15 Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets
Stay In Communication With The Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets On Sale
Updated August 23, 2018
For most of us, motorcycling is all about shutting the rest of the world out but there are times when you’re going to have to communicate with your riding buddies and having a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet makes the job much easier. When it comes to buying Bluetooth helmets there are a lot of factors to consider. Are you going to need it for hardcore cross country touring? Is range important to you? Or is battery life? Do you want an integrated Bluetooth system, or do you want a separate, generic system? Are you even going to use it regularly enough to warrant spending big money on it? These are all questions you’re going to want to answer yourself before pulling the trigger on a purchase.
Firstly, Do You Even Need One?
While being able to signal to your riding buddies that you need to pull over for a bathroom break is great, is it worth the money you’d spend on a helmet? If you’re not going to make the most out of GPS technology, or don’t want to listen to your favorite tunes whilst on the road, maybe a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet isn’t worth the investment. Since a helmet is a big expense, make sure you actually need one before spending your money on one that does a hundred million things that you’re never going to use.
Integrated Bluetooth Or “Bluetooth Ready”?
When you’re shopping around for Bluetooth motorcycle helmets you’re going to notice a few interesting terms: “integrated” and “Bluetooth ready”. An integrated Bluetooth system is one that comes installed in the helmet – you pay your money, and you get a helmet with a Bluetooth communications system in it. Don’t confuse it with Bluetooth Ready – this is just a regular motorcycle helmet that comes equipped with a recess and space for you to fit your own, separate, Bluetooth system. So, if you already own a Bluetooth headset and want to install it into a different helmet, you want the latter. Make sure you read exactly what you’re buying before you part with your cash…
Important Things To Consider When Buying A Bluetooth Helmet
Like when buying a regular motorcycle helmet there are few important things to consider. First and foremost, don’t forget that what you’re buying is a piece of safety equipment, and it should be able to perform its primary function properly. Because of this, the helmet must fit you properly, it must be secure, and it must be manufactured to international standards.
After you’ve decided that it fits you, you want to check the ergonomics. Make sure you can actually reach and operate the controls with ease. If you’re not particularly dexterous and the Bluetooth motorcycle helmet you’re looking at has fiddly controls, you might want to search for a different model instead. If you can’t use half the functions with ease, it’s not the helmet for you.
Lastly, since you’re going to be wearing an expensive bit of technology there, you want to make sure that it keeps the elements out. At the end of the day, you’re buying something with an electronic device inside of it – if you think that there’s a chance that water could leak in a mess around with the electrics, you’ll want to ignore that helmet and move on to the next one. Makes sure that everything that claims to be waterproof actually is.
But before you can go shopping for a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet, you should familiarize yourself with some of the most popular items on the market. Here are a few of our favorites, in no particular order, which should give you a good snapshot of what’s on sale out there.
15 Of The Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets On Sale!
#01. The Schuberth C3 Pro Observer
So far, our list has been targeted towards the more “budget” end of the market, the less than $300 club, and there’s a good reason for this. Most of the big brands that you usually associate with helmets like AGV, Arai, Shoei, et cetera, mostly have “Bluetooth ready” helmets, rather than integrated lids. But there’s one manufacturer who bucks the trend, and that’s Schuberth. This is the Schuberth C3 Pro Observer, and it’s very much the premium model in the Bluetooth helmet market.
Does it use BLINC Bluetooth? No it doesn’t. Does it use Sena? Again, no. How about the Freedconn system? Nope. Schuberth, being Schuberth, have their own system – and it’s probably the best one out there. What makes it so special is the way it works with the rest of the helmet. Thanks to an insane amount of wind tunnel testing, the C3 Pro has been specifically designed and tuned for maximum noise cancellation, making it one of the quietest helmets ever made.
The interior of the helmet has been manufactured from a whole host of interesting textiles, such as COOLMAX – a moisture wicking fabric, Interpower – a fabric treatment that prevents sticking and helps with sweat removal, and Thermocool – which provides all year round thermoregulation and comfort. It sounds fancy, and that’s because it is. The C3 Pro is definitely a top-of-the-line helmet.
The Bluetooth system is the integrated Schuberth SRC System which allows for communication with up to 9 riders, has a range of up to 1000 meters depending on the terrain, offers easy phone services with a Bluetooth enabled cell phone, has an easy music sharing function…and you can even listen to the radio for traffic updates with it too. All this, with up to 13 hours of continuous talk time. And that’s why the Schuberth C3 Pro Observer is worth its money at $729.00…and then the extra $329.00 you have to pay for the Bluetooth unit, which is sold separately.
#02. The Sena Momentum
Since Sena happily license their products to other helmet manufacturers, you can bet that the company has a fully functional Bluetooth helmet of their own, and this is it. This is the Sena Momentum: a quality helmet that serves up some of the best Bluetooth technology currently on offer, all wrapped up in one useable package. Granted, it’s not as cheap as some of the other models on the market, but when you consider that the Bluetooth system alone is retails for approximately half of the overall price of one of these, then you can see the appeal of the deal. The actual helmet s built of a composite fiberglass shell with a multi-density EPS liner that offers solid protection against impacts and abrasions, with enough cushioning, air-flow, and practicality to make it an impressive helmet in its own right. And of course, it’s completely ECE and DOT certified too.
Underneath the helmet, the Sena Momentum comes equipped with Sena’s very own top-of-the-line Bluetooth system the Sena 20S. Thanks to an integrated microphone and speakers, the Momentum goes without wires or clip-on parts making for a hassle free experience. The 20S allows riders to communicate via cellphones or connect to other Bluetooth enabled riders, listen to music, or tune into an FM radio – in fact, you can even connect to Siri to get up to the moment information about pretty much anything that pops into your head. Armed with Bluetooth 4.1, the Sena Momentum has a maximum functional range of almost 1600 meters, and offers easy connectivity and crystal clear audio quality.
#03. The HJC IS-Max 2 Anthracite
We’re big fans of HJC: the Korean brand makes good quality helmets at affordable price points, and in recent years the company has turned things up a notch by producing some cool Marvel and Star Wars themed lids too. If character merchandise isn’t your thing, you might like their Bluetooth ready helmets. The vast majority of HJC’s range come equipped with Bluetooth ready technology, which means they can accommodate after-market Bluetooth hardware…and this one is no different, but what makes it special is that HJC throw in an aftermarket system as part of the deal, so you don’t have to shop around separately. The helmet is a solid HJC CAD-designed lid made from a polycarbonate composite, with one touch features like a tinted sun shield and chin bar release mechanism, and it has a really comfortable fit, that meets and exceeds DOT standards.
But we’re here to talk about the Bluetooth tech that comes with it rather than the helmet itself and you’ll be pleased to learn that HJC have enlisted some help from Hawk. The HJC IS-Max 2 Anthracite is powered by Hawk X2 Bluetooth 4.1 technology that offers clear audio quality and easy connectivity. Fully functional at speeds up to an around 75 mph to CVC 6.0 noise reduction technology , the Hawk X2 system boasts FM radio features that provide real time traffic and news information, plays music, and connects to other Bluetooth enabled riders at a range of up to 20 to 30 meters, with a constant use battery life of 15 hours and a standby time of 30 days. It also connects to your phone, and allows you to make hands free outgoing and incoming calls.
#04. The O’Neal Commander Bluetooth Helmet
The O’Neal Commander Bluetooth motorcycle helmet is a great all-rounder and easily one of our favorites on the market. Not only does it manage to tick all the boxes technologically, but it also looks great at the same time. It’s technologically advanced, has a great fit, and looks like a modern helmet should.
Underneath the tough exterior shell, O’Neal have lined the Bluetooth helmet with a washable suede liner that keeps it clean and comfortable. There’s great airflow, and it doesn’t feel claustrophobic to wear, either. O’Neal have also thrown in an anti-fog and anti-scratch visor in for good measure.
As for the Bluetooth features, the O’Neal Commander uses the BLINC Bluetooth system, which offers an impressive 10 hours of talk time – actual talk time that has been verified by numerous independent reviews from proper bikers. While the talk time is impressive, it’s the music feature that really caught our attention – the O’Neal Commander Bluetooth helmet boasts full stereo sound with amazing audio quality. What’s more, when you receive an incoming call, the music cuts out, allowing you to handle your call without any button pushing or awkward movements. It comes fully compatible with Bluetooth enabled GPS and cell phones – if it’s Bluetooth enabled, you can almost certainly sync it to this helmet.
Lightweight and affordable, the O’Neal Commander Bluetooth helmet is definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a versatile Bluetooth lid. You can get one of these for around $280.
#05. The Hawk Evolution With COM-2 Bluetooth
If you’re a fan of Hawk helmets and their awesome Bluetooth technology but need a more wallet-friendly alternative to their top flight models, then this might be the helmet for you. In fact, if you’re looking for an economic helmet that offers ultimate versatility, then the Hawk Evolution should be on your watch list. It’s a modular helmet, but not in the usual flip-up arrangement. Instead, this full-face helmet can be converted to a more radical open-face version by the quick removal of the chin bar, which essentially gives you two helmets for the price of one. The actual helmet is made from a composite thermoplastic material, with a sturdy liner, wrapped into a comfortable and clever design. The only downside to the helmet is that it can get a bit noisy, but for the price it’s hard to argue with this DOT certified helmet – and that’s before we even mention the Bluetooth element.
Equipped with Hawk’s very own COM-2 Bluetooth intercom system, the Hawk Evolution is an easy to use and accessible Bluetooth motorcycle helmet that allows for distraction free riding and amazing communication too. The intercom feature allows for rider to passenger, or bike to bike, communication, and can also be connected to GPS systems, cell phones, and Bluetooth MP3 players – allowing you access to a wide range of media without compromising your safety. The interior speakers provide plenty of volume and can withstand speed noises of up to 74 mph. The Hawk Evolution COM- system also boasts a decent battery life of 12 hours of talk time, or a full 180 hours on standby. As budget options go, this one is pretty comprehensive.
#06. The Freedconn BM2-S Bluetooth Helmet
The Freedconn BM2-S is a great budget Bluetooth helmet. It’s cheap, but that doesn’t mean that it’s bad, so don’t be put off by the impressively low price tag because, although rare, there are time when you are simply getting a good deal, and this is one of them. The helmet itself isn’t particularly ground breaking, but it’s a strong unit made from ABS engineering plastic molding technology and a high-density EPS cushioning layer, which makes it tough enough to withstand high-impacts, provides excellent sound protection, and applies comfort to all the right places. It’s waterproof, sunproof, well-insulated, and offers plenty of air-flow. It’s a standard helmet that meets and exceeds DOT standards, but it’s the communication system that makes this one special.
The Freedconn BM2-S utilizes Freedconn’s own Bluetooth system which is one of the best around providing you can get to grips with the controls, as you’ve read already, the operation can be a bit fiddly. However, if two of your riding buddies are also equipped with Freedconn Bluetooth helmets then you can seamlessly connect to each other in a three-way conference, over a range of up to 500m (1640 yards). The Bluetooth system also connects with your cell phone, GPS devices, and Bluetooth equipped music players for the ultimate hands-free experience, with a one-button control for all functions, such as taking calls, listening to FM radio, or talking over the intercom. As mentioned, some riders have reported trouble with the one-button module, but it’s hard to argue with the product for the price asked.
#07. The BiLT Techno 2.0
BiLT helmets are more on the budget end of the scale here, but in terms of bang-for-buck you can’t go wrong with their Techno 2.0 Bluetooth motorcycle helmet. If you’re not entirely sure what you want a Bluetooth helmet for or only have limited use for one, it might be a wise idea to invest in something like this as your first purchase. BiLT are pretty good at keeping their range up to date with the latest features but while that’s a great thing, the overall build quality of the helmets can suffer because of it. Let’s just say that the finish can be a bit ropey – but you get what you pay for in that respect. And of course, all of their helmets conform to international helmet standards.
But if you’ve got a loose thread here, or a perished gasket there, don’t worry about it because in return you’ve got a capable helmet that’s fully Bluetooth enabled. The BiLT Techno 2.0 boasts a Sena DWO-5 Universal Bluetooth 3.0 Communicator, almost seamlessly integrated into the helmet. And if you’ve done any research about Sena, you’ll know how good their products are. With that in mind, this is great value for money.
The BiLT Techno 2.0 features 8 hours of talk time, a universal intercom that allows you for cross-brand communication, smartphone audio playback functionality, hands free communication, and more. Not bad for a price of around $299.99.
#08. The VCAN Blinc 210 B1
VCAN is a Canadian company that build helmets for riders looking to push the limits but without stretching their bank balance too much. They take your comfort and safety seriously, at a price that suits even the most budget conscious riders. The VCAN 210 B1 is a great example of the company’s mission statement put into practice. In short, the VCAN 210 B1 is an ultra-light modular helmet built from thermoplastic materials that reduce noise, puts less stress on the rider’s neck, and offers DOT approved crash protection. With an easy to open lock mechanism for the flip-up front, flow-thru ventilation, a removable and washable lining, and anti-scratch and quick release visor technology, this VCAN helmet ticks all the right boxes so far.
The VCAN 210 B1’s Bluetooth communication system utilizes Blinc technology. Using Blinc’s Bluetooth 2.0 hardware, this VCAN helmet can communicate with a wide range of Bluetooth equipped devices, from smartphones to MP3 players, XM radios, GPS devices, and other Blinc enabled communication systems. Two-way communication isn’t the best and comes limited to a range of 10 meters, but for rider and pillion, or short communication it’s more than enough. The battery life can support 15 hours of continuous use or up to 600 hours if left on standby mode. Other features include built in speakers, a noise cancelling mic, self-adjusting volume, and a glove friendly and waterproof control interface. Though it’s far from being the most advanced system on the market, the VCAN 210 B1 offers great protection, decent value for money, and comes accompanied by plenty of favorable reviews.
#09. The Torc T 27 Bluetooth Helmet
Try finding a bad review of this one…because you just can’t. The Torc T 27 Bluetooth motorcycle helmet is one of those rare products that comes along once every blue moon and just delivers. Now, it’s still very much a budget helmet coming in at the $250.00 mark, but don’t be fooled by its cheap price. After trying one of these on you’ll be shocked at how good it is for the money you spent. And we’re just talking about the shell here – not the Bluetooth technology that goes with it. First though, let’s talk about that shell.
It’s small, compact and weighs next to nothing – but amazingly it still satisfies DOT and ECE requirements. Inside, it has a retractable “one-touch operational” sun-shield for better daytime visibility, and comes with an easy flip up chin bar. The ultra-suede lining is fully removable and machine washable, and the foam pads inside the helmet have been designed to reduce the effects of sweat. And you won’t get too sweaty wearing one either, since its vents actually work and work well – which is very rare for a “cheaper” helmet.
As for the Bluetooth, it runs Bluetooth 2.0 courtesy of BLINC technology, which allows for easy phone call management, music streaming, and GPS navigation. Of course, inter communication with other riders is a major function, but we like this one just because of its shape and fit, rather than its Bluetooth capabilities.
#10. The ILM Integrated Bluetooth Modular Helmet
Now for a modular helmet. Flip-up style helmets are more popular than ever at the moment, and if you like the fun of a flip-up but want the practicality of a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet, we’ve got you covered. Now, the ILM Integrated Bluetooth Modular helmet offers great value for money…today. When it first arrived on the scene it was probably a little over-priced at the near $700 marker, but nowadays they’ve come down in price. Unlike the two helmets above, the ILM is powered by Freedconn Bluetooth, rather than BLINC or Sena.
The Freedconn Bluetooth is no less impressive than the other two, but it does have something that many users have come to complain about: a fiddly button and dial interface that’s used to control the system’s features. Depending on your level of dexterity, the dial and button can be used for simple one-touch control of answering phone calls, redialing numbers, and choosing their favorite music, all whilst keeping both hands on the handlebars. However, some people have complained that it isn’t as easy as the manufacturer makes out – however, those reviews seemed a bit unfair.
Despite that minor point, we highly recommend the ILM Integrated Bluetooth Modular helmet. The fit is great, the airflow is good, the sound quality is excellent – and these days you can pick these up for around the $200.00 marker too, which makes it a very attractive helmet.
#11. The Daytona Powersports Bluetooth Half Helm
Bluetooth communication isn’t restricted to full-face helmets only. In fact, the United States has plenty of riders who prefer to wear smaller helmets when they’re out on the road, and while it might seem counter-intuitive to have a microphone out in front of your mouth and exposed to the elements, there are a few helmets out there that have wind-reducing microphones that can handle the job. This particular helmet is put together by Daytona Powersports and it uses Sena’s SPH10H-FM Bluetooth headset and intercom to connect the rider to other motorcyclists and other Bluetooth devices. The helmet itself is called the DPS-100 and claims to be the smallest DOT approved short helmet that comes with a drop down sun-visor on the market. It makes for an unusual helmet, but if shorty helmets are your thing, this might be as good as it gets.
The price of the Sena SPH10H-FM on its would cover over 75% of this helmets overall price tag, so you get quite a decent deal. Using a low profile Bluetooth 3.0 setup, the SPH10 can link riders with up to four other rider or passengers over a 900 meter (980 yard) range. Thanks to simple connectivity, it’s possible for riders to make hands-free calls, listen to music, share music with others, connect to their smartphone or GPS systems, all with easy controls that require minimal attention. It’s also universal – which means it’s not brand-specific, making it easy for you to connect with anyone, regardless of what tech they have in their ears. It’s waterproof, has decent battery life, and comes in at an affordable price too. We think this is a great option for open-face aficionados.
#12. The Snow Master TX-27 Bluetooth Off-Roader
Ok, this is a bit of a cheeky entry: it’s a snow mobile helmet rather than a regular motorcycle lid – but it’s still DOT certified and passes all the necessary safety regulations for road use. For reasons unknown, there aren’t a lot of off-road styled Bluetooth motorcycle helmets on the market, so that’s why this one caught our attention. Not only is it Bluetooth enabled and safe for riding, it also comes with a very attractive price tag that gets you a lot of proverbial Bluetooth bang for your buck. If you can stomach wearing a snow mobile helmet for your off-roading adventures then this could be a very interesting option. Naturally, since it’s not strictly designed for road use, we advise you to wear this one at your own risk – though considering helmets aren’t mandatory everywhere, wearing one of these is infinitely better than wearing nothing.
The Snow Master TX-27 features is shaped like a motocross helmet and comes complete with a dual visor, visor heating option, a drop down tinted visor, a peak, and of course, it’s DOT approved so it’s more than safe enough. The Bluetooth tech comes in the form of a Hawk X1 unit which has Bluetooth 3.0 allowing hands free communication with a wide range of Bluetooth devices like cell phones, and allow for intercom communication with fellow riders and passengers. You can voice dial for outgoing calls and use voice activated prompts to take incoming calls, and you can also adjust your settings via a glove-friendly interface. In this bundle, buyers receive the helmet and Bluetooth system, a helmet bag, a mounting plate, a microphone, a USB charging cable, foam ear spacers, and much more. It might not be a strictly motorcycle product, but you get a lot for your money.
#13. The Origine O528B Pilota
This retro looking ¾ helmet is definitely something different. It’s called the Origine O528B Pilota and it’s probably the most eye-catching but opinion-dividing item on our list. It’s definitely retro-cool, but it’s not going to be to everyone’s tastes. In fact, if you’re into hardcore touring, fast road riding, or heavy duty off-roading then you’re definitely not going to want this. However, if you like casual rides around the city, street focused commuting or gentle cruising, then this might be worth considering.
Fitted with BLINC 3.0 Bluetooth (yeah, that’s 3.0 not 2.0) it’s one of the more advanced systems on our list – but having the most advanced Bluetooth technology doesn’t make it the best helmet option. There are some obvious problem. For a start, the problem with having an open-faced helmet with Bluetooth capabilities is the microphone issue – great at low speed, but wind noises at high speed make it difficult to operate. Next, having a ¾ helmet is definitely not as safe as wearing as full face – granted, only a fraction of accidents involve impacts on the chin…but still. And finally, it might look cool and European, and it does boast “Designed In Italy” on the website, but it wasn’t made in Italy. It was made in China.
Despite those negative points, we still like it – providing it’s used in the right setting. Even with the open-face, your audio listening experience is not compromised in the slightest. Yeah, it might be a little less safe than a full-face, but if you’re commuting in a city this will do just fine. And the China issue…well let’s be honest, everything is made in China, so that’s hardly an arguable point anymore. It’s still DOT and ECE approved, so who cares where it was made?
So if you want something technologically advanced that bucks the trend, this cool Bluetooth helmet from Origine might be for you. You can pick one of these up for about $170.
#14. The IV2 Falcon “Bluetooth Ready” Helmet
This isn’t a fully-functioning, all-inclusive Bluetooth helmet but considering the price, and the quality of the helmet, we had to include this absolute gem. Under normal circumstances we’d advise you to steer clear of curiously cheap apparel, but we think you should take a chance on the Falcon helmet from IV2 Helmets. We like this one because it’s cheap and high-quality, which is an unlikely pair…and because it’s Bluetooth ready – which means that it has the right recesses and has been designed to accommodate a third party device. So, save money on the lid, spend big on the Bluetooth tech. The actual helmet is comfortable to wear, fits great, and is built around a lightweight thermoplastic shell that comes with a EPS impact absorbtion liner, a fully removable and washable interior, anti-scratch visors, and easy access air-ventilation – and of course, its DOT approved.
On top of that, it’s waterproof and remarkably quiet for such a cheap helmet. And cheap is the important word here. What you save on the helmet you can re-invest into a top-quality Bluetooth system, like the more advanced Sena models, or something from Freedconn or Blinc. The reviews speak for themselves and if you’re unsure of whether you actually need a dedicated integrated Bluetooth motorcycle helmet or not, perhaps it’s a wise idea to invest in one of these, buy a separate unit, and give it a try before dropping serious bucks on something that you might not even really need. And if you like it, you can always upgrade the helmet for a more well-respected named brand like Arai, Shoei, AGV, or Nolan.
#15. Hawk H-66 Bluetooth
The Hawk H-66 is another modular helmet that comes with integrated Bluetooth. Not only does it comes with a sleek and stylish design, it also boasts impressive Bluetooth 2.0 technology from BLINK, and comes with the option of adding a motorcycle helmet camera onto it too, without having to deal with any annoying adhesive attachments. The camera attachment is hardly a selling point, but if you’re into modern technology then it definitely sweetens the deal somewhat. And it’s this kind of forward thinking that makes the Hawk H-66 a mainstay of any Bluetooth motorcycle helmet top list.
Not only is this a modular helmet, it also comes with a retractable sun-visor, an easily removable and washable lining, and a scratch-resistant anti-fog visor too. In terms of technology, the Hawk H-66 boasts an impressive 100m range so you can talk to your fellow riders without having to ride right next to them, full cell phone connectivity, music functionality, glove friendly controls, and over four hours of continuous talk time, and 100 hours of battery if left on standby.
The only downside we’ve heard of for this helmet is that the audio can be a little hard to hear if you’re really gunning it. If you’re traveling at over 80 mph, you may have some issues…but still, the Hawk H-66 is currently retailing for around $200.00, and that’s a small price to pay for such a cool helmet.