The first of its kind

Motorcyclist - - Garage - —Ari Hen­ning

With the re­lease of the NUVIZ, there’s fi­nally a head-up dis­play (HUD) for mo­tor­cy­clists. First, the im­por­tant stuff. The NUVIZ car­ries a hefty price of $699, ad­heres to your hel­met’s chin bar, and projects info onto its own small screen, not on your hel­met’s vi­sor. It does not have a rearview func­tion and cur­rently doesn’t in­cor­po­rate a Blue­tooth com­mu­ni­ca­tor, which is a hang-up for me since it means slap­ping an­other de­vice onto the side of your lid. Thank­fully NUVIZ says it’s work­ing on an up­date that will add a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fea­ture, and the re­mote con­trol al­ready has a but­ton specif­i­cally for that pur­pose.

So what does the Nuviz do? It’ll play mu­sic from your phone, al­lows you to place and re­ceive calls, of­fers turn-by­turn nav­i­ga­tion, lets you shoot still pho­tos and video, and per­mits you to eas­ily check the time, your speed, and other info at a glance without look­ing down at your han­dle­bar or the bike’s dash.

Nav­i­ga­tion is the de­vice’s strong­est fea­ture. If you’re used to mount­ing your smart­phone on your han­dle­bar or pip­ing Waze through your Sena or Scala, then you might not find the HUD that help­ful, but I ap­pre­ci­ated not need­ing to look down at a screen or hav­ing to rely solely on spo­ken di­rec­tions.

At this point you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready had a few thoughts run through your head re­gard­ing the NUVIZ’S size and ap­pear­ance. It is big, and it’s not pretty. It’s fairly heavy too. My kitchen scale says it weights 8.5 ounces, and that doesn’t in­clude the mount­ing plate or the speak­ers and mi­cro­phone that live in­side the hel­met. I cer­tainly no­ticed the added heft while rid­ing. Wind noise and drag are also ev­i­dent, though thank­fully only when you turn your head.

And of course there are safety con­cerns. The NUVIZ can be dis­tract­ing, and it could catch on some­thing in a crash. Ul­ti­mately, it’s up to you to de­cide whether or not the NUVIZ is worth it. For the time be­ing I’m con­tent to keep rock­ing my Sena 10C with its built-in cam­era and Blue­tooth com­mu­ni­ca­tor be­cause in my mind the only thing the NUVIZ of­fers is the con­ve­nience of at-the-ready nav­i­ga­tion, and my cell phone works fine for that.


NUVIZ is ex­cel­lent for nav­i­ga­tion, but the size, price, and lack of a unit-to-unit com­mu­ni­ca­tion fea­ture are big draw­backs.



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