Bell Moto 9 : Review
I knew from the moment I opened the bag for the Bell Moto 9 that this was going to be a helmet that I was going to like. Yes, yes; I know that is kind of biased, but you know when a product comes packaged nicely that someone put a lot of time into it. Within hours of receiving the Moto 9 we were already out at the local track to do some testing on the product.
Test Rider / Level : Austin White / Pro
Style/Looks : 4.5 of 5
The helmet looks super clean when you hold it up, everything is designed for performance and safety. From the little pull tabs on the helmet liner that have a note on the bottom of them to the user to pull to get the pads out all the way over to grill that makes it look tuff as nails. The thing that made us give it a 4.5 is the fact that the paint job just isn’t getting it done for us. With such an amazing helmet we can’t believe the designs aren’t better, they really don’t match any type of gear that we will be wearing anytime soon.
Function/Fit : 5 of 5
Since I wear Medium in every other helmet brand I figured Medium was the way to go for the Bell Moto 9. Either my head is some how getting bigger ( rockstar possibility, happens ) or the Moto 9 just fits small; either way it was a little tight onto my head. So some how we got the wrong size going, but even with that the helmet padding felt amazing. Not like other helmets when the sweat builds up and starts dripping down; the bell held it all in. I don’t know about you guys, but im lazy on washing my helmet pads and well that makes them stiff and scratches up the cheeks after awhile. The Moto 9 did no such thing, the material they chose for this section was the perfect fit and comfort. Something that also caught our attention is MERS; the Magnefusion Emergency Release System. Which is the reason for the magnetic check pads, it allows for easy helmet removal in emergency situations; this combined with the ability to add the Eject Helmet Removal System to the Moto 9 is why we are giving it a 5 out 5.
Wear & Tear : 5 of 5
We now have had the Bell Moto 9 for over 2 weeks and have ridden with it well over 5 times. The only issue I had with the helmet was right at the start; I run Scott goggles with the nose guard and the Moto 9 has a little nose guard built in already. It caused the nose guard on the helmet to kind of get in the way while putting on and removing the goggles, but removal is easy and it doesn’t take more than 2 secs or mess up the appearance of the helmet or effect the safety or performance of the Moto 9. After looking at Stewarts helmet we noticed he doesn’t run it either so we aren’t going to take anything away from the wear and tear, the helmet is strong and can handle a beating thats why we are giving it a 5 out of 5.
Overall : 5 of 5
The Moto 9 rocks hands down the most advance helmet we have gotten our hands on. We would recommend this helmet to anyone and everyone. The only thing that bothered us was paint job, but in the end the safety features along with a 5- year warranty overweigh the paint job anytime and gives you one stunning piece of equipment. 5 out of 5 and then some!
To get more info head over to bellpowersports.com, they release in February 2011.
Testing out the new Bell Moto 9
Photo: Cody Wethington