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Bridgestone Battlax RS10 Rear Tires The Bridgestone Battlax RS10 offers a higher level of grip over a wider temperature range are contributed by the use of compounds based on Bridgestones acclaimed VO2 racing slick tire derived from MotoGP, providing riders with superior handling and line-tracing precision. Bridgestone has engineered a special compound that offers enthusiast a sportier handling and more control with faster acceleration out of corners, enhanced steering response, greater line-holding precision in corners and confident braking stability. Multiple compounds are used in the construction of the RS10 giving it a faster warm-up. The RS10 profile has been designed to give the tire a larger contact patch at mid to high lean angles. This improvement gives the rider much more precise control and confident in the corners. Features: High-performance sport radials optimized for high-grip and handling performance on dry surfaces Bridgestones MotoGP development analysis was used to determine the placement of 3-D tread grooves to improve stability, grip and handling by optimizing block stiffness Specially formulated rubber compounds front and rear offer sure grip as well as increased durability Rear profile enables a larger contact patch for improved grip in mid to high lean angles Cap and base on rear tire adds tread stiffness for stability when braking and accelerating Rear tire has softer sidewall construction incorporated for better damping to improve handling 190/55ZR17 G OE tire for the Yamaha R1 190/55ZR17 L OE tire for the Kawasaki ZX-10R 190/55ZR17 M OE tire for the Honda RC213 200/55ZR17 G OE tire for the Yamaha R1M
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great Grip - Toast after two days
PostedJune 5, 2016
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Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
1 / 5
1 / 5
16 sessions at Road America, running 30/30 on a 2016 R1 and I don't think i could get through tech again. Less than 1mm left. Outstanding grip, but would love to get 3+ days on a rear tire. The front feels great and is not wearing much at all. Appreciate the other review here recommending higher pressures. Will incrementally bump mine up to see if I get the same results.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1300S
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Hotbodies TAG Fender Eliminator Kit R1 / R1M / R1S Hot Bodies Racing is proud to present the TAG Bracket, a fender eliminator kit for the modern sportbike. This is not your father's fender eliminator, this kit is constructed of durable ABS plastic that is channeled and louvered for extra strength. Due to the molded construction the products shape is more complementing to the bike. Available in solid gloss black, textured black or color matched to further enhance your bikes look. No more kits that look like cheese graders or heavy metal brackets. The TAG bracket will look like it belongs on your bike and eliminates the OEM fender. Features Includes LED license plate light and turn signals Constructed of durable ABS plastic Easy Installation Made in the USA
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Nice style. Cheap materials.
PostedJune 5, 2016
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Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
If you appreciate quality materials and design you'll be conflicted. The turn signals turn out to be beautifully integrated into the Yamaha R1 body, but every part of this product is made as poorly and cheaply as you could imagine. You get bare wires, cheap installation hardware and not a single word of instruction. Cost to manufacture can't be more than $10. Suggest you search the internet for a video of how to install before you tear in. (there is one out there) You will be cutting wires on your stock components. Hot Bodies could have spent another $10 and added stock connectors to make this plug and play, but they didn't. While I still think this is the best available product for a street/track set up (light, plastic, not sharp, tucked in), I feel gullible for buying it and insulted by the manufacturer.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1300S
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Puig Touring Windscreen BMW R1200GS / Adventure Designed for those long tours, the Puig Touring Windscreen mitigates exposure, forcing wind up and over the rider. Dimensions: 53cm H x 45cm W (20.9 H x 17.7 W) 11cm (4.3) taller than OEM windscreen
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Huge Improvement Over OEM
PostedOctober 10, 2014
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Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Put up with the OEM screen for the first 3,000 miles on my 2014 R1200GS Adv WC. I'm 6'1" and experienced a lot of helmet turbulence and wind noise with the screen that came on the bike regardless of screen position. This product is a dramatic improvement, Very useful in all positions. Creates a nice quiet pocket of air for the helmet, while spilling a clean moderate flow below the shoulders. My wife reports no turbulence from the pillion seat. But, I need to crank the screen all the way up to keep the bill of my XD4 from drumming. Unbilled helmets are fine. I can adjust to look over or look through. Did a Bun Burner from Seattle to Minneapolis running 80mph much of the way and had zero wind fatigue. Some roar with headwinds. Was able to carry on extended phone conversations in relative quiet when winds were light. Fuel mileage will suffer with the larger screen. I speculate fuel mileage was the reason BMW compromised on the OEM screen. Note that the OEM screen comes off with the mounting hardware via 2 simple set screws, then you can take the screen to a safe place to swap out the hardware.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1300S
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires The Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires represent the latest iteration and next generation of Pilot Road evolution. Designed to deliver maximum safety in most conditions especially on wet roads and in particular when braking, Michelin's goal is to cover all riders in all conditions. Touting both enhanced safety and extended tire life, the Pilot Road 4 tires are a tangible illustration of Michelins Total Performance strategy of constantly and simultaneously improving tire performance characteristics across the range. Superior wet-weather performance Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires stop shorter in the wet vs. the leading competitive sport touring tires and Michelin Pilot Road 3 Longest tread life in its class Up to 20 longer tread life than Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires Dependable grip even in challenging conditions 2 Compound Technology with all new silica-charged rubber compounds for excellent grip from 23F to 113F New XST+ siping and enhanced tread patterns for optimum grip at all lean angles
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
State of the art
PostedAugust 27, 2014
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Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I ran the PR3 Trail on my 2006 GSA and have a set of PR3 on my K1300S. I really like these tires. I put the PR4 Trail on my 2014 GSA for a recent 2-up cross county trip and Bun Burner and found these to be an impressive tire. Less cupping in the front and less flat spotting in the rear over the first 3,000 miles than the super stiff Ankanee that came on the bike new. Plenty of grip in the mountains, good stability at 75-80 mph on the western interstates. Hit some pretty decent rain, but experienced no slip or planing. Can't imagine a better road tire for this bike. The Trail rear has an odd profile; would be hard to get rid of the entire chicken strip. Also, the tire looks a little skinny on the bike, but the ride quality and handling is great, even 2-up and loaded. Can't offer testimony on wear. I'm guessing I might get 8k on this set?
Rides: 2006 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet The Arai XD4 is world renowned for being the one of the best ADV touring helmets on the market and one of the few that achieves a Snell M2010 safety rating. The XD4 incorporates all of the same great qualities found in Arai's other helmets including the comfort liner and cheek pads that feature 5mm peel-away pads that allow riders to tailor the fit. The shell of the XD4 has also been aerodynamically tuned and, in concert with the removable floating peak visor, funnels air into the redesigned vents, improving overall ventilation and mitigating buffeting at speed. The XD-4 is the helmet of choice for many hardcore ADV enthusiasts and sets an industry standard for comfort, quality and safety. Features: Comfort headliner, with micro fitting 5mm peel away temple pads Fully removable/replaceable/washable Interior: Comfort head liner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers Dry-Cool technology keeps you dry and cool for greater comfort Patent pending, FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature Improved shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds Exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents Chin vent with more intake ports Larger sculpted side cowl vents improve ventilation Snell M2010 approved
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Know what you are buying
PostedJune 4, 2014
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Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
This is a beautifully crafted helmet. Pictures simply can not do justice to the graphics in the Explore model. There are subtle textures and metal flake sparkles that make you go “Wow” when you open the box. That said, I wish I knew more of what I was getting into before I dropped $700+ on the helmet and accessories.
Low lights:
The fit is not long oval. If a large Arai Profile is a perfect fit, you’ll probably get a forehead hotspot in a large XD-4. I did not pick this up in a 5 minute test fit.
The visor sets up an annoying low-level drone (at least with my current windscreen setup). Hold the visor with one hand to stop vibration, and the drone stops totally. I see this as a design defect.
The shield is not a quick change shield. Takes 4 screws to change the shield. Took me 15 minutes sitting at a coffee shop table to go from dark to clear. I also suggest getting a spare set of screws, drop one of the clear plastic screws and you are… well… screwed.
The shield is a compound curve. Expect some unusual distortion in some parts of the field of view. No, you are not hangover, it’s just your face shield playing tricks on your eyes.
The shield fogs more than other Aria helmets, even though there is better flow, and more space in the front of the helmet. Not sure why.
The complete kit would include a dark shield, a pinlock shield, and a pinlock insert. Big extra expenditure. If you like using a clear shield and using sunglasses to manage bright conditions, this slow-change shield set up probably is not a concern for you.
Highlights:
People say this is a loud helmet. But, with the visor off and properly fitted cheek pads I think it is my most quiet helmet. Even with all vents open, there few whistles and little droning.
The visor is extremely effective at reducing glare. Makes riding in mid-day sun much more pleasurable.
The visor does not rip your head off its spindle when doing lane change checks. Not sure why. Seems like it would.
The eye port is huge. Noticeably better peripheral vision.
Great air flow.
Light weight.
Rides: 2006 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trail Tires
Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trail Tires
Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trail Tires Building on the tremendous reputation Michelin has built over the years, the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tire is the successor to the award winning Pilot Road 2. With the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Motorcycle Tire you are really getting 2 tires in 1, by integrating a soft rubber compound on the tread shoulders with a wear-resistant compound down the middle, Michelin gives you the best of both worlds. The Pilot Road 3 is a dual compound sport-touring radial tire. X-Sipe Technology for adventure touring bikes For trail bikes ridden primarily on the road All-season grip and outstanding mileage for adventure bikes like the BMW GS, Triumph Tiger 800 and Suzuki V-Strom X-Sipe Technology Drains water away from the contact patch, while breaking through water film on the road 2 Compound Technology For optimized wear, the 2CT compound distribution on the rear tire has been adapted specifically for trail bikes Soft compound on the shoulders for cornering grip, harder compound in the center for durability Note The Trail version of the Pilot Road 3 tire is designed specifically for large, ADV bikes that are ridden solely on the road. They have a different compound makeup than the standard Pilot Road 3 Tires .
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Turn your GS into an RT
PostedSeptember 16, 2013
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Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Grip 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Replaced a set of Tourances with these PR3 Trails for a 5,000 mile road trip to Portland and Seattle from Minneapolis and back. I was very happy with the swap. No real change to steering feel on the R1200 GSA, but you could definitely feel the improved grip cornering. Wettest section of the trip was over a pass through the Canadian Rockies. Fully loaded and 2-up I felt comfortable running with the faster car traffic in moderately heavy rain. No squirm. Good feedback.
It is a goofy look. A little like wearing dress shoes with gym shorts. But it extends the versatility of your already versatile dual-sport. Wished I had empirical tread depth data for you, but I don't. Noticed a little rear flatspotting on the trip out (first 2,500 miles) when I also noticed a thumb tack. Replaced the tire with the same thing. With 5,000 miles on the front and 2,500 on the new rear, it still looks like a fresh set of tires. No cupping on the front.
Fantastic tire for road trips on pavement, rain and twisties.
Rides: 2006 Suzuki GSX-R750
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Redverz Series II Expedition Tent
Redverz Series II Expedition Tent
Redverz Series II Expedition Tent Redverz Tents put the comfort back into camping with the new Series II Expedition model, adding to the appeal of the original design which shelters riders, motorbikes and gear in comfort, out of the elements and under one roof. With two inches more headroom than the original, nearly double the original square vestibule footage and convenient J-door entries, the Series II Expedition Tent offers you more. Includes Redverz Groundcloth! Expedition-grade ripstop nylon ground cloth and floors offer superior protection, while the double wall design of the sleeping bay helps eliminate condensation. Double J-door entries to the sleeping bay simplify entry and exit, the Series II offers you more while packing to the same size and weight as the original Tenere tent. The spacious garage bay, designed for sheltering motorbikes, has evolved far beyond the original vision. The bay serves as a sheltered utility area for cooking and sitting area for down-time, as well as a storage area, workshop or dressing room with enough height to stand up and change gear.The unique design of the Redverz Tent provides a sheltered bay for your motorcycle to hide it from prying eyes and provides riders with a work space for tune ups. Two spacious vestibules and an inner tent offer enough headroom to stand up and comfortably change or store gear and sleep two campers on a foot print that accommodates a queen size air bed. Design Frame design creates nearly vertical inner tent walls the result is spacious, area-wide headroom, enough to stand fully inside tent Adventure motorcycle bay is designed to accommodate a full size adventure tourer with panniers Hooped pole configuration stands up under high winds and creates an impressively roomy interior Flow-through venting circulates air from one end of the tent to the other, ideal in hot climates Rectangular floor plan optimizes usable space and allows comfortable sleeping, space for a queen size air bed Quick, convenient and sheltered access through two doors and two large vestibules Hybrid floor combines fully, factory sealed seams and bathtub curves to create a tough waterproof finish Large vestibules improves livability Simple 3 pole construction makes for easy setup and take down Mixed pole sleeves and clips for fast speed setup Details Anodized tent poles Comes with guy lines and tighteners, stakes, pole bags, stake bags and an easy-to-use compression stuff sack Includes Redverz Groundcloth designed specifically for the Series II Expedition Tent Multiple storage options include inner pockets and hang loops Large personalized storage for each occupant Dimensions 13 pounds Packs down to just 21x9x9
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nothing Like It
PostedJune 3, 2013
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Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
After all the ads and reviews in the M/C mags, and checking out the Redverz website for a couple years, I had to take the plunge. Highlights: This thing is huge; I’ve had campsites where this tent might not havefit. Six footers CAN stand up inside! You CAN fit a loaded GSA in the garage, and there is still vestibule room on either end of the tent. Goes up and down fairly easily. Packing is fairly easy too – just pile the fabric over the sleeping compartment floor, fold the whole thing in thirds, roll it up and slip it into the provided bag. The tent came good to go. No knots to tie, all guy lines were staged, nice (MSR-style) stakes with pull loops for all loops and lines. Nice tie straps with fastex buckles were even included to keep it rolled up. Throw in a rag for wipe down, and maybe a mini-wisk broom and your kit is complete. Tip: Get the footprint. It is made from the tent floor fabric, is cut to perfect dimensions and has clips to connect to the corners. Takes almost no space. You probably couldn’t duplicate it for $35. The biggest surprise was that for all that fabric, the packed up tent wasn’t all that big. Sure is has twice the weight an twice the volume of my two-man backpack tent, but this thing is a palace in comparison on a rainy day. The only real potential disadvantage is that it is not free standing. You really need to be able to stake it out, or find usable anchors. Other than that, this is surprisingly well-designed and useful product.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 3 Rear Tires Building on the tremendous reputation Michelin has built over the years, the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tire is the successor to the award winning Pilot Road 2. With the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Motorcycle Tire you are really getting 2 tires in 1, by integrating a soft rubber compound on the tread shoulders with a wear-resistant compound down the middle, Michelin gives you the best of both worlds. The Pilot Road 3 is a dual compound sport-touring radial tire. Revolutionary X-Sipes technology maximizes wet traction Michelins newest technology delivers all-weather performance without compromising tread life or handling Patented innovation resulting from years of research and development Sipes increase the tread's drainage capacity Sipes generate pressure at the edges of the sipe blade, which helps to break through water film Two compound technology combines tread life and cornering grip 2CT incorporated into all tire sizes, front and rear Wider soft-compound shoulders on the front tire, compared to its predecessor High performance and environmentally sound 100 non-aromatic-oil rubber compound Note: Sizes denoted by B are designed specifically for loaded sport touring bikes, or for riding two-up.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Feels good, but different
PostedMay 6, 2013
Customer avatar
Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Lots of people have reviewed this tire and mentioned that it wears well, has great grip and is probably the best rain tire out there. I’ll make the point that it feels different than other sport oriented tires. The Michelin “Pilot Road” tires have always had a bull nosed, flatter profile. The PR3 continues this. I just switched from Conti Sport Attack to the PR3 on my K1300S, and handling is much different. Not good or bad. Just different. The Sport Attack encourages quick turn in, and transitions with less effort. To me it is a “go where you look” tire. The PR3 is very smooth in transitions and very neutral through the turn requiring more counter steer to initiate and transition, but no effort to hold a line. The Sport Attack required less effort to change mid corner. To me the PR3 is biased more to the tour in sport touring. It tracks straight with less effort, and is much more confidence inspiring in a corner because it is not as sensitive to mid corner input as a sport tire. I felt the same difference on a friend’s Interceptor when he had a fresh set of PR3s. Relative to the sport/track/race tires, the PR3 is more of a “go where you think” tire. I took my wife for a ride after an initial scrub in and asked her if she could feel any difference. As a pillion her comment was “yeah… the transitions seem smoother and it tracks better”. If she can feel the difference on the back, I assume most riders will too. To me, this style of tire is what I want on my road bike. Thinking about trying the PR3 Trail on my GSA for summer trips too.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boot European inspired styling with a Gore-Tex membrane make this the most breathable, waterproof boot on the market. This boot is not for the cold blooded due to its extreme venting. Side impact and malleolus protection makes this a perfect pick for spring, summer and early fall riders. Upper: Leather and breathable AIR TECH material with micro injected inserts Lining: Gore-Tex membrane with XCR product technology for increased breathability Protections: Anti Impact malleolus protection, micro injected shift pad, shin plate, reinforced heel counter Foot Bed: Anatomic, Replacable Touring sole with specific grip area, oil and petroleum resistant
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Nice Concept - but do they fit?
PostedJune 4, 2012
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From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
I’m keeping these TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boots, but I am luke warm on them. I find the fit a little strange. I usually take a 43. In an Apinestars boot after break-in, the fit is spot on. These feel slightly large, a little wide at the back of the foot, and a little narrow in the forefoot. Ideally I’d take a EE width, but it’s hard to find in a M/C boot. What is particularly strange is that the right boot feels tighter than the left - at least in the toe - and I’ve noticed this with other TCX products. I know what you’re thinking… No, my feet are not different sizes, at least not when wearing other brands of shoes.
The boot is definitely cooler to wear on a hot day. I have not tried them in the rain yet, so I can’t speak to the waterproofing. Protection is a bit of compromise; there just is not a lot of structure. However, you’d be way better off than in a sneaker or a lower cut boot in a crash.
I am hoping the boot breaks in a bit, and the comfort improves over time. They are fine on the bike, but I wouldn’t want to take a 5-mile walk in them.
Like most things, it is all about the fit. If you do get a good fit in these, and you are not looking for the ultimate in protection, these might be a great option for you as a warm weather touring boot.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1300S
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Bell RS-1 Stellar Helmet
Bell RS-1 Stellar Helmet
Bell RS-1 Stellar Helmet The Bell RS-1 Helmets bridge the gap between the value-minded Vortex and the top-of-the-line Bell Star with amazing mid-line pricing, great graphics and high-end performance. The Bell RS-1 Stellar Helmet has an amazing star theme that plays out in bold swatches of color, eye-catching pinstripes and reflective whites. The major design element is a large star centered over the eye port where you can feel the force of the riders speed blowing the points of the star back over the helmet. The technical aspects of this helmet also deliver. The RS-1 brings with it Bells vaunted Velocity Flow Ventilation system, a super stable aerodynamic profile, and the versatile Click Release shield system for fast, easy shield swaps. All told, its one great helmet at a modest price. Features Snell M2010 Certification Velocity Flow Ventilation Super Stable Aerodynamic Signature 3Mode Shield - Lock, Ratchet, Crack ClickRelease Shield Mechanism NutraFog II Anti Fog Coating Kevlar/Fiberglass Shell Contour Cut Cheekpads Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers Removable/Washable Liner Agion (R) Antibacterial Liner MagnaFusion Strap Keeper Comes with clear face shield only Five-year Warranty
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I am really impressed with the RS-1!
PostedApril 25, 2012
Customer avatar
Easy
From Minneapolis
State:MN
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
My reference helmet is an Arai Profile, which I think is an outstanding product, but the Bell RS-1 blows me away. I rode and raced in a Bell Star in the 70’s, but the Bell brand faded to the aisles of Wal-Mart there for a while. The new stuff is top-shelf! Build quality and graphics are superb. On my first ride out of the box, I wore the helmet for two hours with no discomfort, and the fit is deliberately snug. Fit is a little more “round” than the Arai Profile, but my long oval large head fits pretty well in the large. Sizing is a bit tighter in large vs. the large Arai. On the K1300S, with a well-managed but direct blast of air, wind noise was much quieter than the Arai. I think this is due to a neck roll that hugs your head and neck below the helmet shell, and seals the gap below your ears. The neck roll is nice, but it does slightly impede some movement. The shield cleanly covers its pivot mechanism, so there is no pod turbulence, and the various vents don’t emulate deer whistles. These features probably help with noise too. On the R1200GSA, the turbulence off the stock windscreen bothers the RS-1 much less than my Profile. On the K13, head turns at 80 mph were non-events. Very clean and stable through the air. The helmet feels pleasantly light as well. Peripheral vision seems wider. Love the liner; everything can be washed. The lever lock is so simple to use. Open, lock or crack. No need to attempt to slide the little button on the shield around. I am really impressed with the RS-1!
Rides: 2009 BMW K1300S
Yes, I recommend this product.
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