Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset
Good product but not perfect
Haven't been able to fully test it out on the road yet due to Sena not including the velcro needed to attach the speakers to the inside of my Shoei 1000 series helmet.
I checked the parts list carefully in the kit, no where does it list any extra pairs of adhesive backed velcro for anything except the microphones and the main modules (Battery holder, Main Controller).
What would make this product a perfect kit you ask? Easy!
Include more pairs of velcro so people who paid 160+ for the kit don't have to shell out an extra 16 bucks at a hardware store for the gas to get there and the goods. Also one spare battery holder mount for a secondary helmet as a precaution would be a very good idea. (The battery holder is the one thing you should use permanent adhesive to mount it since if that falls off during a ride it could be very inconvenient for the driver).
The kit works as advertised when interfacing with my phone, it did require some button pushing to figure out but I got it done.
The mic cords are short so routing options are limited but the boom mic's velcro backing sticks reasonbly secure to the inside of my full faced Shoei helmet.
The device includes helpful voice que's for diagnostic and notification purposes.
Configuration software available for both OSX and Windows on the manufacturer site. (Make sure unit is powered on for the firmware updates or the software will not realize you have it plugged in, follow prompts during update.)
The connections are not weather proofed so some creative use of 88 tape (electrical tape) and extra velcro is recommended if you plan to remove them occasionally rather than just permanently sealing them.
(If using Shoei helmet like mine, recommend you route it to a bundle behind the head just underneath the rear portion of the helmet, tape up the excess wires and connectors and velcro it together with some heavy duty velcro using adhesive on the side that sticks to the concealed area beneath the back of the helmet.)
The housing for the controller unit appears to be weather resistant but the charing port (USB) may be it's Achilles heel if the rubberized flap on it is ever compromised.
Wire lengths are a little ungainly for a universal device and does make routing choices a little challenging, it may vary from good to worse depending on what kind of helmet you choose.
The free floating pod sized mic element can be attached to the front of the full faced helmet but the wire is too short to reach wire harness that connects to the controller.
Recommend using some third party heavy duty velcro for the controller if you have any doubts/concerns about the unit staying safely attached to the helmet during riding conditions.
January 19, 2015
Easy to Install, it took me only 5 mins
Easy to use
January 19, 2015
I install this in my helmet that is the Bell Rouge. The music and GPS and calls are amazing most of the time no one knows I am on the bike at all. However I wish it had a way to tell you who was calling that is my only complaint.
January 15, 2015
Every feature you need for a ride.
Easy to install in full face helmet and great sound for such a little unit.
January 5, 2015
Upgrade from the Sena SMH10
The Bluetooth is matte black, therefore it's a stealthy slim look against a matte black helmet (picture below). It comes with 3M Velcro adhesive or you can stick the extra adhesive directly to the helmet itself. I ripped mine off accidentally when taking my helmet off in the house, so I feel Velcro might hold up better. Blue LED indicator when in use, red LED when making a selection or low battery.
Super slim lightweight Bluetooth which is the selling point for me. Sound is loud and crisp. Connector tabs for each wire which makes it extremely easy to install and hide away. Battery is fairly lightweight as well and sticks onto the back of your helmet. Issue I had was it covered my DOT sticker. Just an all around awesome Bluetooth for an amazing price!
December 31, 2014
10/10 would buy again, bought again as gift
I just installed the Sena SMH10r onto my Shoei Rf1200 and I couldn't be happier. Sound quality is amazing, everything fits without being too intrusive inside the helmet. So far I've been up to 160ish and the (included) adhesive tape has held tight! The buttons are large enough to feel with gloves on but still slim enough to not be affected by wind. Ive recieved a few calls while riding and although I have a loud aftermarket exhaust no one could tell I was riding, let alone tell that I was talking inside my helmet. I just ordered another SMH10r for my brother who has a Shoei Rf1100, as soon as it's here we will be testing out the intercom abilities. I have no doubt it will work beautifully. If you couldn't tell, I am completely satisfied by this product and Revzilla shipped it to me in 3 business days which was great. Buy it. Do it.
December 29, 2014
Pretty pleased so far
What little time I've had to use it, it has operated as expected. I am still getting used to it's feel with my gloves and haven't pushed any wrong buttons yet. As always, speakers are as good as can be expected. I tend to like more bass but realize the speaker size limits that. I used the phone for the first time the other day and I could clearly hear as did the person who called me. It installed easily into my Shoei Neotec.
December 18, 2014
I am impressed with this unit. Glad I bought it.
The installation went smooth. I wanted to mount my battery unit with velcro pads but the unit came with only half of what was needed. Mounted it with the adhesive tape for now and will eventually change over to velcro. The pairing with the m/c's audio system took a couple of tries but got to pair up. Almost impossible to power the unit on or off with gloves on, maybe with a little practice it will come but I doubt it. Overall very happy with unit.
December 15, 2014