A few weeks ago, I received a set of Sena SMH10 Bluetooth Headsets and a a SM10 Dual Stream Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter to use and review. Preliminary long story short? I am LOVING using the headsets!
I have never used any type of helmet communicator before. Frankly, I wasn’t really sure if it was something that I really wanted. I was skeptical. As I thought about it, because the SMH10 does so much more than allowing me to talk to another motorcyclist riding along with me – I figured, what the hell? I’ll give it a try.
The headsets can pair to several devices at once – other Sena headsets for bike to bike communication, your GPS, your phone – it’s all pretty awesome.
Helmet Communicator – Party of One
More often than not, I find myself riding solo. What can one of these Sena devices do for someone like me? Well ~ I regularly use the SMH10 with my phone and GPS features:
- Send text messages verbally
- Listen to text messages I’ve received
- Make and receive phone calls
- Use my phone’s music library
- Use Siri on my iPhone
- Turn by turn directions
Now, I don’t really recommend riding and talking on the phone – but, it is possible.
Being able to bluetooth to my iPhone and GPS has been great. I put this combo to good use during the Void Rally. Having turn by turn directions pause the music and whisper sweet turn lefts in my ear was incredibly helpful.
It was also during the rally that I discovered that the lady who lives inside my GPS seems to have a little bit of an attitude problem when it comes to recalculating,… but that is a story for another day.
Initially I wasnt sure how well I would be able to hear through the helmet speakers because I ride with earplugs in. It was a pleasant surprise to find that I was able to hear my music and the GPS, even with the deafening buffeting coming off of my Tiger’s windscreen at highway speeds.
Now that I have the Ural, being able to freely talk with my sidecar monkey has been a big help. Actually hearing, “Mom, I need to pee” works much better than taking my eyes off the road to try to figure out what the gesturing beside me means.
Being that there is only a glove-friendly jog wheel and a single button, you don’t get get confused about what you’re supposed to press or turn. I find it to be totally intuitive to use even when you’re concentrating on you know, riding.
Battery life has been great. I’m not actually sure how long the battery lasts because I haven’t had it go flat from full charge on a single day’s ride.
I had no trouble with the device riding 500 miles in the pouring rain from Virginia to Long Island. It worked like a champ.
Pairing the headset to my Zumo 660, my iPhone, and another headset is straightforward – a piece o’cake.
Verdict So Far?
I’m so happy with the SMH10. It’s is greatest thing I didn’t even know I wanted! Now I can’t imagine riding without it.
I will update this post with any other findings during our travels together.
Stay tuned for a post on the SM10 Transmitter.
For More Information: Sena Bluetooth
Review Disclaimer: I did receive these products complimentary. This will in no way influence my opinion on the product. That would be crap.