I love merging onto the highway just as my music comes to a crescendo. However, this requires a Bluetooth system integrated into my helmet with high audio quality.
If you like listening to music or communicating with other riders while on your motorcycle, a helmet with an integrated system is the way to go.
These are the best Bluetooth motorcycle helmets that come with systems already installed and ready to go.
Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets Reviewed
Sedici Strada II Parlare Helmet
The Strada II is an advanced helmet. Made of Kevlar, it’s lightweight while still providing maximum protection.
At the same time, it’s highly comfortable. With three shell sizes and a removable, washable inner liner that includes adjustable forehead padding, it adapts to both the shape of your head and the contours of your face. It’s snug and doesn’t start moving and shaking at high speeds, yet it isn’t uncomfortably tight.
Additionally, the ventilation is extensive, with a lot of adjustability. All the vents have two or three settings, so you can direct airflow where you need it, depending on the weather and your preferences. This makes the Strada II an ideal year-round helmet, good for hot and cold weather.
Okay, but what you really care about is the Bluetooth, right? The Strada II comes with the Sena DWO-6 system already installed. One of the latest Sena intercom systems, the DWO-6, has excellent features, such as music sharing and audio multitasking. My favorite part is the long battery life—eight hours of talk time—along with clear audio, even at high speeds.
- Lightweight Kevlar design
- Adjustable forehead padding
- Highly adjustable ventilation
- Sena DWO-6 Bluetooth system
- Long battery life
- Clear audio
- Poor chin curtain
BILT Techno 3.0 Modular Sena Bluetooth Helmet
The BILT Techno 3.0 comes with the same Sena DWO-6 Bluetooth intercom system as the Strada II. This means eight hours of talk time and a connection that spans up to 1,000 meters, over half a mile. I really like the automatic audio boost for when wind noise gets high on the freeway.
As for the helmet itself, this BILT model is somewhat of a budget option, so it’s a good choice if you’re tight on funds but still need an integrated Bluetooth system. It only has two shell sizes but generally fits well if you have an intermediate oval head.
The ventilation is pretty extensive for a budget helmet, but it isn’t quite as adjustable as I like. The interior is nice, though. It’s removable and moisture-wicking, making it a good choice for commuting in hot weather.
- Long battery life
- 1,000 meters of connectivity
- Great value
- Moisture-wicking interior
- Only two shell sizes
- Ventilation minimally adjustable
Sena Outrush R Bluetooth Helmet
If Bluetooth communication is your main concern, why not get a helmet made by the same company that makes the system? By getting a helmet straight from Sena, you know that the integration is fluid, comfortable, and durable.
Plus, you get Bluetooth 5.0, the most recent Bluetooth release. It’s more efficient, so you get 12 hours of talk time for just 2.5 hours of charging. The advanced noise control is even better, too, so you can make calls or listen to music at high speeds without too much muffling from the wind.
I was also impressed with the quality of the helmet overall, especially given that Sena isn’t normally a helmet manufacturer. The single-shell design can make it harder to get the right fit, and the ventilation is a bit lacking. However, it’s still comfortable and safe for the price, thanks to the polycarbonate ABS construction and removable liner.
- Seamless Bluetooth integration
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Advanced noise control
- Long battery life
- Great value
- Only one shell size
- Minimal ventilation
- Few color options
Scorpion EXO-AT960 EXO-COM Helmet
This helmet is definitely your best bet for adventure riding and off-roading. That’s primarily due to the easily removable peak visor that can provide protection from mud and debris while still allowing the helmet to function as a standard full-face helmet when you need it.
Similarly, the vents are better designed for adventuring. For instance, the mouth vent has two adjustable positions: one just for defrosting and another for both defrosting and ventilation.
The KwikWick liner also wicks away sweat during active riding. This is great for both hot and cold weather because you’re likely to sweat regardless. During hot weather, it helps pull heat from your body. During cold weather, it keeps sweat from building up, which could make you cold later when you’re less active.
Finally, it’s equipped with the EXO-COM Bluetooth kit. The large speaker pockets allow for good audio quality even in noisy adventure situations, so it’s ideal for adventure riding in groups.
- Removable peak visor
- Adjustable ventilation
- KwikWick liner
- EXO-COM Bluetooth kit
- Large speaker pockets
- Runs small
Bluetooth Intercom Systems
Since you probably won’t stay right next to your fellow riders, you want an intercom system with a decent Bluetooth range.
These days, 1,000 meters, or roughly 0.6 miles, is standard, with some systems having even longer ranges. This way, you can keep talking even if you and your group get separated by traffic.
Read about the best motorcycle intercoms.
Nothing is more frustrating than having your Bluetooth system die in the middle of a ride. Many systems these days are capable of providing music and communication for hours on end, though extensive use may wear the battery out faster than the advertised number.
If you need a Bluetooth helmet for long group touring trips, try to find the longest battery life you can, such as the 12 hours provided by the Sena Outrush R.
There was a time when listening to music or making phone calls while going over 55 mph was unthinkable. The wind noise was simply too much.
However, modern Bluetooth systems have advanced noise control that provides audio boosts when you’re traveling at high speeds. Some systems even have wind-noise cancellation.
Read about the best way to listen to music on a motorcycle.
Quality of Integration
Although many helmets have the option for aftermarket installation of Bluetooth systems, few have them pre-installed. If you’re in the market for one of these, you likely value quality Bluetooth integration that’s convenient and hassle-free.
A good helmet will have seamless integration. This means few wires sticking out and getting in the way. It also means good sound from speaker pockets without muffling or rattling.
In addition to the Bluetooth system, you want your helmet to provide protection just like any other model. In other words, it should have a tough shell made from materials like Kevlar, carbon fiber, or polycarbonate.
That said, the easiest way to make sure the helmet is safe is to check the certification. You at least want a helmet certified by the Department of Transportation or DOT. In fact, your state may even legally require you to wear a helmet meeting these standards.
You can also look for a helmet with a certification from the Snell Memorial Foundation. Abbreviated as something like SNELL M2020, these certifications represent even more rigorous safety standards.
Read about the safest helmets.
The inner lining is one of the biggest factors when it comes to how comfortable your helmet is. It should be soft but snug, adapting to your face without becoming too firm or flat.
Ideally, you should look for a removable and washable interior liner. By taking it out and washing it, you can keep it flexible and soft. Plus, you can get rid of the smell that tends to build up inside helmets after repeated use.
Some helmets only have one shell size for every helmet size, while others have three or even four shell sizes. The more shell sizes, the better for a more tailored fit.
Ventilation is essential for helmet comfort and all-weather riding. It keeps you cool in hot weather by wicking away sweat, but it also helps remove humidity in cold weather and prevent face-shield fogging.
I always look for a helmet with highly adjustable ventilation. This helps make it comfortable year round since you can direct the airflow as needed to cool you off, defog the face shield, etc.
Read about the best airflow helmets.
Finally, don’t forget about helmet weight. Lighter helmets are usually more comfortable simply because you don’t have to do as much work to hold your head up, especially when there’s a lot of wind resistance. This prevents neck and shoulder aches, especially after long rides.
Read about the lightest helmets.
A Bluetooth helmet is a convenient way to stay connected or listen to music while riding. With a pre-installed Sena DWO-6 system, the Sedici Strada II Parlare is my top recommendation. For those on a budget, the BILT Techno 3.0 is a good choice too.