Baehr Ultima XL installation Part 3
(Putting the speakers in the helmet)
I could have done this first but
I decided that putting the intercom on the bike was the first
priority. Installing the speakers on the helmet was actually
The first thing to do is to figure out where your ears are relative to
the helmet. Since I had the TomTom helmet mounted speaker, it was
easy for me to find where the Baehr speakers should go. I
proceeded to take the cheek right piece out of my Arai XD.
Right cheek foam pad.
I then peeled the banana to reveal the dual layer foam padding under
This is the best spot relative to my ears.
Mark it, chop it, install it, and pad it.
Marked it (note the tool used).
Covered it back up.
I guess I'm not very good at following instructions. The
directions told me to us a hot glue gun to install the speakers.
I decided that that method is too conventional for me so I went the
Velcro path instead (remember, I'm a Velcro, zip tie, QuickSteel, and
3M double sided tape kind of guy). In this way, I can remove the
speakers if I need to wash the cheek pads again. So I Velcro-ed
the speakers on the magnet part only. I then put the other part
of the Velcro on the cheek pad and ta-da. Instant speaker
installation. No messy glue to deal with.
I then repeated the steps above for the left side and I'm all speakered
Next I routed the wires through the bottom back of the helmet and
attached both speakers and mic to the central write. Since the
connection between the speakers, and mics to the main wire doesn't have
any type of latching to hold the connections together, I, once again,
electrical taped the connections together.
I also use a couple of Velcro pieces to hold the cable back from
sliding out of the helmet.
Now I'm all done and ready to rock-n-roll. When I put the helmet
on I don't even notice the speakers are there. It feels like my
regular o' helmet without anything special. The cable connecting
to the intercom system, even though it looks big and bulky, doesn't
disturb my head in any way.
I left the intercom at it's default volume setting and everything can
be heard loud and clear. All three of the electronic devices I
have work perfectly fine. Now it's just a matter of waiting for
the two-way radio cables to come in to complete the configuration.
In summary, the hardest part of this installation is the decision where
to route the cables for the devices. The intercom system was very
easy to install as well as the helmet speakers. Out of a scale of
1 to 10 I give this installation a 7 for difficulty. Mostly
because it was a pain to try and figure out the best route to get the
cables to the front of the bike. Yes I know, this has nothing to
do with installing the intercom system itself.
As for how well the intercom system works, from what I can tell so far
(without a ride), it's a 10 out of 10. Of course you have to put
down $1300 to get this super awesome rig. That's quite a few
pennies. BTW, I still have one universal connector that I'm not
even using. Room to expand if ever.
This concludes everything related with installing the Baehr Ultima
XL. Have a safe ride, and see you out there on the ribbons of
Microphone install update
[June 28, 2006]
Oop! A little foobar on my part. I forgot to mention how I
installed the microphone. Dave Daniel was generous enough to send
me an email to inform me I forgot something. Thanks Dave.
So here's what I did.
As you can see from the pictures below, the inside of the Arai XD
helmet has a very fuzzy covering. This is great because it means
I can easily mount light weight items inside the helmet using something
as handy as Velcro. Because I'm a Velcro kind of guy, I have both
sticky back Velcro and regular sewing Velcro (e.g. without
adhesives). I fashioned two pieces of non-adhesive Velcro (to
hold the mic wire in place), and one piece of sticky back Velcro (for
the back of the mic). I then simply place the items and velcro
pieces at strategic locations and apply a light amount of
pressure. Wammo Bammo, I'm done with mounting the
microphone. Really easy.
You can see the microphone surounded by foam on the inside of the jaw
(BTW, the XD helmet is a one piece helmet with the exception of the
visor and the face shield which can be removed)
Here's how it looks on the inside. Notice the mic is above the
You can see the sticky backed Velcro on the back side of the mic.
Again, above the front vent.
The microphone being mounted above the
front vent is more that sufficient to pickup my speach. To this
day, all my friends and family are in awe of the Baehr. All
the people that call my cell phone while I'm riding can't tell that I'm
on a motorcycle heading somewhere. All they hear is my voice and
little background noise. Of course I try to keep the conversation
short when I'm in transit.
Regarding mounting the microphone using Velcro, ever since the initial
installation of the mic in the helmet, never once has it fallen out the
helmet on its own. The only time when it shifts around is because
of me doing things like removing it to take a photo of its back side.
Baehr Ultima XL installation Part 1
Baehr Ultima XL installation Part 2
(Installing the electronics)
Written on: Mar 19, 2006
Last modified: June 28, 2006