Scorpion helmets, cardo comms units
AestheticsInMotion last edited by AestheticsInMotion
I finally bought a comms unit for my passenger helmet. Cardo packtalk slim, which seperates the components into two units so as to keep from having one bulky item protruding off the side of your head.
With a bit of love from the knockoff dremel, I got about the cleanest install I could imagine. It's so good that I may just have to redo the install on my helmet...
jminer last edited by
@aestheticsinmotion that does look great. Way better than the bulbous old Sena I have!
Exage03040 last edited by
I Busted 2 Slims over the duration of 4 months so I really really don't recommend them.
The charging jack is not securely mounted to the board or outer shell so if you ever accidentally pick up your helmet with the slim plugged in at any angle it will bust the jack off the board and the unit won't charge. I managed to send the first one in for replacement under warranty but was a clumsy oaf and did it again to the replacement some 3 weeks later after receiving it.
I changed to the Bold which is removable off the cradle for charging which I always do. I have run it for 2 year now and unequivocally recommend it over a Slim.
Hope you have better luck with it than me, and others.
@exage03040 I've had mine for a year now without issue. Charging ports are what always break on me with phones, so I've learned to be very careful with them.
This one already interferes a bit with backpacks/certain collars so I don't think I could go to something bulkier
@jminer I redid my main helmet too. After finding a better solution, the wires were really bugging me
facw last edited by
@aestheticsinmotion I'm more than a little surprised that pretty much every helmet doesn't just have this stuff built in these days. Or at least have a standard mount that doesn't require a dremel.
Exage03040 last edited by
I'm more than a little surprised that pretty much every helmet doesn't just have this stuff built in these days. Or at least have a standard mount that doesn't require a dremel.
Sena makes the momentum helmet with integrated coms (and another with coms and camera).
Most of the coms available can be fitted to all sorts of helmets. The two major manufactures are Cardo and Sena. Their systems range from 2-way passenger short range stuff for like $100 to ranged 16 rider hub, bluetooth phone pairing and mesh com connect, and with touchless voice command at $350-400 a pop.
Many of the helmets are made to accept them. My HJC RPHA 11 Pro was setup to allow easy mounting of a Cardo or Sena system with velcro pads by the ears already in the helmet for the speakers.
I want to say that most people still don't ride with a com unit though they are getting more common. Some people want to ride with a certain unit, so integrating them into a helmet may discourage some riders from buy that particular helmet if the features they want aren't there, they prefer a certain manufacture, or if the helmet simply costs too much with it and has features they don't need. Hence the argument to keep them as an aftermarket upgrade kit rather than integrate with the helmet manufacturers.
You don't need a dremel, he just used it to clean up the wiring.
@facw what @Exage03040 said. There are a fair number of helmets on the market with built-in comms, but when I was looking for a lightweight carbon fiber helmet from a reputable brand with provisions for glasses, and a large visor easily opened and closed frequently for city riding... There was nothing available with a modern comms unit. And I shudder to think of the price if there had been an otherwise perfect option!