However, this can be difficult when you’re out on the road unless you have your laptop with you.
The 50 series now comes with wifi capability allowing you to automatically download firmware updates with the special charging cable.
Just plug in the wifi charger and connect to a nearby wifi source such as your phone’s hotspot.
Mesh is an intercom software system that allows multiple riders to connect even when some riders are out of line of sight.
It’s not a system I use much, but for group rides it is very convenient and is a vital safety feature. (In fact, on one occasion, a rider behind me yelped and I knew straight away he had gone down even though I couldn’t see him.)
Critics say the Mesh software is unreliable, but Sena claim the flaws have been fixed.
I haven’t found any difficulties at all. In fact, there is less “crackling” interference from surrounding obstacles such as blind corners, trees, buildings, trucks, etc.
Sena says the intercom range s up to 2km in open terrain, which is about right by my tests.
I haven’t tested its full capacities with a “virtually limitless” number of riders in Open Mesh and 24 riders in Group Mesh intercom. (I don’t have that many friends!)
However, I have no reason to disbelieve Sena’s claims that Mesh extends range up to 8km (5miles) between a minimum of six riders.
Sena 50R tech specs
Price: $545 (single pack), $965 (dual pack)
Warranty: Two (2) year from date of purchase on manufacturers defects
Dimensions: 97mm x 48mm x 27 mm (3.8in x 1.8in x 1.0in)
Speakers: 40mm diameter, 7.2mm thick
Weight: 65g (2.29 oz)
Operating temperature: -10°C to 55°C (14°F – 131°F)
Working distance: up to 2 km (1.2 miles) in open terrain; Mesh extends up to 8km (5miles) between a minimum of 6 riders
Bluetooth Intercom: 4 riders
Open Mesh Intercom: virtually limitless (9 channels)
Group Mesh Intercom: 24 riders
Microphone Noise Cancellation: Advanced Noise Control
KahunaCollection heated hand grips, shifter pegs, brake pedal cover, muffler end caps, rider and pillion boards;
Low-profile two-piece fuel tank console with lighted CVO logo;
Sand Dune monotone finish with pearl topcoat and subtle graphics highlighted by Smoked Satin Chrome, Gloss Black and Black Onyx finishes;
Screamin’ EagleHeavy Breather air cleaner in Gloss Black; and
Wheels finished in Gloss Black/Smoked Satin.
Harley-branded Sena 30K
The CVO Road Glide comes with a single Sena 30K Bluetooth helmet headset that pairs to the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system.
It features Sena’s Mesh IntercomNetwork that automatically connects to a “near-limitless number” of riders in “public mode” to eliminate lost connections when someone rides out of range.
The headset can also connect with up to 16 riders in private mode up to 8km.
It not only allows intercom, phone calls, navigation prompts, radio and audio, all with voice commands, but also includes Apple Carplay if the phone is plugged into the bike’s charger.
A Quick Charge feature can provide up to five hours of additional talk time with a 20-minute charge.
Like all 2020 CVOs, it is powered by Harley’s largest-displacement factory-installed engine, the Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine (1923cc) with 169Nm of torque.
Harley also now make the Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee Eight 131 Crate Engine which can be fitted to current CVO models.
131 Screamin’ Eagle crate motor
It features the same 114mm (4.5”) stroke as the 114 Milwaukee Eight, but has been bored out from 101mm (4”) to 109mm (4.31”).
Harley claims it makes 90kW (121hp) of power and 177Nm (131ft-lb) of torque when matched to the Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers. It also requires an ECM calibration and Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner.
Shoei’s new and improved J-Cruise II helmet lands in Australia later this month and offers a lightweight, aerodynamic half-face option packed with features.
The Shoei j-Cruise II Helmet, arrives late January 2020
The J-Cruise II features an updated shell design for a modern look, more compact shell design and better integration of features like the sun visor mechanism. Aerodynamics have also been improved, with front vents across the top of the helmet helping to flow up to 30 per cent more air into the helmet.
A large CJ-2 visor offers a large, clear field of view, with a reinforced design across the bottom of the visor, while reducing turbulence within the helmet. A new airtight-sealed window beading also offers improved sealing and durability for the life of the helmet.
Shoei J-Cruise II Helmet – Aglero TC-5
Helping ensure riders don’t accidentally open their visor is a locking mechanism down at the chin, while riders can flip the visor open easily with a finger when not locked. There’s also a position for keeping the visor slightly cracked for better airflow, for instance in cooler weather.
A premium standard inclusion is a Pinlock Evo lens, which helps eliminate fogging inside the helmet, regardless of conditions.
Air-flow has been boosted by 30 per cent over the outgoing model
The drop down sun-visor has also been improved, and is now 5 mm longer than the outgoing model, and located closer to the rider’s face to help reduce the amount of reflected glare up under the visor. The nose section has also been cut deeper to ensure this doesn’t effect fit.
The interior of the helmet features fully removable liners, with a moisture-absorbent, quick-drying material in the cheeks and brow for sweat , while the cheek pads now use a reinforced material on the bottom edge for greater durability.
Internals are removable, with a drop down sun-visor, and visor locking system
The Shoei micro-ratchet style strap is also used, although ratchet straps do tend be a hot topic amongst riders.
A further premium feature is the ability to fit a Sena SRL or Sena SRL2 system into the J-Cruise 2, with an inbuilt attachment mechanism and integrated design to maintain the look of the helmet. These systems can be purchased separately but fully and seamlessly integrate with the helmet, which is designed especially to work with this system.
The Sena SRL2 unit can be purchased separately for $429.95 RRP
McLeod Accessories have announced they are the sole distributors for the brand new Sena Savage open face helmet in Australia, with the Savage offering a low fitting Fibreglass Composite open face helmet with a Sena unit installed and ready to go, for only RRP $499.95!
The battery is hidden in the rear of the helmet, and recharging is through a port on the chin strap, with the Sena Savage available in Matt Black in three sizes only – Medium, Large and XL, as these are the only three sizes this helmet offer with ECE approval. The heavier DOT version available from the USA that covers XS to XXL however it is not legal for use here. The ECE approved versions available in Australia boast the most competitive pricing worldwide!
These low fitting helmets come with two styles of peak, and the intercom unit fitted is the equivalent of the SENA 10S which has an RRP of $367 – so the Savage represents amazing value! Plus the microphone is hidden in the top centre of the liner, so there is no boom mic to get in the way! This mic works effectively up to 100+km/h so Harley and cruiser riders will love it! The Savage Sena system can connect with up to three other riders via the built-in intercom up to 1.6 km (1 miles), listen to music, hear GPS directions, or take and make phone calls.
You can check out the this video on the USA model – which has exactly the same functionality in the Bluetooth unit, however the ECE version available in Australia is lighter and only available in M, L & XL sizes
The AGV ARK intercom costs $399, but you have to also buy a helmet-specific base at $29.95. However, for a limited time, riders can save money by buying the compatible helmets and SRK in “combo deals”.
Sena’s ARK intercom is a sleeker and more aerodynamic unit than their usual intercoms.
Instead of the handy “jog dial” rotating knob common to most Sena intercoms, it has buttons.
These may not be as easy to use as the jog dial, but there is also a handlebar remote available at $149.
Australian distributors Link International say the ARK unit features 30 minutes of “quick charging” which equals four hours of intercom use.
It is compatible with the Sena SF Utility App which allows users to configure device settings and accessing quick guides and the Sena RideConnected App that allows intercom with a virtually limitless number of riders over an extensive range, so long as they are connected to a mobile network.
Other Sena features are: voice prompts for functions; FM radio; microphone noise control to reduce wind and background noise; music sharing with another intercom; multi-way conference intercom.
It also has audio overlay which allows phone calls, GPS instructions and intercom conversations to be heard over audio from the radio, music or GPS app instructions in the background with reduced volume.
10 hours of talking time
Three-way conference phone call with intercom participant.
Microphone mute option
Voice activated phone answering and intercom start.
HD quality crystal clear and natural sound.
Bluetooth Audio Recording
SENA firmware upgradeable
Bluetooth 4.1 supporting profiles: Headset Profile, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP).