Best Motorcycle Intercom Bluetooth Headset – Buyers Guide & Reviews 2021


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Last Updated: 2nd March 2021

Headset tech has come a long way in recent years, with the best Bluetooth motorcycle intercoms offering a dizzying array of settings and features.

There’s a huge selection to choose from, and we’ve spent dozens of hours making a shortlist of the best options in each category.

We researched:

  • 5 retailers websites
  • 150 product reviews
  • Reddit and motorbike forums
  • A bit too much Youtube!

And, with over 80 years of combined riding experience, we’ve personally tested many of these products ourselves.

It’s safe to say we know a bit about motorcycle intercoms!

So, let’s get straight into it and have a look at what you need to know before making a decision.

Our Top Bluetooth Headset

The Sena SMH5

Reliable and Sounds Great

Feature-packed with high-quality sound.

This unit is a step up from the cheaper, less well-known brands and the extra money is well spent.Check On Amazon

Best Budget Bluetooth Headset

FreedConn Bluetooth Headset

Well built, Good Value

Well made, easy to install, and pairs easily.

Sound quality isn’t the best, but overall this an excellent option if you are on a budget.Check On Amazon

The Top 5 Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercoms Reviewed

Let’s dig into our top choices.


Sena SMH5

When it comes to motorcycle intercoms, Sena is a leading name. They are known for their sound quality, and the Sena SMH5 was made to deliver the best sound.

Note if you want 2 intercoms buying a dual pack is generally cheaper.

Single Pack | Dual Pack

Pros

  • Up to 4 other users
  • Can use with other brands of intercoms
  • 8-hour talk time; 7-day standby time
  • Reliable voice controls
  • Great sound quality
  • Hands-free integration with mobile phone
  • Bluetooth music controls and FM tuner

Cons

  • Only 437-yard range
  • Doesn’t have all of the features available in newer, pricier intercoms
  • Not completely waterproof

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Sena SMH10

Here’s another great Sena product. It has almost all of the same features as the SMH5 but has a much better range and longer talk time.

Of course, you will have to pay a bit more for these features. If you don’t use motorcycle intercoms often, it might not be worth the price for you.

Note if you want 2 intercoms buying a dual pack is generally cheaper.

Single Pack | Dual Pack

Pros

  • Up to 4 other users
  • Can use with other brands of intercoms
  • 12-hour talk time; 10-day standby time
  • 980-yard range
  • Superb sound quality and volume
  • Hands-free integration with mobile phone
  • Bluetooth music controls and FM tuner

Cons

  • Figuring out the “priority modes” can be a bit confusing
  • Water-resistance could be better

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See full Sena 10s review.


FreedConn Bluetooth Headset

This is a cheap solution aimed at people who ride in smaller groups and want a unit that can act as an intercom and Bluetooth headset paired to their phone.

And for someone who only rides in groups of 2-3, this represents a good investment.

It’s surprisingly well-built for its price, pairs easily to phones and other generic Bluetooth comms systems, and is reasonably simple to install.

Note if you want 2 intercoms buying a dual pack is generally cheaper.

Single Pack | Dual Pack

Sound quality isn’t up there with dedicated speakers like the JBLs, but the noise-cancelling is decent, and we could imagine listening to some music without getting a stress headache.

The battery is OK too, with a 3-4 hour charge time getting you 300 hours of standby and up to 10 hours of talk time.

This control unit has been designed with gloved hands in mind – essential for a set in the UK. It is also surprisingly intuitive and well-designed at this price-point.

Overall, this is an excellent product in a category where you can spend up to five times this amount for a similar solution from a top-end manufacturer.

Pros

  • plus iconExcellent value
  • plus iconDecent sound

Cons

  • minus icon Limited to 3 riders on the intercom

Veetop (Two Pack)

For a mid-range motorcycle intercom, the Veetop has some impressive features like a hands-free mobile phone connection and a built-in FM radio.

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The most annoying thing is that you can only talk to one rider at a time. If you want to talk to another rider, you have to push a button – which can be difficult while wearing gloves. Thus, this intercom is only good if you want to talk to one rider or a pillion.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Built-in FM radio
  • Water-resistant
  • Walkie-talkie connection
  • Hands-free integration with mobile phone
  • 8 hours of talking time

Cons

  • Connects to up to 3 units, but you can only talk to one person at a time!
  • Sound quality isn’t always consistent
  • Very poor instruction manual

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Ejeas (2 Pack)

This is one of the only cheap motorcycle intercoms which lets you connect larger groups of riders. The range is also impressive.

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However, the other features suffer – usability and audio quality are reflected in the low price.

One major downside is that there are no priority modes. If you are playing music, you won’t be able to chat with other users. If you are using GPS, it will interrupt your conversions when the GPS gives directions.

Pros

  • Up to 6 riders
  • 1,310 yards range
  • Hands-free integration with mobile phone
  • Great weatherproofing and water resistance n
  • Great price

Cons

  • Only 7 hours of talk time
  • Audio quality is not great
  • Buttons are small and fiddly
  • Need to press a button to switch to another user
  • No priority modes

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Boblov BT-S2 (Two Pack)

Due to its limited features, the Boblov BT-S2 is more like a mobile phone for your motorcycle. It isn’t even hands-free, but you can activate Siri with the intercom.

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For riders who only need to talk to a pillion or other rider occasionally and who don’t want to spend a fortune on an intercom, this might be enough to meet their needs.

Pros

  • 1,000-yard range
  • Great price
  • Hands-free integration with mobile phone

Cons

  • Not loud enough at high speeds
  • Only 6 hours talk time
  • Isn’t hands-free
  • Up to 3 users – but not at the same time

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What Is a Motorcycle Intercom (and Why Might You Need One)?

A motorcycle intercom is a device that lets you talk to someone else while riding. Depending on the type of intercom, that someone else can be a passenger, a fellow rider, or many other riders.

Here’s why I chose a Bluetooth headset:

  • GPS\Music\Phone connectivity: Most Bluetooth intercoms connect to your smartphone (and we’ll talk about those in the motorcycle intercom reviews), allowing you to get directions, make calls or listen to music wirelessly.
  • On long rides, I like talking to my pillion: My wife often sits behind me when we go on trips. It is great to be able to point things out and chat a bit. This wouldn’t be possible without a motorcycle intercom. Try talking through a full-face helmet at 60+ mph, and you will know what I mean! *If you haven’t taken a passenger yet, read this Guide to Riding Pillion.
  • I don’t have to stop to talk with other riders: My wife recently got her own bike, and we often go cruising without any particular destination in mind. It’s so handy to be able to communicate without having to stop.

Motorcycle intercoms have come a long way in the past few years. Before you start looking at the reviews, make sure you understand what you’re looking for!

Here are the key questions to ask to make your choice.

Who Do You Want to Talk To?

This is important because some headsets only work well with pillions. If you want to talk to lots of people in your group, range becomes more important.

  • Just to your pillion or for solo use with a smartphone: In this case, range is not an important consideration.
  • To other riders and\or pillions: Once you start wanting to talk to other riders, then range begins to matter. The larger your group is, the more extensive range you’ll need. Generally, 500 yards is adequate for small groups of 2-3. You’ll need approximately 1,000 yards range for larger groups.

Where Will You Be Riding?

A big problem with wireless motorcycle intercoms is that objects can lessen their range.

For example, let’s say that you are riding in a city. You go around a turn, and your riding partner is stuck at a red light. The buildings between you can interfere. Suddenly, you’ve lost contact with your partner!

So:

  • City riding = need a larger range
  • Open country = need a lesser range

What Will the Weather Be Like?

I bring this up because I’ve heard of many riders who’ve had their cheap motorcycle intercoms ruined by a mild rain. Pay attention to waterproofing!

How Will You Mount Your Motorcycle Intercom?

There are two options for mounting: clamps and tape. In general, most people prefer the clamp mount because it is more secure.

The video below gives you an idea of how to mount an intercom in your helmet.

Motorcycle Intercom Features to Look for

When reading motorcycle intercom reviews, try not to get overwhelmed by all of their fancy-sounding features.

These are the ones you need to pay attention to:


Intercom Range

If you are only going to use your motorcycle intercom for talking to a passenger, then range isn’t so important. With city riding or larger groups, though, you’ll need more range. As a general guideline:

  • For smaller groups or open-country riding: Range of up to 500 yards is adequate
  • For larger groups or city riding: Range of at least 1000 yards is necessary

Sound Quality

I tried my friend’s Bluetooth motorcycle intercom system. It was working great – until we hit 40 mph (not exactly super-sonic speed). Suddenly, the wind was so loud we couldn’t make out what the other was saying.

To make sure you can communicate with your intercom, look for:

  • Noise-reducing capabilities
  • Digital signal processing (DSP)
  • Wind and engine sound reduction

Wireless Technology Used

If you are going with a wireless motorcycle intercom (which is the most popular now), know that there are various technologies used. Bluetooth isn’t the only option!

  • GMRS or FRS: These are the same tech used for walkie-talkies. They provide great range but have the downside that GMRS and FRS are public frequencies, so other people could hear you! *If you want to learn more about these systems, here is a guide to two-way radios.
  • FM: Produce clear sound, but only when there aren’t obstructions in the path. Also is a public frequency, so others will be able to hear you.
  • Bluetooth: Not only does Bluetooth mean that you can communicate with other riders, but you can also communicate with your bike and mobile phone. The downside is that range is low (often just 100s of feet, not miles). Bluetooth may be combined with other technologies to extend coverage.

Battery

Look at the battery life and also how the battery is charged. You don’t want your intercom dying on you during a ride!


Voice Control/Hands-Free

Many of the top motorcycle intercoms are voice-activated. There are some situations where you won’t want your intercom coming on when you speak (such as if you have to stop to answer your phone).

So, look for an intercom that lets you override voice control and use manual switches instead.


Number of Connections

The more connections you need, the more expensive the motorcycle intercom will be.

However, think twice before skimping on the number of possible connections. You might want to ride in a larger group later on and have to get a completely different intercom!


GPS

All the intercoms featured here can connect to your smartphone, which allows you to use GPS – but don’t assume that all do!

If you want this feature (which is honestly really helpful), be sure to check for it before buying.

Alternatively, check our guide to the best motorcycle sat nav if you want a dedicated navigation unit.


Waterproofing

Virtually all units will say that they are “weather resistant.” This is NOT the same thing as waterproof!

If you ride in the rain (or might be caught in the rain), be sure your intercom is waterproof. Or have a plastic bag to put around it.


Helmet Speakers – Radio and Music

I find it distracting to listen to the radio or music while riding.

However, some riders like the “music sharing” feature on Bluetooth intercoms.

All of the reviewed intercoms can act as motorcycle helmet speakers to play your music when connected to a phone.


The Verdict?

After hearing many riders complain about problems they’ve had with their cheap motorcycle intercoms (and then ditching them to buy better quality units), I’ve got to say that the Sena SMH5 is probably the best choice for most riders.

The Sena SMH5 is more affordable than other Sena units yet still has all of the features you need to communicate safely and reliably.

Since its Universal Bluetooth means it can pair with other models of Bluetooth intercoms, you don’t even have to worry if your riding mates don’t also have a Sena.