Video: how Bell helmets are made

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After a couple decades under bad ownership, you probably think of Bell as the purveyor of helmets that are more budget than the kind of thing that you’d like to put on your head. But, that’s no longer the case. Since 2002, Bell’s been designing helmets in America and competing with other major brands on quality and features. This tour inside the company’s Santa Cruz R&D department should give you some idea of what goes into a modern Bell.

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Bell’s YouTube channel also has in depth look at their range of motorcycle helmets.

  • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

    I had been seriously considering the ’10 Bell Star until the reality of Snell 2010 not aligning with ECE came about. I’m happy with my Arai, but sticking to the same thing isn’t any fun.

  • ike6116

    I have a Bell Arrow “Strafer” because I am not rich and i have questionable taste.

  • T Diver

    Who makes the safest helmet?

    • http://www.smartcycleshopper.com/motorcycle-reviews/2011-harley-davidson-forty-eight-review/ DougD

      Ha! People have lost their job for discussing that topic.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, there’s definitely not a simple answer to that question.

      See here:
      http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/07/leaked-docs-show-motorcyclist-caved-to-advertiser-pressure-fired-editor/

      We trust helmets made to the ECE 22.05 standard, which is what all top racers wear.

    • mmike

      Oh the safest helmet? That’s easy! It’s linked in wikipedia from the best oil to use…

    • T Diver

      Sorry, I see its more complicated than that. I have an Aria but it’s old and I want a new one. I wear glasses so I am concerned about fog. I use a chatterbox so I don’t want it too loud (yet I see people with $100 helmets that seeem to have no problem.) I don’t want Power Ranger tribal graphics either. Any advice is appreciated. I don’t really have alot of opportunities to go try different helmets.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Well the solution to fogging is a $20 Fog City visor insert, Google it, they’re for sale everywhere and are amazingly effective. Make sure you install it properly.

        The solution to noise is earplugs.

        The most important thing about a helmet is fit, you absolutely must try a helmet on before buying it. Try as many as you can, even if there aren’t many helmet retailers around you. The safest helmet will be the one made to an effective standard (DOT or Snell M2010 or ECE 22.05) that fits you the best. Fit is more important than which standard or which brand.

      • mmike

        Sorry for the smartass reply…Wes pretty much has the honest answer covered.

  • cdsv

    The Star is a nice product all around. I chose the Ralley Matte Black and have no regrets. It’s very comfortable, quieter than my old Arai, and the shield change operation is very simple. It comes with a nice bag as well.

    • cityag

      cdsv, how does it fit head shape wise vs Arai? An XL Arai Quantum fits perfectly.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        I wear a size L Arai Corsair and a size L Star, fit is very close. Having said that, helmet shapes vary throughout the Bell lineup and I have to wear an XL Moto-8.

        • cityag

          Thanks Wes, I’ll put Bell back into consideration. I looked at them a decade ago when they were tungsten shelled and lined with burlap.

  • CafeRacer8509001200

    Choppy video on this computer so I couldn’t watch the video. HJC is still making these helmets for them, right?

    • TeeJay

      Switch the resolution of the vid to 360p.