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Cool enough for McQueen, the Bell Bullitt Helmet is inspired by the original Bell Star Helmet. Featuring an exceptional fit and ultra-high quality details (including a high level of ventilation), the Bell Bullitt is a vintage stylista's dream come true. Pop on a bubble shield and hit the streets, Steve would be proud.
Inspired by the very first Bell Star helmet, the Bullitt is a modern take on the original. Featuring an exceptional fit and ultra-high quality details, the Bullitt is the perfect helmet for riders looking for a vintage look with full-face protection.
Ultra low-profile fiber composite shell
3 shell sizes
SM: XS and SM Helmets
MD: MD and LG Helmets
LG: XL and 2XL Helmets
Multi-Density EPS liner
Removable, washable and anti-bacterial interior
Perforated micro-suede interior fabric with leather trim
Padded chin strap with stainless steel D-Ring closure with leather pull tab
5 Metal Mesh intake vents with 1 rear exhaust vent
3D Cut cheek pads with speaker pockets
Magnefusion shield closure system
Helmet ships with flat shield, Bubble Shield also available and sold separately for added vintage panache
Industry-leading five-year warranty
The Bell Bullet is a premium retro option
Note: Helmet in video is pre-production sample and will not come with ECE certification sticker.
Great Helmet and It Keeps Getting Better
I bought the Bell Bullitt Retro Helmet primarily for style but without wanting to sacrifice protection. It has exceeded my expectations in both looks and comfort.
The leather padding is at another level from any other helmet I've owned or even tried on. I currently own six helmets including a Bell RS-1 and Bell Vortex. In terms of comfort, the Bullitt beats them all once you get it on. Initially putting the helmet on, however, can and does do a number on my ears which, I believe, are not exceptionally large or protruding. I attribute this to the leather neck roll which is stiffer than the fabric neck rolls found on other helmets. Still, once in place (and your ears are righted#, it is incredibly comfortable.
The field of view is tremendous. I read about it before buying the helmet but it was beyond what I expected. And, something I really appreciate, I'm able to comfortably wear sunglasses or eyeglasses underneath the shield. It would have been nice to have a quick release mechanism to make shield changes easier but I can live with it. I purchased a dark smoke shield but may just stick with sunglasses underneath the clear shield, especially with it getting dark so early in the winter.
The vent in the chin bar seems more for looks than functionality. Without a neck curtain and with the shape of the helmet, plenty of air makes it way underneath and up into the helmet. With that said, I have not experienced any lifting of the helmet despite riding during a high wind advisory. If there is airflow from the vents across the brow, it is minimal. I really couldn't feel it. I suppose I just have to wait until summer before learning just how hot this helmet will get. For now, it feels good.
Other than the discomfort to my ears when donning and doffing the helmet, something that seems to be getting better, and the lack of a quick release shield, the only other drawback I've experienced is a very pronounced imprint left across my forehead after a ride! After my first ride with the helmet which lasted a few hours, the imprint across my forehead lasted for several hours. Not cool and quite embarrassing. It was surprising too because I never felt any pressure or discomfort during the ride. In fact, I couldn't get over how amazing the helmet felt. The imprints across my forehead seem to be diminishing in severity and duration. I'm hoping that as the helmet continues to break-in, it will stop completely.
So, not perfect. But great. And it keeps getting better.
I ride a 2014 CB1100 and 2007 VFR800 - Not that it really matters but I like to see what other reviewers are riding and figure others might feel the same.
January 30, 2015
Love the style and function
Love the paint the subtle flake is a nice touch. Fit is true to the size chart. Breathes well doesn't get too hot or too cold while riding. Visibility with the bubble shield is fantastic. I was debating on buying this or the gringo. Ultimately ended up buying the Bullit because of the ECE certification, the visor and the added features.
December 4, 2014
Better than I had hoped
Fit and finish are superb. Great vision and many comments on the look
December 1, 2014
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