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Old 06-28-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Scala Rider is it worth it??

What is your opinion of these types of communication devices? I'm ordering the G9 and would like to know how essential they are to people who own one. Is it like "don't know how I lived with out it" or more like "its a gadget thats okay but I rarely use it anymore"
Personnaly, I'm looking forward to some tunes on my rides as well as the bike to bike communication........
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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I own a Scala rider but don't use it anymore.

Not because it didn't work but more because it hurt my ears. My ears are pretty sensitive and, they're pretty big too, if they're bent a little bit for a sustained period they start to hurt like hell.

So if you don't suffer from bent ear syndrome like I do then go for it.

BTW... Sound quality was pretty good and it easily synced up to my Garmin Zumo.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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flbusa,
Are you looking to get rid of your scala ? i am looking for bike to bike coms as well.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:22 AM   #4
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I have a smh10 and have found it a great piece of kit, I have used a autocom unit for the past 10 yrs that my ex wife and I used for coms on rides for yrs and found it great so I am used to the issue of wearing a under helmet to keep my ear from rolling and such, but when riding solo I used ear buds and never really thought much to bike to bike.
A week ago I bought a sena smh10 wow I can still keep my foam ear plugs in and listen to tunes and for the first time used bike to bike.I know its not everyone that wants this but I do find it very comforting to have the best of each aspect when I want it and have been very impressed how simple this all is to use and to put together.
I am sure scala is going to be great have fun.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:40 AM   #5
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What you are trying to connect to with Bluetooth can make a difference. I have a G4 Powerset. If I use a single unit for a solo ride, evrything is cool, but if I try to use both for a 2-up or 2-bike trip, it won't stay connected to my phone. If you have an iPhone I hear life is good. I'm using a Samsung and life ain't so sweet.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:43 AM   #6
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cent percent and more. Sena is the best!
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:50 AM   #7
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Joe , what unit are you using and have used ?..... Still doing my research
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:31 AM   #8
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I have the Scale Q2Pro and love it. Use it all the time for GPS directions/phone/MP3 My only complaint with the unit itself is that the battery only last about 7 hours of continuous use of before it dies. Most of my rides I am out 10+ hours.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:50 AM   #9
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My girlfriend and I, along with a few friends have the G4 and we love them. We actually keep the channel open the whole ride and it's great. We chat and laugh and have a good time. We also wear ear buds for music under the speakers for the G4. That way we can listen to music on real low volume, but still hear each other just fine.

I don't typically connect my phone unless I know I'm going to be making a call. A friend of mine keeps his Android phone connected and has taken calls while we were riding and came back to chatting with no problems.

On top of that, the UPS man delivered 4 G9's to us yesterday. I got them out and charged them last night. Also compared them to our G4's. The new units have much smaller mic's which I like. The buttons are a little nicer too. Haven't powered them up yet.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:01 AM   #10
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I have one, but I only use it on trips with my buddy who also has it.

I don't see the point for short trips, because I don't need to talk on the phone that badly.

For music I use a set of etymotic's. Great sound and isolation.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:39 AM   #11
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I have the Sena SM10 units. They are great. Makes communicating with a passenger great. My friend has a different brand and I simply call him to communicate for things we don't have hand signals for.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:35 AM   #12
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I use a Scala Q2 Pro and can't leave home without it. I have it connected to my phone which also doubles as my gps but I mostly use it to listen to FM radio. On my blackberry I have a program called drivesafe.ly which I downloaded when blackberry offered it for free a few months back and it plays emails and txt messages to you while you are riding which is a neat feature but I choose to listen to txts only.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:09 AM   #13
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go with the sena SMH10!
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #14
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go with the sena SMH10!
I think you should state why he should go with one and not the other.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:54 AM   #15
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Most of the third party reviews put SENA ahead of competition. Quality of the sound is better. MUCH easier to operate. With all of the new things that are coming out of SENA it is hard not to.

They are almost done with a unit that will be perfect for couples that share the same music as it will send music in stereo from one device to two helmets.

I have procrastinated on adding SR10 to my set up until last month. I had it, just not hooked up, was lazy. Now I listen to music in Stereo and hear my radar in mono.

and yes, I have them in stock.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:43 PM   #16
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:32 PM   #17
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Well, I got the g9 today and had a chance to try it for a short ride. I'm impressed the wind noise is not noticeable at all and the overall quality of the speakers is quite good. In my case it's trial and error for the best placement of the speakers. I am not yet familiar with the unit but that is just a matter of time. So far so good!!

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Old 06-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #18
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We have a set of Q2s. Really handy for route planning (she usually knows where we're going... I tend to wander) and things like coordinating pit stops, road hazards and police sightings. I also like to let her know when I am going to pass so she can keep up and not get stuck a mile behind.
The ear phones are clear enough to be heard even with plugs (at reasonable speeds) and don't physically bother me at all.

Only downsides are that the mic foam touches my mouth if not positioned exactly right, and she has a very loud helmet that activates her mic at anything above 70mph or so.

I would consider the range "decent" in a straight line, but it craps out if there are any obstructions like hills or buildings.

So overall, yes I think they're worth it. Btw, we got our best deal on eBay. Tech support and replacement mic foam have come free from a local vendor after the fact, which is nice.
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:55 PM   #19
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We took our first group ride today with our new G9 units. The clarity was great but I think we forgot to turn on the speed compensated volume. We'll hook them up to the computer tonight and finish setting them up.

The small mic of the G9 was much appreciated over the huge mic of the G4's we just replaced.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:14 PM   #20
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Me and a buddy got the Sena SMH10's and I couldn't be happier. I have mine linked to an iphone. We used it for bike to bike, music, and I have even taken a couple of calls.

I was skeptical about comms, because part of what I like about my bike is solitude, but I definitely like it and I would buy mine all over again.
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