Choosing a Modular Helmet with Bluetooth, Tested and Reviewed

Bluetooth modular motorcycle helmets have three things riders want – versatility, safety, and integrated comms. 

If you’re not familiar with them, modular helmets lift up from the chin bar and turn a full-face helmet into an open-face helmet. This is super useful when you need to have a chat with someone, get fuel, or get a nice blast of cool air onto your face. 

In terms of safety, it’s worth noting that there isn’t a single modular helmet that comes with a Snell certification. When you check out their website, there isn’t even an option to check for modulars! (1)

The Bilt Techno 3.0 modular helmet with chinbar lifted.
The Bilt Techno 3.0 – our top pick in this category. Image Source: Cycle Gear

Don’t let that concern you a whole bunch. You’re still getting a helmet that should keep you safe in the event of a crash when you get a DOT- and ECE-certified modular. 

With that, let’s check out:

  • The Editor’s pick of the best Bluetooth modular helmet
  • The best Bluetooth-ready modular helmet
  • A pair of Bluetooth modulars from Sena
  • A Bell and a Torc Bluetooth helmet that are modular

Bilt Techno 3.0 – The Best Modular Bluetooth Helmet

The Bilt Techno 3.0 is our pick of the best modular motorcycle helmets you can get. After all, it came top for modulars in our list of the best Bluetooth helmets on the market. 

It was launched in 2021 as an upgrade to the Techno 2.0 and we’re in no doubt about the improvements to the Bluetooth system. 

Bilt Techno in white from the front
The Bilt Techno 3.0 is a simple yet powerful lid at an affordable price. Image Source: Cycle Gear

The Outside

Starting from the outside, it’s made from “injection molded alloy composite”, which – as far as we can tell (1) – is a fancy type of plastic. There are two shell sizes, with the first covering XS-2XL and then 3XL – 5XL. 

Those sizes do tend to run small, as noted in some recent reviews (2) and in the YouTube review by Motorcycling with Carl (6). Our top tip: Get the size up from whatever you measure on their size chart. 

On to the venting, you get:

  • A chin vent
  • A vent at the top of your head

Both of which you can open and close – and there are two rear vents. 

One reviewer wrote, “Could use some additional venting, gets pretty hot in stop and go traffic during the afternoon commute, tempted to flip up the modular portion” (2). Worth taking note if you’re riding in really hot conditions.  

Profile shot of the Bilt Techno 3.0
Controls are neatly tucked in to the side of this helmet. Image Source: Cycle Gear

The Inside

Under the shell, you get EPS foam, which is exactly as you’d expect. There’s also a removable lining made of moisture-wicking material that can be washed when the sweat builds up. 

The Bilt Techno 3.0 also comes with an integrated sun visor; handy on all-day rides or when you’re commuting around the city. The lever to drop it down is on the left behind the chin bar hinges – once you’re used to the position it’s super easy to use. 

To lift up the chin bar and take advantage of the modular feature, you actually have to push up a lever on the outside of the helmet. They’ve moved the mechanism from the inside on the 2.0 and added a chin curtain, making the helmet a bit quieter.

The visor sits in four positions and forms a decent seal which should keep out some wind noise. It’s also Pinlock ready but you need to buy the right lens separately.

The Bluetooth

The helmet specs are pretty standard for a mid-range lid, but it’s the Bluetooth that you’re here for, right? 

The unit in the Techno 3.0 is a Sena DWO-6 which is equivalent to the stand-alone Sena 10R kits. That means you get: 

  • Bluetooth 4.1 with better battery life than 3.0
  • A battery with a 10 hour talk time
  • 1,000-meter range with connections to up to four riders
  • An iOS and Android app with upgradeable firmware

You can use the fully integrated set to make and receive calls, listen to music, take GPS directions, intercom with your riding buddies – as long as they all have a Sena set – and listen to FM radio. Pairing with your phone is really easy, too. 

In terms of quality, some users say the speakers can be a little quiet, but the overall sentiment is summed up with this review: “Phone calls are clear on both receiving and transmitting end and radio and nav synchronizing was a snap” (2). 

Our Assessment

We’re confident in saying this is the best Bluetooth motorcycle helmet. It’s road-safe and DOT-certified, and the Bluetooth is great quality. 

HJC i90 Solid Modular – The Best Bluetooth-Ready Modular Motorcycle Helmet

When you don’t want to commit to an integrated Bluetooth kit, we recommend the HJC i90. It’s Bluetooth-ready and there’s even a specially designed kit from Sena that fits right in. 

the HJC i90 helmet
A gorgeous lid from a top helmet manufacturer. Image Source: HJC

The Outside

The HJC i90 modular Bluetooth helmet is made from polycarbonate – a basic plastic – and comes in sizes XS – 2XL with ECE and DOT certification. However, ECE is all about slim size, so the 3-5XL sizes are only DOT certified. There are three shells covering all those sizes, which is good for the price range.

In terms of vents, there are two – on the chin and at the top of the helmet, both of which close.

The Inside

Right under the shell is the EPS foam to absorb any knocks you’ll take. The other internal details include:

  • A moisture-wicking, antibacterial lining that’s easy to wash
  • Interchangeable cheek pads
  • Cutouts for you to add speakers for your Bluetooth kit
  • A Pinlock-ready visor with a Pinlock lens included
  • An integrated sun visor
  • A red button on the chin bar to lift it up

All of which makes it a nice helmet that’s both comfortable and feels well-made. 

HJC i90 from the rear
Clean lines around this helmet. Image Source: HJC

The Bluetooth

This HJC i90 modular Bluetooth helmet doesn’t actually come with Bluetooth installed. Instead, you need to invest in a separate kit, either the SmartHJC 10B or 20B models. 

Here’s a breakdown of the differences:

FeatureHJC Smart 10BHJC Smart 20B
Bluetooth3.04.1
Battery life8 hours talk time10 hours talk time
Range400 meters / a quarter-mile1,600 meters / 1 mile
Intercom paired devices28
Other featuresUniversal intercom works with other brandsConnect two devices (phone, GPS, etc) at once, universal intercom
PurchaseGet the Best PriceGet the Best Price
The HJC 20B headset internals
This kit from Sena is built to tuck seamlessly inside the HJC i90 helmet. Image Source: HJC

Our Assessment

We concur with one recent review of the HJC i90 when they said, “A very high quality helmet, at a very reasonable price. The features and functionality far exceed the price point” (3). It’s maybe a little heavy at 1,720g, but it’s got a low price point and it’s modular so we’d expect a little extra weight. 

If Bluetooth came as standard, it’d be competing for the top spot on our list of the best modular Bluetooth helmets. 

Sena Outrush – Best Budget Bluetooth Modular Helmet

For the price you pay for the Sena Outrush, you get a decent bang for your buck – a helmet that should save your life with a basic Bluetooth communication system built-in. 

Sena Outrush in 2 colors
The Sena Outrush comes in two simple colorways – white or black. Image Source: Sena

The Outside

Made from polycarbonate plastic, the Sena Outrush weighs in at 1,780g. You get vents on the chin and the head, plus a rear exhaust. The interior holes for the vents are pretty small so the ventilation isn’t amazing. 

Sizes are basic, running from S-XL and the chin strap is a ratchet rather than a double-D. It’s not the absolute safest chin strap in the world. 

The modular section is raised from a button under the chin with a smooth mechanism to raise it. A chin curtain is also thrown in. 

The Inside

You get the standard multi-density EPS foam and a removable and washable liner. There’s an integrated sun visor; it’s got a ridge at the bottom though which can distort your view a little. 

The padding is comfortable and thick enough to not cause rubbing or pressure points. 

The visor is multi-stage and there’s a notch at the front that keeps it snapped in place. 

The Sena Outrush with chin bar up.
Rather chunky with the chin bar up, but a quality lid nonetheless. Image Source: Sena

The Bluetooth

As we’ve said, this is a modular Bluetooth motorcycle helmet at the lower end of the market. That means you get:

  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • An 800-meter range
  • 15 hours talk time
  • 2-way intercom with other Sena devices

It also works for taking calls and listening to music. A lot of reviews point out how quiet it is, “Sound volume is very low; once the wind noise starts you cannot hear it anymore. This will vary based on the bike’s wind protection” (4).

Our Assessment

Your budget shouldn’t be a barrier to trying out a modular Bluetooth motorcycle helmet. The Sena Outrush is wallet-friendly but not the most durable helmet for the long term. 

Sena Outrush R – Potential to Be the Best Modular Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

There have been some upgrades on the Outrush R compared to the earlier Outrush version. The key differences in the new version are:

  • It’s now ECE and DOT certified
  • The sizing now goes up to 2XL
  • Upgraded Bluetooth with 900-meter range, 12 hours of talk time, and 4-way intercom
The Sena Outrush controls
Controls on the Outrush are simple – the original has a click wheel, while the R has a button panel. Image Source: Sena

The main drawback that we can see is that the exterior button is pretty far back, more around your neck rather than below your ear like most integrated helmets. 

Our Assessment

This one was in contention to be the best modular helmet with Bluetooth. It didn’t quite hit the mark with the Bluetooth control location and intercom range, though. It’s definitely one to watch. 

Torc T28B – Best Modular Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet for City Riding

The Torc T28B does have some limitations but it has enough cool features to make it on to our list – as long as you’re not using it for long distances and group cruises. 

The Torc T28B in vapor red
The Torc T28B in Vapor Red. Source: Torc Helmets

The Outside

This lid is made from thermal polymer alloy, which is the same tech as the Bilt Techno 3.0. You can buy it in sizes XS-2XL and the only details we can find about the weight put it at 5.15 lbs or 2,300g. It’s not officially listed on the Torc site so we can’t be sure, but it’s a hefty weight if so. 

As with the other helmets we’ve looked at, you get chin and top-of-the-head vents and rear exhausts. 

The Inside

Along with the multi-density EPS foam and removable and washable, antimicrobial liner, you get the integrated sun visor thrown in. 

inside Torc t28B
Inside the Torc T28B. Image Source: Torc Helmets

The modular section lifts up with a release button in front of the chin curtain. 

You can easily switch out your visor for one of five special tints that you can buy from the manufacturer, too.

The Bluetooth

Unlike every other helmet we’ve looked at, the Torc T28B uses Blinc Bluetooth rather than a Sena kit. It’s one of the reasons we’ve marked it down – your riding group is much less likely to be able to pair with you. 

Left side of helmet
The Torc T28B’s Blinc Bluetooth unit and sun visor slide. Image Source: Torc Hdelmets

There’s no record – even in the user manual – of which Bluetooth spec it uses, but it can pair two phones so we’re assuming it’s at least 4.1. No one seems to have tested the range on it, either. The specs we do know are:

  • Pairs with iOS and Android phones
  • 12 hours talk time
  • Intercom works with other Blinc devices

It’s not great at high speeds, with one review noting, “Other than when the bike is at an idle, you can’t communicate with each other. Everything is garbled” (5). 

Our Assessment

If you’re looking to have a modular Bluetooth helmet to commute around the city, this works well. It’s kinda heavy so not great for long rides, and if you go out in groups you might be the odd one out not using Sena. 

It’s DOT and ECE certified so it’s safe and you’ll be able to listen to music all you want. 

Bell SRT Modular – Best Bluetooth-Ready Modular Street Helmet

Bell Bluetooth modular helmets that are fully integrated don’t exist, but the Bell SRT Modular is ready to be upgraded. 

Bell SRT modular from the side
The Bell SRT is a striking lid. Image Source: Bell

The Outside

This helmet is both DOT and ECE certified – you might see in some places that it’s Snell-certified as well – but as we said up top, there aren’t any modulars with a Snell rating, yet. Here’s the rest of the details you need: 

  • It’s made from fiberglass, so a cut above the other helmets we’ve looked at
  • It weighs in at 1,750g for the medium helmet
  • There are three shell sizes covering XS-2XL
  • There are three vents on the chin, two on the forehead, and one at the top
  • The chinstrap is secured with the safest option – a double-D ring

The Inside

Internally, on the Bell SRT Modular, you get:

  • EPS foam with cutouts for Bluetooth speakers
  • An antimicrobial, removable liner
  • Separate removable cheek pads
  • A built-in sun visor
  • A normal visor that’s Pinlock-ready but only sits in two positions
  • An easy release modular section with a button at the chin bar
Bell SRT with chin bar up.
The chin bar on this helmet settles at a nice right angle. Image Source: Bell

The Bluetooth

You can choose any Bluetooth set to work with the Bell SRT. Sena does make a set for Bell but it’s customized for different models. That’s not to say it won’t work with the SRT, but it’s going to work as well as any other Bluetooth headset you choose to buy. 

Our Assessment

The biggest drawback of the Bell SRT modular helmet is the Bluetooth. Because there’s not a specially designed set to use it comes behind the HJC i90 that we looked at. 

It’s still a very solid helmet that looks and feels great, though.