Sena, the queen of intercoms focuses on modular helmets

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Double homologation and excellent audio quality, in any situation. These are the strong points ofOutrush R, the latest helmet made by Sena, a leading brand in the sector of communication systems for helmets. After the line of integral Momentum (with the Evo and Lite models) and of the jets (Outstar), the German house has decided to start the production of a modular modelwhich allows greater versatility and for this reason it is increasingly requested by the public.

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The shell is composed of a single polycarbonate shell, with a removable and washable inner lining. There line is modern and captivating, with ribs that mark the line of air flows and help reduce turbulence. There are two ventilation outlets with sliding opening, one on the upper central part and the other on the chin guard, with outlet on both sides at the rear of the helmet. Both can be operate with one finger and this facilitates maneuvering, even on the move. The same goes for the central button that is used to unlock the chin rest and allows you to move the front of the helmet by 90 degrees. The maneuver can be done with one hand and a (very clear) click makes it clear when the chin guard is safely in the vertical position. At that point, the only protection for the eyes is constituted by the sun visor, very large and with “interlocking” shape in the design of the (removable) “nose guard” mounted inside the chin guard. And the “chin strap” is always removable, soft and of reduced thickness precisely to squeeze against the shell when the chin guard is raised: in this way, it is possible to minimize the “sail effect”.

There closure is micrometricwith quick release buckle and padding close to the straps so as not to “cut” the throat and chin.

Photo by Maurizio Bosio

On the left side, there is the lever to operate the sun visor, in an advanced and easy to reach position. Further back is the control unit for the communication system. Yeah, why call it “Intercom” would be an understatement: in addition to that function, it offers the possibility of connections to telephone, GPS and even FM radio. And also on the left, inside the helmet there is the boom with microphone (flexible) protected by an «anti-rustle» sponge.

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The test took place driving a Bmw 1250 GS and a Bmw 1250 RT. Despite the weight of 1700 grams, the feeling is of lightness. In the specimen received in test, the internal design of the padding pressed a little between the cheekbone and the mandible, but it must be considered that each physiognomy is different from the others: sizes start from S (shame about the lack of an XS) and arrive at the XXL. The visor has a very clear snap closure, to the point that it takes two fingers to apply pressure and lift the eye protection. Once lowered, the seal is excellent and the same goes for the sun visor, which allows you to drive even with grazing light. There is some problem with ventilation, not exactly optimal: at low speeds, the visor fogs up, even with both air intakes open. A condition that certainly cannot be replicated in the cold season.

As soon as 40 kilometers per hour are exceeded, the situation changes. The fogging disappears and the noise is limited, considering that modular helmets do not offer the same sound insulation as a full face helmet. The drawing, then, limits the turbulence and renders enjoyable driving even at motorway speeds. With the sun visor down, it is also possible to travel long stretches at intermediate speed while keeping the chin guard up.

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And then, there is the “intercom” part, Sena’s jewel. The company is known and appreciated for these systems, which are applied “after market” by many motorcyclists on helmets of all brands. The choice to put an “all in one” device on the market is an added value: the motorcyclist does not have to adapt the helmet to the system or vice versa, but already finds the two systems integrated, reducing the risk of damage or malfunctions. The Outrush R is fitted with a system of excellence, which allows the communication between two motorcyclists 900 meters away. To obtain this result, however, a control unit that is not too “minimalist” in size is needed. For that “box”, Sena’s technicians were unable to find a location inside the helmet: the result penalizes the aesthetics, with the control unit placed outside, as could happen with any system purchased “after market”. Apart from this, the Sena brand confirms its reputation in the sector, with a system that guarantees communications in an optimal way. Purchased on the German company’s website, that system alone would cost more than 200 euros. Having the integrated solution for 279 euros can be an advantageous choice from an economic point of view, as long as you accept some compromise regarding aesthetics and ventilation.

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