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I was at Cycle Gear a few days ago picking up some "essentials" and happened to see a box that read "Helmet with built in blue tooth." I couldn't believe it. I know people ride with music and ear plugs, and I have seen guys on bikes(always seems to be a guy on a 'Busa) with a half-bowl helmet with a jawbone in their ear. I can't believe that any company would promote that much of a distraction while riding.


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Nolan helmets have been out for a few years already. They were first into the market for this.
 

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Most of the 2 ways headsets use bluetooth also. A couple of guys I ride with use them to talk back and forth, and use them with their mp3 players. It's not always about making a phone call, but the ability is still there. I'll just wait till my next stop.
 

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I saw a guy using a cell phone while riding one time. No gear, but he had to talk on his phone on his bike. I couldn't believe it, but I see stranger and stranger things every season.
 

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Nothing new here, these have been around for awhile.

I've even heard complaints from people who lane split through LA traffic and with all of the people using bluetooth headsets in their cars, the interference is high.

Not my thing but it would be nice to use to call in drunks on the road.
 

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Dainese had a helmet out more than a couple years ago that was Bluetooth capable. The problem was none of the dealers knew sh!t about it and there were numerous phones that were not compatible...I passed on that one. I bought a Cardo Systems bluetooth intercom, instead. The rider's unit can make and take phone calls, the pillion can conference in but can't initiate a call. I use it a lot when I'm riding my bike while out doing business. Do I take calls while riding? No, but it's nice when you do get a call or need to make one, I just pull over and make the call, take care of business, then move on without having to pull my gloves off, take of my helmet, and go through that whole routine for a call that might last 30 seconds. The volume automatically adjusts to wind noise but at speeds over say 30+, you still wouldn't want to mess with it as it's just not loud enough to hear well.
 

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My brother's friend used to wedge his cell phone in his helmet so he could talk while riding.

Is having a phone conversation any less dangerous than listening to music?
 

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I would say so, you would have to focus on the conversation more than just enjoying music. The only reason I would want something like this is to listen to music.
 

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My brother's friend used to wedge his cell phone in his helmet so he could talk while riding.

Is having a phone conversation any less dangerous than listening to music?
I think without a doubt, cell phone use while riding is very dangerous. I don't think listening to music is much different. That's my take on it.
 

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I think without a doubt, cell phone use while riding is very dangerous. I don't think listening to music is much different. That's my take on it.
I agree, and I don't listen to music while riding. But the Chatterbox thing has been around for ages, where you can carry on conversations with other riders or your passenger.

I never understood the whole cell phone issue, I agree it's distracting, but the government says it's okay as long as it's hands free. I don't agree with that necessarily. I don't find holding a phone in my hand while talking is any different than talking over a hands-free system.
 

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I agree, and I don't listen to music while riding. But the Chatterbox thing has been around for ages, where you can carry on conversations with other riders or your passenger.

I never understood the whole cell phone issue, I agree it's distracting, but the government says it's okay as long as it's hands free. I don't agree with that necessarily. I don't find holding a phone in my hand while talking is any different than talking over a hands-free system.
studies show you are barely any safer with hands free versus holding the cell phone. The conversation is the distraction, not holding your cell phone.
 

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It's plain and simple....many people if not most, cannot carry on a conversation on a phone and concentrate on their driving responsibilty at the same time. They get lost in the words and thought process. I take calls while driving only if it's pertinant information I might need at the time, generally business issues, and I take the call, get the info I need and get off the phone. If I need to have a conversation that requires my attention, I pull off the road. I rarely take a call while I'm on my bike, I let it go to vocemail and check that when I stop.

It's the pointless sh!t that ticks me off like the fat chola in line in front of you at the grocery store that just can't put the phone down..." I knooowwww... but then he said this, huhhhh? I knoowwwww...but then she said that, huhhhh? I knowwwwwwww, huhhhh?" It scares me to death, especially when I'm on 2 wheels to know that this crap is out there behind the wheel of a vehicle.
 
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