Keep­ing in touch in the wind

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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