Pairing Cardo PackTalk or SmartPack to BMW Factory Bluetooth Audio Equipment
Hello, everyone! I wanted to share some helpful information concerning linking a Cardo scala rider PackTalk or SmartPack up to the BMW factory audio package. As most of you may know, BMW has configured their audio software to only work properly with BMW audio equipment. This method has proven to be a useful workaround for BMW riders who do not want to use only BMW intercom products.
Pairing Cardo scala rider PackTalk or SmartPack to BMW BT Audio Systems:
· Leave bike ignition in OFF position (no power to bike system)
· Pair any desired Bluetooth device (Phone/GPS/Etc.) to Bluetooth Channel 1 (In Standby, press and hold “Mobile” button on headset until red/blue flashing, then scan for headset on the desired device)
· Once Bluetooth Channel 1 successfully pairs to device, power up the BMW system by turning the ignition key
· Put the headset in pairing mode for Bluetooth Channel 2 (In Standby, press and hold “Audio” button until red/blue flashing). This is the small triangle button on the face of the headset.
· Within the Bluetooth Menu on the BMW, select “Helmet 1”, and have it search for a headset.
· PACKTALK/SMARTPACK will show up on the bike’s menu shortly, select it.
· The bike will pair with the headset and automatically begin streaming music shortly thereafter (sometimes instantly, sometimes after a short wait).
Headset is now successfully paired.
Startup sequence (everything off):
· Turn on PACKALK/SMARTPACK headset first, then power up the bike.
· Bike will search for and find headset after a period of time, at which point the music will automatically begin streaming to headset.
Note: If connection is not made and/or music does not automatically start after a period of 30 seconds, toggle the bike’s audio system to play through the bike’s speakers, then back to the headset- this will initiate playback in headset.
Note: Only “Helmet 1” will pair to a non-BMW headset, “Helmet 2” will not.
Note: The headset must be close to the bike when pairing, testing playback. The Bluetooth signal coming from the bike is VERY short range and will break up if the headset get further than where the rider’s head would be.