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Stay Connected With These Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

Can you hear me now? If you had a Bluetooth helmet, you could.

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BY/ LAST UPDATED ON February 23, 2022

I got my first motorcycle helmet when I was a sophomore in high school. It was a glossy black full-face helmet with a clear lens, and the only full-face helmet at the Harley dealership where I bought it. It had subtle branding of a single silver eagle logo on the front above the face shield and, in true teenage girl style, I was only concerned about looks and wasn’t about to be caught in a Harley standard-issue half helmet. I had no idea what I was doing, and that helmet was the worst gear purchase I ever made. I couldn't change the clear visor, it had no ventilation, the chin latch system was complicated, and it was the wrong shape for my head. After 45 minutes, my forehead was bright red and I had a headache. 


Thankfully, I've learned a lot since those early days, and now my criteria for a good helmet goes way beyond just the outer shell design. In the last two decades, motorcycle helmets have evolved to encompass the latest technology, such as Bluetooth. Getting one of these innovative helmets can improve your riding experience and keep you in constant communication with your family or fellow riders. They can also play music to set a soundtrack to the open skies in front of you. But which are the ones The Drive’s editors trust? Take a look below.

Best Overall

Sena Momentum Evo Bluetooth-Integrated Helmet

Summary

Look stealth in this all-black Bluetooth helmet. With everything integrated, you can put it to use right out of the box.

Pros
  •  Pinlock ready face shield
  • Working distance of up to 1600 meters
  • Mesh Intercom ™ Technology
Cons
  • Two shell sizes
  • Lacks venting
Best Value

BILT Techno 3.0 Modular Sena Bluetooth Helmet

Summary

Safety and convenience don’t have to cost a lot. This helmet gives you basic protective gear and comes with an integrated communication system.

Pros
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Integrated SENA DWO-6 Bluetooth v4.1 system
  • Working distance of up to 900 meters
Cons
  • Short-range 
  • Lots of road noise
Honorable Mention

Sedici Sistema II Parlare Bluetooth Helmet

Summary

This modular helmet comes integrated with a communication system. Its design comes with several comfort features to make wearing this helmet enjoyable.

Pros
  • Fiberglass and DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber construction
  • Integrated SENA DWO-6 Bluetooth v4.1 system
Cons
  • Two shell sizes 
  • Speakers could be better
Stay Connected With These Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

Our Methodology

My approach to choosing the best Bluetooth helmets starts with the technology. Technically, you could slap a communication system onto almost any helmet. However, I only considered helmets that either came with a system already installed on the helmet or helmets specifically designed for system integration. From there, I focused on helmet manufacturers that are well-known and trusted. I wanted to ensure the helmets I chose were from reputable companies that produce gear that complies with DOT and ECE testing.

When comparing the different helmets, I focused on three feature categories: safety, comfort, and technology. The best helmets have a solid mix of the three. Safety features included the construction and material quality and certification. Comfort features focus on things like the number of shell sizes, internal liner, padding, tinted shield, and venting. Technology is the integration of a communications system, built-in antenna, microphone, and speakers. It isn't enough to just look at the stats, though. I also considered what riders who bought the helmet thought to get a real-world sense of how the helmets performed and my personal experience with owning a variety of motorcycle helmet brands. It was important to me to stay true to The Drive’s methodology to ensure I only recommended quality products.

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Specs

  • Style: Full face
  • Shape: Intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.8 pounds

Pros

  • Composite fiberglass shell
  • Pinlock ready face shield
  • Working distance of up to 1,600 meters
  • Mesh Intercom ™ Technology

Cons

  • Two shell sizes
  • Lack of venting 

This sleek and stealth-looking Bluetooth helmet is made by one of the most well-known names in motorcycle communication systems. It has a composite shell and multi-density EPS liner. It has a single vent on the top and chin with a single rear exhaust port, and the integrated communication system is where this helmet stands out as it uses the latest mesh intercom technology, Bluetooth 4.1, Advanced Noise Control, and a built-in SBC codec. You'll be able to chat with up to 16 of your fellow riders for up to 17 hours straight. Then, when you're done for the day, it only takes 2.5 hours to recharge. With a range of up to one mile, it's the furthest on this list.


My biggest problem with this helmet is that it only comes in two shell sizes and lacks further venting. Additionally, while it uses decently protective materials, they aren't the latest and greatest, so you can get better, lighter, more durable, and better-performing materials in other helmets on this list. However, those helmets also cost significantly more than this one, so you balance performance and budget with this one.

Specs

  • Style: Modular
  • Shape: Intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.8 pounds

Pros

  • Low profile removable visor
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Integrated SENA DWO-6 Bluetooth v4.1 system
  • Working distance of up to 900 meters

Cons

  • Short-range 
  • Lower quality materials 

You don't have to spend a fortune to have integrated Bluetooth technology in your helmet. This affordable option from BILT comes with an integrated Sena DWO-6 Bluetooth v4.1 system. You can chat with up to four people at a time for up to eight hours, share music, speed dial, and phone conference. It has a range of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet, or just over half a mile) and can automatically boost your audio volume when it senses you're in a noisy area. As for the helmet, it has a molded alloy composite shell that's shaped into an aggressive design for better aerodynamics. You'll also appreciate the multi-point ventilation system that keeps your head cool.


Unfortunately, this helmet is noisy, and it's annoying. You don't even have to be going very fast, and you'll start to hear that annoying wind whooshing sound. It also doesn't use the best materials for the shell and liner construction. They effectively protect you but won't be the most comfortable either.

Specs

  • Style: Modular
  • Shape: Intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.7 pounds

Pros

  • Fiberglass and DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber construction
  • Integrated SENA DWO-6 Bluetooth v4.1 system
  • Moisture-wicking and antimicrobial liner 

Cons

  • Two shell sizes 
  • Speakers could be better 

Have comfort and convenience when wearing this modular touring helmet from Sedici. This is the second version of the Sistema, and it's even better than the first. The shell is a unique blend of fiberglass and aramid fiber molded into a design that reduces lift and wind turbulence. You can customize the padding to get the perfect fit, which is a nice touch for maximum comfort. The included communication system is made by Sena and has a respectable 1,000-meter range. You can connect with up to four other riders, listen to FM radio, and talk on your phone. It has a decent talk time of eight hours and a seven-day stand-by time.


Unfortunately, there are only two shell sizes for this helmet. This means that you'll likely end up feeling like a bobblehead in this clunky helmet. The outer shell on the small, medium, and large helmet is the same; it's the thickness of the internal padding that changes the size. Additionally, the speakers in this helmet aren't the best quality. It won't be too bad when you aren't moving. However, it generates some wind and road noise once you start riding, and you'll struggle to hear your music and fellow riders.

Specs

  • Style: Full face
  • Shape: Intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.79 pounds

Pros

  • Advanced integrated matrix of fibers for the shell
  • Three shell sizes
  • Improved ventilation scheme
  • 3-D Max-Dry pads 

Cons

  • A lot of wind noise 
  • Malfunctioning shield 

The simple design of this helmet gives you the classic performance and design that you expect from Shoei (Ed. - One saved my life.). The outer shell is aerodynamic and constructed from an advanced integrated matrix of high-performance and elastic organic fibers to give you lightweight yet resilient protection. There are three shell sizes, so the fit should feel low profile and comfortable. Inside there are 3D Max-Dry pads and an emergency quick release system. The showpiece of this helmet is the CNS-1 three-dimensionally curved shield to be both wider and taller than comparable helmets. It's scratch-resistant, protects from 99.9 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays, and is anti-fog. The helmet also comes ready for installation of the SRL 2 Bluetooth Communication System by Sena for a clean and low-profile installation.


Unfortunately, this helmet doesn't come with the Bluetooth system itself, so plan to buy that separately. The helmet also creates a lot of wind noise, starting at around 50 miles per hour. Some riders may find the face shield difficult to use as its extra-wide length makes it more flexible, which means it can bow out when attempting to latch.

Specs

  • Style: Full face
  • Shape: Long oval
  • Weight: 3.32 pounds


Pros

  • Carbon-injected multi-density EPS liner
  • Carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass shell
  • Tall and wide eye ports
  • LS2 Linkin Ride Pal ready

Cons

  • Vent controls are small 
  • Forced to use LS2’s communication system

This helmet from LS2 stands out on this list just for the two color options and eye-catching designs to choose from. The construction is solid with a carbon-injected EPS liner and shell that's a blend of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass. The shape is a little unusual in a long oval, but the extra space at the front and back is a lifesaver for those who need it. Put the helmet on, and you'll immediately notice the eye-port is taller and wider than others, helping to reduce head movement and neck strain. There's also plenty of venting to keep you cool. The helmet also comes ready for you to install the LS2 Linkin Ride Pal communication system that's manufactured for the company by Sena.


There's one major problem with this helmet; you are forced to use the LS2 proprietary communication system. The actuator to work the face shield is located right where you would install any other system. This makes it awkward, if not impossible, to use another system. A smaller, slightly less annoying problem is the small size of the vent controls. They can be difficult to catch with your gloved finger.

Specs

  • Style: Full face
  • Shape: Intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.27 pounds 

Pros

  • Aerodynamically tuned
  • Pre-installed speaker and microphone
  • Extra-large anti-fog lens
  • DFP Glass fiber shell, ShinyTex fabric, and extra-wide viewport

Cons

  • Accommodates the Schuberth SC1-System (sold separately)
  • Poor user functionality 

Schuberth’s R2 Traction is loaded with the sort of impressive German engineering we’ve come to expect from the brand. The outer shell is a DFP glass fiber heat-formed shell lined with antimicrobial ShinTex fabric. Start riding, and you'll appreciate the directionally stable quality that reduces oscillating and buffeting, like aerodynamics on steroids. For Bluetooth functionality, it comes with an antenna, speakers, and a microphone preinstalled. Then installing your communication is fast and simple, thanks to the plug and play capability of the SC1 communication system. This system was developed in collaboration with Sena, ensuring its performance is up to industry expectations. It achieves 14 hours of run time, connection with up to four other riders, and a range of 1,600 meters.


The problem with this helmet is the quality of the included Bluetooth features. Schuberth spent so much time on the helmet, it forgot about the communication system. The speakers are underpowered, the microphone is far away from your mouth, and there are only two buttons for controlling everything. Also, get ready to learn Morse code because there's no logic to the button push sequences required to perform the various functions.

Specs

  • Style: Half shell 
  • Shape: Intermediate oval
  • Weight: 2.24 pounds 

Pros

  • Fiberglass composite shell
  • Low profile removable visor
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Working distance of up to a half-mile

Cons

  • Two shell sizes
  • Voice delay

Another from Sena, you can choose from black or gray for this fully integrated Bluetooth helmet. The sleek design of this helmet hides the microphone in the brim. Built into the helmet are advanced sound and wind dampening processors to give you crystal clear sound quality. You can link with up to four people or listen to the radio. Pair to your smartphone, and you can use your mobile device's features hands-free. While Sena doesn't disappoint with a connectivity range of a half-mile, they also ensure that the helmet will protect you. The shell is made of fiberglass, is DOT certified, and has a nylon strap D-ring retention system.


My biggest complaint about this helmet is that there are only two shell sizes. This means that you're probably going to feel like a mushroom head while wearing this helmet. Additionally, the placement of the microphone can lead to an awkward delay in communication through Bluetooth.

Our Verdict on the Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

Our top pick for the best Bluetooth motorcycle helmet is the Sena Momentum Evo Bluetooth-Integrated Helmet with its seamless integration of safety gear and innovative technology. And if you’re on a tight budget and looking for the most affordable option, the BILT Techno 3.0 Modular Sena Bluetooth Helmet with its Bluetooth integration and reliable construction.

What to Consider When Buying Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

While there are six basic types of helmets, not all of them come with Bluetooth integration. What I can offer are the types of motorcycle helmets that come with Bluetooth integration and those are broken down into two types: Pre-installed and Bluetooth capable.

Types of Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

Pre-Installed Bluetooth System

Some helmets come with Bluetooth and a communication system already installed in the helmet. Because you're getting everything, expect the price to be higher. However, you don't have to worry about installing anything. This makes them ready for use right out of the box. Most of the helmets in this category use high-quality materials and construction, making them a smart investment. The biggest advantage of these helmets is that the communication system, speakers, and microphone are hidden inside of the helmet, making for a clean design. Not having the unnecessary bulk on the side of your helmet is nice.

Helmet Capable Bluetooth System

These helmets come ready for a Bluetooth system to be installed in them. The process for installation can vary greatly. Some are essentially plug and play, while others require an extensive installation process. What's nice about these helmets is that you get to choose the Bluetooth system you want in your helmet. You can also easily upgrade later on. You also have more options when it comes to choosing your favorite manufacturer with an outer shell design that appeals to you.

Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet Pricing 

Similar to regular helmet pricing, you’ll find Bluetooth helmets that range in price from about $150 to $800. If you’re looking for the most affordable Bluetooth helmets, they are going to be half helmets with minimal features. You can expect to spend the typical midrange amount around $200-$300 for the majority of helmet offerings. They come in various types and have all of the features you’d want in a helmet. Helmets in the top end of the pricing are from manufacturers known for producing high-end expensive helmets. They are typically lightweight and constructed from innovative materials. When it comes to Bluetooth technology, you can expect better quality from more expensive helmets. You’ll see the difference in the connectivity, signal strength, features, and sound quality.

FAQs 

You’ve got questions. The Drive has answers!

Q: Are Bluetooth motorcycle helmets legal?

A: Yes, it is legal to wear a Bluetooth helmet. The speakers in a Bluetooth helmet do not sit in your ear like earbuds or completely cover your ears like headphones. This allows you to hear the traffic and pedestrians around you.

Q: Is a Bluetooth helmet safe?

A: Having a helmet with Bluetooth ability can make it safer to listen to music or answer phone calls while riding. Their hands-off ability means you can keep your hands on the handlebars and in full control of your bike.

Q: Do Bluetooth motorcycle helmets sound good?

A: Depending on the helmet, the sound quality can vary from not great to fantastic. The size and quality of the speakers will dictate the sound quality produced. Additionally, check the placement of your speakers. If they are in the wrong place, you won’t get the full experience.

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