Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I have an HJC Cl-16. I also have a Shark bluetooth setup that was about $100 for a pair. Absolutely surprisingly good. I listen to music, use it as an intercom, etc. Music sounds just fine in the helmet. Not a ton of bass but if you're looking for concert quality you're on the wrong vehicle. Wind noise and bike noise will always dillute and distort your music!
Those speakers fit in it just fine. You just take the inner pads out, attach the speakers using velcro (tip: make sure they rest BELOW the tops of your ear lobes, otherwise when/if you wear glasses/sunglasses, the speakers will press them against the sides of your head and it'll be uncomfortable). Snake the wires around, install the little clamp on the side, and attach the receiver. Piece of cake!
When I'm riding by myself, I bluetooth it to my iPhone and listen to my music. The button on the side will pause the music (like if I hit heavy traffic or something). I could also talk on the phone with it if I really wanted to. I guess it's really no different than using it as an intercom because it answers automatically, there is no phone manipulation or otherwise. Wife called me the other day while I was on a 60 mph road doing about 65 or so. She could tell I was on the bike but could hear me fine. Works good for that too!
Anyway, definitely look into it. You'll spend less than a helmet with speakers built in AND get to keep using a helmet that already fits right. Remember full face helmets all fit differently. Certain brands don't fit me at all, for example, as the 'shape' of the helmet presses on my temples or forehead or otherwise.
Now, my wife has trouble hearing me at interstate speeds (I don't have any trouble at all). I determined the cause was her Xtra Small HJC helmet has much thicker pads than mine does. I ended up cutting out some of the foam where the speakers are and that fixed it.
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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT