Anybody own a Bell Revolver - or any Bell helmet? I have an Arai and/or AFX shaped head and wonder of the Bell is similarly shaped.
I have since installed the G4 and it does work just fine with the helmet and the chin curtain. You just have to reposition the mic everytime you raise or lower the chin bar.I got 2 during the black friday sale, and they both fit my fiancee and I well. It is a little hard to get my glasses on while wearing the helmet, but they do work. Might have to modify the padding as I saw someone did on webbikeworld.
Initial impressions are good. They seem decently made, but there are some glaring issues with the supplied accessories. First the breath guard on the top of the chin bar hits the rubber seal of the eye port when you open the chinbar. This can be fixed with a little trimming of the guard with a razor blade, but I think Bell should have fixed this first. Also my helmet came with a breath deflector/chin curtain that I haven't seen in any of the reviews so far (maybe it was a late addition, my helmet has a manufacture date of 8/11.). It snaps into the vents in the chin bar and kind of wraps around your chin. There were a lot of reviews that said it needed a chin curtain so maybe this is Bell's answer. Unfortunately with it installed you can't open the chin bar more than about half way, as in interferes with the upper part of the helmet. My temporary solution was to remove both the breath guard and chin curtain.
I only took a short ride to work this morning, and I would say the helmet is about as noisy or maybe slightly more so than my HJC IS-16 (on a Versys with a Givi windscreen, and I always wear ear plugs). There is a lot of air that comes in under the chin bar so I will be trying to get the curtain to work for the winter. Also the inner sunshield has good coverage of the eye port, but is not dark enough. I will be getting two dark smoke inner visors (had to do the same for the IS-16). Also the anti-fog coating seems to work great. I had to keep the visor on my IS-16 cracked until I get out of town and get up to speed, but the visor on the Revolver can be closed, and left closed even at traffic lights (well until my glasses started to fog up).
All in all I think it was a good purchase, especially for $85. It is my first modular, and I think I will like it, but I haven't had enough time with my head in it yet to determine that.
Here is a quick picture I snapped at the office.
Here are a few pictures of the chin curtain. Again sorry for the quality they are from my phone.
I did get a chance to try the chin curtain, and it made a huge difference. It does hit the weatherstripping above the visor, but a little force and it will go passed, and allow the chin bar to open fully. I just don't like that, as I would assume it would eventually cause problems with sealing. I will look into a way to fix it, but don't know how much is possible. Also I don't know how well an intercom mic would fit with the chin curtain in place. My Scala G4 comes tonight so I will test it with and without the curtain.
Your comment on the other site didn't show up in the quote, but to respond to your comment about difficulting getting your glasses on. That is why I buy a modular helmet so I don't have to put on or take off my glasses. I just spread the helmet and put it on my head and then close the chin bar.Here is what I posted on another site.
My Nolan N90 comes in tomorrow. Hoping its better than the Scorpion EXO-900 that i really liked.my friends at revzilla told me to stick with the Nolan n90 as a budget modular, they said that the quality of the revolver is very cheap and they get a bunch of complaints. The other bell helmets are pretty nice though.
twowheeladdict,I have a Bell Star and a Bell Revolver. The only thing in common with them is that they share the same shield.
The Bell Star is an awesome helmet. Got mine on closeout at motorcyclecloseouts.com
It is a great summer helmet. Flows a lot of air. Has great compartments for speakers and plenty of room in the chin area for intercom systems.
The Revolver was a slight disappointment compared to the Star. The sizing is smaller and more round than oval. Other than that the latching mechanism is better than other similarly price modular helmets I looked at. The drop down sun visor has better coverage than other modular helmets I have looked at. The style of the helmet is nice.
It does not have as much ventilation as the Star either.
But I did snag the Revolver for $80 during the sale of the day at motorcyclesuperstore.com so I am pretty happy about that.
If the revolver would have had the same shape and fit as the Star I would have been 100% pleased with it. Also the Star is super light compared to the Revolver so if you get neck fatique go for the Star over the Revolver.