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I enjoyed the article very much as my son and daughter and I are planning a trip to Sturgis in 2012 and are looking for a good communications system for all of us. I really enjoyed the rider feedback, specially from "womenonwheels." (Trying to get my daughter to join them.)

Francis Hutchins
Concord, NH
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I have used the Scala Q2 Multiset for about 10 months and have some comments to add regarding this unit. The reviewer did a great job in describing the use and installation of the units. Like her, it took me longer than five minutes to install the clamp. However, I also installed my friends unit and the second one went quicker (learning curve!). I also purchased a couple of extra mounting brackets/booms and mounted them on our 3/4 helmets. Each time, I got quicker.

Personally, I cannot say enough good about the the Cardio Scala Q2. It's not perfect, but what technology is? As a matter of fact, between the Scala and my GPS, I would be hard-pressed to say which one I consider "more important/useful." Being able to speak with my riding partner(s) has proven to be something I find extremely useful. It allows us to communicate what is going on with the traffic around us; route changes; stuff in the road; if we need to stop, etc., without relying on vague and sometimes unseen hand signals. It's also been a godsend a couple of times to calm each other down in frightening situations (such as the 75 mph cross-winds we encountered in WY).

The Scala Q2 is rated at 500m/1640 feet and not 3 miles as the reviewer states. Even so, this unit has the longest range compared to the competition (unless someone has something new out I'm not aware of!). Personally, I have found the range to be sufficient since we typically don't get far apart. If we do get separated, we always have our cell phones. For those times we have gone out of range the units sync back up when we're close enough again.

As far as battery life, I've only had it go off during a ride twice and that was when it wasn't fully charged. So, my experience is that eight hours is possible. On our 2300 mile trip to Sturgis with some long days none of our batteries ever ran down. We do carry a cigarette charger for it (had a Powerlet installed on the bike) just in case.

That trip also gave me plenty of opportunities to try it out in the rain, so I can vouch for it holding up in a downpour!

You can make them either voice or push to talk activated. To save battery life, they go to sleep after 30 seconds of quiet (on voice activation). I find it stays on if it's windy out. In those instances, I just take it off voice activation. That helps battery life.

As far as wind noise from your buddy depends on the conditions. I can always tell when she has her shield open. I knock my volume down a notch and the wind noise often goes away. I read where someone put a piece of tape on the back of the mic/boom that points forward (away from the mouth) and that it really helped. Makes sense, but I haven't tried it.

I've found the sound quality to be excellent --speaker placement is critical as the reviewer states. When using the phone, the person on the other end always reports it sounds great and says they cannot tell I'm on a bike (and I ride a Harley!).

Also, I've found only one person can speak at a time. I'm not sure about the "full duplex" part. Maybe they've updated the Q2 Multiset since I purchased mine. My experience has been, even when synced up with a third rider, only two people can communicate at a time and the other one cannot listen in. Cardo's Web site claims something else, so I'm not sure if it's just me either misunderstanding and not knowing how to operate the units or it's just mis-information on their site.

I have paired my Scala with my iPhone and Garmin Zumo 550. This is a huge plus. I especially like hearing the GPS directions rather than having to take my eyes off the road to look at the map. I find it much safer.

I have read about the "soon to be released" G4 model (spoke with a Cardo rep at Sturgis about it also). It is still in testing. It will have a much longer range (up to a mile I hear) and will supposedly allow up to four people to communicate concurrently. It will also be A2DP Bluetooth, which means it transmits in stereo unlike what is currently available through Cardo. Will also be backwards compatible with other Scalas.

I realize headsets aren't on everyone's "must-have" list, but since I tend to go on longer rides with other people, I have grown so accustomed to it. I now see it as an essential piece of equipment.

Mary Onstead
Dallas, TX
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
After shopping around and looking a few different types of headsets my boyfriend and I purchased the Scala Rider headsets for both the short and long trips we do on our Harleys. Yes there is some wind noise but don't have trouble communicating and do enjoy the fact that we can converse during our ride. It certainly beats the hand signals you see alot of riders doing while trying to get their message across to other riders when on their bike. Thumbs up from me!

Jodie
Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
My husband and I also purchased the Cardo Multi set. We went on a 6,700-mile trip out west three weeks ago and they worked great. The sound is clear as a bell. We were caught in several downpours and had no problem with them. However I was very concerned when we were caught in a bad lightning storm not knowing if they could be more susceptible to a lightning strike.

We had no problem with the battery providing we would charge them each night. We were often on the road for 12 to14 hours sometimes traveling more than 600 miles a day. Since we traveled in all kinds of weather and construction road conditions my husband could give me warning of hazards up ahead.

When we first got them there was an issue with one of the batteries. We sent it back and received a replacement with in five days. They have great customer service too. We also have extra mics so we can switch from one helmet to another. We are lost without them.

Deb Weiler
Reading, PA
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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