Bell Mag 9 Sena Rally Helmet
Love this helmet. Installed the Sena communicators, super quick & easy installation. I was hesitant to purchase due to color listed as Titanium Rally, was afraid it would be a little goldish... It was not, I would call it dark silver and with the black stripes looks really nice!
The fit is nice and the communicators work great!
December 14, 2014
Close but no cigar.
I bought this unique lid to ride on a summer ride out west where I would be in BMW mesh gear most of the time and doing some serious riding in Utah and Colorado in temperature extremes.
That said the helmet performed from a performance standpoint terrific. I had a love hate relationship with this one form the get go. I should say this , DO NOT EVER buy a helmet that fits so so then go on an extended trip not being sure it is comfortable all day.
Going forward I found this helmet to be less than ideal fit for a roundish head shape and it had more pressure points in what should have been my correct head size , than carters liver pills and it hurt my head so bad and was ready to throw it off a bridge at the first state that allowed riding without one. But remember I got this one for the "seamless" install of my favorite SM 10 headset.
End of the story. I rode it to Utah from Georgia and back again continuing to beat on the interior to remove the constant button mounted attachment points for the interior to give me room. I obviously ordered my size too small. Then I rode it again after I got back home and it survived my running into the back of a pickup truck at 50 mph and did not crack though I did see the preverbal birds you see in cartoons on impact.
I would almost be willing to try a larger one and see if it worked because I liked the features so well. And at this new price point, I just might.
Order a half size too larger if you ask me , it just has a lot of things in the padding that can drill holes in your head on long rides.
December 5, 2014
Mixed feelings... Good helmet for the money.
Warning, the helmet is super round. That's the big negative. After wearing this thing for three months daily I can say it is still pretty round, although the foam has compressed some.
Features are pretty great for the price point. Helmet looks decent. Visor is too short to actually be a visor, but doesn't catch in the wind.
Overall vision range is outstanding, but there is some distortion in the view, especially with both sun visor down and clear visor. It's a good helmet. Not great, but a good solid helmet. In November I'll switch back to the full face for the winter.
October 27, 2014
Excellent value and style
I got this for the Sena system but have found it to be better than expected. The main benefits are...
1) Reduced fatigue from great fit
2) Passenger no longer had wind buffeting from wind slipstream caused by helmet
3) Great air flow makes helmet very comfortable!
October 21, 2014
Using an XL for my 24" noggin. Fits perfect around forehead with no hot spots. Cheek / jaw padding is a bit snug especially while putting on and removal, hoping will conform better with use. Wide distortion free field of vision, sun shield is really nice and convenient. Sena unit virtually disappears within the left side of helmet, microphone boom routes nicely and is not in the way, speaker placement is super easy and sounds great. I removed visor to facilitate storage of 2 helmets in tour-pack.
Best 3/4 helmet I've ever worn and I've used Arai's.
September 15, 2014
Over rated, Leaves a lot to be desired
I waited to review this helmet to give it a fair analysis. Bought it mainly for the Sena bluetooth which I already have. I thought I could just the existing mount from my Sena and just go with it. No, had to order a special mount to fit the helmet, an added $40 towards the helmet. Helmet wind noise is bad, defeats the purpose of the bluetooth. I don't personally like the sun shield lever, somewhat difficult to feel for and operate. The face shield seems loose and has tendency to fall down at times.
I bought this to replace an older helmet similar features, visor,sun shield and face shield. The older one was half the price and much better. I have other helmets and rank this bell to be among the lowest.
September 8, 2014
My first helmet and I made the right choice!
The helmet plain looks good just sitting on the seat of my Sportster. But looking good only goes so far and then performance needs to take over. This helmet takes you to the finish line! Bell once again delivers with style and quality!
August 11, 2014
Only choice for built in SENA
I got my wife and I each a Mag 9 Rally Helmet for the Sena units. The fit and finish is as good as any. Wind noise is pretty bad at highway speed for the communicators.
I love the helmet and I couldn't imagine owning a helmet now without the flip down sun shield. The clear shield doesn't go up enough and I find myself repeatedly trying to push it up more. It's just above your line of sight and a bit of a pain. Other than that I absolutely love the helmet and have only worn my full face once since and I felt claustrophobic
I ride a 2009 Concours 1400
We've been riding the helmets since last fall.
July 7, 2014