Bluetooth headsets arrived on the scene more recently than their corded counterparts and many riders prefer them because of their easy-to-use integration with cell phone and GPS units and helmet-to-helmet communications while riding most any motorcycle, without needing a built-in audio system. Of course, the biggest advantage: No annoying cords to get in the way.
Bluetooth technology continues to improve and, as a result, newer headset models are becoming better and better. Take J&M’s new BT Series for example. The sound quality is arguably as good as their corded versions so you won’t have to sacrifice audio performance to go cordless. You can pair up to four helmets at a distance of up to 1/2 mile. Best of all, you’ll find that the build and features of their Bluetooth headsets are just as solid as the corded ones. And if in the rare event you ever have an issue with a J&M product, they’re great to deal with and will find a way to leave you smiling.
The Cardo Scala Rider Bluetooth Systems are another option to consider. Their new FREECOM Series are offered in 3 different versions to satisfy all types of riders. The FREECOM 1 is perfect for the lone rider who wants to blast some good music, make phone calls and get GPS commands without the need to communicate with other riders. The FREECOM 2 is ideal when Winging with a co-rider. You can share music with your smart phone or MP3 Player, share radio stations, and still receive directions from your GPS. The FREECOM 4 is designed for those who enjoy talking with their fellow riders on a group ride of up to four with an approximate 3/4 mile range. Just keep in mind the range is contingent on your surroundings. If you’re doing some mountain riding and there are a lot of obstructions, such as trees and rocks, then the range will be impacted. All of them claim to be both dust-proof and waterproof, which is a nice added bonus!
No matter which Bluetooth unit you decide on, to set yourself up for success and a positive experience, we highly recommend that you take some time to become familiar with it before hitting the road. It will save you frustration when riding and will make you happier that you cut the cord!