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post #1 of 32 Old 02-19-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Bluetooth - Yah or Nah?

Hello fellow KLR peeps. I have a question about Bluetooth.

I would like to see peoples opinions about Bluetooth devices. Do you like 'em, hate 'em, preferr one brand over another? I was also wondering if it is worth having.
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post #2 of 32 Old 02-19-2012, 10:46 PM
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I've had several. Currently have Chatterbox xbi2 and Scalarider q4. I like the sound quality of the chatterbox but the Scala is the loudest. Being wireless is great. I listen to my Gps and music and don't have to take my eyes off the road. I also sell blue tooth units. Let me know if you want to buy one.

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I ride my bike to escape all that. Too much distraction. The last thing I need while I'm going around a blind curve, or fighting my way through traffic, is for my cell phone to ring in my ear. We've gone for decades without having music, cell phones, and talking GPS units on our bikes, I think we can survive without them.
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I have some cheap ones. They've worked good as bike to bike coms for the last 3 years. Great when travelling with others & you need to discuss route, where to eat/stay, do you need gas etc etc.

I would also use one for music but these cheap ones won't transfer back to A2DP on my Iphone after being switched to intercom so I haven't really had much chance.

You get what you pay for I guess.... I paid $80.

If I was going to buy now I'd get the SENA SMH-5 or wait for the new Scala G9 to come out.

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post #5 of 32 Old 03-28-2012, 02:21 AM
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Hello fellow KLR peeps. I have a question about Bluetooth.

I would like to see peoples opinions about Bluetooth devices. Do you like 'em, hate 'em, preferr one brand over another? I was also wondering if it is worth having.
I Love My Scala 4. Its fantastic. I liked my Scala 2 before it, but will never go back. The 4 is that much better.
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post #6 of 32 Old 03-28-2012, 07:10 PM
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I have a bluetooth at home when I'm working in my shop and want my hands free (and the project isn't rocket surgery or brain science). On the bike, the last thing I want to do is invite someone to call me and interupt my "Me time".

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I have just started looking into them for my new ride. It would be nice for the long trips.
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I bought a pair of cheap interphone headsets on EBay I use them for music on my IPod touch, and bike to bike communication, the music is fine at any speed, the communication is only possible at speeds below 55mph. I'm not sure how the cell phone feature works cause no one calls me when I'm riding.


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post #9 of 32 Old 04-05-2012, 02:17 PM
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Holy men and sages throughout the ages report that wisdom is only achieved in solitude and silence. The theme of modern life, by contrast, is to have so many things on your mind that you have absolutely nothing in it. Talking gizmos ensure perpetual distraction. Hence, Gizmolatry, our regnant religion.

Ride and think. Enjoy. Time enough for crowds and voices and noise and information and devices and distractions tomorrow.


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I ride my bike to escape all that. Too much distraction. The last thing I need while I'm going around a blind curve, or fighting my way through traffic, is for my cell phone to ring in my ear. We've gone for decades without having music, cell phones, and talking GPS units on our bikes, I think we can survive without them.
+1.
I am probably in the minority, But I'm totally over it. I have decided I no longer care to have all the electronic gizmos destracting me at every turn. My wife's new Ford Focus with the Sync and My Ford Touch technology finally drove me over the edge. I have decided: As long as I am driving, I don't want to talk on the phone; I don't want to send or receive texts; I have no use for electronic navigation nannies; I'm not really interested in having access to 200 radio channels. Today's vehicles (and bikes) are becoming less and less of a driving experience, and more of a media center.
When I'm on my bike, I certainly do not want any of that..."stuff"!

YMMV, but in any case, please be safe! To yourself and others.
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