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The Bell Race Star Helmet takes aim at the road ahead, launching Bell’s legendary line of Star helmets into the future. This isn’t just another model upgrade, but a massive leap forward for Bell, and for safety. Along with the Pro Star, it’s the first road and track motorcycle helmet to feature Flex technology, a truly game-changing impact-protection system.

The Bell Star Series: Star, Race Star, Pro Star

The Race Star is positioned in the middle of Bell’s new three-tier Star line, flanked by the standard Bell Star below it and the Pro Star above. The differences that separate the Race Star and the standard Star make the Race a better fit for riders doing weekend trackdays in an aggressive tuck on a sportbike, while the Star has more of a street-oriented profile. Head over to the Bell Star Helmet page if you’re interested in...

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The Bell Race Star Helmet takes aim at the road ahead, launching Bell’s legendary line of Star helmets into the future. This isn’t just another model upgrade, but a massive leap forward for Bell, and for safety. Along with the Pro Star, it’s the first road and track motorcycle helmet to feature Flex technology, a truly game-changing impact-protection system.

The Bell Star Series: Star, Race Star, Pro Star

The Race Star is positioned in the middle of Bell’s new three-tier Star line, flanked by the standard Bell Star below it and the Pro Star above. The differences that separate the Race Star and the standard Star make the Race a better fit for riders doing weekend trackdays in an aggressive tuck on a sportbike, while the Star has more of a street-oriented profile. Head over to the Bell Star Helmet page if you’re interested in learning more about it.

Bell 2016 Star Lineup RRPP

 

The top two Star models feature Flex technology (see below for details), and Bell’s Raceview profile, meaning they have aerodynamic properties more suited to an aggressive position on the race track. From Race Star to Pro Star is a big step up in terms of technology and price, starting at $699 for the Race and $1199 for the Pro. One thing sets them apart, but it’s a big one: TeXtreme carbon fiber. TeXtreme is a wide-weave carbon fiber that is stronger, thinner, and lighter than normal carbon fiber, providing for considerable weigh savings in the Pro Star.
Bell Pro Star TeXtreme Carbon Fiber RRPP
Leaving the TeXtreme and subsequent weight difference aside, the Pro Star and Race Star are identical, so let’s get down to details with the Race Star.

 

Race Star

Flex Shell Liner

The Race Star features Flex liner technology, introduced last year in Bell’s award-winning Moto-9 Flex offroad helmet and now extended to the Race and Pro Stars. Flex is a multi-layered impact absorbing liner system that enables the helmet to manage low- and mid-speed impacts as effectively as it does high-speed impacts.

The Flex liner is constructed in three layers–EPS, EPO, and EPP. Motorcycle helmets are lined with EPS (expanded polystyrene), which is a high-density polystyrene great at absorbing impacts at high speeds. But EPS is too hard to manage low- and mid-speed impacts effectively, so such impacts are a major source of head injuries and concussions among motorcyclists. The Flex shell’s softer EPO and EPP layers address these kinds of impacts, and because all three layers can independently shift slightly during impact, they work together to more efficiently dissipate tangential, off-center forces, too.

Bell Flex Technology Bell Star

 

Panovision Shield

Bell’s new Panovision shield provides a wider and taller field of view. When we tried on an early sample of the Race Star, the level of visibility on the sides and top of the shield were impressive and noticeably better than most, if not all, of the helmets we’ve seen. As a helmet primarily aimed at performing on the track, that improvement in top-to-bottom field of view can make a big difference in comfort and visibility when your chin is tucked down to the tank. On the street, the side visibility is going to enable you to do quicker, shorter head checks when looking over your shoulder for traffic, and generally improve your awareness of what’s around you.

The overall thicker and sturdier Panovision shield is paired with a new shield hinge and removal mechanism, making shield swaps even faster and providing a tight seal around the gasket to eliminate any hint of whistling, budging, or flexing.

VIRUS Cool Jade Interior

Jumping from Star to Race Star means a more advanced internal padding, featuring VIRUS Cool Jade technology. Yarns infused with actual recycled jade make Cool Jade cool to the touch no matter how hard you’re working on the racetrack. Developed by Huntington Beach company VIRUS, Cool Jade can reduce skin temperature by a claimed 10°F. Bell’s Cool Jade interior wicks away moisture and dries quickly, too.

 

Bell Race Star Helmet Features

  • Constructed with 3K carbon fiber shell with Bell Raceview profile optimized for a tucked, track position
  • Featuring Flex impact liner for targeted energy management in low-, mid-, and high-speed impact scenarios
  • Panovision Viewport for maximum lateral and vertical visibility
  • Fast-wicking, quick-drying VIRUS Cool Jade Power mesh padding and interior for lifelong active cooling
  • Magnefusion magnetic cheekpads allow for easy removal for washing and by emergency personnel in the event of injury
  • Field tested and developed by working with professional riders on the track
  • 6 EPS and 5 shell sizes allows a more proportional fit and improved performance, especially at high speeds
  • Zippered helmet bag included
  • Meets or exceeds Snell M2015 and DOT certifications
  • MSRP: $699.99-$749.99

 

 


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