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Motorcycle Helmet Bluetooth Communication Buying Guide

By Trudi AMX

Mon Jul 11 2022

While some people enjoy the solitude of the road, the escape from technology and responsibility, just focusing on what lies ahead, there are many reasons why riders should consider adding a bluetooth headset to their arsenal of gear.

Why might you need a helmet bluetooth communication system?

Just a few reasons off the top of our head are;

  • Communicate with your riding mates and let them know about traffic, road hazards, or that there's an amazing bakery with the best vanilla slice you've ever had coming up to the left.

  • Listen to navigation instructions

  • Take important phone calls (you can always ignore the others)

  • Listen to music

Not only can bluetooth headsets make your ride more enjoyable, it is safer as well. No need to pull over to make a call, or try to convey a message while stopped at the lights, not to mention being able to receive real time information abut road hazards and directions.

So now that you know the 'why?', the next question is 'which one?'. There is no "one best option" when it comes to bluetooth headsets as this will depend on your personal requirements and preferences. In this buying guide we will discuss;

  • What is a motorcycle helmet bluetooth headset and how do they work?

  • What are the considerations when purchasing a bluetooth headset?

  • What is the best motorcycle intercom system for a large group?

  • What is the best motorcycle intercom system for a small group?

  • What is the best budget motorcycle intercom system?

What is a motorcycle helmet bluetooth headset and how do they work?

Let's start at the basics.. bluetooth technology is a wireless data exchange between devices. This is the same technology that allows you to connect your phone with your speaker at home, or linking your wireless mouse to your computer.

So a motorcycle bluetooth headset is a device that can be installed in (and sometimes integrates with) your motorcycle helmet, allowing you to connect with other riders who also have the device, with your phone and with your navigation system as well.

There are now so many brands and models of bluetooth headsets on the market in Australia, each with different technology, features and price tags. There are even some motorcycle helmets with built in intercoms like the Sena Momentum Evo.

Sena Momentum Evo Matt Blk

What are the considerations when purchasing a bluetooth headset?

The first step to narrowing down which motorcycle intercom system is right for you is to evaluate your needs and wants as well as your budget.

Price

Prices range from just over $100 up to a $1000 and can come in a single pack, or dual rider system. Price is generally a reflection on the quality but also on the features and functionality.

Number of riders in the group

First question to consider then is who do you need to connect with? How many people do you generally ride with? If it is just you and one other, a dual pack or two compatible devices will work for you, especially if you just want rider passenger communication. However, if you ride in a large group you'll need to think about how many riders you need to connect with and if they already have a bluetooth device. Many models have universal pairing mode which means you can connect with units from other manufacturers.

Range

Another differentiating factor is intercom range. This means, how far apart can you be from others for the communication to work with good audio quality. If it is important that you have a big range, ensure you check the specs of the devices you are looking at.

Battery

Battery life, recharge time and charger options are also important. Think about how long you are generally out riding for, and if you are someone who spends multiple days on the road then is the device easy to charge, for example with the use of a powered micro usb charger.

Helmet Integration

Do you already own a helmet? If so, you will need to find a bluetooth system that either seamlessly integrates, or decide if you are happy with a system that attaches to your helmet. Some motorcycle intercom systems have been designed specifically for particular helmets. For example Sena and Shoei have partnered to produce the Sena SRL2 for the Shoei GT-Air II Helmet. Another example of this is the HJC Smart 20B designed to fit with specific HJC Helmets.

Ease of Use

If you are someone who might struggle to use buttons on a device on your helmet while riding, there are now some systems which use voice commands for a completely hands free approach. You may prefer a handlebar remote instead, this is why it is very important to check the specifications of each device to ensure you understand all of the features.

Additional comfort features

Sound quality is an important feature that can determine your overall satisfaction with the bluetooth communicator you choose. Noise suppression technology that reduces wind noise and road noise reduces interference in your conversations.

Mic options vary between brands and models, and some devices come with multiple options for example a boom mic or one that you stick to the helmet liner.

Some devices have an app that you can download onto your phone allowing you to have full access and control through your smartphone. For example the Cardo Packtalk has the Cardo Connect app for iOS and Android available.

Here are some recommendations of bluetooth intercoms...

What is the best motorcycle intercom system for a large group?

For a large group of riders to stay connected, look for a device that has mesh technology. This is tech that creates a stronger and more flexible network for every motorcyclist in your group.

Examples: Sena 50R and Sena 50S as well as the Cardo Packtalk Slim and Cardo Packtalk Bold

Cardo Packtalk Slim

Cardo Packtalk Slim with JBL Speakers

What is the best motorcycle intercom system for a small group?

With no need for expansive mesh technology, choose a system designed for smaller groups, that focuses more heavily on the other features like sound quality, waterproofing and functionality.

Examples: Sena 10S & Uclear Motion 6

What is the best budget motorcycle intercom system?

Save money on the unnecessary bells and whistles and choose a bluetooth communicator perfect for a single rider, just wanting to connect with a smartphone and listen to some tunes.

Examples: Sena SF1 & Uclear Amp Go 2

Happy Shopping!

Choosing bluetooth motorcycle intercoms doesn't need to be scary, AMX is here to help. We have highly experienced staff in every store to help you make the right decision, or you can contact our friendly online customer service team on 1300 113 257 for help.

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