Sena Bluetooth Remote Controls, 10R v. SMH10R

(Left) Sena's Handlebar Remote, (Right) Sena RC-3 Remote

(Left) Sena's Handlebar Remote, (Right) Sena RC-3 Remote

I love presents. Especially when they're for my motorcycle!  

While I was home, I upgraded my headset from the Sena SMH10R to  the Sena 10R. The reason I did this was because my younger brother wanted what I had. And I had been thinking about upgrading to the 10R so I could use these cool remotes. So what did he do? He gifted me a new 10R. Thanks little brother! (He's in his mid 30s but he'll always be my little brother) So that's how I ended up with these lovely remotes. Now the husband will have to upgrade shortly, so he can have a remote too. 

The headsets are virtually identical in form but the 10R has a few new features that may or make a difference to you. 

My new Sena 10R. I know, looks just like the old one.   Both systems are Sena's "Low profile units, which are designed to occupy a minimal amount of space and provide the lowest profile on the side of your helmet. As someone who has no protection from the wind in the form of a windscreen or fairing, I value minimizing wind noise as much as possible. That includes wearing one of the best helmets on the market and one of the best headsets. Although I prefer the interface of the jogdial, as on the 10S, I didn't want any extra wind noise being generated next to my ear. But, I also can't use the smallest unit, the 3S-W because the intercom distance is simply too short. Sometimes my husband and I aren't riding right next to eachother, so having more range to work with is really useful. For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to refer to these units as the old and new. Old for the SMH10R and New for the 10R. So what's changed? The new unit has an improved feel and interface along the surface. This has always been the downside of the old unit. The fact that you don't have Sena's proprietary jogdial means you have to make more precise movements. The only reason you'd purchase either of these units is because you want a lower profile and are ok with not having the best interface (which is the jogdial) This can be annoying, as you reach up to adjust volume, intercom your husband, or maybe pause your music. And the thicker your gloves, the harder it is to be precise. The small ridges alongside the main Sena button are difficult to feel sometimes, even when I'm wearing my lightweight racing gloves.   Now when I reach up to initiate a command, it's much more obvious as to what button I'm pressing. The surface is also much smoother and made of a different type of material, a little softer not as firm, thus the color difference which explains why the new unit is greyish in color not black like the old one. The main Sena button is easily differentiated from the plus and minus since it's now a smooth surface button. I know immediately on contact that which button I'm about to press. It also makes it much easier to turn the unit on and off. Aside from the interface change, the new unit has improved speakers, the same ones as the 20S and 10S. I wouldn't say they sound twice as nice, but do seem to be a little less tinny in sound. Another change that I am thrilled about is the upgraded Bluetooth 4.1 profile. Whereas the old unit had 3.0. The reason this is important is because now I can use one of their remotes! Remember, these units are NOT the best options in the Sena lineup when it comes to user interface. I would recommend a 10S before I'd recommend a 10R because they're annoying to use. But since I'd rather have the lower profile, I accept these drawbacks. With the option of a remote, now I can initiate commands from my handlebar, or my tank bag, or wherever else I place a remote. They've released two remotes. If you purchase the 10R, you can buy it with or without the handlebar remote. That one is strictly designed to attach to a handlebar. I recommend mounting this one to the clutch side so it doens't get in the way of operating your brake and throttle. It can get in the way of reaching for your turn signals on the clutch side, but surprisingly, with my small hands I didn't find it to be an issue. I already have to reach over quite a bit to reach my signals and horn so adding the remote didn't make that much worse. But I do like the other remote a bit better, called the RC-3 a bit better. This one can be clipped to anything, not just your handlebar.  With it's slim design, you can attach it to other things like your tankbag or jacket. Wherever you find it most convenient to reach for it so you don't have to reach up to your helmet. Finally, the other major change is compatibility with the Sena App. I'm most excited about this option, because making changes such as firmware updates is so much easier.  I can also  manage various settings such as VOX controls, audio sensitivity and intercom pairings. Sena has another app called Ride Connected, not to be confused with this one which is strictly designed to manage your headset controls. So there you have it, new buttons, a new look, a new remote system and a mobile app!

My new Sena 10R. I know, looks just like the old one.  

Both systems are Sena's "Low profile units, which are designed to occupy a minimal amount of space and provide the lowest profile on the side of your helmet. As someone who has no protection from the wind in the form of a windscreen or fairing, I value minimizing wind noise as much as possible. That includes wearing one of the best helmets on the market and one of the best headsets. Although I prefer the interface of the jogdial, as on the 10S, I didn't want any extra wind noise being generated next to my ear.

But, I also can't use the smallest unit, the 3S-W because the intercom distance is simply too short. Sometimes my husband and I aren't riding right next to eachother, so having more range to work with is really useful.

For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to refer to these units as the old and new. Old for the SMH10R and New for the 10R.

So what's changed?

The new unit has an improved feel and interface along the surface. This has always been the downside of the old unit. The fact that you don't have Sena's proprietary jogdial means you have to make more precise movements. The only reason you'd purchase either of these units is because you want a lower profile and are ok with not having the best interface (which is the jogdial) This can be annoying, as you reach up to adjust volume, intercom your husband, or maybe pause your music. And the thicker your gloves, the harder it is to be precise. The small ridges alongside the main Sena button are difficult to feel sometimes, even when I'm wearing my lightweight racing gloves.

 

Now when I reach up to initiate a command, it's much more obvious as to what button I'm pressing. The surface is also much smoother and made of a different type of material, a little softer not as firm, thus the color difference which explains why the new unit is greyish in color not black like the old one. The main Sena button is easily differentiated from the plus and minus since it's now a smooth surface button. I know immediately on contact that which button I'm about to press. It also makes it much easier to turn the unit on and off.

Aside from the interface change, the new unit has improved speakers, the same ones as the 20S and 10S. I wouldn't say they sound twice as nice, but do seem to be a little less tinny in sound.

Another change that I am thrilled about is the upgraded Bluetooth 4.1 profile. Whereas the old unit had 3.0. The reason this is important is because now I can use one of their remotes!

Remember, these units are NOT the best options in the Sena lineup when it comes to user interface. I would recommend a 10S before I'd recommend a 10R because they're annoying to use. But since I'd rather have the lower profile, I accept these drawbacks.

With the option of a remote, now I can initiate commands from my handlebar, or my tank bag, or wherever else I place a remote. They've released two remotes. If you purchase the 10R, you can buy it with or without the handlebar remote. That one is strictly designed to attach to a handlebar. I recommend mounting this one to the clutch side so it doens't get in the way of operating your brake and throttle. It can get in the way of reaching for your turn signals on the clutch side, but surprisingly, with my small hands I didn't find it to be an issue. I already have to reach over quite a bit to reach my signals and horn so adding the remote didn't make that much worse.

But I do like the other remote a bit better, called the RC-3 a bit better. This one can be clipped to anything, not just your handlebar.  With it's slim design, you can attach it to other things like your tankbag or jacket. Wherever you find it most convenient to reach for it so you don't have to reach up to your helmet.

Finally, the other major change is compatibility with the Sena App. I'm most excited about this option, because making changes such as firmware updates is so much easier.  I can also  manage various settings such as VOX controls, audio sensitivity and intercom pairings. Sena has another app called Ride Connected, not to be confused with this one which is strictly designed to manage your headset controls.

So there you have it, new buttons, a new look, a new remote system and a mobile app!

SMH10R (Old) 

SMH10R (Old) 

Guest Article, Black Girls Ride Magazine

Woo Hoo! The January 2017 Issue of Black Girls Ride 

Woo Hoo! The January 2017 Issue of Black Girls Ride 

If you're not familiar with Black Girls Ride Magazine, it's an web based motorcycle magazine that highlights women of color in the riding community. An often overlooked segment of female motorcyclists in mainstream media. 

This month, the editor Porsche asked me to contribute a copy of my Open Letter to New Riders that I wrote a couple years ago. 

Thanks Porsche!

Click Here to Read the Entire January Issue!

Overview of the High Racer Gloves

Racer Gloves have always been my favorite brand. I own four pairs that are over 5 years old because I have never found another glove to give me the same comfort and protection that I have come to love. 

Check out my first video overview of these gloves (as well as my first video review). Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think and look for more video reviews soon!

6 Days Til Christmas!

Yikes. Christmas is creeping up on us so fast. 

This small, portable Antigravity battery (MSRP $109.99) will not only jumpstart a motorcycle (or almost any vehicle) but it also doubles as the perfect usb charger for a smartphone. I always carry usb batteries when traveling on my bike, even on day trips. Why not have something that'll also give my bike a jumpstart in case something goes wrong? 

I'm planning on getting one of these to take with me on trips, just in case I need a jump. It can be hard to find a tow truck, or anyone to help you when you're out in the middle of nowhere, or on the side of the road. 

I could see this being useful for anyone on two or three wheels. 

9 Days Til Christmas, Kriega R20 Backpack

The Kriega R20 Backpack is one of my favorite moto accessories. I've never worn any other backpack that was this comfortable to ride with. Fits my frame perfectly, not too small and not too big, just right for daily essentials like lunch, a change of shoes and an ipad and a small purse. If you want something for a 2-3 day weekend then an R25 is in order. But for the daily commuter, this is a must.

And today only, Revzilla is having a 10% off Kriega Sale. How convenient!

 

11 Days Til Christmas

Unfortunately I missed Day 12, but here's Day 11!

The American Motorcycle Girls: A Photographic History Of Early Women Motorcyclists, ($33.25 as of 12/14/16) by Cristine Sommer Simmons, is an incredibly history of women riding motorcycles. I wish someone would gift this to me! :) 

Gracing the cover is also Dot Robinson, (founder/Motor Maids) who founded the oldest women's motorcycle club in America. A club that I joined over 3 years ago. 

The photos are beautiful as well as the stories, and for the woman who rides, she's going to LOVE this book. I think a lot of men who ride would enjoy this as well but for us, I feel it's going to be particularly special to see how the images of women riding has changed over the century. 

Especially when it comes to gear! We've come a long way, baby.... 

Only 13 Days Til Christmas

Vintage motorcycles. What's not to love? 

Vintage motorcycles. What's not to love? 

Okay, I'm posting this a little early because I just LOVE this gift idea.

This awesome calendar from the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA is the perfect gift for anyone who rides. Who wouldn't love these kickass photos of men, women and children on motorcycles? 

Honor the history of motorcycling with this really cool calendar. I think even some car enthusiasts would love this. I don't use paper calendars anymore and I would LOVE this. I'm contemplating how many to order for Christmas gifts this month....

Buy a copy from their online store for $12.99 + free shipping here.