So, you wish to use a Bluetooth motorcycle intercom or headset just like the Scala G4 or Sena SMH10. You are convinced of the benefits of having an intercom or hearing music, pairing to your phone etc but half the year (the half that you ride the most) is hot and you wear a half helmet. Bluetooth motorcycle intercoms could be mounted on the half helmet in exactly the same way as every other helmet but the challenge is where to put the speakers. Here are your absolute best options:
Sena SpH10 – The Sena SPH10 behind the ear intercom was published late in 2011. It is made to be used with a shorty helmet or without helmet at all. If your helmet choices are half helmet and no helmet the Sena SPH10 might fit your needs.., if it fits your head. It seems to match average and larger than average heads well but you’ll want to test it on and make sure the speakers sit just over your ear canals. The drawback to utilizing the SPH10 is so it CANNOT be used with a 3/4 or full face helmet. So if you wear the full face helmet in winter months months consider one of these other options.
Use Speaker Pouches – IMC is producer of Harley headsets and their speaker pouches (sku is HF-pads) can be bought for around $25. These pads slide between the helmet shell and its lining best motorcycle intercom. You can then install the Bluetooth motorcycle intercom speakers to the pouches. The v-strap of the helmet holds the speaker pouch to your ear. This choice allows you to choose from most any of the Bluetooth motorcycle headsets in the marketplace today and if you obtain a Scala G4 or Sena SMH10 you can buy yet another helmet clamp for around $35 which can be installed on your own winter helmet. The Bluetooth intercom module will then be transferred easily between helmets. Both the Scala G4 and the Sena SMH10 have sufficient volume to be heard within the wind and exhaust noise under normal riding conditions and speeds. A great many other Bluetooth motorcycle intercoms do NOT have sufficient volume and are not suited to half helmet use.
Use Ear Buds – This choice is currently only available if you buy a Sena SMH10 and the extra ear bud clamp(SMH-A0303). If your bike has loud pipes or if you simply want to enjoy the most effective sound with minimal wind noise this is the better option. But don’t accept normal ear buds that came with your iPod or MP3 player as these often don’t stay in well and may become a distraction while riding. You will want to get a couple of “in ear speakers” that have foam or rubber around them to fill your ear canal. This may make them stay in better and filter the wind / motorcycle noise.