Sena SMH10R Bluetooth headset & intercom, £199.99
Time tested: 6 Months / 2500 miles
What’s good? Motorcycling for me has always been a joyful, solitary affair. I’ve appreciated the moments whilst riding where I haven’t been instantly available at the end of the now ubiquitous black slab of glass and silicone and I still enjoy the sound of the wind whistling past my ears.
But there are times - especially on longer journeys - where I need to be able to take (or make) a call and lately I’ve found a fondness for a particular soundtrack to some of my larger rides, and I have found the almost razor-thin SMH10R to be the perfect device for me.
Because Sena have been clever and shifted the battery to a separate unit that can be attached to the rear of the helmet it means that the main controls are impossibly small; so no bulky helmet attachments to weigh your head down. Inside the lid, the speakers and microphone (two are supplied, a smaller velcro-attached one and another more traditional but larger, ‘bar and bulb’ one for modular, open faced helmets) fit neatly inside the liner and wires can be tucked away for an invisible install.
Sound quality is excellent and with my iPhone it works amazingly well with voice commands for simple, no-hands calling and even music selection; for when you absolutely have to have that bit of Black Keys for the next set of country roads!
What’s not? In all honesty, very little. You could argue that the unit is so small that it becomes fiddly to control manually whilst wearing gloves, but even then this faffing around to find the right button disappears with a little patience and learned behaviour. It’s a little gem.
Quality Rating: 5/5
Value Rating: 4/5