Bell Star RSD Black Beauty Carbon Helmet
This is a very nice helmet! While it is pretty pricey, its one of the best looking helmets i've ever seen. It has lots of features and flows air really well. Biggest drawback is that its a little loud. Other than that its all great!
October 1, 2012
Mind blowing loooks and design...but too pricey compared to other helmets in this range
This my fourth helmet. I have tried scorpions and Icon before this.
-even though the shell is huge and at the first handling of the helmet it didn't seem significantly light, the weight distribution is very well designed.
-I can do head checks at high speeds like its nothing
-liner is very plush and comfy...but there is a downside to that liner
-Has room for helmet speakers, however, putting on headphones is still a pain and almost not worth it
-Photochromic shield is AWESOME!
Downsides to this helmet though:
-The liner doesn't fill the top of the head too well. Its very scarce up there, however, I'm sure its definitely safe.
- It is LOUD (I ride vents completely closed#
-It is HUUUGE, I wear a size small in scorpion #snug# but I have an xs for bell and it is still too big #but safe enough#.
-It is pricey, even for a carbon helmet. Should have gone with the Shoei RF1100 #just bang for buck wise)
-If you're only concern is comfort and mainly looks then this is for you, but if you want bang for buck go with something else. ALSO: THE REVZILLA CUSTOMER SERVICE IS MIND BLOWING. I SPOKE WITH MARIO OVER THE COURSE OF A FEW WEEKS TO COME TO THIS DECISION AND HE DID NOT PRESSURE ME AT ALL> JUST GAVE ME ALL THE ADVICE I WAS LOOKING FOR>
August 10, 2012
The product has supreme quality
I am extremely happy with my Bell Star RSD Black Beauty Carbon helmet. I am sure its quality and features are unbeatable. I am sure I could not have found any other better product and I will feel really safe during my rides and trips.
Congratulation Bell for the state of art helmet!
July 22, 2012
My wife bought this for me as an anniversary gift and it couldn't be any better. Great style and fit. I'm happy
July 14, 2012
The Bell is the 5th helmet I've owned in over 20+ yrs of riding. For comparison my last helmet was the Shoei X-11, before that Schuberth C2, Arai RX-7, and my first helmet was a Shoei Lawson replica...can't remember the model name.
The Bell Star Carbon is the lightest of all of them. The fit is very good. The pads are still new on the Bell so I may change my mind but, the X-11 was the most comfortable. The Bell pads are a touch too soft compared to what I'm used to, so YMMV. With that said the Bell is runner up right out of the box and will most likely be my favorite helmet, but only time will tell.
The finish on the carbon and graphics are excellent. I did choose to return my first one because it had some uneven spots in the CF. I was a bit worried at first because when I called Revzilla they told me that this was normal...that the only CF helmet with zero blemishes/flat spots would be the Arai version for $4k. In his defense he told me he would send me another, but I kinda got the feeling he was trying to talk me into keeping what I had. I did opt for the return and the one I got was perfect. For $600+ that's what I'd expect.
The fit was true to size for me. Except for the Schuberth I have always fit a large. You might read that the Bell fits a size smaller, but I think there's some confusion between the 2008 version, which did fit smaller and was shaped differently, vs the 2010 "Snell version".
Noise is on par compared to the others I've owned...Which kinda surprises me because with the awesome vents, I thought it would be a lot louder. Normally lots of vents equates to lots of noise. I'm not sure how Bell pulled that off. Very well done.
The shield mechanism is very easy. Some say the best. It's pretty close to the X-11 IMO. One nice touch is that there is a line that matches the arc of the shield that's etched in the shield side panel. Now when you lift the shield to take it off there is no more guessing how far to lift it up...all you do is lift the shield up until the lower part of the shield matches the line and push down on the disassembly lever.
To put it back on just match those lines again and this time just push the shield in. No need to mess with the lever.
The shield adjustments are also very well done. You can lock the shield down, crack it open for venting, or have micro adjustments from all the way up to down. The reason I say micro adjustments is because there are very small increments vs all the way down, 1/4 up, 1/2 open, 3/4 open, full. On the Bell, after the first few inches it adjusts in millimeters. I'm curious if they will wear out sooner, but I suppose it doesn't matter since the helmet has a 5 yr warranty...effectively the life of the helmet.
I would highly recommend the Transitions shield. It's the only one I use anymore. For those that don't know it changes from clear to dark depending on the brightness...actually it works off of UV light. The change depends on the intensity of the UV/sun, but in bright sunlight it takes 2-3 seconds to go from clear to dark. It takes a little longer going from sun to shade, like going through a tunnel..maybe 5-8 seconds? It's very subtle so it's hard to say for sure. For those of you who are concerned with safety regarding going from dark to clear, IMO it's not that dark Even at its darkest tint, you can see ahead of you when going into a tunnel.
True to Anthony's word from Revzilla video review, the shape of the helmet really does make head checks easy. There is no more side push or feeling that the helmet is lifting. Pretty cool. Fastest I've done this is at an indicated 135 mph...on the track of course, LOL.
I have not put the included spoiler lip on my lid...not sure I need it.
The cherry on top is the helmet bag that comes with it. It's not a draw string sack like what I got with the rest of my helmets...it's a real helmet bag with plush furry stuff on the inside, that zips up and has carry handles plus a small pocket for ear plugs, shield cleaner, etc...
Oh, and if you're anything like me, I had to get over the Bell name because I've always associated them with drag racing, funny cars and such...but not very high end motorcycle helmets. I was too young to know them when they made really good motorcycle helmets. What convinced me to give them a shot vs. going with what I already know and proven (Shoei)
was that I read Giro, the bicycle helmet company, was bought by Bell. They know a thing or two about helmets, and I own a few. Rest is history.
IMO, They definitely have a winner with this one.
Hope this helps.
June 4, 2012
OK, so I got the Bell Star and went for a ride with it. I'm absolutely blown away... not literally, because the stability of this helmet along with the low weight is very impressive. It's significantly lighter than the Scorpion EXO-750. There is a good amount of wind noise at speeds, but it's a very different sound than with the scorpion. It's not a high pitched whistle, but a much lower frequency that I can live with. I usually ride with ear plugs and will continue to do so, but this is manageable without plugs. It's also very interesting how the bike sounds with different helmets. It is as if the sound that I was hearing was from the rear of the bike and just the exhaust. My Termis sound so nice with this helmet where as the Scorpion gave me a harsh sound.
I suppose that one of the reasons for this is the shape of the helmet. It seems to sit higher in the rear than the front. The other advantage is that I feel like I have more mobility with head checks. While we're talking about head checks, wow, this helmet feels so light and stable on my head that it barely feels like I'm wearing a helmet at all. The wind that comes through seems to be spread all around my scalp rather than just to my eyes and mouth.
When I first put the helmet on, I felt that the top of the visor opening was a bit short up top. I thought I might have some issues with looking up at streetlights, but I wasn't hindered because my neck movement isn't hampered like with the EXO-750. The side to side visibility seems to be better, though.
With regards to price, yes, it's an expensive helmet, but I got it for a great price from Revzilla. They were able to price-match a phenomenal deal online from a reputed seller. I wanted to purchase from Revzilla because they've been good to me many times.
The material inside is soft and suede-like. It's a bit weird when I pull it off though. My scorpion liner seems to wick the moisture away better. I wear a medium in most helmets but I had to order a small in this helmet. I have to see how the liner wears over time. It fits very comfortably now, but liner fit tends to change over time. Let's hope this helmet continues to make me happy.
April 17, 2012
At first I had a hard time shelling out the cash for this helmet. I must say, If you do you wont be disappointed! They helmet is rather light and very stable on the highway. It flows a ridiculous amount of air and the vent feature on the visor is nice if the starts to haze up. The transitions visor is well worth the money as well and is a valued addition to an amazing helmet!
April 9, 2012
One of the finest full face helmet available today!
This is my first bell helmet and i have to say its top notch! I own a Arai corsair and IMO this is a better fit similar to the profile. I also bought the photochromic visor and its outstanding. the fit is pretty much true to size. The one thing that happen once is the D-ring snap / magnet came off wile on the highway not sure if i didn't have it 100% in place or what but i re-secured it and it didn't fall off again. All in all very pleased with the helmet
March 28, 2012