Bell RS-1 Emblem Helmet
Great step up helmet
I splurged on this helmet after owning a very cheap Speed and Strength helmet for a few months.
This helmet has been a great investment. It's quiet, comfortable, pre-rigged for a communications device, awesome looking, and the visor change out system could not be easier. Another great feature is that you can remove and wash the helmet pads once you stink them up! The only thing I regret is I wish I would have sized down to a small. I was on the border and went for the medium size. Once broken in, it is still snug, but it is a bit looser on me than I'd like.
My only gripes with this helmet is my size medium shell is much larger than my old S&S helmet. I look a bit like a bobble head. And the anti fog coating that came on the face shield kept giving me trouble the first week until I just ran it under water and washed it all off. The helmet has fantastic venting and you can even crack the faceshield so fogging up is never an issue with this helmet.
September 9, 2014
Not very comfortable for tucked riding
This helmet is fairly comfortable on a straight up sitting position, however, when riding a supersports bike (I commute on a R6 everyday) where you usually want to tuck in a bit, it's not very comfortable, the back of the helmet is very low, and when you tuck, the padding in the back of your head/neck, pushes the helmet forward, causing you not to see well up front since the top of the helmet gets in the way of your vision.
This makes me have to constantly accommodate the helmet on my head a bit with my left hand every time I tuck on the highway, not fun.
I'm thinking about keeping it for when I go on longer rides on the other motorcycle I use for traveling longer distances, but for using it on a sportsbike, I'm shopping around for a different helmet and a different brand.
In other words, if you own a supersports bike, stay away, otherwise, very nice helmet with some good features.
It's the quietest helmets I've owned. It's got the visor lock, and pockets for installing a Sena intercom, which is very nice and makes it an easy and quick install. I also got the Transitions SolFX Photochromic Face Shield for it, and THAT was a good buy, highly recommended if you get this helmet, a very nice shield.
October 10, 2014
I chose this helmet because it was Snell certified, it was a comfortable fit, and it had an optional transitional lens.
The helmet is loud, but nothing like my prior 3/4 helmet at highway speeds. I find the chin curtain doesn't do much, but deflects enough wind when the air is cold. Opening and closing the vents is easy. The helmet also doesn't weigh too much which is nice for the long rides. Barely, if any, wind buffeting in the 3/4 positions and lane checks are easy to do. The venting is okay, but was expecting more based on other reviews.
Overall a great helmet at a decent price.
October 7, 2014
Air flow too much
I like the design and fit of the helmet.. Light and great visibility, however, I seem to be getting a lot of unwanted air flow even with the visor locked... I have the transition visor on and it works great but wondering if the visor fit is a bit off. Getting a little cool out and cold air makes the eyes water, not good for less then perfect conditions.
October 1, 2014
Nice helmet for the price!
I bought this helmet as an upgrade from my 1998 HJC. It fits nicely and is very comfortable. There's a lot less wind noise than my old HJC. I still wear earplugs though because I ride at least 2 hours everyday. Tool-less shield swapping is sweet!
Also, I installed the Sena 20S bluetooth intercom in this helmet with no problem.
August 11, 2014
I did not buy this from Revzilla but at my local dealer after test riding three helmets. I tried more expensive Arai and Shoei. The Arai was noisy but the Shoei was o.k.
The Bell however was like I was not even wearing a helmet. Very wide view, nice air flow, and very stable in wind. I have a long oval I guess and the helmet fit me well. True to size. I also ordered the chromatic shield which is really nice.
(I was not happy with the new HJC models. They seem to have gone to making a cheaper, noisier helmet.)
Worth every penny but I would suggest trying them on and riding first as every persons head is different.
June 18, 2014
good looking, great fit helmet
First time owner of a helmet. Fits perfectly as per the chart. very comfortable to ride in all day, with minimal head bobble of lift. Also very quiet
July 29, 2014
The most beautiful helmet I've ever owned. I've received compliments from people who don't even ride. I've owned Shoei, Arai and Scorpion helmets in the past - this is my first Bell and I'm very satisfied with it. By far the lightest helmet I've ever had and fits perfectly. Not the best in noise reduction, but nothing unbearable.
July 28, 2014