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What is a Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet?

Updated on June 18, 2013
Nothing screams technologically advanced and safe like a Nolan N-Com series helmet.
Nothing screams technologically advanced and safe like a Nolan N-Com series helmet. | Source

Despite what the Mid-West of middle America believes, motorcycle helmets are way cool, and nothing is more cool than a helmet that allows you to hear your GPS, talk to the passenger, call your mom, or listen to your favorite tunes... wirelessly.

For many years, riders have tried to overcome the sound of just the wind blowing through their ears by adding radios and speakers, 8-tracks, CDs, DVD, and MP3 players. Navigation via stick-figured, handheld GPS units has progressed to full satellite imagery on a dash integrated pop-up screen. Bike-to-passenger and bike-to-bike communicators have gone from hard-wired airplane cockpit style to radio frequency to cellular.

Throughout this technological rainbow, the one thing that has always been a hassle has been hearing what each of these devices has to offer, and in this modern day the Bluetooth helmet is a boon to the industry.

What is a Bluetooth?

Bluetooth technology as described by WikiPedia:

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength radio transmissions in the ISM band from 2400–2480 MHz) from fixed and mobile devices, creating personal area networks (PANs) with high levels of security. Created by telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994, it was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization.

So, hopefully that clears up what it is, but why would you want it IN your helmet? Using it means no more stuffing speakers behind the cheek pads, no more fumbling with ear buds, and no more trying to fit any type of other audio type widgets on the bike itself.

Although who doesn't love seeing the old school, bandana-wearing, ZZ-Top looking dude blasting 'Free Bird" whilst gripping some Ape Hangers??! But, I digress.


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