The 7 Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you were born to be wild or you’re just a weekend biker, you can get your motor runnin’ and cruise in style and safety wearing one of these Bluetooth motorcycle helmets. Although they will, of course, protect your noggin in the event of a spill, these models are specifically designed to enable you to make and receive phone calls, listen to music, and communicate with other riders. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

7. Torc T14B Mako

The Torc T14B Mako is a full-face option with a laser-contoured comfort liner made for an intermediate oval head shape. Its drop-down visor opens and closes smoothly and locks into place to prevent it from popping up when riding fast, though it’s not completely draft-free.

  • Sleek and recognizable lines
  • Comes in three different finishes
  • Some distortion at high volumes

Brand TORC
Model T14B1 FBK FG L
Weight 5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. FreedConn Flip-Up

The FreedConn Flip-Up boasts a lightweight ABS shell with a highly advanced ventilation system for a quieter, more comfortable ride. Its modular design and interior drop-down visor allow you to free your face on those hot summer journeys while still shielding your eyes.

  • Bluetooth has 500-meter range
  • Absorbent liner and cheek pads
  • Sun visor doesn’t move smoothly

Brand FreedConn
Model pending
Weight 5 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

5. O’Neal Commander

Satisfy that need for speed with the O’Neal Commander, which features a stylish and streamlined design perfect for sport bike enthusiasts. It uses voice command-compatible Bluetooth 2.0 technology to answer calls, control GPS navigation, or talk to other riders.

  • Anti-scratch and anti-fog visor
  • 118-foot intercom range
  • Doesn’t ventilate well

Brand O’Neal
Model 0807-601
Weight 5.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

4. Hawk H-500

The sleek-looking Hawk H-500 incorporates an injection-molded ABS shell, multi-density EPS foam interior, and a flow-through ventilation system, whcih together allow for extremely comfortable — and safe — protection. Music and calls sound clear at even high speeds.

  • One-piece construction
  • Wide field of view
  • Mic quality could be improved

Brand Hawk Helmets
Model pending
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. ILM Modular Flip-Up

With one-touch controls for call answering, rejecting, and redialing, the ILM Modular Flip-Up encourages you to keep your mitts on the handlebars, where they belong. What’s more, its rider-to-rider intercom system operates at an impressive distance of up to 1,000 feet.

  • Convenient two-piece design
  • Effective noise suppression
  • Comes in red white and black

Brand ILM
Model 953
Weight 5.7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Bilt Techno 2.0

The Bilt Techno 2.0 comes with a Sena DWO-5 universal Bluetooth 3.0 communicator that boasts eight hours of talk time. It has a high-tech, injection-molded polycarbonate shell for superior safety, and quality metallic paint with a double lacquer that resists scratches.

  • Removable liner
  • Drop-down tinted sun shield
  • Metal mesh rear vents

Brand Bilt
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

How Your Helmet Knows What Your Phone Is Thinking

Gone are the days of complicated military hand signals passing between riders on the road. No longer will you have to pull over and wait for your pals to catch up to you, or ride ahead at uncomfortable–even illegal–speeds to catch your friends and talk to them.

But radio frequencies from all our devices must clog the airwaves like so much space garbage. If bluetooth operates on the same radio frequencies as cordless phones, baby monitors, and even garage door openers, how does one device manage to talk to another without interference?

That answer is pretty simple. In addition to bluetooth devices needing to pair with one another, the output signal of any given device is pretty limited, coming in at about 1 milliwatt compared to your cell phone’s average 3 watt output.

So that covers your headset from showing up on a car driver’s bluetooth earpiece, but what about those stronger signals flying through the air at similar frequencies? Won’t they butt in on your tunes?

Well, bluetooth devices employ this very cool thing called spread-spectrum frequency hopping, by which method a single device will randomly select one of 79 unique frequencies, hopping from one to the next up to 1,600 times each second.

I didn’t study statistics in college, but I’m willing to bet that kind of system keeps interference at a near impossibility.

Check Your Head

If this is your first helmet purchase, the most important thing you can do to make sure you’re satisfied with your new shell is to carefully measure your head circumference.

Most helmets on the market adhere to a pretty specific measuring system, and if a given brand or model doesn’t fit that system, you’re going to see that comment in every review, the positive and the negative alike.

Once you’ve squared that away, ask yourself what your primary purpose is for obtaining bluetooth capability? This question is meaningful whether this is your first or your fiftieth helmet.

Are you a marathon motorcycle tourist with an Iron Butt? A good set of speakers and reliable inter-helmet communication with a long range is going to be dear to you.

Are you more of a commuter popping around a complicated city with a great need for GPS direction? Your best bet is likely a helmet whose system has fewer compatibility issues, and the actual sound quality or comms distance might not be as crucial.

Know your noggin. Know your riding style. Choose accordingly.

100 Years On, The Tech Keeps Coming

Craig MacTavish was the last hockey player in the NHL to play without a helmet. His last game was in 1997. It’s wild to think that such a dangerous sport could be played without helmets, that even goal tenders went without them for so long.

Motorcycle helmets have, by extension, been around for over 100 years now, with the earliest codified helmets appearing at races in 1914. And, much like the advent of helmets in hockey, riders were skeptical of the new gear’s necessity. As lives were saved and concussion rates plummeted, the buckets became a mandatory standard.

Basic radio apparatuses crept onto the road with serious touring riders, at first in the form of hand held walkie talkies, and later with headset microphones attached.

In 2000, the first pieces of bluetooth technology hit the market, and among them was the bluetooth headset and the first mobile phone with the technology built in.

This made it possible, for the first time, to communicate from one helmet to the next, so long as riders were willing to outfit their own helmets with bluetooth systems.

It wasn’t long before the industry caught up to the trend and began to release helmets with systems built in.

What tomorrow holds is equally exciting. Spurred on by technologies like the short lived Google Glass, independent innovators and helmet companies alike are exploring the next phase of helmet tech: The HUD, or Heads Up Display.

Any helmet you purchase has a safety shelf life of 5 years, so snatch up one of these bluetooth babies today, and come back here when you’re investigating HUD helmets. We’ve got you covered.