Bell Bullitt TT Helmet
Looks cool fits snug.
I have a few Bell Helmets in XL. They fit me fine to a little loose. I really like the style of this helmet so I picked it up. The XL was so tight I thought I needed the jaws of life to get it off. The 2XL is still tight. There is no ear room in this helmet. The padding is nice, but really thin so when the helmet is on my ears either fold in half or are pushed in an uncomfortable position. I moved up a size in this lid and it is still too snug. I tried to give it the 10+ hour test to see if it would break in at all. Nope. Still squeezes my noggin to the point of headaches. At least it looks cool with the bubble shield on the shelf in the garage.
I like bell helmets, just not this one. That is a shame because it is the best looking one they sell.
July 17, 2014
Comfy and good looking
Very nice inside: plush and comfy. Wind-noisy and very deforming visor specially if you wear sunglasses under: motorcycle dadhboard can be difficult to read during the day!!
July 14, 2014
Great retro look with full face protection...I like it!
This helmet has a snug fit. The interior lining is high quality leather (I think). The "latch" for the bubble face mask is a tab of leather secured with a magnet...very cool. Relative to other full-face helmets that I have this feels light. Ventilation is adequate...but, then again, I live in the desert where all ventilation is just "adequate".
July 7, 2014
The helmet I've been waiting for
I've been living with the Bell Bullitt TT for several months now. I don't normally review products I purchase, but in this case I'm making an exception due to how outstanding the product has been for me.
I meet the minimum head diameter for a Bell XL, and the fit is near perfect. I have a tiny bit of extra room now that I've worn the helmet for several months, but it still fits snug enough for full retention but not so snug that it causes pressure points.
What I've enjoyed most about the Bullitt is the incredible visibility I have with it. It almost feels like an open face while still retaining the safety of a full face helmet.
I've worn it in the heat, and in cooler weather, and it has been comfortable to the point where I can almost forget I have a helmet on. The ventilation is decent in the heat as long as you're moving. Crack the shield a smidge, and you can sit at a light or in traffic in comfort.
I've read reviews about the "ear issue" with the Bullitt series helmets. Putting the helmet on and taking it off took some serious getting used to. Once my helmet broke in it was a little easier. I've found that pulling the helmet down slowly while gently spreading the helmet open with the straps prevents ear folding. If I try to just pop it on quickly, the ears fold and stay folded.
Now the looks: it's retro-future-sexy. I leave it out on top of a tall dinging room cupboard with my wife's fancy display vases and plants and she doesn't make me put it in the closet. That, my friends, is a bloody miracle of design. Thank you, Bell, for not covering the lid in garish logos. Pull the Bell sticker off the front of the helmet, and there is no visible branding. (More moto companies please take note.)
Get the black flat face shield for a seriously dope look.
Problems? As you can tell I'm pretty sold on this helmet. There are downsides. I wish the shields were of higher quality. They are printed with "not shatterproof" on them...which makes me question their integrity in a crash situation. I do think that if you wear this helmet you are making a safety sacrifice. There are helmets that will most likely protect you better. There are helmets that won't protect you as well. Motorcycling is all about managing risk, so these are all decisions we individually have to make. Would I use this helmet on a cross-continent tour? No. But for riding around town, or on twisty two-laners up the North Shore it's as close to perfect as you can get.
The other downside is the silly internal chinbar vent. Does this thing actually do anything at all? No. Bell should remove the internal slider, but leave the external wire vent hole (because it looks nice, not because it actually does anything).
If you want a helmet that doesn't restrict your vision, is reasonably safe, comfortable and looks great the Bell Bullitt should be on your short list.
June 9, 2014
Beautiful and stylish, but a bit noisy
I bought this helmet for my wife. She wanted a helmet that looked oldschool, but she kinda hates open-face helmets.
So, she choosed the Bullitt TT. No regrets at all. Flawless color combination, leather and fabric inside are really good in touch, excellent manufacture, lightweight.
But due to the style, there is a tiny, but visible gap between shield and helmet. So, when we are riding, the air flows through this gap and makes some noise. Not a big issue, but compared to her previous helmet (shark s500), bullitt is more noisy.
So, except for the noise issue, she is very happy and enjoying a lot her new helmet.
June 2, 2014
Charlie Brown's helmet
Compared to my Arai and how it fits my head, the Bullitt was made for Charlie Brown. I measured my head carefully and ordered a small (I was right on the mark between the small and medium ranges, plus my Arai is a small), yet it was hard to put on and left a deep impression in my forehead after wearing it for 15 minutes, hoping it would stretch out a bit. So I sent it back and got a medium. It fit much better front-to-back, but the sides are very loose. The helmet would easily swivel and move when I turned my head from side to side while riding moderate speeds. So I ordered 35mm cheek pads from Bell, which they charged me for and would not take back the 30mm pads that came with the helmet. The pads help the fit a bit, but it's still pretty loose up above my ears.
The instructions aren't clear about what the little slider inside the chin guard controls. I assume it controls the chin vent, but with as much air that comes in below the helmet, it's impossible to tell a difference. There are no controls for opening/closing the forehead or crown vents.
The overall quality and manufacturing are very good. And remember, if you're used to wearing a modern full-face helmet with taller chin guard, people can see your mouth when you wear this one.
May 27, 2014
Beautiful but slightly large around the cheeks
I bought this helmet to go with my Ducati Sport Classic.
It looks fantastic together with the bike!
My only gripe is that it is loose in the cheek area. I usually wear a size M in Arai and AGV (57 - 58cm) and although this Bell Bullitt is also a size M (57 - 58cm) and it fits me well around the top of my head it is massive in the cheek area! I need to order additional 35mm cheek pads now but they are out of stock which is frustrating! (The size M comes standard with 30mm cheek pads). I just hope that I can fit the larger cheek pads soon so that I can begin wearing this beautiful helmet!
May 26, 2014
That's a great helmet; you get the Bell quality and an astronaut looks.
A little tight though, even with the correct size. I suggest you try it before buying.
May 20, 2014