Bell RS-2 Helmet Hands-On Review

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By Donna Shinaut


I have been riding for the last few years with an RPHA 10 helmet, but I’d noticed lately that with time the EPS had begun to compress and it was getting loose. With the looser fit, it had become quite noisy and probably wasn’t as safe.

It was time for a new helmet. I was trying to figure out how to approach my husband with this latest motorcycle need when I opened my front door, on my birthday no less, and lo and behold there sat a box from Bell helmets containing the new for 2018 RS-2.

Bell has been making helmets since the 1950’s with a no-nonsense, function over form philosophy that I appreciate. They make motorcycles helmets in a variety of styles and price ranges. Their full-face helmets alone range from the race-ready Pro Star Flex at a premium price of $1,199.95 to the budget minded Qualifier helmet at $109.95.

At last weekend’s flat track races I noticed that Bell helmets were a popular choice with many of the riders. Bell also makes car and bicycle helmets so there is a Bell helmet for just about any mode of transportation that requires protection for your noggin.

The RS-2, of course, replaces the RS-1 which has been in the Bell line-up since 2011. I’ve never owned a Bell helmet, but Rick did a very complete review of it back in April of 2011 and from what I can glean from that review the two helmets do not share very many components. I’ll point out some of the major differences throughout the review.

First Impression

Right out of the box my impression of the RS-2 is it’s a nice-looking helmet with a quality feel. All the components felt solid and fit with tight tolerances. The shell shape is pretty basic but it has nice lines …read more

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