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Bell RS-1 Helmet - Solid
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The Bell RS-1 Helmet 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. Starting with a lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass composite shell, the RS-1 brings it with Bell’s vaunted Velocity Flow Ventilation system providing cool comfort, a super stable aerodynamic profile keeping the helmet still at speed, and the versatile Click Release shield system for fast, easy shield swap, not to mention an amazing variety of tint and coating choices. The Bell RS-1 Helmet should be a game changer in the mid-high end helmet assortment. The RS-1 Helmet will prove its worth on track and street alike.

Contour Cut cheek pads and a plush, removable, washable liner cradle the head in comfort while Bell’s exclusive Magnafusion magnetic strap keeper makes flapping strap ends a thing of the past. All told, it’s one great helmet at a modest price.


  • Snell M2010 Certification
  • Velocity Flow Ventilation
  • 3 shell sizes
    • SM: XS and SM Helmets
    • MD: MD and LG Helmets
    • LG: XL and 2XL Helmets
  • Super Stable Aerodynamic Signature
  • 3Mode Shield - Lock, Ratchet, Crack
  • ClickRelease Shield Mechanism
  • NutraFog II Anti Fog Coating
  • Contour Cut Cheek pads
  • Removable/Washable Liner
  • Agion Antibacterial Liner
  • Kevlar/Fiberglass Shell
  • MagnaFusion Strap Keeper
  • Five-year Warranty
  • Comes with clear face shield

Bell Helmet Sizing:

Size Head Measurement (cm)
XS 54-55
SM 55-56
MD 57-58
LG 58-59
XL 60-61
2XL 62-63

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Silver / XS 755215 2021748 Out of Stock
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Bell RS-1 Helmet - Solid 4.7 5 192 192
Excellent helmet with very few drawbacks As the title says, this is an incredible helmet at a reasonable pricepoint. The helmet is very light and very quiet when it comes to wind-noise. I can actually hear my engine and exhaust louder than the wind, which was not the case with my old modular. Drawbacks to this helmet include the chin being sufficiently short that my neck gets cold in the winter, and the visor not being pinlock-compatible. The photochromatic part of the visor works perfectly. It just fogs up in the winter. I did not find the breath box to be effective in 20-40 degree weather. That item is not worth buying. October 12, 2015
excellent This helmet gives an awesome range of view and is light and very comfortable. I love all the features and this is the first helmet that the airflow is significant. I have never had a helmet that I ever had to shut the vents because there was never enough airflow. Very happy with this product overall!! September 28, 2015
Can't go wrong with this helmet I purchased this helmet to upgrade from a scorpion EXO 500, and I wasn't disappointed. It fits my head extremely well, and the air flow is outstanding. The helmet is a bit noisy, but tolerable even on longer rides. The only gripe I have is that the neck roll is not removable, which would be nice for cleaning purposes. All in all, it's a great helmet and I'd recommend it to anyone. September 20, 2015
full face helmet I wanted a Full Face helmet. I wanted a Bell. I got the RS-1. It is a nice helmet October 29, 2015
Fantastic high-end helmet I used to wear a RF-1100 and while not a bad helmet at all, this is better in every possible way. For my head it fits a little snugger in M than the RF-1100 did in M but with the same shape, it's quieter, lighter, more plush, and the air flow is significantly better. Honestly it's less a different helmet and more like someone took the RF-1100 and corrected my every complaint about it. For $500 this thing's a steal and well worth the cost investment for protecting your noggin. October 26, 2015
Amazing helmet I love the Bell RS-1 series helmets. They are pretty much perfect in my opinion. -Fit is excellent, very snug but not too snug. I had to go up a couple sizes above what I measured though. Ended up requiring a 2XL instead of a L which was what I measured. -The vents work very, very well. You have two vents on the top and one on the bottom that work great for defogging or just giving you more airflow. -The helmet is quiet with the vents closed, I don't really have any issues even with the vents opened although I have not done a long ride with them open. -Ability to buy a transition shield for this is excellent, plus the lock/vent/release latch is a nice bonus. -Detachable padding, always good. -Went down at ~25mph and hit the side of my head on the road and didn't really feel anything. Works as advertised. Got the RS-1 liner helmet for my wife and the RS-1 speed helmet for myself. We love the styling, fit and protection on both of them and I would totally buy the same again. October 12, 2015
Takes some stress out of high-speed riding I've only ever had Scorpion Helmets, 2 EXO-700's and more recently an EXO-R710. The R710 disappointed me to the extent that I started searching for a new helmet almost immediately after buying it. I commute 60mi round trip every day in LA traffic, and my budget was sub-$400. Had to be light and aerodynamic with a wide FOV. Tried a Shoei Qwest, but it just didn't jive with me for various reasons. Tried on a few HJC's and Arai's and nothing fit well. I'm right on the smaller side of medium, and have roughly an intermediate oval-y, kind of egg shaped head. I would absolutely never, ever, ever recommend buying a helmet without trying it on, but I took a giant risk and bought this one after reading rave reviews, since they did not have one in stock to try on. And oh man. It was a good decision. Field of view is exceptional. Best peripheral vision I've ever had on a helmet. Fit is race tight, but breaks in very quickly. Interior liner is smooth and soft, and the best part, totally removable and replaceable. After a couple days the lining broke in and now fits perfectly. I have a naked bike but there's little to no movement on my head even at 80mph+ (not that I blatantly disobey the speed limit THAT often >_>). Very confident it would stay firmly planted in the event of a crash. The weight is feather light. Perfectly distributed, much unlike my previous Scorpions which were very front heavy. What I noticed immediately is how quiet it was even with all of the vents open. The padding they use around the ears is an interesting material, almost bean-bag like, and it blocks wind and other noise beautifully. Between the light weight, wide FOV and the lack of noise, the first time I went out riding I actually forgot the helmet was there for a second. It's that comfortable. My only problem is that I can hardly hear my bike with it on, and my girlfriend says I'm not allowed to get an Akrapovic exhaust... yet. Recently I purchased the SOLFX transition face shield as well, and would give this combo the highest recommendation. Why on earth Bell doesn't bundle these with every helmet is beyond me. Probably out of courtesy to other helmet manufacturers, because if they did that they would be the official helmet of... everyone. I sincerely doubt I'll ever go back to having to swap shields. Obviously my glowing praise is due in no small part to the fact that my head happens to fit their design quite well. This will not be true for everyone. I would highly recommend going to your local stealer-ship (preferably one with the lowest Yelp ratings), try it on, then come back here and order it from Revzilla. August 24, 2015
I survived This helmet saved my life last Sunday when a driver across the intersection made a left turn in front of me and hit me. I flew off my bike backwards and landed flat on my back and the back of my helmet slammed the pavement. I did have a concussion but no internal bleeding and I owe my life to this helmet. It looks good, feels comfortable, and most importantly, it does its job. It is worth every penny. June 24, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Brian M: It fits.... Oct 21, 2015
James S: It got good reviews and I am optimistic that it will fit my head. Jun 5, 2015
Chris A: I was down to this or the Shoei RF-1200, and eventually went with this mostly because it had the best shape to fit my head. Also really like the looks and it had all the features I was looking for, light weight, and the option of using the transitions shield May 5, 2015
Robert H: Great looks, good reviews, and Snell rating. And its a Bell. Apr 18, 2015
James K: I want the photochromic face shield so Bell was the choice. My friend has a star and loves it. Your decide & ride videos did the rest. Those are a great asset to shoppers like me who want the tech detail for comparison. I will continue to use those. keep it up. Apr 16, 2015
micah w: best bang for the buck, love the look. safety first. Feb 11, 2015
Brian L: two years later this helmet is still amazing, I have no complaints, ESPECIALLY THE PHOTO LENSE! tech at its finest... brings a tear-of-beauty to my eye ;) The foam has finally started to go after 10k miles but we all know that's easy and cheap to replace. A+ Jul 21, 2014
donald l: good reviews Jun 17, 2014
Jeffrey D: Great looking helmet in my opinion. The fit is spot on for me. Very comfortable helmet. May 9, 2014
Austin J: There is no price to big to protect the brain. I like bell and there products, if it protects my brain on a professional level its worth it. May 8, 2014
Kevin J: It's the best. Apr 22, 2014
Garet M: I watched their videos, sold me on it. Apr 10, 2014
Earl W: In 1970 Bought my first Bell a Star (racing snowmobiles back then), it was costly but then, "If ya got a $50. head ya buy a $50. helmet", the bucket saved me much grief and aggravation back then. Fast forward to 2012, a return to M/C after a 40 yr hiatus...Bell was once again my choice just not requiring the competition unit this time around. Fit great with diff. Cheek pads, Revzilla's pricing,bucks, processing, freight policy, and Bells performance made me 1 happy camper again. Mar 18, 2014
Nikolai M: Great reviews and a decent price. Bell helmets fit my head perfectly! Mar 7, 2014
Scott S: have had same helmet in the past... best value Feb 16, 2014
Mario B: Love it! Fits perfect! Dec 3, 2013
jonathan e: loving the design , free shield Oct 27, 2013
Ryan K: I needed an upgrade given the power of my bike and i just love this thing. I actually went to the RevZilla store in Philly and they really helped me pick this one out. Oct 10, 2013
Steven C: Sound rating, design, transition shield Oct 9, 2013
Andrew Y: Reasonable price for a quality helmet that matches my riding style Aug 8, 2013
A shopper asked: Which face shield comes with RS-1 Helmet, is it the face shield displayed in the picture? Jan 26, 2012
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QBall: The standard clear faceshield comes with this lid. The photochromic model shown in some of the photos, comparable to Transitions sunglasses, is another $95. The combination is still a better price than comparable hats from Arai or Shoei, and you don't get that visual jitter that can happen with more than one visor (even sunglasses and a visor) in front of your eyes while astride a vibrating machine. If you went with another Bell full-face helmet in the future, you can still use the same light-sensitive face shield . . . Name me another brand that will accommodate that! Feb 6, 2012
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ddd269: They all come with the standard clear shield. All my helmets, including the Bell Star helmet came with clear shield.

You have to buy the tinted or mirrored kind if you wish. I bought the light gold iridium and looks really good. Light enough to wear at night.
Jan 26, 2012
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Jesse D: It comes with a standard clear shield. I bought the Bell Transitions shield for mine which is great for everything except having the sun directly in your face(i.e. early morning late afternoon) Feb 9, 2012
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Brandon B: It comes with a clear face shield unlike the one pictured. Although a different type of shield can easily be purchased from revzilla Oct 19, 2013
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Lucas87: I comes with a standard face shield. If you want a dark face shield or the SolFX face shield you have to buy separated. Apr 8, 2012
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rpiian: Mine came with the clear fog-resistant shield, not the smoke one in the picture. Jul 30, 2012
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Cannonball: The helmet comes with a clear lens. The picture shows the optional shield. Jul 16, 2012
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ClassicZXR: Just the clear visor comes with the RS-1. May 24, 2012
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Kan P: It comes with just a clear face shield. Apr 16, 2012
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A shopper asked: Any thoughts on how this helmet would perform as a touring/sport touring lid?? Mostly riding in an upright position. GS, V Strom as examples Sep 13, 2013
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David W: I don't have a full upright bike - but I used my RS-1 for an entire ride from NYC to LA (long inefficient northern route), over about 21 days of riding on an F800ST (slightly forward at 6'). I thought the helmet was impressive for such a distance - and had solid airflow which was better the more upright I was. I would suggest this helmet to anyone assuming it fits well. I also used the transitions shield - which honestly is the best upgrade available on a motorcycle. Sep 13, 2013
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William S: I will highly recommend this helmet for any use. I ride a Triumph speed triple and a T595 and the helmet was great (for a year) until I crashed it at the track. I landed on my head going about 60 mph and broke my collar bone but didn't have the slightest headache. The helmet is quiet, great for everyday riding and track work and proved itself safe. I also think the transitions shield is one of the best purchases I have made for riding. Sep 13, 2013
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Christopher C: The helmet has decent venting and is fairly quiet. I have found it very comfortable for extended wearing. I also swapped in the Transitions SolFX photochromic face shield on mine and it works better than I could have hoped. Last month I rode a 900 mile trip and the helmet performed flawlessly on my bike with a similar riding position (2006 Ducati S2R 1000). Sep 14, 2013
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Steve M: I ride upright all the time on my bike. The helmet has good venting for summer riding but I have not used it below 50 degrees yet. It is a little noisy wind wise but not intolerable. It is water tight as I found out when I rode in rain for an hour and a half without any leaks. I like the helmet and would recommend it. Sep 13, 2013
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Erik J: I'm on a road glide and love this helmet. It's pretty light and has great ventilation. The visor is super easy to switch out. Highly recommended. Sep 13, 2013
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Greg W: I drive an adv. tour bike and find it works very well in an upright position. Jul 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: I would be mounting a Sena SMH10. Does this helmet easily take speakers (ie. recess or pockets for them to mount in)? May 23, 2012
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Kan P: The sena SMH-10 mounts perfectly and easily with the RS-1 helmet. And yes the helmet easily takes speakers, there's a cutout behind the cheek pads that will have plenty of room for the speakers. Sep 13, 2012
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ClassicZXR: Plenty of room for speakers in the RS-1, you can also easily remove the pad to snake the wire through and attach it to the inside portion of the helmet. May 24, 2012
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RevZilla: Yes, the Bell RS-1 offers room for you to fit speakers. It will easily allow you to install your Sena SMH-10 or any other type of communication system. May 25, 2012
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Nikolai M: The RS1 has decent sized ear recesses. I've installed a Scala Rider G9 and my ears still have room. Aug 21, 2012
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Cannonball: Yes it has a recess for you to mount them in. Jul 16, 2012
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Zx6Riderrr: It doesn't have speaker pockets Mar 20, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does this come with the transition lens? Apr 12, 2012
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RevZilla: All Bell Helmets come with a clear face shield. Any other tinted or Photochromic face shield is available separately.

Apr 13, 2012
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ClassicZXR: No, its 120.00 here and most other places I have found online. The dark smoke shield is only 40 bucks, the visor switch out system is so easy on the RS-1. I'm waiting for the transition "photochromatic" shield to be available here so I can get the Zilla cash on it. May 24, 2012
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George: No. Mine came with a clear shield. The Transition lens you will have to purchase separately. May 2, 2012
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Kan P: The Bell RS-1 does not come with transition lens. Just a clear one. Apr 16, 2012
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Cannonball: No - you have to buy the Transition Lens separately. Jul 16, 2012
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Bodie1331: The standard clear shield is the common offering. Apr 16, 2012
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A shopper asked: Wondering if I can just throw my Bell RS-1 liner in the wash machine? Also, I expect I should just hang it out to dry? Thanks!! Jan 30, 2012
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Walter F.: I would not recommend washing the helmet liner in any washing machine. I would recommend washing the liner by hand in a sink using a mild detergent like dish soap or Woolite. I have done this myself for several helmets I have had. The liner takes little time to wash and best if air dried. Jan 31, 2012
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ClassicZXR: Just noticed the date on this, did you put them in the washing machine? How did it turn out? I just dunk them in cold water, squeeze out the excess and let them dry. Can take almost a day to dry out depending how much you soak them. May 24, 2012
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Kan P: The liners in the RS-1 are removable (all except the neck roll) and can be machine washed. Hang drying it would be best, I usually just lay it out for a couple hours and it's ready to go back into the helmet. Sep 13, 2012
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Jesse D: I just pull mine out and soak it in the sink filled with water and some mild soap. I squeeze most of the water out then let it air dry. Feb 9, 2012
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Greg W: You should hand wash the liner in warm but not hot water and allow to air dry. Jul 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is the RS1 comfortable with eye glasses? Is there sufficient room for the ear pieces so they don't cut into your head Apr 13, 2015
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Nick K: I wear mine with my glasses daily and have had no problems getting them on and off comfortably. I noticed a slight difference in how one pair of frames felt versus another pair in terms of squeezing them on with the helmet in place, but both worked well. Both frames are made by Ray Bans.
I don't wear earpieces often, but have had iPhone headphones on with this helmet here and there. No problems or complaints I can think of in terms of functionality. Ample room once the helmet is on. Can be a little tricky keeping them in place while squeezing the helmet on, but this must be true of any decent fitting full face.
Apr 14, 2015
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Jacob J: Eyeglasses fit snug if you like your helmet tight to your head. Its not uncomfortable but I have a tolerance for annoyance. It works great with my Sena headset however for music and communication Apr 14, 2015
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Raymond A: I wear this helmet with eye glasses and it's pretty comfortable. This helmet doesn't make my glasses dig into my head but your mileage may vary. Apr 13, 2015
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Brandon J: Yes I wear my sunglasses under my helmet all the time very comfortable Apr 13, 2015
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A shopper asked: Are the Bell logos removable, or are they painted on? Aug 25, 2013
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Travis B: The logos are painted / silkscreened on, but to be honest until I went to look at it to answer the question, I'd never noticed or given a 2nd thought to the logo. My helmet is the flat black, and the grey logo over flat black is not very noticeable. Aug 26, 2013
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George M: It is a sticker applied under the finished clear coat, so it won't be removable. Aug 26, 2013
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Esmir P: They are painted on. Aug 27, 2013
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David B: Painted on Aug 26, 2013
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A shopper asked: The picture shows what appears to be a breath box. Does it come as pictured or is the breathe box additional? I see the shield is the optional shield. Jul 13, 2012
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Greg W: You can get a dual pane visor from Bell for this helmet that will never fog in the worst of conditions. A breath box is also available as an option for winter use but is not needed with the dual pane visor to prevent fogging. Jun 18, 2014
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Kan P: If by breath box, you mean breath deflector, then yes the helmet comes with it. And the helmet comes with a clear face shield. Sep 13, 2012
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RevZilla: The Bell RS-1 Helmet does not come with a breath box; it does, however, have a breath deflector built into the chin bar. Jul 13, 2012
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Nikolai M: RS1 does not come with a breathe box Aug 21, 2012
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A shopper asked: I really like the Bell helmet. With my current helmet, I like to snap the snap on the strap and carry it by the strap with my gloves in it. It looks like the Bell helmet has a magnet instead of a button at the end of the strap. Im assuming that I wouldn't be able to do that with the Bell because the magnet doesn't hold as well as the button? Feb 17, 2015
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George M: I'm not sure what helmet you currently use and it doesn't seem like that matters. If you are making the decision based on whether or not the strap has a button or a magnet, this helmet has Bell's Magna-fusion magnetic strap keeper and while I have never thought to carry my helmet by the strap with just the Magna-fusion connected, I don't think that I would recommend you do that. I also wouldn't recommend doing it with just the button either but it's gotten you this far.

Good luck.
Feb 17, 2015
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Steve M: You are correct. It does have a magnet and it will not hold for being used as a handle. Feb 17, 2015
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Kenneth J: It is a magnet which would not work like your current snap. Feb 18, 2015
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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 9, 2012
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Stuart K.: I cant say if they have or not, but I just adjusted the shield holders on the side and mine seals up just fine. Just loosen the screws a bit, put the shield back on and adjust it to where it seals, but you can still open it. Then just lift the shield carefully and tighten the screws.

I love my RS-1 and use it on the street all the time. Never used it on the track though as I prefer my AGV helmets, but after my little adjustment I have not had water issues.
May 31, 2012
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rpiian: I have ridden in the rain with the RS-1 regularly and have not experienced any leakage. I don't know if they fixed that particular issue or maybe I just got lucky. No problems at the moment though. Jul 30, 2012
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ClassicZXR: Got caught in the rain with it on Saturday, no leaks. Apr 23, 2012
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A shopper asked: Looking to replace my X11 this year. Does the RS1 fit like the X11? Keep in mind the RF1100 and Quest fit rounder heads than the X11 does. Will the RS1 work in an upright position like on my R1200RT? My X11 works just fine on my R1200RT when I put the windscreen down. I just am uncomfortable with the idea the vortex will be heavy and will catch the wind when I turn my head. Is this heavy like a Scorpion helmet or lighter more like the X11? Thanks Jun 6, 2011
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ZJDMM1: I replaced my Scorpion EXO-700 with the Bell RS-1. To me, the RS-1 feels MUCH lighter than my old EXO-700 (a helmet I really liked). I have a medium oval head and the RS-1 fits me perfectly. Haven't tried a Bell Star but the Vortex seemed to feel more "neutral shaped" to me and the RS-1 feels like it favors the "oval shaped" heads. (or at least it favors mine). I ride sport, sport-tour, and a naked road-bike. I have experienced little, if any, buffeting no matter what bike I've been riding. Even freeway speed "head-checks" with no windscreen were no problem whatsoever. This helmet seems to slice right through the air. Jul 5, 2011
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QBall: I've worn both, and though cannot say I've ridden with the X11, it seems to be just as light a helmet. Your RT has the same riding position as my Triumph Trophy though, and I have no problems with this RS-1. In fact, it really seems to slice nicely through the wind no matter how my head is oriented. A choice I would recommend. . . . Good luck. Feb 6, 2012
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Chris K: The RS-1 is best compared with the Shoei RF-1100 in fit and function. It has an intermediate oval headshape and is lighter than the Vortex, but not as light as the Bell Star. It should accommodate you fine in an upright riding position. Jun 7, 2011
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A shopper asked: A February 2015 reviewer suggested that the helmet came with a transitions shield... to confirm, the SolFX photochromic shield is a separate, added-cost, item... or has that changed for 2015? Feb 14, 2015
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Jesse G: I bought my helmet several years ago, but at the time, the photochromic face shield was a separate item, price, and UPC. Feb 15, 2015
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A s: Seperate cost Feb 14, 2015
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Michael K asked: What's the best way to customize fit - ordering new cheek pads, or the helmet liner?
I'm in between S and XS - S fits perfectly side-to-side, but loose front-to-back, while XS is almost perfect to slightly squeezed front/back, but way too tight side/side.
Jul 9, 2014
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Andrew K: You want the smallest size that you can fit in. The cheek pads will pack out a lot after a few hours of riding, you may not even need to order thinner ones. Mine was very tight side to side when I got it, fits perfectly now, I don't even think about fit anymore. Jul 11, 2014
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George S: Hey Mike,

First this is an awesome helmet. I also have the transition lens which is amazing.

As for the cheekpads, I bought an XS helmet which comes with the 40 mm cheekpads, for me they were way to tight (side to side).

So I bought both the 30 & 35 mm cheekpads, knowing that I was going to return one of them.

Personally, I felt the 30 mm cheekpads, were comfortable but had too much side to side play and caused the helmet to shift when doing head checks.

I installed the 35 mm cheekpads, the in between size and thought they were a perfect fit.

Hope this helps... ride safe \m/
Jul 10, 2014
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A shopper asked: I love my RS-1! I was just locking it to my bike and it slipped out of my hands and the rear spoiler (vent outlet) cracked. Does anyone know if this can be replaced? I know the integrity of the helmet is good since it fell from a height of only about 12" (I lock it to my front wheel with my disc lock). Don't want to spend another $400 to replace it. Jun 16, 2014
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Greg W: Bell unlike Arai does not provide replacement plastic vent parts like this. Your best bet is to try and glue it with a glue that does not soften the shell. IE Gorilla Glue. Jul 8, 2014
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Shane W: If RevIlla cannot answer that then I'd call Bell office. Jun 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: Got this helmet and love it. But less than a year later the magnetic lock is starting to peel back. Is there a specific glue to use to fix this or will some duct tape do? May 14, 2014
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Daniel B: Bell has a 5-year warranty on this helmet. When purchased, be sure to send in the warranty registration card. They can assist you with replacement parts and guidance as needed for any issues such as this.

With that said, I doubt the magnet problem is chronic to the design. I have ~7000 miles on my RS-1 now and have had zero issued with it. You may have just had a bad stitch in yours.
Jul 27, 2014
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Karl V: Mine just did that too. Be careful because a couple of days after it starts to peel, it'll fall off completely. Watch the orientation of the magnet, so it'll stick once you glue it together. I used Loctite Stick 'n Seal, mostly because there was a tube on my desk. I used a plastic bag to cover each side and clamped it together till it dried, and it's better than new. May 14, 2014
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Charles Gabriel C asked: Is it possible that the Matte Black RS-1 have a larger shell size than the solid Black shell RS-1, both having XS size?
Have they changed the shell sizing since it was first released?

I'm asking because I have used an RS-1 when I was in a riding school back in Feb 2012, and I remember the solid black rs-1 being smaller than the matte black RS-1 I just ordered.

I have a small frame, 5'6, 135 lb, 30 inch waist 34" chest. What other helmets are there that are small in shell size less than $400? I'm thinking Bell Vortex? DEC 07, 2013
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Phil C: Gloss black just looks smaller the shells are the same so focus on weight and fit. The helmets come with different face pads. Not to sound like an elitist but don't pay less for less. The lighter weight and better tech with this helmet will pay for itself in spades should you ever need it. Hope this helps. Good luck with school and in LIFE! Dec 10, 2013
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Phil C: Gloss black just looks smaller the shells are the same so focus on weight and fit. The helmets come with different face pads. Not to sound like an elitist but don't pay less for less. The lighter weight and better tech with this helmet will pay for itself in spades should you ever need it. Hope this helps. Good luck with school and in LIFE! Dec 10, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the Bell RS-1 neck-roll removable? Aug 24, 2012
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Kan P: The RS-1 Neck roll is not removable. It's glued to the inside of your helmet. but everything else is removable. Sep 13, 2012
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RevZilla: While the headliner and cheek pads are removable and washable, the neck roll is permanently affixed. Aug 24, 2012
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Adam W asked: How does this helmet compare to the Scorpion Exo-R2000? Apr 9, 2014
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Karl V: No idea. All I've ever owned is Bell, since my original Star in 1971. This is a long oval shape, and fits close at the cheek bones. It's despite only a low screen and lots of buffeting on my body. Apr 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: In between sizes for a Bell helmet: I measure at 21 5/8", should I purchase S or XS? Jan 8, 2013
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Kan P: I would go with the smaller size if you are between size. After break-in the fit will be more loose and comfortable. And you don't want the helmet to be loose for safety purposes.

I have a Bell RS-1 and I was between a size Medium and Large, but got a large. It fit great at first but after break-in, it became somewhat loose and didn't like it. From then on I've gotten the Bell Star, the Shoei RF-1100, and the Shark Speed-R in Medium sizes and they fit great.
Jan 10, 2013
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A shopper asked: I have this new Bell RS-1. I have a 2002 Honda Gold Wing. I installed J&M Mic & Speakers into my Arai Full Face Helmets. What's suggested for the Bell? Apr 8, 2015
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We're going to break down a brand new helmet for Bell for 2011.  This is called the RS-1.
This is Bell's direct competitor for the extremely popular Shoei RF1100
helmet.  So, what they've basically done is filled in the gap between the
Bell Star, which is a pro-level race helmet, and the vortex, which is their
Snell 2010 entry level guy that starts at about 179 bucks.  Pricing on this
guy is going to start for solids at 349, and this is the shattered graphic
that I have in front of me.  Graphics are around $400, 399 bucks.

The first thing that you really need to know to where this is really going
to stack up in the range of helmets that we're offering for this year is
this is going to be the aggressive sport rider racer track day enthusiasts
key helmet.  At 349 you're not paying for some of the World Super Bike GP
level carbon fiber elements that you are here on the Star.  What you're
getting is the best of the functionality without going for some of that
extraneous functionality that you end up just adding a lot of costs to the

So, I'm saying that the Bell RS-1 is my call for the everyday rider, the aggressive
rider; this is going to be the helmet you're going to hone in on.  I do
want to note that it's lighter, it comes in at 3 pounds 8 ounces, where
something like the Shoei RF1100 is going to be in that 3 pounds 9 and a
half ounces range, which is you know it's a nice weight savings there, and
this guy's actually going to be lighter than the Star, and they did that,
they actually used less carbon fiber on this guy.  It's the tri-weave
matrix for the shell design, so it's going to be Kevlar, carbon fiber, and
fiber glass.

They use less carbon fiber on this guy, but through little things, minor
changes to the R and D, now the Star has been around for five years so
they've  really learned what worked and what didn't, and something like
this to where on the Star it's going to be an aluminum piece, and here it's
going to be thermo-plastic.  Just incremental weight savings throughout
this guy on a lot of the components don't... they don't give way to
anything on the safety side, but they give you better weight.

You're going to be... and remember if you're on the track, if you're doing
track days, if you're riding long distances you have to think about the
focus.  If a helmet's too heavy, or if it's out of balance, or if you're
carrying... If it's whistling, these are things that take your attention
off the road and when you do that that's when accidents happen.  You want
to forget you're wearing a helmet, whether you're wearing it for 15
minutes, or you're wearing it for 3 hours.

Now, if we start here and we look at the shape of this guy, and you can see
how this vortex on the left and I have the Star on the right, the shape is
going to be an intermediate oval head shape.  So, front to back this is
going to fit very similar to something like a, like a Shoei RF1100.  I will
note though, it's more of a race fit.  This is going to be more snug than
the Star.  It's more snug than the Vortex.  It's an intermediate oval
they've actually redesigned the fit.  The Bell RS-1 has the same fit as the Moto-
9 of the two brand new helmets from Bell for this year, and the fit is
totally different.

It a... My only gripe, I'm wearing... This is not my Star, but I do, this
is the Rally color scheme, I wear one myself.  My only gripe was at 130
plus on the track I would start to get buffeting.  I would start to feel
like the helmet was moving around on me, only because the fit with my long
oval left me a little extra room.  I don't have the ideal head shape.  What
they've done with the... or with the RS-1 rather they've changed the
internal fit, it's more ergonomic, and it's going to be more snug for
different types of rider's heads.  So, it's definitely an improvement.

Other noteworthy features, it uses the same shell, or the same shield as
the Star, as the Vortex, so big thing.  Everybody loves Bell for the last
couple years.  They came out with a photochromic shield that's sol flex
technology, meaning when you hit the sunlight the UV rays tell the shield
to change from clear to dark tint.  It's the same transition lens
technology you see on high-end eye glasses.  This shell will take the same
shield shape.

So, if you've already bought it it's not a cheap investment you can
interchange your shields, so if you're going up from a Vortex, and you have
an iridium shield, and a tint shield, you can swap them right over, and
vice versa with the Star on the way down.

If we look at it, let's get into some of the nuances of this guy.  So,
here's your shield, some strong detents, three positioning, we have locked,
we have open, and we have cracked for extra defogging to get some air flow.
You can see there's this crack down here.  On the front you're going to
have a two position open and close here on the chin.  It vents the face,
and to the inside of the face shield.

Moving up to the top, this is a new vent configuration on the Bell RS-1.  This
will ventilate better than any of the entire Bell line-up.  They... Bell in
the states here, in North America, has not only a wind tunnel, but they
have a water tunnel.  So, what they do is they test this not only air, but
fluid.  It's easier to see where you're losing efficiency.  This vent
configuration out performs Star, and out performs Vortex.  It's open and
close, and vents directly to the head.

Moving back around. Four passive vents, venturi effect here.  So, high
speed air coming over a sphere creates a vacuum behind the head, not only
is it going to want to pull your head up, but it's going to be actively
sucking air out through these vents. Two on the back here, and you the
fuser along the bottom, and then at the back exhaust as well. So it pulls
that warm moist air off of your head.

I do want to notice, I want you to come in here tight, I'm going to put
these guys kind of back-to-back.  The thing, you know I talked about some
of the differences here, with the Start this is a slightly, slightly less
aggressive shape.  So, it's slightly more truncated in the back.  You still
have a full wing that does have an angular bend to it just like this guy,
but this is going to be more... this helmet actually going to be more
comfortable and aerodynamic in a three-quarter riding position, as well as
a tuck.  Whereas this guys really, really built for track day racing tuck-
type riding.

Let's go back to the shield, I want to tell you, show you how easily if
you've never owned a Bell before this is one of my favorite things they
have one of the easiest shield change mechanisms in the business.  You pull
it up, you pop it there, and you pop it on the back, two triggers, the
shield comes right off.  To reinstall it, you align it with the top, and
you snap it in.  It's really that simple.

There is definitely some brands of helmets where changing the shield during
video that's one continuous take is rolling the dice, not with Bell, super
easy.  I've changed that shield at what?  It was under five seconds; it's
that quick, that easy.

Other features, let's start walking through the guts on the Bell RS-1 Helmet.  You
know we talked about the antifog coating; we talked about some of the other
things.  Shape of this guy, it's going to be that intermediate oval I said.
Notice the guts on it, it's got a new anti-microbial, it's their CoolMax,
or their HydraDry 2 type lining.  It's their proprietary wicking
microfleece antimicrobial.  It's a step up from Star, and everything's
removable here.

So, I'm going to show you here, we have the magna fusion, which is a magnet
on the end of here goes through the double D-ring, it's going to go, and it
would come right back we connect to this, so it's not going to move around
while you're riding.  So, moving on further on to the inside of this guy,
you have a chin curtain that it comes with.  A lot of high-end race style
helmets com with chin curtains.  What I like about this is there's no
Velcro, its three snaps.  I don't like Velcro near my face, personal
preference.  Call me a snob.  I ride in a lot of different helmets, I find
when there's no Velcro it... it's just I don't like feeling like my face is
going to catch on anything, whether the pieces are in or out.  So, again
microfiber towards the inside, three snaps chin curtain comes right out.

Moving on to the cheek pads, everything's removable, everything's washable,
it goes with their new system here.  So, moving on to the cheek pads, pull
a cheek pad out for you really quickly, and actually in this one we pulled
a shatter because we wanted to show it, but I left the tags on it.  So,
notice here's your cheek pad. One of the things that's unique about Bell is
notice this webbing.  Say, well there's webbing there, why do I need
webbing other cheek pads just have a space?  The reason is, is that this
Bell Helmet has a cutout for a third party speaker for a Bluetooth
Communicator.  So, whether it's Accardo, Asena, ChatterBox, you're going to
have an ample cutout so that when you put that speaker in it's not going to
press any further on your ear, you have room to put it in.

I do also want to show that both the sleeves that go around the neck strap
are removable as well.  They have a strap on them, they come out, again
microfleece wicking, it's going to allow you to wash them.  Nothing's more
frustrating, and especially spending a day on the track in between
sessions, or a long ride in the heat, getting really gunkified, pulling
over it not being able to pull everything out and clean it. So, I always
recommend to people I say, "If you're not going to take five minutes and
run your stuff under warm water you're definitely missing out," or cool
water rather.

And then this guy comes out from across the front here.  It's similar to
how the Star worked, it's the mechanism from bell kind of pops right out.
So, there is my brow vent, and you can notice there here on this guy what
they've done is you can see the inside of this, it's wicking, it has nice
big slots for air flow, but there's a minimization of seams.  Whenever you
have less seams you have less areas that are going to create something that
might feel funny against you're head.  So, it aids in the new style of fit,
but it also it's a new encapsulation technique.  This is the next
generation liner from Bell.

I'm going to pull this other cheek pad here real quickly, and then I'm
going to show you the inside guts of this guy.  Okay, you'll see vents in
the forward, in the back, there's where your chimney's come in, and where
your venturi's suck out.

So, again the Bell RS-1 comes in a handful of colors, it comes in a handful of
graphics for right now.  This is called the Shattered.  Bang for the buck,
I think it's one of the best sub-$400 race Snell 2010 position sport
helmets on the market.  It's going to be light, it's going to flow a ton of
air, it's going to be in a different fit configuration that any of the
Bell's except for the Moto-9.  Bell's come back on strong in the last
decade, a big way in the States and every few years when they start to
release new helmets it's always improving on what they've done.  They've
done a lot of R & D here in the States, and that's one of the reasons
that they progress so fast compared to some of the other manufacturers.