The time has come to consider replacing my aging Sena SMH10. While it has given significantly better performance than the Scala Rider G4, the battery life is not what it used to be, and it is not connecting always nicely with my GPS. (I think it has more to do with the disparity between the Bluetooth versions than anything else.)
I have narrowed my choice to either wired (Autocom) or Wireless (Sena 30K, or 20S)
This post is totally about which should I choose, both systems have advantages and disadvantages. I am aware of a number of them (listed below), as I previously had an Autocom system. This was before it could be inbuilt into the bike. I am favouring the Autocom system mainly as on a couple of long rides with my wife, I ended up without being able to talk to her and hear the GPS instructions.
My requests are to all those that have a mounted, wired system;
- Where do you have the connectors for rider & passenger? I would be grateful for any photos showing the location. (Ideally on a 1200RT, but I can use the ideas of other touring bikes.)
- I am using the Zumo 595 GPS, are there connection issues? Is there anything I should know / concerned about before purchasing the Autocom system? The zumo cabling has the wired connectors.
Advantages of Wired:
- No power issues
- When correctly set up unlimited power to the speakers
- Instant & reliable connection
- Once setup, works without adjustments.
- Care when mounting / dismounting the bike
- No long distance reach with passenger. (Was useful once in a shop for supplies )
- Problematic when changing bikes
- The reverse of Wired
The final decision is mine, and mine alone but helping me to focus on the answers will be very useful.
I am also posting this in the following forums: www.bmwlt.com, and www.1200rt.com
Thanks for your comments