Gnarly and bad ass are frequent descriptions of the innovative Bell Rogue motorcycle helmet. One person says he looks like a Star Wars’ Storm Trooper with it on. Many reviewers mention the covetous looks they get when they ride with it, and many are approached to find where it was purchased. It is safe to say the helmet is adequately covered in the looks department.
Open-Faced But With A Muzzle
The Rogue is a brand new design. It is an open-faced half helmet that comes with a detachable muzzle. The muzzle, although not designed for impact protection, does protect against road grime, bugs, rocks and rain. With its removable liner in place, it protects against cold air. The muzzle is what sets the Rogue apart from its competitors in the looks department; the rider gets an open helmet airflow but gets protection from the elements and gets to look tough at the same time.
It is a half-shell helmet, but with the EPS extending an inch or so below the shell demarcation, it has a fit and look more like a three-quarter shell. With its removable neck roll in place, the helmet also rides more like a three-quarter; on most wearers, it doesn’t pull up at higher speeds like some halfs do and also feels more substantial than a half. One of the people we looked at who owns this unit said his helmet was subjected to an unplanned crash test, with impact on the back of his head. The helmet protected adequately with a springy feel. He didn’t mention the speed of the crash, but it appeared to be a highway spill – always good to know it’ll keep you safe. That’s the whole point!
Light Weight and Styled for Intermediate Oval Head Shape
The DOT approved helmet is made from a fiberglass/Kevlar composite that gives it strength without weight. It has a 5-year warranty from Bell. The 4-pound helmet is designed for an intermediate oval head shape and comes in shiny black, matte black, matte army green and gunny, a matte gunmetal color. The size ranges from an XS to a 2XL.
Premium stainless steel D rings and metal badges make for quick fastening even when the rider has gloves on. The muzzle can only be removed by lifting up and then out on the German made Fidlock magnetic fastener, but is attached by getting the connector ends close to the attachment post. Magnets finish the job by pulling in and snapping in place.
Muzzle Fitting Issues?
The inside padding is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial and is fully removable and washable.
One rider did mention he could feel the snaps that hold the attachment in place when he was riding, but since no one else mentioned it, it is possible his helmet was not fit properly.
It is possible that fit is a bit of an issue with the Rogue, but not the way you might usually assume. The helmet itself runs true to size for most, but the fit issue arises from the muzzle. Several people felt the nose piece did not hit at the correct place on the face. Bell offers a separately purchased longer attachment strap that helped the fit for some. Bell also started making the helmet with an up/down pivot that helped others, but a few could not find the right place and felt the muzzle was uncomfortable. However, most of them said they had not yet tried the longer attachment straps, so whatever your head and face shape, you should be able to find the right fit if you talk to Bell and try the various options to get the comfort just right.
Taking time to adjust the helmet before the first ride is important, obviously, particularly because there is a learning curve with the new styling, and a person should assume he would have to buy the longer straps. The helmet is not inexpensive (you should be able to find it for about $250), but it has Bell’s 60 years of quality standing behind it (plus that 5 year warranty). With an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, it appears Bell has produced another winner. Hard to go wrong with this helmet in both quality and looks.
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