Keeping in touch in the wind
RIDING two-up or trying to teach a new rider can be frustrating: there are only so many hand signals you can use. That’s when a pair of motorbike headsets such as the Scala Q2 twin pack is worth the $659 asking price. You can talk with a pillion or riding partner without worrying about passing to communicate. The headsets take about five minutes to fit. They are good in the city for 200m, and Cardo claims up to 500m on the highway. Visit www.strike.com.au for details.
They handled a shower without problems; the plug covering the power socket looks sturdy enough to keep most moisture out.
The units operate using Bluetooth and are automatically paired, but will also link with up to four other devices. In our case it was the receiver for the Nokia 6710 Navigator. The Navigator is a stylish flat, flip-face phone that fits easily into jeans or jacket pocket and with the Ovi satellite navigation engaged, provides voice directions through the Scala earpieces.
That’s priceless when you’re short of time and riding through unfamiliar streets.
The Nokia can also be set up to send and receive calls via voice activation, making it a smart match with the intercom. It’s priced at $629 but can be bundled as part of a contract deal.