May 20, 2012

Travel Scooters

We put the scooters to work today for a five hour trip with no direction or destination in mind.
Naturally, at one point we ended up at a beach. What a gorgeous sight with the ocean in front, and snow capped mountains at the horizon. The water was calm today, not too exciting for sail boats or surfers but for us Vespa riders it felt nice not to get pummeled by the crosswinds for a change.

We both like our quiet times while riding, but found that that sometimes the occasional communication beats hand signs. Hence, we recently procured the intercom system SENA SMH10, and today was the first time we tried it out.

The robust and easy to use SENA does the trick quite well. A detailed review can be found here, and we can only agree. I hate gadgets, and carrying extra 'stuff' but I sure love the Sena for its simplicity, and that it can be easily and safely controlled by gloved hands.


The only downside: While clip-mounting the system on Roland's Shoei was a no-brainer, my Nolan helmet, designed for a very specific other comm system, required the mounting bracket for the Sena to be glued on. Now, I wonder how long this sticky pad will take until it comes off, and I can just hope that it doesn't happen in mid-ride.

Can't wait to get on the road again tomorrow.

14 comments:

  1. Ooooh great ride. Love that last picture with the clouds. Isn't it nice the weather is finally cooperating?

    I agree that it is nice to have radios to talk once in a while even though we aren't chatty with them. It is good to help determine directions or whether to stop or just o point out things of interest sometimes.

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    1. I wish the weather could have stayed just a little longer but we are back to wet coast weather.

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  2. Coll pics Sonja, looks like a most relaxing day!

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    1. Thanks Rog, it's nice to be out and about with hubby. I don't get this opportunity too often.

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  3. All that lovely weather, Sonja. I think ours has gone into mourning at your departure although it's ok today!

    Have fun with the Sena!

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    1. I didn't intend to keep the good weather, and sent it back in time, but I must have grabbed too much as it rains cats and dogs today.

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  4. Love the clouds in the last photo!

    Glad the wind stayed away for this day. Wind is definitely not on my favorite riding condition.
    ~keith

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    1. We had quite a bit of wind lately. It really sucks especially when crossing bridges.

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  5. That's a great last picture of the clouds!

    I'll have to check out this SENA comms system....am still looking around for something to talk to other riders with and also the occasional monkey in the sidecar.

    dom


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

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    1. Thanks, Dom. I could imagine that a comm system would be great for 'monkey talk'.

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  6. Sonja - your pictures are lovely! I think I need to get a Sena system. I hate hand signals. I have been mulling over a larger scooter too. Hmmm I need to figure out which way my moto life is going. I rode this weekend with Bob and Vancouver Scooter crew and those maxi scoots are pretty sexy nice machines. Need to ponder this a bit.

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  7. "No direction or destination in mind"

    I like the way that sounds...

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  8. Oh, wow, I absolutely love your last photo with the clouds!

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  9. Just getting around to commenting on that gorgeous last photo. Just beautiful!

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