I have the Senia S10 and a Garmin 590lm, MOST of the time I just use my S10 and pair it with my iPhone and have no issues listening to music, making calls ( most ppl don’t even know/think I’m on my bike ). Now using both the GPS and the IPhone takes a bit of redoing because you have to connect the Senia & iPhone to the Garmin but when connected it does work, it will let you listen to any music app on your phone (just open that app on your phone) while listening it will mute/pause the song give directions then play agin. Tho I will admit here lately the Garmin has been giving me issues on making/receiving calls, they come up on the Garmin (with I.D. from your contact list). But when I answer I get nothing, I need to figure it out, something changed, it did work before. But just using the Senia & my iPhone (when my Garmin’s not on the bike), I have no issues doing anything, well I should rephrase that; Siri will give me some issues because the phone is “locked” she won’t read me my text message (hmmm, actually I’m not sure if she will anyway). But does really well at making calls from your contacts. I will add that incoming calls are kinda a pain cause there’s no caller I.D. But I just assigned ringtones to those ppl I wanna answer while riding and that lets me know who’s calling...
@ Cuchulainn; Strange I’ve ridden lots of times in the rain with both my old S10 and my new one and have had no issues with water. Lol even ridden in rain hail storms and no issues (luckily it was just “pea” size hail), and had one trip with a little over 300 miles of downpour (lol riding the same way the storm was traveling)..
@ desmo907; I would recommend buying a GPS and NOT relying on your phone. As for me,I ride a lot of remote areas that don’t have cell towers/service phone and nav is useless. Tho I will admit I’ve been in some heavily wooded areas that rendered the GPS useless too, but as soon as a “clearing” appears it reconnects and updates the map/location. But then I’m also old school and in remote areas I always carry my state atlas and a compass ( lol and know how to navigate by then both).
The funny thing is that they seem to get progressively worse with each generation. The SMH-10 had less problem with rain than the 20s (also has a different mount), the 20s less a problem than the 20s Evo (same mount). With the exception of the 1 SMH, they have always started working again after they dry out. But sometimes that takes a day or two.
Sena never claims them to be waterproof and a lot of factors can go in to water ingress. Speed, length of exposure, windshield, fairing, etc. But part of the issue I believe, is Senas use of only a foam gasket. I believe the foam shrinks and perhaps stiffens over time. Maybe that's worse in dry environments like Colorado? I am not sure, but we have eventually had the issue with all of them.
That said, they all still get used on various helmets, including the surviving SMH-10's
More along the same lines....
... but usually they do come back to life
Edit: speaking of hail. It has been my experience that they hold up much better in hail than in rain. Hail tends to impact and bounce rather than penetrate. hurts like a mother when it hits you though hahaha
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