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Bell Helmets - April 12, 2012, 10:29 AM

Anyone here use Bell helmets?

Wanted to try something different since my Shoei is 8 years old now and wanted to see how the Bell helmets stack up.
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I'm on my second one. No complaints.
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April 12, 2012, 10:42 AM

I've got three STARs and I LOVE them.

They are loud, but breathe very, very well.

Super light, nice styling, and although I haven't been down in one a buddy of mine has and it held up very well at slamming asphalt at 45.

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April 12, 2012, 11:03 AM

camelhumps.. can you find them discounted anywhere?! i've been looking for the matte carbon for forever but dont has the change to spend $650
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camelhumps.. can you find them discounted anywhere?! i've been looking for the matte carbon for forever but dont has the change to spend $650
650 or 550 is gonna be about the best you'll find on the Carbons.

I got the Carbon Speed Freak because someone on here was selling it for 350. Was gonna be a gift for my dad, but it's too badass.

Motorcycle closeouts has the snell 2009 Matte black, non carbon, for 299.99


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April 12, 2012, 11:11 AM

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camelhumps.. can you find them discounted anywhere?! i've been looking for the matte carbon for forever but dont has the change to spend $650
Hit up TJ at Ridersdiscount or STG
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April 12, 2012, 12:12 PM

The only Bell I have liked so far is the Star and that's more of a racing helmet honestly. If you're looking to spend that much get an Arai RX-Q. Best street helmet available imho...


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April 12, 2012, 12:26 PM

The RX-Q doesn't fit everyone man...

Call around, find shops that have what you're looking at in stock. Go try a bunch on, and buy whichever one fits YOUR head the best.


Back to the original question- I've seen the new Bells, and quality is top notch. One of them just might be my next lid once it's time.
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April 12, 2012, 12:42 PM

I've got one of the Revolvers (modular/flip up) from one of the many half price sales currently going on. Even with good ear plugs it is crazy loud and lets a lot of air come up under the chin bar onto my face. I'm hanging on to it since I already took some of the foam out of the cheekpads for my glasses to fit through. Maybe it'll be a decent summer helmet.
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April 12, 2012, 10:29 PM

I have a Bell Star. Here it is in comparison to my Shark RSR and Suomy Spec-1R






Best Construction and Materials: Shark > Bell/Suomy (tied).
The Shark is pretty damn amazing. Like a BMW, it just feels solid and super quality. The faceshield alone is F1 spec thick and smoothness of visor opening is money. The whole thing is feathery light, but it cost much more than the Bell.

Cheek Pads & Interior Material: Shark > Bell > Suomy

Lightest: Shark > Bell > Suomy

Best Venting: Bell > Shark > Suomy
The Suomy only has one active controlled vent over the mouth. Everything else is passive and cannot be controlled.

Best Fit: Suomy > Bell > Shark

Best Overall Value for Money: Bell > Shark > Suomy

My head shape is medium oval, sz 7" 1/4

In terms of fit, the Suomy fits my head a little better in some of the pinch points at the forehead and temples. The Bell improved as it broke in but was never as be as good as the Suomy.



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A couple of places have been blowing away RSR2's for $250. Got one for my girl a couple of months ago. Killer deal.

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True but the Arai's Corsair V, RX-Q, and Profile2 all use the medium oval design that is supposed to fit 80% of the US population. RX-Q is literally Corsair V with a little more weight and ergos for street riding. Out of all the helmets out there, they have the highest likely hood of fitting your head. I can't fit any of Shoei's, AGV's helmets for this purpose. My AGV has become show only


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650 or 550 is gonna be about the best you'll find on the Carbons.

I got the Carbon Speed Freak because someone on here was selling it for 350. Was gonna be a gift for my dad, but it's too badass.

Motorcycle closeouts has the snell 2009 Matte black, non carbon, for 299.99
Glad to see our tester got a good home...

We tested Bell's line-up recently. The Star was a top performer but even the 3/4 lid is groovy.

Overall much improved and top tier rated fit and finish.

All means nothing unless you try it on and it fits your melon.


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April 13, 2012, 07:01 AM

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I've got one of the Revolvers (modular/flip up) from one of the many half price sales currently going on. Even with good ear plugs it is crazy loud and lets a lot of air come up under the chin bar onto my face. I'm hanging on to it since I already took some of the foam out of the cheekpads for my glasses to fit through. Maybe it'll be a decent summer helmet.
I took a look at one of those last week and was not impressed. It just seemed poorly made with the brief look I took. The chin bar did not move smoothly and did not seem to latch securely. Kinda like closing the door on a cheap car vs a high car. Just did not sound reassuring when it closed. Plus the internal visor did not want to go all the way up and tended to droop down a little.

My son had a Bell dirt helmet and broke the visor twice in a year. They were not cheap to replace and that is the only dirt helmet I have ever needed to replace the visor on out of 8 or so different helmets.

Hopefully they put enough into their high end helmets to justify the price. They don't seem to for their mid level helmets.
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April 13, 2012, 07:45 AM

Big fan of the Bell Star. Have two and one made it through a whole sweaty, abusive race season with no appreciable wear or tear. Seems great quality.

It is very well ventilated, but more important to me is it is the most stable helmet at triple digit speeds I have ever worn and I was an Arai guy before.


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April 13, 2012, 08:54 AM

I'd like to comapre the rxq and the rs1


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