Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet
Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet is a good value
I've been using this helmet daily for two months now. I ride a TW200 on road as a work commuter in a mostly rural area.(@ 55mph), I ride "straight up" as opposed to a 3/4 tuck. I've ridden in temps ranging from 100* to 50*.
The fit is just a tad tighter than I'd like but expect that to improve a bit with more wear. I ordered a medium, that's the size I wear in most helmets and the size the Bell size chart indicated. CAN NOT wear my Oakleys with the helmet and my prescription eyeglasses are VERY snug too, I ride without them most of the time. Luckily with the mirrored face shield sunglasses aren't really necessary.
"Straight up" the helmet is somewhat loud, doesn't make a whole lot of difference if the shield is closed, city or wide open. If I'm wearing earbuds it isn't noticeable.
With face shield in city position I get a lot of wind inside the helmet hits me right in eyes if I ride without my glasses. With the shield completely open I actually get less wind in my face. The chin and eyebrow vents let in a noticeably cooling breeze (I'm bald now so I can feel it easily, when I got the helmet I had hair and couldn't really feel the eyebrow vents). The head vents don't make a noticeable difference. If I go into a 3/4 tuck the noise and wind levels improve, almost no wind in the face/eyes with the shield in city position.
If the vents are closed and I'm not moving the face shield tends to fog. IF it does fog as soon as I'm moving the shield clears.
EVERYONE comments on the styling of the helmet.
While the mirrored face shield is dark I can still see well enough to ride at night when caught off guard. IF I could carry a clear shield to swap out I would though.
Bottom line: I love the helmet and would definitely recommend it for the features/value. You MAY want to consider a larger size.
December 3, 2013
Nice product for a good price, cool artwork, very confortable and is SNELL 2010. Smart purchase.
November 27, 2013
Flying Tiger review
Very nice lid. Love the art work, Weight and fit right on par with other lids in this price range. A pain if you wear glasses. The cheek pads that come with it are way to tight, replaced with the 40mm pads. Fits much better now. The only real gripe I have is with the 2 vents at your ears, Horrible wind noise. I plugged them with cotton balls ( not noticeable from the outside ) , and now its as quiet as my Shoei. Great air flow as well.
November 16, 2013
Great lid for the money
This helmet is awesome, especially since it is so cheap for all of the features you get. Was not going to buy a helmet that wasn't snell 2010 approved, and this one was one of the cheaper ones that was. Fits well. I wear a L in it and a M in a Shoei rf1100 for reference. Compared to the shoei it is definitely louder and probably a little heavier. But the shoei also cost over twice as much. ventilation was good. the visors are stupidly easy to change out, take like 10 secs to honestly switch them out. overall it is an awesome helmet and i'm very happy with my purchase.
December 5, 2013
Did its job but.....
Well I can say from experience, the helmet did it's job . ( Had a pretty ridiculous crash/low-side on the high way. A car on a trailer in front of me, it's rear windshield dislodged, become airborne and smashed into me, what are the chances of that ???!!!) This brain bucket definitely passed the test with flying colors in the protection area. However; I still should note the thing is heavy and very loud compared to my old hjc ac-10. There are vents located close to were your ears would be, they cause a very annoying whistle, I ended covering them up with tape. But considering the price I guess it was okay, especially because it held up so well. Also, the tinted visor is cool but it doesn't fit the shell shape very well.
November 25, 2013
Overall great helmet
This helmet was recommended to me by a Rezvilla customer service rep. I told him I was looking for a helmet that had good ventilation and was light because I'm riding in a tropical climate. I'm overall very happy with my helmet. It has Snell, which is great, it isn't too heavy, and, most importantly, it has great ventilation. If I'm stationary it gets a little hot in the helmet, but once I'm moving, I'm not at all hot. The only downside to the great ventilation is that the helmet is a little noisy--I never go more than 40 mph and I still hear a bit of noise. Also, I dropped the helmet when I first got it and one of the vents broke off, which was disappointing, but it easy to fix with a bit of super glue. Overall, I'm very happy with my Bell helmet!
November 25, 2013
Great helmet for the price.
I am 54 years old and drive a harley dyna, but also wear eye glasses. I couldn't afford a modular helmet yet so I decided to go with this full face helmet. Bell has been around since I was a kid so I had no problem with the choice. It fits good and rides fairly quiet. My only peeve is that the bell logos are too large, I wish they would tone that down a bit, but overall it's a good multi purpose helmet.
November 4, 2013
Great protection for the price but lacks key feature.
This is a quality product with respect to the paint, comfort, and ventilation. The reason I rate it average overall is because I commute everyday on my bike and so I really can see how durable products are. I have replaced this helmet twice but only because of the magnet Bell uses for keeping the strap from flapping around in the wind. Bell has been great about replacing the helmet and so I would recommend the company but if you do any riding in the cold you will want the RS-1 or Star since they have a tab to just give a slight opening to defog the visor in colder conditions. I never even thought to check for this feature since every helmet I have owned in the past had this simple feature. I just contacted Bell to replace this helmet again and they say they have a fix for the magnet and I think they are going to allow me to pay for an upgrade to the RS-1 but I'll find out here in a week or so.
Overall the Company seems to take care of their customers which I appreciate and so I have no reservations in recommending these helmets just do yourself the favor and spend a little more on the RS-1 or Star.
November 1, 2013