In my 10 years of riding, I’ve never really paid more than a couple hundred bucks for a helmet. Most of the helmets I wore were open-face 3/4 helmets. I tried a couple full face helmets but they always made me feel a bit claustrophobic. I’ll blame that on inexperience and naivety. After researching motorcycle crash head injuries, I learned a high percentage of impacts are around the chin area of your face. I decided to pull the trigger and spend a little bit more money on a higher quality helmet. After a bit of comparing, I ended up with a new Bell Bullitt Full Face Helmet.

I’ve put a little over 1,000 miles on this helmet so far. The first thing I noticed about the Bell Bullitt is the weight. It doesn’t feel like an anvil on your head. My XL weighs in at just over 3.25 lbs., which makes a big difference if you’re riding for more than a few hours. The next best feature would be the field of view. It’s comparable to wearing an 3/4 open-face. It’s really nice to be able to casually look over your right shoulder without straining your neck. It’s also a bonus to be able to look down at your gauges and not have to tilt your head down too much because of the smaller chin bar design. It’s the little things that make a long ride more enjoyable.

The inside padding is a mix of genuine leather and a removable, washable, quick drying, anti-microbial liner so you can take it out and scrub it when it starts to get a little funky. On top of the comfort the padding provides, the inside of the helmet also features an air intake in the chin bar as well as five metal mesh air intakes at the crown of the helmet with an exhaust vent in the back to keep some air flowing and your head cool. My only complaint about these particular vents is that at highway speeds you’ll hear a bit of a whistle every now again. It’s not super loud or too distracting but it’s there. I found that with a slight shift of your head position, the whistle will go away. Along with the whistle, the helmet allows a bit more wind noise than I was expecting in a higher dollar motorcycle helmet. This could be because of the large field of view shield. It’s definitely not a deal breaker though because the positives of this helmet outweigh these minor grievances.

One other quibble I have is changing the shield. It can be a bit of a pain if you want to swap out the clear shield for a mirrored or tinted one. The Bullitt doesn’t utilize a tool-less design, and requires a flat-head screwdriver to remove the shield. It also has a few gaskets, spacers, and notches that you have to line up correctly on reassembly. My solution is to keep the clear shield and just wear sunglasses. The Bullitt also has integrated speaker pockets so you can run a Bluetooth comm system, no problem. It took me more than a few tries to get my speakers set up where they were completely comfortable but that’s to be expected with any helmet.

The design of the Bell Bullitt allows for a generous field of view. 

The safety aspect of the helmet is what you’d expect from Bell. The shell is a low-profile carbon composite and the helmet of course, is DOT certified. It also comes with a five year warranty.

Overall I think it’s a great helmet, a step up from a Biltwell Gringo or Lane Splitter. I’ve had both of these and the Bell Bullitt helmet has its advantages over both in my opinion. And for a little bit more money at just over $300, I’ll run this thing for awhile and see if I can squeeze out a few years with it while I save for the next one.

With more than 1,000 miles on it, our Bell Bullitt Full Face Helmet still looks good as new.