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Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet
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Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmets

The Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet comes in either a red/black or black/white color scheme. Regardless of the color you choose, the graphic on this lid has depth and detail and a high level of reflectivity.  Part of the Bell RS-1 Helmet line, the Gearhead bridges the gap between the top-of-the-line Bell Star and the value-minded Vortex with an amazing blend of mid-line price and high-end performance. The shell is a lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass composite making this helmet lighter than both the Star and the Vortex. The fit is a race fit, so more snug but still very comfortable due to the Contour Cut Cheekpads and a plush, removable, washable liner. Packed with features, it’s one great helmet at a modest price.


  • Contour Cut Cheekpads
  • Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers
  • Removable/Washable Liner
  • Agion (R) Antibacterial Liner
  • MagnaFusion Strap Keeper
  • Snell M2010 Certification
  • Velocity Flow Ventilation
  • Super Stable Aerodynamic Signature
  • 3Mode Shield - Lock, Ratchet, Crack
  • ClickRelease Shield Mechanism
  • NutraFog II Anti Fog Coating
  • Kevlar/Fiberglass Shell
  • Comes with clear face shield only
  • Five-year Warranty
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Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet 4.8 5 15 15
Excellent helmet This helmet is very comfortable. The inner lining is snug without any pressure points. Air flow is really good. It's pretty quiet without ear plugs but I would still recommend wear ear plugs especially at highway speeds. It did fit smaller than my Shoei and HJC helmets. I followed the measurement guidelines but still I had to exchange it for one size larger. The transitions visor is available and is an awesome upgrade. Overall a really good helmet, I highly recommend. November 4, 2013
Great helmet This helmet is excellent but I have a few minor complaints: The spoiler is made of a weak plastic and came with a crack in the middle (I did not notice it before I was no longer able to return/exchange it). The vent switches seem flimsy too but should hold up to some abuse. Some of the great things about this helmet: The shields movement is extremely smooth and precise. Very snug and light on your head. The wind noise is significantly lower than my previous helmet (I can hear the quiet engine on my Honda CBR250R at 50 MPH). Overall, I would buy this helmet again. September 23, 2013
Fantastic contender I've been using a Shoei RF-1100 for years and it's a great helmet for the money. That said, this thing blows it out of the water. The RS-1 fits an intermediate oval head better, has more space for your ears, passes the same safety tests, has MUCH smooth action on the vents, has vents that actually DO something, and very importantly stays glued to my skull even after hours of riding. Normally on my Shoei after an hour or even after several consecutive days of riding it loosens up just a little bit, not enough to be a safety concern but enough to be annoying. Not on this thing, it just stays glued there, hugging my skull, and making my face cut the wind like a hot knife through butter. If you're considering a Shoe RF-1100 you really, seriously need to give this lid a shot. You will NOT be disappointed. July 24, 2013
Great helmet Had this helmet for a few months now. great fit and comfortable, also has good airflow. Made even better with the transition lens. Matches my bike perfectly. Another great product from Bell, well worth the price. April 30, 2013
Great Buy! I got this product to replace a helmet I'd had for years. I'm not disappointed, this is an awesome helmet. The fabric inside is very soft and comfortable. Also, the pockets for your ears are a great feature so they don't feel squished on long rides. Noise level is low. I can almost not hear my little 250. It is a little stuffy on hotter days but I suppose removing the chin curtain would help with that. Last but not least, it looks awesome! October 15, 2012
you get what you pay for! great design, removable parts are easy to remove, wash, and re-install. love the magnetic chin strap, only issue is it sometimes disconnects at high speeds (120mph+) September 24, 2012
My first premium helmet Fit's like a glove. You can tell that it's expensive over the 100-200 dollar mark. Had a HJC helmet around that price range does not even compare. Bell rs1 is really good quality, feels good on my head, very easy to change face shields. The material inside helmet is soft, the straps are of good quality. This is the best helmet I ever wore and will keep it for a long time. August 29, 2012
Good light and well featured helmet You have to like the light weight and features of this helmet. The ventilation is adequate and the liner is comfortable. I have received complements on the graphics. The only con is on a naked bike it is slightly louder than normal. August 1, 2012
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
nikolay n: was going to purchase a shark sped R but you are out of stock and my second choice was Bell and these one is a good price Jan 5, 2014
Dick C: i have always had a bell helmet on my dirt bikes and sleds and now i have a FJR and this looks like a good helmet to try out Nov 6, 2013
Jonathan M: Great look, great ratings, and extremely comfortable and form fitting. Plus it fits the transitions visor. Aug 28, 2013
A shopper asked: I have read that the Bell RS-1 seal around the eye port does not completely seal the gap between the faceshield and the helmet allowing water to leak inside the helmet, has Bell fixed this issue? Apr 3, 2012
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CBall: Actually, I do have the leaking problem. Perhaps it's limited to the Large and X-Large sizes? I'm going to try to adjust the fit of the shield using the screws, as another RS-1 owner suggested. I haven't found the helmet to be very quiet either, and most of the noise seems to eminatate from the top of the visor, so hopefully the adjustment will address that issue too. Jun 11, 2012
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RevZilla: We have never heard of that issue before for the Bell RS-1 helmet. It is probably a specific case that was taken care of by Bell as a warranty issue. We never had a return issue about that specific problem. Apr 10, 2012
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KawaKat: I just rode in a surprise rain storm yesterday with my brand-spankin-new RS-1 and I had no issues with water inside the helmet... Not so much with the jeans I was wearing though... lol May 21, 2012
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JoshBK: I purchased a 2012 model RS-1 back in march, i have had no issues with the shield. it blocks air and water very well. It sucks up nicely to the helmet. Jun 5, 2012
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Bell Helmet Sizing

Size Hat Size (in)  Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 - 20 1/2
XS 6 3/4 - 6 7/8 21 1/4 - 21 5/8
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 3/4
LG 7 1/4 - 7 3/8 22 3/4 - 23 1/4
XL 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 23 5/8 - 24
2XL 7 3/4 - 7 7/8 24 1/2 - 24 3/4

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black/White / XS 818604 768686845642 Out of Stock
Black/White / SM 818605 768686845659 Out of Stock
Black/White / MD 818606 768686845666 Out of Stock
Black/White / LG 818607 768686845673 Out of Stock
Black/White / XL 818608 768686845680 Out of Stock
Black/White / 2XL 818609 768686845697 Out of Stock