Join Date: May 2017
Location: Ramsey, NJ
Year/Make/Model: 2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S Cafe 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS
Thanks glhadiator (and everyone else).
Sound quality is most definitely a major component in my decision. It's one of the reasons why I've excluded most of the low-end Bluetooth sets as poor sound quality seems to be a common theme in their reviews by users. That and clunky software design that makes it really hard to navigate the system functions.
The Uclear Pulse Pro seemed to be a potential compromise in terms of sound quality as that's supposed to Uclear's strength, sound quality. But of course the mic has no hope of working while riding so I'd have to decide whether or not I can live with having to pull over in order to talk on the phone. I think I could live with that but having said that I've seen several reviews that call into question sound quality and their bulky size can make them an uncomfortable fit in the helmet so I'm on the fence.
As for the 20s, the current price as a closeout item makes it a relative bargain and I hear what you're saying about features and distractions but at the same time I have one kid in college and another on the verge of starting college so am cost conscious right now. As well, I ride alone. I have a good friend who rides but he lives a fair distance away and getting together for a ride is almost impossible. Well, to be honest, thus far it has been impossible as we went all of last season (my first) without managing a single ride together. Now one day it will happen and my son plans to get a bike at some point after graduation so eventually I'll want those features but right now I don't need the bells and whistles.
Normally I'm a "get the right gear and don't skimp" guy. I've even gotten my frugal wife to believe that buying quality gear is cheaper and better in the long run than it is to pinch pennies. So were it not for college expenses I'd have already purchased the 20s and this thread wouldn't exist. I may well still do that but before I go that route I want to see what my low budget options are, in particular to get good quality sound in the helmet for GPS turn-by-turn direactiins as, to your earlier point, taking my eyes off the road to look at the screen on my iPhone is unwise and is unquestionably the #1 reason I take my eyes off the road today. Eliminating that "distraction" by pumping the turn-by-turn instructions into the helmet will increase my safety by eliminating 90%+ of the reasons I take my eyes off the road while riding. Not that I spend a lot of time looking at the screen but reality is that every glance away regardless of how brief is by definition unsafe and if you can eliminate those deistactions you would be wise to do so.
More research and pondering to do.
Living the dream!!
Last edited by ChrisHead; 01-27-2018 at 09:55 AM.