Join Date: Jul 2014
I Ride: 64 Ducati Monza, 99 Sprint ST, 04 TTR125, 04 Sportster, 09 GSXR600, 12 Street Triple, 13 ZX6R
What is your current helmet and size? that will give me an idea of what may fit you. The most important thing is fit and that is hard to say without trying it on.
IF Bell fits your melon (again, that is rule #1) then we can look further...
I am currently wearing (and sell) Bell helmets. Right now I am using the regular Star model as the Race Star and Pro Star are not coming out until August 1st.
On your list, this is the only one that I have first hand experience with so here is my summary after wearing it for half a year.
Huge field of view/vision port. You can see literally everything, even peripherally.
Lots of airflow; the vents are large and move a ton of air.
Each size has its own shell size; meaning that if you are a L you do not get stuck in an XXL shell with thicker padding. This prevents the bobble head syndrome and means it is a lot more aero on track. AFAIK Bell is the only company to currently do this but don't quote me on it.
No buffeting; the folks at Bell did a fantastic job with the modeling of this lid. It is very stable at speed.
Interior is comfortable; fairly plush, has ear pockets cutout so that they arent mashed into the side of your head.
It just feels like quality; I know that is a bit vague but all I can say is that when you have it in your hands or on your head, it doesn't feel cheap.
USA based company; while the helmets themselves are not made domestically (currently there are no helmets made in the USA), at least the design staff, executives, and office staff are here which means that a good portion of my money is being kept in the USA. I would prefer all, but I will accept some.
It isn't the lightest lid out there; It is a composite shell made from carbon fiber, aramid (kevlar), and fiberglass so it is very strong but it is also a little heavier than the pure carbon fiber lids that I am accustomed to. Now, I am talking a few ounces, and I don't even notice it when it is on my head but it has to go into the CON category as there are other CF lids available in this price point.
It is a bit noisy; Not the loudest but certainly not quiet. Any lid that moves this much air is going to have some noise and frankly I would rather be cool on track since I wear earplugs anyway.
The viewport is 'street' oriented; It has never obstructed my view but there are times when I wish that I could see 'up' more. I know this seems confusing as I listed the viewport as a big pro, and it is so let me explain. There is one spot on my local track where I am in a depression and having to look ahead and up. Due to the elevation change the apex that I am looking for is at the upper left of my field of view. I can see it fine, but not much past it (I don't really need to). I mention it because in other lids I hadn't noticed this. That turn is the only time where this comes into play and it is due to the 30' elevation in very short space.
It really is a great lid. Also, since the model was just released this spring whatever helmet you get will have a 2016 manufactured date so it will be good for the full 5 years. These retail between $449-$499 and if you decide to go through me, I offer discounts for licensed racers which would bring this a little more in line. Also, since you are a racer, I include vinyl numbers, name, and whatever you want on your visor with your helmet purchase.
Now, all that said IF you have the luxury of waiting til Aug1 AND you can swing a bit more $ I would really consider looking at the Race Star.
All bullshit aside I am REALLY impressed with this helmet and cannot wait to get mine. It has the FLEX liner which is designed to actually help prevent concussions, will be pure CF and lighter, interior has a treatment on it that feels like magic and actually lowers your temperature, and has a more 'race' oriented viewport. Price point is where you would expect to see the top of the line offerings from the other manufacturers, somewhere in the $700 mark (retail).
Normally I do not follow the 'most expensive = best' rule but with the flex liner that goes out the window. It literally is the most advanced helmet out there. I have had a few concussions and as you know, the more you get, the more dangerous they become. I would gladly spend the extra $ for the extra protection.
All of this assumes that Bell is a good fit for you, and that has to come first. Hope this helps and good luck with your search.