Sena SF1: Detailed Review with Opinions and Prices

    Sena SF1

    Are you planning to buy a new motorcycle communication device, don’t have a particularly large budget, and want to learn more about the new Sena SF1?

    You just found the right article.

    I’m Filippo from Motorbikecom.com, and in this post, I’ll cover the entry level from the American company Sena: the sleek SF1.

    Here you will find a complete overview with my impressions, prices, and features.

    If at the end of the article you need more info, don’t hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Are you ready? Let’s begin!

    Sena SF1: Review

    General Features

    Sena SF1 was designed as an entry-level device for pilot-passenger communication to replace the best-selling Sena 3S.

    With its sleek and discreet design, SF1 is ideal for those looking for an almost invisible device.

    It is definitely larger than the 3S, but it is still one of the smallest intercoms on the market, especially compared to competitors.

    The intercom allows you to:

    • communicate between 2 users within a 100m radius
    • answer and make calls
    • listen to the radio and your favorite playlists and share them with your passenger

    It is a versatile device (which can be installed on any helmet), reliable, and waterproof (with IP67 certification).

    What you will find in the box

    Inside the package of the Sena SF4, you will find:

    • SF1 control unit
    • Clamp-on helmet mount kit, with boom microphone and dual headset.
    • USB charging and upgrade cable
    • adhesive helmet mount
    • earphone pads
    • Velcro straps for earphones
    • microphone sponges

    Range of action

    As an intercom specifically designed for rider-passenger communication, the range of the Sena SF1 is minimal and does not exceed 100m.

    If you need a device that allows good communication between rider and pilot, check out its big brother Sena SF4.

    Design

    Sena SF1 shares a design with its big brothers SF2 and SF4: sleek and modern, ideal if you’re looking for a discreet device.

    It has large buttons that you can easily reach even with thick gloves.

    To use it, you simply press the three buttons alone or in sequence: in fact, each sequence of buttons corresponds to a different command.

    However, find all the info in the enclosed instruction manual.

    Audio

    The audio quality is slightly lower than its older siblings (due to different earbuds), but it is still excellent.

    At high speeds (over 120Km/h), I experienced some minor issue, probably due to the soundproofing of my helmet.

    Therefore, I recommend you purchase Sena SF1 if you have a soundproof helmet.

    Battery life

    The battery life of the intercom is around 13 hours in use.

    Not bad for an entry-level intercom.

    Main features and functions

    • Audio quality: good up to 120 km/h
    • Communication distance: 100 m
    • Number of connected users: 2
    • Communication type: rider-passenger
    • Battery life: up to 13 hours of use
    • Charging time: 1.5/2 hours
    • Universal intercom: yes
    • FM radio: yes
    • Music sharing: yes
    • Automatic volume adjustment: yes
    • Voice messages: yes
    • Helmet compatibility: Universal
    • Compatibility with BMW TFT system: yes (more info here)
    • Waterproof: yes
    • Bluetooth: 4.1
    • Audio multitasking: no, but the device has an audio overlay (when you receive a communication, music or other functions are not interrupted but the volume doesn’t get turned down)
    • Smartphone app: yes

    Pros and Cons

    Pros

    • Good battery life for an entry-level
    • Automatic external noise cancellation
    • Elegant and discreet design
    • Audio overlay

    Cons

    • Not very cheap

    To whom it is addressed

    I recommend Sena SF1 to all riders looking for a rider-passenger communication device that is stylish, discreet, and “blends in” with the helmet.

    It is ideal for those who have the now-old Sena 3S and wish to replace it with a newer product.

    The battery life makes it ideal not only for urban use but also for travel.

    Sena SF1: instructions

    The intercom is easy to install on both jet, modular and full-face helmets.

    Below is some info on how to install the intercom on the helmet.

     

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