So this is a bit of a departure from my normal posts but I have decided that I can review things from my other hobbies as well as work. I have been an avid motorcycle rider for the past few years. Since I made a deal with my wife that if we got a garage, I got a motorcycle. Worked out pretty well. I started with a Kawasaki Vulcan 750 about 7 years ago and had it for just about 3 years. Then I decided to upgrade and just wanted something comfortable to ride for a few hours yet sporty enough to live in downtown DC with. I found a 2001 Triumph Sprint ST.
I had been riding with the same HJC CL15 helmet I bought initially but decided this year it was time for something new. I really wanted something with a built in sun visor, full face, and with bluetooth. Well that is a little harder to find than one might think. I happen to walk into the CycleGear in Laurel, MD just to check out the selection and found the Bilt Techno Bluetooth. I have scoured the web and cant seem to find this helmet, only the Bilt Freedom that I think the discontinued I had seen mixed reviews on the Bilt stuff but since it was the only helmet I could find with everything I wanted… I went with the matte black. The Techno Bluetooth comes in Gloss Black, White, and a Matte Black. The helmet uses a standard micro USB to charge. There is a boom mic and while I did not want to use it for the phone it was not an option without. It does auto answer the phone after 2 rings. Kind of a convenient feature if you do plan to use it for the phone. With left hand controls it is very easy to change songs and the volume.
**Update : CycleGear has done a video review of the Techno Bluetooth as well. It is here
**Update 2: CycleGear just sent an email out announcing the Bilt Helmet that is normally $319.99 for $159.99. Nice for me is after contacting their Customer Service I was told they offer a 30 day price match guarantee and to just stop by the store and they will do the adjustment. Way to go CycleGear. That is a great move.