Before I picked up the Nolan N104 last week, I didn't do any research on the compatibility with the Sena SMH10 Bluetooth unit. Apparantly, the N104 is one of the few helmets where you can't simply clamp the unit to the side of the helmet due to a plastic trim piece which is a wire channel for their own N-Com communications unit. Fortunately, Google to the rescue.
On an FJR forum, there was a post showing how they used a Dremel to cut a slot in the plastic trim piece for the bracket to slide into. It seemed like a simple fix so I did the same. After a little bit of measuring, I cut a small slot in the trim piece until the backet was snug. After a bit of cleanup with a sharp knife I now had a non-returnable helmet but a nice slot for the Sena bracket. Total time for the mod, 2 minutes. After I get everything fitted, I'll add some black silicone caulk to seal the slot to keep the wind noise down.
The Sena speakers fit the stock cutouts perfectly and are a nice snug fit that doesn't need any additional double stick tape to stay in place. The wire for the right speaker is routed within the channel provided by the plastic trim piece. The liner pieces and neck roll are then put back in place.
The base for the electronics module is then simply clamped in place using the supplied allen head screws and the excess wiring for the speakers routed into the plastic channel. The position of the unit is further back than is optimum but it's necessary to clear the internal sunshade control which is directly in front of the Sena bracket. I think the microphone boom clears the bracket enough to reach the controls.
The positioning of the unit has the microphone on one side instead of directly in front. I'll see how this works later. I also ordered another Sena unit for my wife's new helmet and Amazon claims that it'll be here on Monday.
Yesterday, turned out to be a university staff holiday. I guess we get a day off for spring break. I took the rig out for a ride partly to get familiar with the handling again as it has been a while since I've been able to drive it. It was -9°F when I left in the morning and I just sort of drove around the area for 1½ hours stopping once to refill the tank. I had added some gas from a gas can when I added the Heet to the tank a few weeks back. The Heet seems to have solved the rough running for now. Maybe there was moisture in the tank. No issues at all on the ride yesterday though I did bring the portable battery jump unit with me just in case.
It was a beautiful, sunny day and I tried to stop and take some pictures during the ride but my iPhone had shut itself down possibly due to the temperatures. I guess next time I should carry the phone on my person instead of just throwing it in the tank bag. The engine ran just fine and I put on about 60 miles. By the time I returned home, it had warmed up to a much more "Spring-like" 6°F. The only handling issue I need to look into is the rig pulls to the right at 50 mph and I think this means I need to increase the lean out a little.
The new Nolan is much quieter than my old HJC Symax-II and with the Pinlock visor, no more fogging up! For me, this is a big deal as I would have to ride with my visor partly open from about mid-September on due to fogging. I still needed to open the visor if I was stopped at a long red light as my glasses would start to fog. Not a problem if I'm moving. The availability of the Pinlock visor alone was a good reason to upgrade but the reduced noise level is pronounced. I may not even have to bother with earplugs anymore.