the very beginning it drops out for when listening to the radio or playing music through the bluetooth connection every so often coming back on after a few seconds. Add to that the fact that 24 hours after riding in a rain storm this unit just dropped dead and won't turn on. If connected to the Nolan wizard it will turn on but won't turn off, and plays the radio only when selecting "radio off" in the wizard. After disconnecting from the wizard the only way to turn it off is to remove the battery. Now I have to deal with some company in Illinois to get it repaired under warranty and it will probably do the same thing after the next rain storm. In retrospect I wish I never bought it. I have only used this product four times since installing it on my helmet. What a let down from Nolan.
September 8, 2013
GREAT fit and good sound.
In addition to above review
I picked up a B4 unit and got to try it out for a couple hours. really like this set up. Very pleased with the comfort of the helmet and the com system is fantastic in terms of quality and ease of use, etc. sound quality is not great, but the volume level capability of it is far beyond anything I would use for any period of time. I set the volume to the #2 setting and left it alone. I might raise it a bit for a phone call, but not for sustained music listening.
It's good until about 80 and then I get some noise from the wind buffeting the helmet - but I'm on a GSA with the stock screen and it does NOT create a pocket of air tall enough for me. If it was 2" higher I would have better sound.
The ease of installation was good overall. I was a bit ginger with it since I really didnt want to break anything on it or the helmet. It probably took me an hour to install it and set up the install wizard (which I actually found mostly a waste of time except for scanning for radio stations) and put it all together,
I haven't been able to try out all the functions yet, as I was mostly concerned with calling, music and GPS in this initial test.
Also, I found a replacement battery that is 960mwh vs the 800mwh the standard battery comes with. I'm going to see how long the battery life is with the stock one, but if its not enough I'm going to test out the bigger one. It only cost me like $5 with shipping from eBay. I hope to have it in a few days and will let you know how all that goes.
September 2, 2013
Excellent product for Nolan N-104 helmet.
The N-Com B4 installed with no problems in 30-40 min. by following the instructions. The fit into the helmet is excellent, with no protruding bits except the mike. FM radio and cell phone by Bluetooth both work well thus far (1 mon.). Look forward to coupling with a GPS later.
The only downside of this system I see is that it will only serve as an intercom with other N-Com units. While that is true of other makes also, I think some others have much larger customer bases making them more generally useful (if you need/want intercom capability).
September 2, 2013
N-Com B4 communications for N-104 meets form and function
I am a daily rider and have been generally happy with my N-104 helmet and the B4 com kit. I previously owned the N-103 helmet and com gear and this was the primary reason for my purchase of the updated helment and com.
I had read mixed reviews of the B4 system and my expectations were for an improvement in functionality of the system. It does improve on the previous com gear, but there is one area that can still be improved, sound reproduction. The headset speakers are the weak point in this setup. You just can't hear anything at highway speeds. Meaning that useability is limited to lower speeds.
Don't get me wrong, I still like the system and would buy it again (I hate the idea of the add on gear that mounts to the side of the helmet).
Using the gear is simple enough, although I have not tried the bike to bike feature (I ride solo mostly).
The bottow line is this is a great com and helmet setup, just don't expect sound reporduction to be like your headphones at home.
August 5, 2013