If you’re behind the wheel of any vehicle, it really isn’t a good idea to answer a phone call if it requires you to hold the phone up to your ear. Many drivers tend to ignore this and hundreds of motorists every hour (if not every minute) find themselves in trouble with the law for using a phone while driving. For the most part, answering your phone while operating a car is ill-advised, but the majority of drivers are experienced enough at one-handed steering that it doesn’t really pose any serious risk. For a motorcyclist, however, there is nothing more important than keeping both hands on the handlebars at the same time. If you have one hand at your ear – or anywhere else for that matter – for too long, you’re probably going to lose your balance and fall onto the road, and that isn’t going to be fun. Unfortunately, we live in a world where international communication is at our fingertips and one is never truly away from work. It is likely that you will, at some point, receive a call while riding your motorbike which you just cannot ignore. For that reason, it is a good idea to purchase a motorcycle helmet with bluetooth.
A lot of motorcyclists didn’t immediately warm to the idea of bluetooth helmets when they first hit the market. While it is true that there were a whole lot of kinks which needed to be worked out, many of today’s products offer the perfect combination of signal and sturdiness. If you were a skeptic, you may have fallen out of the loop and now be unaware as to which brands you should be looking at when trying to decide on the bluetooth helmet which is right for you. Going to the wrong place will likely leave you with a low quality model which will neither protect your skull nor answer your calls. In order to avoid that happening, we have prepared this brief but comprehensive look at some of the best bluetooth motorcycle helmets on the market.
Why Choose A Helmet with Bluetooth?
A lot of motorcyclists, particularly those who have been riding for a while, might be wondering why anybody feels a bluetooth helmet is necessary. Why not just buy a regular model which will protect your head for a couple of hundred dollars less than one of its bluetooth counter parts?
While it is true that a bluetooth helmet can be considerably more expensive than a regular motorcycle helmet, such helmets grant the wearer access to a multitude of helpful features. Not only will a bluetooth helmet connect to your phone and allow you to make and receive calls, but it will also make it possible to listen to music as you ride, which even the most traditional biker will admit is a pretty attractive feature. Many of the best bluetooth helmets are even fitted with GPS navigation systems, so the great open road becomes more open than ever.
You will also find these kind of products are quite a bit more stylish than the non-bluetooth alternatives, which accounts for a lot of their popularity as fashion is a surprisingly important part of biking culture.
Now that we have looked at some of the reasons someone might gravitate towards bluetooth helmets, let’s take a look at some of the best bluetooth helmets available in 2016.
|1.||Torc T14B MAKO||98%|
|2.||HJC CL-MABT II||96%|
1. Torc T14B MAKO
Torc is a Los Angeles based manufacturer of motorcycle helmets and has been responsible for some of the most popular models released in recent years. Torc’s T14B MAKO is a triumph in engineering, as the company has managed to produce a model which is durable, lightweight, and effective, all while being relatively inexpensive.
This helmet makes accessing your music and GPS navigation easier than ever, and the high quality speakers ensure you don’t have to worry about the sound being drowned out by roaring motors and honking horns, which happens with a lot of bluetooth helmets even when volume is turned up to the fullest.
It is rare to find a bluetooth helmet for the price of the Torc T14B MAKO, so if you’re absolutely set on spending the least amount of money possible, this is definitely the right model for you.
2. HJC CL-MAXBT II
HJC is one of the best motorcycle helmet brands of in the world, so it is no surprise that the HJC CL-MABT II has become one of the most popular bluetooth helmets on the market.
The CL-MABT II features an optional bluetooth chamber, meaning you can talk on the phone, listen to music, and get directions as you ride. Obviously, since you’re viewing this article, the bluetooth chamber probably won’t be optional, as you’re most likely reading with the sole intent of finding a great bluetooth helmet.
However, the bluetooth is not the only thing which attracts motorcyclists to this helmet. Others have purchased it because of the protection it promises from the potential devastation of a crash, as well as protection from the sun. Not only does the faceshield keep bugs and other undesirable substances from flying into your mouth, it provides almost 100% protection from the sun and UV rays.
The HJC CL-MABT II also features a ventilation system far superior to what you will find in less expensive models, making it the perfect helmet for those who ride for long periods of time without taking a break.
3. BiLT Techo
A lot of people might balk at the price tag of this helmet, which can come extremely close to, and sometimes even go over, $400. However, many who have purchased this helmet and given it a whirl on various long stretches of highway around the world have reported that it is worth every penny.
The Techno has been described as the most technologically advanced model BiLT has ever produced, and a quick look at the many features of the helmet will confirm that. The Techo is fitted with an integrated DWO bluetooth system which will allow you to make and take phone calls, avail of GPS navigation, listen to your favorite music, and communicate with your fellow riders.
BiLT has even used advancements in technology to manufacture the helmet shell, meaning the Techno is one of the most sturdy model which has ever been produced. This is particularly comforting as a common accusation from many bluetooth helmet skeptics is that so much energy is expelled in creating a hi-tech bluetooth system that the product inevitably loses something in protection. Thankfully, that isn’t the case with this product, and those who purchase the BiLT Techo can ride safe in the knowledge that they are wearing the perfect combination of protection and convenience.
4. Torc T27
I mentioned earlier that Torc has been responsible for some of the most beloved motorcycle helmets of the past couple of years, so it is really no surprise that the company has two items on this list. Next up from Torc, the Torc T27.
Like every helmet on this list, the bluetooth capabilities of the T27 are used as a major selling point for the helmet, and it is safe to say that most of the people who show interest in this product do so because they want to be able to make calls and listen to music while on the road. The Torc T27 does indeed have a pretty impressive bluetooth system – one which many helmet manufacturers will envy – but it also boasts a number of other impressive features which will make it worth your while.
The T27’s ventilation system is one of the best on the market. Utilizing Venturi venting, Torc has minimized the chances of your helmet overheating or the faceshield fogging up as you drive.
Despite the technology which has gone into making the Torc T27 one of the premier bluetooth helmets on the market today, the product has managed to remain lightweight and compact. In fact, Torc boasts that the T27 is 20% percent smaller than similar helmets while offering just as much, if not more, protection should the unthinkable occur.
5. O’Neal Commander
One of the most popular models O’Neal has ever produced, the Commander eliminates the need for an external bluetooth system, which many users of bluetooth helmets find themselves purchasing after realizing their helmet does not live up to its promises. The O’Neal commander gives you everything you could want out of a bluetooth helmet and allows you to make calls, navigate, and listen to music all at the touch of a button. This model also makes it possible to communicate with other motorcyclists and is effective at a range of up to 100 feet.
Along with its top of the line bluetooth system, the O’Neal commander comes equipped with a built-in drop-down sun visor and a ventilation system which can be adjusted to suit your needs and preferences.
The O’Neal Commander, like every good motorcycle helmet, is made to take a battering, and can make it through a number of tumbles and falls with the bluetooth system intact.
6. Sena SMH5D-02
Sena have produced quite a lot of quite impressive products, which is why the final three entries on this list will all be products manufactured by Sena. First up is the Sena SMH5D-02, which is the chosen intercom of many of the more technologically advanced bikers of the world.
The SMH5D-02 features an intercom which allows you to communicate with your fellow bikers and can connect to up to three other headsets at a time. It also comes equipped with the usual bluetooth features such as calling and music, though it offers better sound quality than a lot of the bluetooth helmets which you could choose in favor of it.
The Sena SMH5D-02 also allows for voice control, so you don’t have to take your hand off the handlebar for even a second in order to make a call or select a song, which makes this headset & intercom a great choice if you are particularly paranoid, safety conscious, or just a bad driver.
7. Sena 20S-01
When I said the final three helmets on this list would be from Sena, I might have been lying a little bit, but not that much. The final three items included on this list of the best motorcycle helmets with bluetooth will indeed be from Sena, but they will not be exclusively motorcycle helmets. We’re trying to look out for everybody here, and that includes motorcyclists who may not want to spend the money on a whole new product. With those people in mind, the final two entries on this list will be bluetooth systems which can be easily attached to the majority of motorcycle helmets, so those who don’t want to don’t have to find a new model in order to appreciate the advantages of bluetooth.
The Sena 20S-01 is one of the finest bluetooth head pieces ever produced, something which its plethora of positive reviews on Amazon and similar websites will attest to.
Once fitted to your helmet, this device will allow you to listen to music, radio, and GPS directions with unparalleled HD clarity. It also gives you the option to multitask, meaning you can make use of any of the aforementioned features while having a conversation via the device’s intercom.
The features of the Sena 20S-01 can all be controlled using voice command and the system itself can be purchased for less than $300 from a variety of different sources.
8. Sena SMH10D-11
The final item in our search for the best bluetooth motorcycle helmet is the SMH10D-11. Another bluetooth product from Sena, the SMH10D-11 carries on the company’s tradition of high quality hi-tech devices.
Admittedly, the SMH10D-11 does not look as attractive as the 20S-01, but it is just as effective, if not more. The SMH10D-11 will make the usual navigation, music, and communication features readily available, and also allows you to share your music with riders within 980 yards (something which they will either love you or loath you for).
This bluetooth system features Sena’s incredible noise control technology, which will locate and significantly decrease background noise in order to give you the most pleasant experience possible when taking or making a phone call.
A single charge of the Sena SMH10D-11 will give the wearer 12 hours of talk time, so you won’t have to worry about your bluetooth system running out of battery during a long trip.
Those who have tried the SMH10D-11 have praised the product for its durability and battery life, not to mention the crystal clear audio which the system allows for.