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Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet Review

The Breakdown
  • Performance
  • Price
  • Fit & Finish
  • Value for Money


The Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet is one of the top of line helmets on the market due to the performance and price point it offers you. It’s lightweight and has a great flow ventilation system that makes riding super comfy.

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bell rs1 helmetNot every motorcycle owner likes to wearing a helmet when they are out riding with all their buddies, but you kind of need to wear one unless you have balls of steel.

Fortunately, you have more options today than ever before in order to find one that you’re going to love to wear on the regular.

One of these models is the Bell RS-1 Gearhead.

Let’s have a peek at some of it’s features and see what it’s made of.


There’s no doubt about it: this helmet looks great. It has an aggressive design that creates much more an oval than a circular shape. The result not only looks great, but will also cut down on possible drag.

Although this wouldn’t make a top-of-the-line sports helmet, it has all the functionality you would want if you ride daily, do so aggressively and want the option of sport riding available at the drop of a hat (or helmet). For those of you who go sport riding with some regularity, this would be an acceptable and affordable option.


As an intermediate oval design, the Gearhead definitely provides a snug fit.

Inside, the material is a dense, but very comfortable plastic. So you’ll definitely know you’re wearing a helmet, but it shouldn’t become distracting at any time.

The vortex ventilation system located at the top is ideal for ridding the inside of hot air that collects throughout your ride. It’s also great for pulling away any moisture that builds up too. At the same time, though, it won’t let in water from the outside (Bell has both a wind and water tunnel in North America they use to test all their models).

Inside, they use a hydra-dry 2 lining that wicks away moisture.

It’s also anti-microbial, so you’re guaranteed a clean interior at all times. Plus, go ahead and remove it whenever you like and throw it in the washing machine and dryer and it will be good as new. Maybe one of its best features is almost a total lack of seams. So there’s one less reason you might find it uncomfortable to wear this model.

All the guts, including the cheek pads and chin curtain are connected with snaps, not Velcro. Many people prefer this system as it means there is no risk of Velcro irritating the face when you ride.


This has to be by far one of the easiest shield changing mechanisms on the market. You can literally change it out within 5 seconds.

This is great if you want to change to other options, depending on the weather. Transition lenses are also available, so you can go for a more high-end option, if you like, that will provide even greater convenience.

Technical Specs

Clocking in at 16 pounds, this is definitely a heavier helmet, but you need to keep in mind all the benefits it provides in terms of safety. There are nine different colors to choose from, including a number of patterns (those cost roughly $50 more). Though it will depend on the size you choose, the large sits at 14.8 x 11.3 by 10.7 inches.

The one drawback with the Gearhead model is that, while it is more comfortable and accommodating than actual sports helmets, if you plan on wearing this one for that reason, you’ll notice some buffeting after around 120 to 130 miles. However, for daily riding, it won’t be noticeable.

User Reviews and Bottom Line

bell rs 1 reviewThis particular helmet clocks in at a 4.8/5 stars online which further shows what you get for the money. It’s average priced for the type of helmet that you’re getting, but worth every penny.

The consensus between a few previous folks that bought was that it was really light weight and cancelled out the noise which resulted in higher ratings by them.

One of the guys stated…

I been through so many helmets from AGV to Shoei and by far this is the best one for me. It’s really comfy and the liner is nice and soft. I would recommend this to anyone.D. Chum

In terms of helmets that cost less than $400, Bell may have one of the best models on the market with their RS-1 Gearhead.

It’s certainly an investment, but it’s one that will definitely pay off in terms of comfort, safety and overall quality.

This is a helmet that will last you for a really long time.