A Bluetooth helmet makes motorcycle riding a different experience altogether – thanks to features such as inter-rider intercom, high-fidelity stereo audio, and cell phone calling, to name a few. In this article, we’ll talk about a particular Bluetooth motorcycle helmet called Bilt Techno 2.0. If you’re considering buying this helmet, this review shall help you decide if it’s the helmet you need.
Bilt is a renowned name in the world of helmet manufacturing. The Bilt Techno 2.0 Bluetooth helmet is the company’s second helmet in the series. Bilt makes different types of helmets such as modular helmets, full-face helmets, and now also Bluetooth helmets. Bilt’s specialty lies in its ability to offer feature-packed helmets at a competitive price. If there’s a new feature introduced by the motorcycle helmet industry, Bilt would invariably be already selling a helmet that incorporates that quality.
Design and Features
The helmet comes in various sizes: 2xl, x-small, small, medium, large, and x-large. The following are some of the marquee features of the helmet. For clarity reasons, we have categorized the features as helmet-specific qualities and features relating to Bluetooth.
• Internal sun visor and intuitive shield change mechanisms
• Aerodynamic and relatively lightweight (considering all the tech that has been put in)
• Full-face design
• Quality metallic paint job
• Has a chin deflector with completely removable lining
• Exhaust and vent inserts sit flush
• Heavy-duty shield mechanism for the face and eyes
• Removable chin curtain and breath guard pieces
• Sena DWO-5 Bluetooth intercom
• 7-day standby time and 8-hour talk time.
• Ability to share smartphone music via a Bluetooth stereo headset.
• Hands free phone communication
• Intercom facility between riders – up to 400m distance between riders is covered
The battery and its wiring is internally housed, making the entire adaptation low-profile and clean.
Ventilation and Noise
Ventilation is offered by a four-slot front vent, right and left upper slope vents, along with a couple of lateral intakes on the rear of both sides of the helmet. The front vent comes with a couple of positions, operating with a slider that functions from left to center. The top vents can be opened using a rocker switch; the back is open, and forward part is closed.
Ventilation is good overall; however, the incoming air could generate some noise within the helmet. This is probably indicative of a disturbed airflow from front to back. Perhaps the lower back vents are not doing their job well enough. The noise levels are higher on the helmet’s left side that houses the Bluetooth buttons.
The removable chin curtain and breath guard pieces come in handy during wet or cool weather conditions. They also assist with reducing noise inside the helmet when in a turbulent environment. However, it’s not extremely clear how effective the ventilation would be during warm weather conditions.
Padding and Interior
The size may not be perfect for all. For instance, if you generally wear a ‘large’ size helmet, then you may find the same size Techno 2.0 helmet a bit of a tighter fit. Keep this in mind when considering the size. If you don’t mind a slightly roomier helmet, then go for a size larger than you normally use. With continued use, however, you shall notice the helmet becoming more comfortable. Therefore, buy a size larger only if you are pushing at the edge of your current size.
The foam curtain for the chin is removable (as aforementioned). But since it conceals the intercom system wiring and battery, don’t remove the chin curtain unless you really need to access those components. The helmet has thick side pads on the interior, which can make it difficult to wear sunglasses with the helmet on.
Colors and Graphics
The Techno 2.0 has simple and clean styling and is made out of a polycarbonate shell. The helmet is available in both black and white. The black variant can be further classified as matte black and just black. If you are looking for other colors, you may have to look elsewhere unfortunately.
The Techno 2.0 is not an upper-tier Bluetooth helmet since Bilt did not intend to build one on those lines. The helmet is built to a cost, keeping a particular buyer group in mind. In that regard, the company has achieved what it originally set out to do. Build quality isn’t the greatest, but it’s nothing you cannot mend. When compared to the first generation of the Techno, the second generation certainly is a much improved version. For instance, the first Techno had issues with battery connection. The Techno 2.0 seemingly doesn’t have an such issues. Long story short, if you want a Bluetooth helmet for your motorcycle escapades but aren’t too keen on shelling out a lot of money, this Bilt Techno 2.0 Bluetooth motorcycle helmet shall fit the bill.