Helmets are the most important accessories for motorcycle riders. They keep your head protected, and the recent boom in smart motorcycle helmets has also turned them into great communication and entertainment tools.
The smart motorcycle helmet market is plagued with unsuccessful attempts. Companies like Skully have failed their Indiegogo backers. To make matters worse, Skully’s site is no longer accessible. Nuviz had a great product too, but the company closed down and now customers are left with no support. You would be right to be wary of purchasing a smart helmet, as they also tend to be more expensive than traditional buckets.
This is why we have put together a list of the best smart motorcycle helmets around. We can’t make promises, but there is less of a guessing game with these, as they are mostly available for purchase right now and some come from reputable brands.
The best smart motorcycle helmets:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best smart motorcycle helmets regularly.
1. Harley Davidson Boom! Audio N02
This is one of Harley Davidson’s best-selling helmets, and for good reason. It features the simplicity and protection of a full-face helmet with all the communication technology you could need. This helmet has two modules integrated: Bluetooth and mesh. This ensures you can hold a connection with your smartphone/music, as well as your riding peers.
Buttons are located towards the back, out of the way and keeping aerodynamics flowing. Chin and forehead vents keep the fog away, and the fiberglass composite shell will ensure the helmet doesn’t get too heavy.
2. Harley Davidson Boom! Audio N01
I don’t usually recommend half helmets because they don’t offer the same level of protection you get from a full face helmet. Trust me, I’ve had a bad time with a half helmet. But I can’t deny riding with a half helmet feels like a million bucks, not to mention it offers better visibility and can be easily carried around.
The Harley Davidson Boom! Audio N01 comes with an integrated Sena 10R Bluetooth communications system. This allows you to stay connected to your Bluetooth devices, play music, make calls, and stay in touch with other riders.
3. Sena Momentum Inc Pro
Known for their Bluetooth communication devices, Sena has entered the smart helmet game full throttle. Their higher-end model is the Sena Momentum Inc Pro, and it comes packed with plenty of goodies.
The Momentum Inc Pro is equipped with a QHD camera. You could add a camera to any helmet, but that affects aerodynamics and convenience. This one is built in and ready to go. Other features include intelligent noise control, Bluetooth audio, group intercom, voice commands, and even music sharing. Of course, DOT certification also makes sure you are safe in the case of any accident.
4. Sena Momentum Evo
Need something a little cheaper from Sena? The Momentum Evo is one of their most affordable offerings, and it’s still a great choice. Its design comes as an evolution from previous Sena helmets. Upgrades include an oval-shaped design, an integrated mesh intercom system, an improved contoured look, and better ventilation. All for under $400.
5. Quin Design Spitfire
Quin Designs focuses on a simple experience, offering the basics you need to stay connected without getting distracted. In fact, its most notable feature is that it offers Bluetooth audio. The system is invisibly integrated so that nothing affects its aerodynamics.
What separates the Spitfire from simple Bluetooth headsets are features like crash detection and SOS Beacon (live tracking). These will keep the rider secure and aided when most needed. As for build, the helmet is both DOT and ECE certified.
6. Crosshelmet X1
With Skully gone, the smart helmet market is looking at Crosshelmet. This product comes with a heads-up display and a rear-view camera. It also features a safety light, voice controls, and a design that looks like it came from a sci-fi movie. It’s not cheap at $1,799, but it is one of the best smart motorcycle helmets you can find. And its design will definitely turn some heads.
7. Reevu MSX1 helmet
The Reevu MSX1 isn’t exactly a smart motorcycle helmet, but it is still a smart buy. Its main feature is that it has a mirror system that sends reflections through the top of the helmet, giving the rider a rear view. It’s really cool in that it needs no charging, batteries, or apps. It’s a no frills helmet with a simple purpose, and it can be had for under $200.
8. Torc T14 helmet
Torc offers another great Bluetooth only product for those who are looking for simplicity in the best smart motorcycle helmets. It comes with an integrated sound system, mic, and side buttons for controlling your smartphone wirelessly. It also comes in a variety of really cool designs and offers ECE/DOT certification.