All posts for the month December, 2012




The Sena SMH5-FM features a built-in FM stereo tuner so users can listen to their favorite radio stations while cruising down the road. The SMH5-FM utilizes the latest in Bluetooth version 3.0 technology and also comes standard with intercom functionality.

With the SMH5-FM, the rider can call hands free on a mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have two-way intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or another motorcycle rider.

“Incorporating an FM tuner into our SMH5 Bluetooth headset is an upgrade we are very pleased with and one we think our customers will appreciate,” said Tae Kim, President and CEO of Sena Technologies, Inc. “Since its release in the summer of 2012, the SMH5 has been a popular addition to the Sena line of Bluetooth headset options available for motorcycle riders. The new SMH5-FM enhances those options at an accessible price.”

The Sena SMH5-FM offers more features than its sister product, the SMH5. The SMH5-FM uses the Bluetooth 3.0 to provide multi-pair Bluetooth intercom up to 700 meters (760 yards) compared to the standard SMH5 which is 400 meters (430 yards).

It also has voice prompts, Bluetooth stereo headset by A2DP, Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP, an easy-to-use jog dial, especially with gloved hands, a built-in FM radio tuner with channel scan/store function, optimal sounds level with integrated audio booster, hands free calling for mobile phones, Bluetooth or stereo headset for Bluetooth GPS navigation, water resistant for use in inclement weather, crystal clear and natural sound quality, up to seven hours talk time, six days stand-by time, charging on-the-go, individual volume control for each audio source, free firmware upgrades, and offers a complimentary two-year warranty.
Sena SMH5-fm
Sena Bluetooth

One question we get asked about the Powerlet Wireless Temperature Controllers , is how to synch the controller to the receiver when the unit is new or when the batteries are replaced.

The process is pretty straightforward and we’ve listed the process step by step below.

Once the batteries are installed, and with the receiver unplugged from the power supply, simply perform the following steps and you’ll be ready to use your new wireless controller.

  • Turn the red knob on and then off quickly 3 times (6 clicks) until the LED’s on the remote start double blinking
  • You then have 10 seconds to plug the receiver in to the power supply on the bike.
    • Make sure that when you plug the receiver in that the power supply is active.
    • On switched ports this usually just means having your ignition turned to the “On” position. If you don’t have power to the plug, the receiver will not synch up.
  • That’s it, you’re done!

The controller is now paired with the receiver and you should not have to perform this procedure again.

Motorcycle Industry News

The Polaris name is already widespread across the motorcycle industry. The company has always been a top name in ATVs and snowmobiles, and took the American motorcycle industry with the development of its subsidiary brand, Victory Motorcycles.

The Minnesota-based Polaris Industries Inc. then further built upon its name in the American motorcycle market, acquiring the iconic Indian Motorcycle brand.

Now, Polaris is building upon another segment – its parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) business. On Thursday, Polaris reported it acquired Teton Outfitters LLC., a privately-owned company that designs, develops and distributes KLIM Technical Riding Gear. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Rigby, Idaho-based KLIM, which is expected to have 2012 sales close to $30 million, garners much attention in the world of adventure-motorcycle gear.

Steve Eastman
(Polaris Vice President of PG&A) says: “The KLIM acquisition provides yet another growth opportunity for our PG&A business, a key contributor to Polaris’ top-line growth and profitability.

“KLIM is an established leader in the powersports apparel market with a strong track record of providing innovative, premium technical riding gear to a broad range of consumers. Adding an outstanding brand like KLIM, whose strengths complement our existing business, gives us a more complete PG&A product lineup, one which will flourish in the global market. We are excited to welcome KLIM employees into the Polaris family. With our common culture and vision, we believe this will be a mutually beneficial partnership for everyone involved.”

Polaris reports that it will maintain the KLIM brand positioning and name while continuing to drive its existing apparel brands. KLIM will continue operations in Rigby with its current staff. Polaris has plans to establish the Rigby facility as its new apparel Center of Excellence, bringing the unmatched capabilities, expertise and knowledge housed in Rigby to all Polaris branded apparel.

Justin Summers (KLIM Founder, President & CEO) says: “I built KLIM with a passion for the category and a commitment to the world’s adventure snowmobile and motorcycle riders. We had a vision of making products that mattered, that solved problems and that were the best they could be.

“I am very proud of what we have built at KLIM, and I am fired up that the next chapter of the KLIM story will be written through our exciting partnership with Polaris. KLIM will now have the resources to reach the next level as we continue to innovate and lead into the future.”

KLIM is known not only for superior quality, innovation and performance, but also for its understanding of riders’ needs and devotion to addressing them in its products. This passion underscores KLIM’s culture and vision, which in many ways mirror Polaris’ own guiding principles. KLIM was advised by The Meriwether Group.