Tested: Scala Rider Q2 Bluetooth Headset

Editor Backus gives his review of the Scala Rider Q2

| 2008-5-29

  • Scala Rider Q2
    Cardo's Scala Rider Q2 features GPS connection, Bluetooth and bike-to-bike and rider-to-passenger communications.
    Cardo Systems
  • Scala Rider Q2 with mic
    The Q2 installed on an Arai Corsair RX-7. The microphone, shown here for illustration, normally sits behind the chin bar.
    Motorcycle Classics
  • Scala Rider Q2 side view
    The Q2 installed on an Arai Corsair RX-7, shown here with the microphone tucked up behind the chin bar.
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  • Scala Rider Q2 installed
    The Q2 installed on an Arai Corsair RX-7, looking at the install from the bottom. Speaker wire intrusions were minimal and didn't give us any problems.

  • Scala Rider Q2
  • Scala Rider Q2 with mic
  • Scala Rider Q2 side view
  • Scala Rider Q2 installed

Scala Rider Q2 Bluetooth Headset / Suggested retail price: $219.99

Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Features:

*1,640ft bike-to-bike range
*Up to three riders can communicate at one time
*Full duplex communication allows simultaneous talking
*Audio GPS enabled
*Built-in FM radio
*Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use
*8-hour use time
*Excellent quick-release for unit removal from helmet
*Choice of voice activated or “always on” intercom
*Installation time: Five minutes
Full product info at: www.cardowireless.com


Using the Q2 in the Real World

In the interest of full disclosure, I should preface this review by noting a general dislike for intercoms on motorcycles. Why? I enjoy the solitude of riding, and I’ve always thought any kind of bike-to-bike communication outside of hand signals and nods was at odds with the joy of being out on the road, unencumbered from cell phones, radio or any other intrusions. Frankly, I was a little uncertain if I even wanted to try Cardo’s new Bluetooth intercom system. If I ended up disappointed, well, that’d just be more oil on the fire. But hell, what if I actually liked the damn thing?

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