BILT Techno 2.0 Bluetooth Helmet Guide and Review

For simple styling, good value, and Bluetooth connectivity, you can’t go far wrong with the BILT Techno 2.0 Bluetooth full-face helmet. 

It’s been on the market since 2017 and is true to the BILT reputation for reliability and safety. The built-in Bluetooth tech, integral sun visor, and purchase price won’t make your wallet wince or compromise on what matters. 

To get you up to speed on this BILT helmet, we’re going to run our helmet review on:

  • The styling and quality of the BILT Techno 2.0
  • How the Bluetooth system stacks up
  • The development of the BILT Techno helmet range
  • Our honest BILT helmet review and recommendation

And answer some of the most common questions that get asked about this helmet. 

BILT Techno 2.0 – Look and Feel

Getting the right motorcycle helmet takes patience. Sure, you want to be safe, but style and comfort are runners-up on your requirements list.

The sleek Techno 2.0
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This piece of kit is going to be with you a whole lot; you need to get it right. Let’s review the helmet features you care about. 

Safety

The most important element of any motorcycle helmet to review is whether it’s actually going to do its job; protect your head. The BILT Techno 2.0 is made of an injection-molded polycarbonate shell, one of the strongest helmet materials possible (1).

The helmet comes with DOT certification so is safe and legal to use on US roads. 

Style

The BILT Techno 2.0 motorcycle helmet comes in four colors:

  • Black
  • Matte black
  • White 
  • Silver

Along with the classic Techno 2.0 Bluetooth helmet, you can shop the Evolution version. Rather than the fixed chin guard you get with the standard helmet, this helmet is modular. We’ll go through more details about this option further down. 

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All the exhausts and vents are flush to the shell and you get flashes of matte black trim if you opt for the white or silver models.

Features

Of course, you’re buying this helmet for the Bluetooth comms system and music features, and we’ll dive into those specs in a moment. 

As a motorcycle helmet in general, it has some other nifty features, too. First, you get a spring-loaded sun visor with a quick-release system on the bottom-left side. You’ll not kick yourself for forgetting your shades ever again with this visor. 

The face shield can sit in four positions. We all know what it’s like on a hot day with no airflow through your helmet. Adjust your face shield to get more wind going through and lock the position. 

It’s simple to remove the clear face visor with the easy-release catches, but you’ll have a couple of loose bits of plastic kicking around. It’s a picky item, but you want to make sure you’ve got somewhere to safely store them if you remove the visor. 

Comfort

To get more airflow into your motorcycle helmet, you’re not restricted to adjusting your face shield. Here are the comfort features for you. 

Vents

The helmet features a surface-mounted airflow ventilation system at three points on the shell:

  • A vent below the face shield
  • Two vents at the upper slope 
  • An exhaust vent at the back of the helmet
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You can adjust the vents between two positions at the chin on a slider and open the sloping vents on a rocker mechanism. The exhaust at the rear is fixed to open. 

The vents circulate air in the helmet, but riders do say that noise is created by turbulence from the flow. It’s possible to shield your ears from noise with decent earplugs, though. 

Lining

The lining is bright red and thick. It’s worth noting that this motorcycle helmet comes in one standard shell size and the different sizing depends on the lining thickness. 

It’s fully removable and washable so you can keep it fresh. There’s also an optional breath guard. Ever had your glasses, sun visor, or face shield fog up at stoplights? The breath guard prevents the clouding, even at a standstill. 

Another detail is the chin curtain. Go riding in the mountains or cooler climates and you can prevent wind from getting up in your face. Airflow – and wind noise – also gets reduced. 

Weight

This particular motorcycle helmet weighs in at 3.81 lbs. It’s on the heavier side of normal, but don’t forget the integrated Bluetooth system is included, which adds a few ounces. 

Size

The BILT Techno 2.0 is made in a round oval shape, meaning it’s longer front to back than side to side. You can buy this motorcycle helmet in size XS all the way up to 2XL.

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What really sets this helmet apart from other head protection gear is the Bluetooth system, so let’s zoom over and review the specs and details. 

BILT Techno 2.0 – Technology

Of all the helpful features of the BILT Techno 2.0, the standout is the fully integrated Bluetooth system that nestles inside. 

Here’s a review of the specs you want to know about:

  • Sena DWO-5 Bluetooth system
  • Runs on Bluetooth 3.0
  • Automatic volume boost
  • Range up to 430 yards
  • Universal Intercom protocol

What does all that mean? 

First, Sena is a leading brand of motorcycle intercoms that most riders will be familiar with. This system can pair four helmets – yours plus three – allowing chat between a passenger or other riders. 

You can pair the Bluetooth v3.0 system with your phone or GPS device, letting you:

  • Listen to music
  • Follow GPS directions
  • Do your normal phone communication

The microphone and speakers are controlled by three buttons on the left, below the face shield. The control panel is super low-profile and won’t cramp your style. 

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When you turn the speakers all the way up, you’ll notice some loss of bass and distortion. It’s not the type of thing that’ll interrupt your phone communication, though. 

When we’ve spoken to riders for their reviews of the Bluetooth system, they all say that making and receiving a call is seamless. You can even use voice commands to make a call. 

Concerned about the Bluetooth v3.0 system? Although the most recent Bluetooth version is up to 5.0, in terms of speed and range the 3.0 is comparable; it’s only power consumption that’s improved in the later versions (2). 

Talking of power consumption, you get up to an 8-hour talk time and a 7-day stand by time. You charge the Bluetooth equipment through the controls on the left side too. In the box, you get a standard Micro USB power cable; any cable with the same spec works.  

BILT Bluetooth Helmets – The Bigger Picture

From the name – BILT Techno 2.0 Bluetooth – you know immediately this is an upgraded version. The BILT Techno Bluetooth helmet only had the Sena DWO-3 setup and only had gloss color options.

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The 2.0 was the next helmet with hi-tech features, hitting the market in 2017. Since then, there have been two more versions to meet customer demand. 

The BILT Techno 2.0 Bluetooth vs the Evolution

A year after the second version hit the market, the Evolution model was launched. The technology within the helmet remained the same but there were design differences:

  • The new motorcycle helmet is modular, with a raising chin section
  • It weighs in at 4.11 lbs
  • The color options are limited to matte black or white

If you’re interested in the Evolution modular version, check out the 3.0 below – it’s the new and improved Techno helmet, and it’s modular.

The BILT Techno 2.0 Bluetooth vs 3.0 Bluetooth

Released in 2021, the BILT Techno 3.0 is a clear upgrade. The different features you get are:

  • New injection-molded alloy composite shell
  • Upgraded Bluetooth system to the Sena DWO-6 v4.1, including speed dials and increased intercom distance
  • A pull-up chin bar to lift the bottom section of the full-face helmet (same as the Evolution)
  • The side-slope vents moved to the forehead
  • Two shell sizes so less compromise on lining thickness
Image Source: Cycle Gear

BILT Techno 2.0 – Rated

Doing a review of all this information, we reckon that the BILT Techno 2.0 is a decent helmet to protect your head with a few compromises that justify the lower-than-expected cost. 

Pros of the BILT Techno 2.0

  • Riders can listen to music or GPS instructions, take and answer calls, and run communication with up to three other intercoms
  • The helmet design is sleek and minimal with a fully integrated Bluetooth system that works out of the box
  • The battery lasts for hours if you’re riding and listening to music or it’s just on standby, plus an 8-hour talk time
  • The helmet comes with a built-in, quick-release sun shield; never worry about your sunglasses again

Cons of the BILT Techno 2.0

  • Lots of riders’ reviews tell us that it can get pretty noisy in the helmet
  • There’s only one shell size so larger sizes get less padding, and smaller sizes might give you the dreaded bobblehead look.

BILT Helmets FAQs

Who makes and manufactures BILT helmets?

BILT is a brand owned by Cycle Gear (3), an American retailer specializing in motorcycle helmets, riding gear, parts, and more. 

Do BILT helmets run small?

Riders disagree about the sizing of these helmets, particularly the BILT Techno 2.0 Bluetooth. Reviews suggest the sizing runs small; it may be worth upsizing if you’re at the top end of the size chart. 

How do I update the firmware on a BILT Techno 2.0 Evolution?

To update the firmware of your Sena Bluetooth device in your BILT helmet you must:

  1. Download Cycle Gear Bluetooth Device Manager to your computer (4)
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  1. Download the firmware update and connect your device to the computer
  2. Reset the headset to the factory default setting – check your User’s Guide
  3. Pair your devices to the helmet again

How to pair BILT Techno 2.0 helmets?

To pair two Sena DWO-5 helmets, you must:

  1. Press the center button on both helmets for five seconds, until you hear “intercom pairing” and the red light on both blinks rapidly
  2. Tap the center button on one of the headsets and wait for the light to flash blue on both 
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At this point, the intercom connection is created. 

How to fix BILT Techno 2.0’s wind noise?

You can reduce wind noise in your helmet by using the chin curtain provided. Also, closing the air vents may help, but this also reduces airflow. Wind noise is, unfortunately, a known issue with this helmet. Earplugs can help cut out some of the drone, improving your ability to hear traffic. 

Why is my BILT Techno 2.0 flashing red when trying to charge?

Your Bluetooth system has a flashing center ring when trying to charge if the unit is overheating. It won’t charge in this state. Remove the charging cable and give the helmet time to cool down and try again. 

How do I play music on my BILT Techno 2.0 helmet, and how do I change songs? 

You can pair your helmet with your cell or MP3 player – if you’ve still got one!! Select your music source on your device and it’ll play in the helmet’s speakers. You can skip forward or back through your playlist with the + and – button on the helmet controls. 

How to pair a BILT Techno 2.0 Bluetooth helmet to a phone?

You only need to pair a device once with your helmet’s Sena DWO-5 Bluetooth, like so:

  1. Hold down the center button on the controls for 12 seconds; wait to hear “configuration menu”
  2. Tap the “+” button and listen for “phone pairing”
  3. Search for BILT DWO-5 on your handset’s Bluetooth search option
  4. If asked for a PIN, enter 0000
  5. Your handset confirms the pairing and there’s a message “Your headset is paired” from the helmet. 

Now, you can begin streaming audio and GPS directions or make phone calls.

What is the best Bluetooth motorcycle helmet?

There are lots of Bluetooth motorcycle helmets available. We believe the best is the Sena Momentum EVO, followed closely by many other options from Sena and BILT. Check out our rundown on the best Bluetooth motorcycle helmets to find the right one for you. 

References

  1. Polycarbonate Injection Molding: The Complete Guide. (2021, March 11). Wee Tect. https://www.weetect.com/polycarbonate-injection-molding/
  2. Bluetooth 1.0 vs 2.0 vs 3.0 vs 4.0 vs 5.0 – How They Compare | Symmetry Blog. (2018). Symmetry Electronics. https://www.semiconductorstore.com/blog/2018/Bluetooth-1-0-vs-2-0-vs-3-0-vs-4-0-vs-5-0-How-They-Differ-Symmetry-Blog/3147/
  3. Cycle Gear. (n.d.). Brands. Retrieved August 8, 2021, from https://www.cyclegear.com/all-brands
  4. CycleGear OEM. (n.d.). SENA. Retrieved August 8, 2021, from https://oem.sena.com/cyclegear/