Gear Highlight: Bell Helmets
In addition to outfitting the bikes for the desert highways and fire roads, we reached out to our friends at Bell to try out two of their helmets--the cafe racer style Bullitt and the vintage motocross inspired Moto III. What follows is our expereience with these two popular lids.
In this Gear Highlight we'll go over our thoughts, feedback, and a photojournal on Bell Helmets.
Bell Bullitt Basics
As Bell describes the helmet, "retro-future" is the perfect description as this helmet has retro looks while adapting the modern helmet design in terms of ventilation, weight, & protection. This helmet is one of our favorites as it fit the picture really well on numerous builds and the simplicity was something we couldn't get over as it won over some of our everyday lids.
- Front Chin Vents with metal mesh
- Genuine Leather that you can remove and clean
- Five Year warranty which is high up in the helmet industry; Bell has taken care of all of our warranty inquiries immeditaely
- Integrated speaker pockets to use with commuication devices
- Padded chinstrap with a D-Ring closure
- DOT / ECE Certified
Fit / Comfort / Etc
We first tested this helmet riding out in the twisties around Cayucos, California during Wheels & Waves and had nothing but great things to say. The vents really cooled us down from the blazing hot weather, the visor offered more visibility compared to other helmets on the market, and it matched the look of our bikes.
Fit/Comfort: We recently used the Bullitt in Joshua Tree; commuting & blasting around town. Comparing against several of our everyday helmets like the Shoei RF1200, Arai XD4, & Biltwell Gringo's, Bell helmets seemed to be on the tighter side resulting in the need to go up a size compared to the other brands. Now, this part is important as if the helmet is too tight, the chinbar may be placed very closely to your mouth and the compression from the forehead section may be discomforting; this will vary depending on the shape of the head but this is based off of our experience. Follow the Bell Helmets size chart to be certain.
Venting: The venting system is quite minimal but Bell has done a great job with the design & strategically placed the vents in the right places such as the forehead of the helmet, back top-side, and the chinbar which can open or close.
Interior: The interior comes in a luxurious brown giving us the feeling that our heads were sitting inside of a Ferrari. Cheek pads and head liners are removable for washing.
Visibility: This was the winning factor for us as the visor on the Bullitt offers a very wide-range of visibility. Another great design feature on the visor is the leather tab attached onto the visor. There is a magnet on the reverse side of the leather tab allowing the rider to easily clamp it tightly against the helmet to lock things down.
Downsides: Every helmet has a downside and this part is subjective but with the visor up and the bike in motion, this helmet will produce a whistle. It's not the worst downside and you shouldn't really ride with your visor up but sometimes a little wind in the face is nice.
Bell Moto III Basics
Forty years ago, the Bell Moto 3 hit the market and changed the look of off-road racing forever. It is one of the most recognizable and iconic helmets in the history of motorcycling. Offering protection far beyond any prior helmets, looking like nothing else on earth, the Moto-3 was immediately adopted by the sport’s most legendary racers and overnight became the benchmark by which all others were measured. To this day it remains a highly sought after collectible, with battered old warriors regularly commanding insane prices on Ebay. With the re-release of the Moto 3, Bell scooped up passion and innovation from decades past, incorporated modern materials, state of the art fit and safety standards, and sent this legendary veteran back out into the world for a well-deserved encore performance. Often imitated, never duplicated, Bell offers no apologies for flattening the worn-out used helmet market.
- 3 Shell and EPS Sizes for a Personalized Fit
- Bell Moto-3 original styling
- EPS-lined chinbar
- Lightweight Fiberglass composite shell
- Removable/Washable anti-microbial terrycloth liner
- Removable/Washable micro-suede liner on specific graphics
- Secure 5 Snap Visor
- DOT / ECE Certified
- 1250 Grams
Fit / Comfort / Etc
No time to break it in, this lid went straight out to the desert for some offroading. Breathes well, looks good, & priced well.
Fit/Comfort: Similar to the Bullit, we went one size up and it was perfect all-around; a lot more comfortable than the original Moto III's that's for sure. Follow the Bell Helmets size chart to be certain.
Venting: Only vent is on the chinbar but venting or keeping our heads cool wasn't an issue for us.
Interior: Very simple & minimal with a removable liner.
Visibility: Similar to any other We recommend using some goggles like the 100% Barstow Goggles