Every now and then the thought occurs, “It would be really convenient to be able to talk to passengers, other riders, or get GPS directions while wearing my helmet…” Here the Sena and Scala Rider G4 are part of the newer generation of Bluetooth helmet systems. I don’t run across people who use them, so I appreciate seeing this little video just to get a sense of the size of these things. They seem clunky to me, like the CB radio versions of the past. It makes sense that the people who I usually see wearing these are people with clunky bikes, large cruisers with trunk space I could park a scooter in.
If you really want Bluetooth, but don’t want the (slightly) bulky attachments, you can always go the built-in route. Dainese, Vemar, O Neal all have nice helmets with BT built in. Or if you can wear in-ear headphones, and mainly want to get GPS directoins with your helmet on, you can wear any helmet you like with this non-motorcycle specific BT device.
Should you really be having phone conversations while riding? Of course not. But imagine being able to tour the twisties with a passenger and say, “lean left…” “hard right coming up.” Or ride with a couple of other riders and say, “watch out there’s gravel on the turn” or “Let’s pull over I need a restroom break!” Aha. See? Practical eh? Just don’t give your boss your cell phone number.