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post #1 of 26 Old 11-07-2007, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered This Yesterday

Price is right. Got the yellow one with the gold irridium extra shield, which by phone order was 20% off. I don't have much to loose on it. Hope to give a report on it. I should get it Friday. Woman I talked to said if it don't fit, get a return auth and send it back for credit towards one that does fit. When I was a youngin', Bell helmets were all the rage.


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post #2 of 26 Old 11-07-2007, 08:20 AM
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super sweet deal! I don't blame you. Nice find.

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Outstanding price Dave! Give us your 2 cents when you get it.




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looks like a great deal

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post #5 of 26 Old 11-07-2007, 09:30 AM
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Great looking lid! Hey Dave, remember Bell's "If you've got a $10.00 head, wear a $10.00 hemet" ad campaign ? Of course that was back when you could buy the best helmet in the world for only $59.00. Let us know how noisy/quiet it is.

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Great looking lid! Hey Dave, remember Bell's "If you've got a $10.00 head, wear a $10.00 hemet" ad campaign ? Of course that was back when you could buy the best helmet in the world for only $59.00. Let us know how noisy/quiet it is.
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Nope, nobody can blame you for that... you can't buy a quarter of an Arai helmet for that price!

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Bell still has a great rep. A couple of F1 guys use 'em.

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DOT and Snell2005 what's not to like...
Yeah, back in '77 I had an original Bell Star with a Kerker sticker across the chin bar. and I still have my old Star II from '81 up on the cabinet.

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Yeah, back in '77 I had an original Bell Star with a Kerker sticker across the chin bar. and I still have my old Star II from '81 up on the cabinet.
Most excellent! I wish I had the Bell open face my dad gave to me.

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My most memorable helmet was the Bell Moto3. It was the first helmet I lusted for and bought with money I made working tobacco. For a kid back then, it was big bucks! It replaced an open face "K-Mart" glitter special with a $2 black visor for cool affect. I used that open face with my Scott goggles and clip on face mask. Funny how I thought that was the shiet back then?!

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My most memorable helmet was the Bell Moto3. It was the first helmet I lusted for and bought with money I made working tobacco. For a kid back then, it was big bucks! It replaced an open face "K-Mart" glitter special with a $2 black visor for cool affect. I used that open face with my Scott goggles and clip on face mask. Funny how I thought that was the shiet back then?!

No kidding bro. I had the dark smoke face mask, I was 20 and I was riding a brand new CB750F Supersport. Me at 6'1", 170lbs................. I was sizzlin' like bacon in the frying pan.

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"If you've got a $10.00 head, wear a $10.00 hemet" ?
Gee, I remember someone telling me this when I was a kid. I wonder who it was?!!

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RECEIVING INSPECTION

I got the package yesterday. Following is a handfull of photos for your perusal, kind of a standard receiving inspection drill.

This is my $99.00 helmet with $27.00 replacement shield, free shipping and no tax:












The fit of all the sealing rubber and cushions is pretty darn good. The finish is 1st rate.
When I measured my head and gave the figure to the girl on the phone, she called out a Large. I told her no way is that gonna do it. I was spot on with that one. The fit is very snug and uniform around my head and face and is comfortably soft. The helmet is noticably lighter than my old Shoei RF800. I'm going to post up riding impressions just as soon as I can.

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When can we expect a full evaluation?

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post #17 of 26 Old 11-10-2007, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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When can we expect a full evaluation?
Well........................as soon as I can?







I might be doing dual evaluation on the helmet and the 16tooth sprocket for the KLR. It's pretty darn busy around the Bigdaa garage lately.

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EVALUATION

OK. I took a ride on my KLR yesterday and got a chance to eval this helmet.

1st things 1st, the fit is snug and comfortable. The material contacting my face is pretty soft, though could be a bit softer. No points deducted here at all. Riding at all speeds with the face shield up is very comfortable with little air moving around inside. The weather was cool and comfortable so I'll have to wait for a warmer season b4 I can determine how well ventilation works. The face shield when open looms lower than on my old Shoei. I think this is the reason that turbulence is cut way way down on this helmet compared to the old one. Very nice.

2nd The helmet weight is way down compared to my Shoei(which has officially been retired) My head actually feels very 'flipable'. The looks are superb at least to me. A more descriminate rider might prefer another shape and or graphics. The rubber seals are all proffesionally and ruggedly done with no seal out of place or misshapen. I checked out Scorpion helmets which had some shoddy seals right off the shelf. The face shields is a bit tough to operate to the open position. I am hoping it will lossen up with use. To close it is easy. The chin strap is comfortable in position and easy to fasten as expected. There is a little chin wind deflector that does it's job very well.

3rd Highway speeds..........70 to 90 and a bit above. Closed up and clipping along, the wind noise is not dampened as much as I would like. If I drop my forhead down a bit, the noise from the helmet strakes is amplified and a bit of an annoyance, but I cannot take a point away. The helmet is much more nuetral in the stiff wind than my Shoei. There does not appear to be any air leak through the shield seal. You know, I might have to subtract 1/2 point for noise suppression.

4th, the shiled. I immediately put on the Gold Irridium shield as my face is way to ugly to display in public. They say that it is not meant for night riding..........I say they are 100% right. It is more obscure than a dark smoke. Daylight visibility is a charm. Very nice tint, very comfortable. Now, installation of a replacement shield is a bit more difficult than I'm used to. It took quite a lot of thumb pressure to get the nubs stuck down in place, then a moderate pull on the lever to get it locked in place. I think I will order an additional light smoke shield to round out my selection.

Conclusion. I am extremely pleased with this helmet purchase. I would have been more than satisfied paying full retail at $199.00. Having paid $99.00, plus $27 for a replacement shield with no shipping and tax, I feel like a thief!
I am almost tempted to purchase one more as a backup.
I will report any anomallies and or further impressions as I put more time in this bucket. My 51 year old neck is happy to hold up less weight these days. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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Not bad for 100 bucks. Nice find there.


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Thanks Dave. Good bang for the buck!

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I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for a '76 Bell Star.

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Thanks for the review, Bigdaa. I tried on a hunnert dollar fulmer the other day. More padding and softer inside my Icon. If I find a bell on a shelf, I'll giv it an whirl.

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Gee, I remember someone telling me this when I was a kid. I wonder who it was?!!
And if I remember right, you bought a top of the line Shoei from Paul donnely.
I taught you well Grasshopper.

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I should check if i can find one here...

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post #25 of 26 Old 11-19-2007, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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The helmets are still on sale. It may sound funny, but I'm thinking of buying another in a different color, plus one more face shield, like maybe the silver irridium. My older boy is growing fast and he will need plus I can get a bit of variety for my red klr and my black 10r.


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sheat, they were out of red xlarge!!!!!!!!!!! i bought a green plus silver shield

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And if I remember right, you bought a top of the line Shoei from Paul donnely.
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