PRODUCT EVALUATION BELL MOTO 9 HELMET Big money, awesome product
q When it comes to protection, we don’t like to skimp. Our editorial staff and test riders won’t ride without the proper gear, and helmets are the most important safety gear there is. We won’t even print reader’s photos if the riders aren’t wearing helmets. We tested the $475.95 Bell Moto 9 to see if it’s worth the price.
Bell has been around since 1923 as Bell Auto Parts, and they produced their first race helmets in 1954. In 1956, Bell Helmets was formed as a separate division of the company focused specifically on racing safety gear. After a few corporate mergers and splits, we now have the Bell Helmets of today. The first off-road, full-faced helmet Bell designed was released in 1971, and the Moto 9 helmet you see here is a direct descendant of it.
The Moto 9 is Snell M2010 and DOT certified with thick, ergonomic padding and a padded chin strap. Multiple intake and exhaust vents do a great job of cooling down your head, and the silver-woven anti-microbial padding keeps the helmet from getting stinky. The helmet also comes with a removable roost guard, positioned just above the mouthpiece. The Moto 9 is available in “Stunt” and “Legacy” paint schemes with two colors in each design. The one you see here is the tan metallic Stunt design, complete with bright orange pinstripes and a star flag design.
We love this helmet, and it has only gotten more comfortable with use. The helmet resists sweat staining and odor very well, and the vents keep us cool. Our only gripe is the price. At $475.95, it’s a little on the high side, but you get what you pay for. The carbon fiber/kevlar/fiberglass construction is high-end, as are the chromed flip-up visor screws that allow you to tighten the visor without tools and with gloves on. The helmet also comes with a spare visor, a padded helmet bag, and a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. For us, that’s worth the price of admission! Contact Bell Helmets at (800) 216-9446 or visit www.bellsports.com. q