Bell Bullitt TT: first impression helmet review

I found myself desperately in need of a new helmet. Upon seeing the Bell Bullitt TT I knew I had to try it. Having had the helmet in my possession a mere 48 hours and having ridden a sum total of 75 miles with it, 15 or so in the rain, I am in love! It rides better than it looks and it is breathtaking.

Aside from the looks, the helmet is a pleasure to wear. It goes on over the ears tight and the XS fits my hat size 56 skull perfectly. The bubble shield and wide open viewport allow for the widest useful peripheral vision, but I barely notice the helmet in my sight. Closed, on a very cold morning, it never fogged once--even in the rain. It is a bit louder than more refined helmets with spoilers and air dams, but for something this simple, I enjoyed how my Triumph Scrambler sounds while wearing this helmet. My old helmet muffled things a bit too much.

The fit and finish are just beautiful. A friend flattered me over coffee, asking if the helmet was one of a kind. From the chromed screen on the vents to beautiful brown leather and suede accents, every detail was looked after. On my extra-small sized helmet the red bull's eye targets are smaller proportionally to the size of the helmet than the dinner plate-sized spots on a friend's large size helmet. I prefer the helmet that fits. There are other colors.

I also love how low-profile this helmet is while still being DOT certified.

I'll report back in a while and we'll see if I'm still happy with it. Perhaps of interest: my other helmets are a Roof Boxer, an Icon Crossbone Racer, and I have a never-before-seen-by-me Arai Defiant that Mark kindly stores under his desk.

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  1. Scrub says:

    I've got no need for a motorcycle helmet, but I still want this.

  2. im concerned why it is not Snell rated, but not too concerned.

    What is the difference between a $300 helmet and a $900
    helmet? if it is DOT and SNELL? comfort. amenities.

    If it passes both safety ratings, it will protect you the same. the price difference is for lighter shell materials, more comfortable liner, and in some cases? stupid graphics.

    but comfort is what you pay more for. equally rated? 900 provides same safety as 300 helmet.

    Bell has come a long way recently (even though outsourced to china)
    I'm also a fan of Scorpion, (china) but same price/performance point.

    For years, I would only race in Shoei, but when the prices went over $800? I started looking around. I have utilized a Scorpion at ~ 97mph+ Buttonwillow raceway, unintended track exit. It worked GREAT

    The important thing to remember with helmets? just like underwear, you should replace them regularly about every 3 years. and anytime they are dropped.

    there is some really good info on the SnellFAQ page - http://www.smf.org/helmetfaq if you are really interested.

    And remember kids, wearing helmets is something you should DO, but it still should be a choice. not a law. (carrying insurance? taking proper training? now that should be a law)

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