Sena Cavalry Bluetooth Half Helmet review

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I was recently given the opportunity to test out a Sena Cavalry Bluetooth half helmet and wanted to share my thoughts especially with April being Motorcycle Helmet safety month.

Fit and Finish:

The helmet sizing guide on was spot-on, I sent them my helmet size based on the sizing guide and the helmet is a perfect fit.

The helmet quality is on par with most half helmets I have owned. The build quality is extremely high and the look and weight are where they need to be.  If this helmet didn’t have Bluetooth connectivity I could see it being an everyday helmet due to the construction of the helmet. The Bluetooth Communications Module is very low profile only sticking out about a ½ inch from the helmet and the controls are raised so that you can feel them through motorcycle gloves.


Bluetooth Pairing was very simple, using the quick start guide instructions I was able to pair the helmet to my phone in about a minute and a half. Sena also provides a full User Manual on their website . The User Manual has some additional settings and information that the quick guide does not have and I found that it came in handy.

Pairing to my touring motorcycle:

I was also able to pair the helmet with my Indian Chieftains built in Bluetooth system with the help of this video ( I’m sure Harley-Davidson and Honda have something similar. This allowed me to see the number that was calling my pop up on my in-dash display.

Call Quality:

The first test of call quality was indoors just calling my wife in the next room. She was amazed that I was actually calling her from a motorcycle helmet which said to me that the call quality was very good on her end and I could hear her perfectly on my end.

I was able to get a maiden trip in with the helmet in late in late February (I live in Minnesota) and once again tested it with my wife calling me. After she told me to stop yelling into the phone which was my natural instinct since you are in the open air, she said she couldn’t tell the difference between me being on a speaker phone and talking through the Cavalry half-helmet. I would highly suggest taking and making a few calls off your motorcycle to get used to the process before trying this on the road, it’s not difficult to receive calls but get familiar with the systems before you get on the road.

The one part of the helmet I wasn’t impressed with and quite honestly wouldn’t suggest as a purchasing point would be using it to make outbound calls (honestly I tried it for the purpose of this review). In my opinion, it took too much effort to make an outbound call using the Bluetooth helmet.


Unfortunately, I was unable to test the intercom since I only have the one helmet and couldn’t find anybody that had an intercom system that I could sync up and go ride with. Once I get the chance to ride with someone with a compatible system I’ll be sure to update this review.

Audio (music):

The last area where the helmet really shined was the audio playback functionality.  I was able to clearly hear the lyrics to the music I was listening to from my phone through the helmet, and I could very easily adjust the volume and change songs with one or two presses of a button without being distracted in any way while I was on the road. The helmet also comes with ear pads that really helped with sound quality at highway speeds.

Other stuff:

The companion app for the helmet Sena Utility Android or Apple needs to be improved upon, but basic functionality is there. Setting up speed dial, radio stations and being notified of firmware upgrades are all in the app but things like battery monitoring and updating the helmet firmware from the app are not available.

Charging time seemed to be very quick with the included USB cable (No wall plug-in, but most of us have an extra around somewhere). I was able to charge the helmet in about 3 hours to full and that give me about 10 hours of on time. I couldn’t find any information on talk time but I would guess around 3 hours.


Overall this helmet is a winner in my book scoring about a 4.5 out 5 stars and is the best helmet I’ve ever used even without the Bluetooth functionality. I would most certainly recommend this helmet as a buy for anyone that wants a Bluetooth helmet but prefers a half helmet. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on a lot of end of the year best motorcycle products lists.

The helmet can be purchased by following this link Sena Cavalry Half Helmet

Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments section of this review.

Ride or Die!

The V-Twin Blogger

5 thoughts on “Sena Cavalry Bluetooth Half Helmet review

  1. I bought one. You better update the firmware first after taking it out of the box. I’m pretty much ok with technology but I watched the videos. The helmet itself is a good helmet. I have a hearing problem but I could hear everything, GPS, PHONE, FM RADIO, SAT. RADIO THRU THE FM RADIO. Intercom is where I am having a problem. My passenger has the Freedconn. It took about an hour to sync. I would suggest getting another Senna unit for your passenger otherwise i had problems with dropping the intercom connection.
    I really wanted this for the GPS Bluetooth connection. I bought a new Garmin 595 LM. I love that unit. In bright Colorado sunshine wearing dark sunglasses I could still see the screen. The pairing of these two was easy. Great volume control. Overall I really like the Helmet and would recommend it highly so far. I wish it came with the full manual. I found it on the Internet. It takes a while getting used to the controls, which button to push for what you want.

  2. I purchased a pair of the Sena Cavalry helmets and I am gravely disappointed in the quality with a rider. The helmet was purchased for my wife who rides passenger with me. The wind noise is unbelievable and very uncomfortable to ride with. My wife hemet seems to pick up allot of wind noise that transfers to my speakers. All I can hear is Thundering sounding in my ears from her helmet. If this helmet is not designed for rider and passenger, they need to spell this out. Originally I purchased a Cheep set from Amazon, to see if this would be feasible to spend on these helmets. I paid $100.00 for the first set. It was cheep but worked great up to about 80km/hr. I decided this is what we needed so I spent the money, purchased two Sena Cavaly 1/2 helmets, one for myself and one for my wife.. what a disappointment. I even called the hotline for assistance with this issue, nothing is getting resolved. These helmets work fantastic when riding alone. Very disappointed customer, I would NOT recommend this helmet for communicating with a passenger.

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