Old's Cool Helmet: Bell Bullitt

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Ben Carufel, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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    Did a few searches and couldn't find any threads on this piece of kit. I suppose it could go in the Equipment forum, but quite frankly this piece is strictly Old's Cool so I figure it belonged here...

    It was announced last month and Revzilla just put up a video review. Looks like a seriously nice helmet. I ride with a Bell RS-1 (before that I had a Bell Vortex) and the quality of their helmets is top notch. The customer service from Bell has been even better -- they recently replaced my 3 year old, grody helmet because a small part broke and they were out of stock on a replacement part -- they sent a brand new one along with a prepaid return label for me to send the old one back. Crazy stuff.

    Anyways, the Bullitt would seem to have all of the safety of a modern helmet with a cool retro look which will suit older bikes and cafe racers nicely.

    There are multiple shields available -- a bubble shield as in the photos, and a flat shield as in the Revzilla video. I presume both visors will be available either smoked or clear. If they make the visors with the Transitions technology they offer on their traditional helmet visors, it'll be even better. I have been using the Transitions visor on my Bell for 3 years and can't live without it.

    What do you guys think? Cool? Silly?

    http://silodrome.com/bell-bullitt-helmet/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jftl8Nbz7-4
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  2. epb

    epb Been here awhile

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    Very relieved when I saw the flat shield as I've never liked bubbles, and it's cooler than the Gringo (imo), but kinda pricey.
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  3. rpet

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    IMHO with the jaw guard that close to your jaw, you might as well just wear an open face (jet).
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  4. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    Bell has been batting 1000 for the last year or so. I bought the Pitboss this summer to replace my HJC IS-2. I really like the retractable eye shield feature, but the way the HJC cuts the top half of my ear eventually got annoying, especially if I had glasses on. The Pitboss fits much better to my dome, and the ears are wide open so glasses are not an issue. It comes with this back of the head synch down feature that's supposed to help with turbulence, but on my Vision that's not an issue so I removed it. A couple of little snaps and the whole works came out, easily replaced if I want.

    I also have an HJC IS-33, which I may replace with this Bell Bullitt. I like how open the face area is, and how small the chin guard is. That should make for a really open concept feeling. And it appears pretty slim. My HJC makes me look funny because of how physically large the helmet is.
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  5. dhallilama

    dhallilama Been here awhile

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    meh.... anything is better than nothing.
    remember the snap-on jaw bars/guards in the 70s & early 80s? they were better than nothing... later the screw-on. i went down HARD with one of the screw-on bars... kept my jaw from being ripped off. hell, i went down hard often, back then.

    i regularly ride with an open face (current Bell 500 & sometimes a 60s Bell 500)... both on and off road, and i know the safety limitations there are.

    i also ride with full face helmets (Shark RSi, Bell Moto 3, Bell Moto 9, old Arai)

    if i were in the market for a new full face with a retro feel to it, i'd be all over the Bullet. i tried one on; comfortable, good vision, nice flat shield.
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  6. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I think they're nice. Modern full faces can look so out of place on many bikes,
    But I wouldn't dare wear a vintage lid.
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  7. IHWillys

    IHWillys Been here awhile

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    I like it.

    Ken
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  8. Lesser

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    We posted an interview with the designer of this helmet on our site, here.

    We dig the Bullitt and have a whole mess on order for the shop. It's funny because at $399, it's a direct comparison to the RS-1. And in many ways, the RS-1 is a better helmet. Quieter, better shield options (including Transitions), plusher liner. That little switch to crack the visor for venting or lock it down for going warp speed. Decent ventilation. All that good stuff.

    I think where the Bullitt really excels is as a city helmet. It's light, breaths well, offers great visibility -- thanks to the ECE rating it's got a massive eye port. See evidence below. It's also lightweight (1400-some grams) and for a retro helmet, it's got at least an attempt at ventilation with a hidden chin vent switch inside the helmet, and intake and exhaust ports built in. And unlike the competitors ($150 Gringo and $1500-whatever Ruby) the bullitt has the integrated shield. Which also comes off easily and leaves a good-looking helmet without any exposed hinges.

    Which helmet is better is in the eye of the beholder. For those who *must* match their helmet vintage era of their bike, and/or would otherwise wear an open face because they don't like the look of modern helmets, this one's a winner.

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    Oh, and ahem, shameless plug, but we've got em on pre-sale at my shop. Pre-orders get a free t-shirt while they wait for these new lids to come out in March :)
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  9. ADK

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    It looks nothing like a vintage Bell Star. What a POS. Looks more like one of those cheap POS Arthur Fulmer helmets from the 70s. :cry
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  10. Ben Carufel

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    :scratch
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  11. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I think that they are a good fit for the market and if it gets hipsters to learn how much nicer life is in a full face even better.

    Personally from a styling standpoint, they took to much creative inspiration from the Ruby line.

    They look a lot better with the flat shield*, over the bubble


    * for Faceshield,
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  12. Yeahoo Whoyah

    Yeahoo Whoyah Duct Tape Advocate

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    The "checkers" version of the Pitboss is on sale now for quite a nice savings off the MSRP. It has the retro thing going for it too.
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  13. Schlivitz

    Schlivitz Mercury Freefall

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    I just can't make myself drop 4 bones on a Chinese built helmet to get that "honest," old school look of simpler days when a company's production, design, and headquarters were all in the same place.
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  14. Schtum

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    It reminds me of a Griffin Clubman. I had a couple of these back in the day and they were anything but cheap.

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  15. hencini

    hencini Been here awhile

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    A buddy of mine just pointed this helmet out to me. Looks pretty sharp. Anyone have any real world experience in one since their release?
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  16. Onederer

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    Fail.

    That guy is trying way to hard to be cool; not cool. Wearing three trendy torso coverings does not equal three times the cool trendy factor.

    Is that a deer whistle under the chin bar?

    Is the plastic beer bottle for safety or so that he can still try to look cooler than drinking from a can and still have a shitty tasting beer? So not cool.

    I was watching the video posted by the O.P. until the guy used the term "murdered out" and "rocking" the helmet, then my attention focused on the chain around his wrist and that was all I could handle, so I stopped watching.

    Is it a requirement to take a vintage motorcycle and hack it up to be able to wear this helmet? Will these helmets be sold until the last 1960's-1970's vintage bike dies a slow, miserable death?

    I was really liking the helmet until I realized it's about trying to look cool. Not cool.
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  17. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    I have one for 3 months: very comfortable but kind of wind noisy! Could use a faster closing than the usual 2 buckles. Visor a little deforming specially with sunglasses under. Good look and great finish! Will buy it again!
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  18. adventure950

    adventure950 Anglo-Saxon

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    Yeh ! I had one of those griffins for a short while - long time ago - the vents used to rattle like hell in the visor - the hat itself was good, as for the new bell I got to say i really like it, I wear open face all the time, all weather summer and winter but this bell may well persuade me to try a full face again over the winter as its just not all closed in like almost everything else, simple lines simple vents, nice finish and almost an open face with a small chin bar - really nice.Very 70's style. Shame they are noisy - that would put me off, as my Davida is very very quiet so no ear plugs needed.
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  19. Ben Carufel

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    Funny enough my girlfriend and I were walking back from dinner the other night and a guy was just getting on his Vespa down the street in front of one of the restaurants with what looked like a Bell Bullitt on his head. I ran up and asked him how he liked it and we ended up chatting for a few minutes -- he also owns an old BMW Airhead so we had a few things to talk about.

    His consensus on the helmet: Great fit, great function, great looks. Worth the $400.

    The girlfriend said she thinks it looks "really cool" in person, so I guess I can get one for myself without her making too much fun of me now.
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  20. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    I tried one of these on... it's the roundest helmet I've ever tried to fit my head into. Oval heads need not apply.
    I don't know how I wore a Bell back in the 80's.
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