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