10 Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

Inarguably, the most important gear you can have on you when hitting your favorite roads atop your motorcycle of choice is a helmet. Though most states already require wearing one at all times, we strongly urge all riders — regardless of laws — to keep one on their head, as the risks are just not worth it. Of course, while a standard brain bucket will do just fine, long-passed is the time when you had to settle for low-tech options.

Nowadays, it’s not just possible, but actually quite easy to find helmets with a lot of built-in technology — such as GPS, walkie-talkie communication, and even music streaming from your smartphone. That being said, while tracking one of these tech-friendly helmets down has become extremely easy, it’s a lot harder to know which ones are worth your time. But we’ve got that covered, having put together the following list of the 10 best Bluetooth motorcycle helmets for your riding pleasure.

HJC CL-MAXBT II Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

While this HJC helmet is made from excellent protective materials, like injection-molded polycarbonate, and it meets DOT standards, the major downside to this skull bucket is that it doesn’t actually come with its own integrated Bluetooth device. However, for under $150, that’s not something you should really expect. Even without it, this helmet is still from a great brand, made from excellent materials, and comes at quite a bargain. Especially because it features preexisting recesses for whatever Bluetooth device you do choose to put into it.

Shell: Advanced Injection-Molded Polycarbonate
Ready Or Integrated: Ready
Talk Time: N/A

Purchase: $140

Bell Qualifier DLX Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

Similar to the HJC above, Bell’s Qualifier DLX motorcycle helmet does not have a built-in Bluetooth device. However, it does feature ports making it ready to accept the device of your choosing. Pair that with the fact that it’s made from super-protective and lightweight polycarbonate and ABS plastic — earning it a DOT certification — and you’ve got an excellent bit of headgear at a shockingly reasonable price. It also gets major style points for its subtle branding, dark smoke tinted visor, and blacked-out colorway.

Shell: Polycarbonate/ABS
Ready Or Integrated: Ready
Talk Time: N/A

Purchase: $150

Torc Mako T14 Blinc Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

The first on our list that features its own integrated Bluetooth device, the Torc Mako T14 — named for the sleek seafaring predator — is built from a thermo-polymer alloy mated to a laser-contoured liner for the ultimate in comfort and protection. It also has a ventilation system that can be opened for warm day rides and closed when the weather gets a bit colder. Most impressively, however, is that — at just $190 — this helmet will give you up to 24 hours of talk time per charge at a distance of up to 400 meters. And that’s just one of the many things that make this helmet a steal.

Shell: Advanced Thermo Polymer Alloy
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: 24 Hours

Purchase: $190

ILM 953 Modular Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

Sure, ILM’s 953 has all the trappings you’d expect from other Bluetooth-enabled motorcycle helmets — a DOT certification, a construction of a lightweight but strong ABS thermoplastic polymer, and a removable washable microfiber liner — but it also benefits from something a little rarer: modularity. You see, the 953 comes set up as a full-face helmet, but the whole front of the mask can lift up to give you a little bit of fresh air when you’re not riding which makes taking it off easier. The front can also be removed entirely, turning this helmet into a 3/4 version. It also offers noise dampening, works at distances of up to 1,000 feet, and has adjustable air vents.

Shell: ABS Thermoplastic
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: 8 Hours

Purchase: $200

Bilt Techno 2.0 Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

Well-established in the motorcycle world, Bilt has made a name for themselves by creating reliably, stylistically sound gear. Their Techno 2.0 Bluetooth motorcycle helmet is just another example in a long line of excellent offerings. This helmet features excellent protection, up to eight hours of straight talk time, a 400m intercom rider-to-rider communication range, hands-free controls, and even offers smartphone music sharing across multiple units. Best of all, the standby battery will last you for seven full days.

Shell: Polycarbonate
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: 8 Hours

Purchase: $240

Sena Savage Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

It’s certainly true that a sound-dampening full-face helmet is preferable if you plan to do a lot of talking out on the road (wind has a tendency to drown out voices), but that’s not what everybody wants a Bluetooth Helmet for. If you want to keep your head protected, have a decent amount of airflow, and still stream your favorite tunes right into your ears, then the Sena Savage is for you. This 3/4 helmet boasts a composite fiberglass shell to keep your cranium safe, a Bluetooth 4.1 system with up to 11 hours of talk time (more, if you’re just listening), and charges fully in just 3 hours. It also has a rider-to-rider range of one mile over open terrain.

Shell: Composite Fiberglass
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: 11 Hours

Purchase: $399

Sena Momentum Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

In case it isn’t abundantly clear, Sena is most certainly the category leader when it comes to Bluetooth-enabled motorcycle helmets. Their offerings are remarkable both in how versatile their range is and how technologically sound each and every one is. The Momentum, however, might be their all-around best. Built from a fiberglass composite, this communication-ready brain bucket boasts a whopping 20 hours of talk time, can charge fully in just 2.5 hours, has a removable and washable liner, features support for up to eight riders at a distance of up to one mile, and (of course) is DOT certified.

Shell: Composite Fiberglass
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: 20 Hours

Purchase: $449

Klim Krios Sena 10U Stealth Helmet

As is likely apparent to the discerning motorcycle enthusiast, this is the only non-road helmet on our list. And that’s not because we’re against motocross, touring, or off-roading in any way, but rather that there are so few options for off-road-focused helmets with technology built into them. However, with the Klim Krios Sena 10U Stealth, we’re not sure there needs to be anything else — this helmet is packed to the gills with excellent features. Those include a carbon fiber shell, antimicrobial liner, a quick-release visor system, what the brand calls an “intelligent ventilation system,” and a Bluetooth 4.0 intercom capable of communication between riders at up to one mile apart — which doubles as an FM tuner if you want to pipe in some music.

Shell: Carbon Fiber
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: 10 Hours

Purchase: $800

CrossHelmet Smart Motorcycle Helmet

Technically speaking, the CrossHelmet is one of the most advanced pieces of motorcycle hardware ever built. It also happens to be a fully DOT-certified brain bucket. And while it definitely looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, it’s actually available to pre-order now to be shipped in the very near future (thanks, in part, to a very successful Kickstarter campaign). The list of features this helmet offers is pretty formidable, as well — including (but not limited to) 360 degrees of visibility, an integrated digital HUD, an array of LED safety lights, and unique gesture-based sound controls. The list just goes on and on, making this certainly one of the most impressive motorcycle helmets ever envisioned.

Shell: DOT Certified
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: 6-8 Hours

Purchase: $1,599

Skully Fenix AR Smart Motorcycle Helmet

Skully had been torn apart by critics and many of their fans have turned their backs on the brand for failing to deliver on their smart motorcycle helmets in a timely fashion. That time of turbulence, however, is coming to a close, as they’re now under new ownership and management — operating with the strict goal to make things right for their crowd-sourced investors. Now, they’re finally slated to release their Fenix AR helmet to the public this summer. And if it actually has all the features the brand promised — DOT certification, a carbon fiber shell, GPS turn-by-turn navigation, a rear-facing camera, an in-helmet HUD, hands-free operation, and much more — then this might end up being one of the greatest motorcycle helmets ever made. It’s a lot to promise but we want to believe the brand will deliver.

Shell: Carbon Fiber
Ready Or Integrated: Integrated
Talk Time: N/A

Purchase: $1,899

10 Best Summer Motorcycle Jackets

A brain bucket is only a part of the protection you need on your ride, high-tech or not. But you can avoid overheating during the warmer months by adding something from our list of the best summer motorcycle jackets to your collection of riding essentials.

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