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post #1 of 28 Old 02-10-2012, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered One Of These Today

Decided to try a modular helmet for my commute and went with the Bell Revolver. I'm hoping it will be a little quieter than my AFX-37 and I liked the integrated flip-down sun visor and am hoping I can get it off and on with my glasses on.

Reviews are mixed, as they always are, but figured for the price it was worth a try.





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post #2 of 28 Old 02-10-2012, 11:31 AM
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Where did you order it from and what was the price range?


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post #3 of 28 Old 02-10-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought it off eBay from one of the sites that had a return policy and free shipping and paid $119. You can get them for around $100 or less, but a lot of the places with the lower prices won't take returns.

I would have preferred to by it from a major online motorcycle place (lots of them will do the first return/exchange for free if it doesn't fit) but found that almost all of them had a very limited selection of sizes and colors, none of which would work for me.

Probably could have kept looking, but $119/free shipping sounded good to me.

I also got the clear shield as I don't like tinted shields, but did want the integrated sun visor. I believe the tinted shields are extra and cost more.



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I just bought a Revolver as well (see "HJC out/Bell in" post).
I got mine from Motorcycle Superstore for $99.95. I had to return the first one because the trim on the bottom of the chin bar was lose. The second one is fine.
I thought about getting a tinted shield but it didnt make much sense considering its got a tinted shade.
Anyway, I wish I could tell you how it is on the road but I havent had a chance to ride with it yet. The intitial quality seems to be good for a $100 helmet, actually much better than my $139 HJC is, although it is a bit heavier and bulkier than the HJC.
Im looking forward to getting on the road with it.
I got the Hi-Vis yellow. SHould look pretty snazzy on my Kawasaki green KLR. My wife has started calling me either Lemon-Lime, Mellow Yellow or Lemon head, depending on her mood.
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I have one also. (Motorcycle Superstore) It's OK so far. A little more noise than my HJC. I do like the ability to flip it up, and the sunglass thing is a little work. (I have Ray-ban glasses) The one thing that I don't like is the chin-bar is thicker than the HJC, and I find myself pulling down the whole helmet down to see my instrument panel. Overall it's OK.

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I have one also. (Motorcycle Superstore) It's OK so far. A little more noise than my HJC. I do like the ability to flip it up, and the sunglass thing is a little work. (I have Ray-ban glasses) The one thing that I don't like is the chin-bar is thicker than the HJC, and I find myself pulling down the whole helmet down to see my instrument panel. Overall it's OK.

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Your real-life experience with the Revolver coincides with a lot of the reviews I read: overall visibility not all that great, especially the vertical visibility with the tall chin bar. It's probably going to seem kind of claustrophobic compared to the AFX-37 which has really good visibility.

This will be the closest thing to a true full-face I've worn in a long time. Used to wear a Shoei dirt-type helmet and goggles, but then switched to the AFX-37 "Dual Sport" helmet with the face shield and really liked it.

Still think the Bell will be preferable for highway riding, though. I'll soon find out.



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My choice is to take my HJC on the longer slab rides, and leave the Bell for more of the local/ dual sport rides

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My choice is to take my HJC on the longer slab rides, and leave the Bell for more of the local/ dual sport rides

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I appreciate the opinion and I think it fits in good with what I expect the helmet to do: 30 miles to work and 30 miles home, mixture of gravel, 2-lane and a short stretch of Interstate: not a whole lot of traffic.

I really wish I lived somewhere I could walk into a store and try on a lot of different helmets in different styles and price ranges, but I'm kinda stuck with mail order out here in the boonies.



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Got this helmet in today and haven't ridden in it yet, but tried it on and wore it around the house for awhile and scared the dogs.

Fit and finish are nice with no loose pieces, etc. Visor and interior sun visor operate. The exterior visor seems solid and smooth. The interior sun visor seems a little "clattery," but works fine.

Fit seems to be right in line with the Bell sizing chart and a tape measure around my head prior to ordering.

Was glad to find I could get the helmet on and off with my glasses on by slightly spreading the bottom of the helmet apart. I don't like to spread it with the straps, so find that I tend to unintentionally drop the sun visor down when grabbing the bottom of the helmet because that's where the lever is that operates the sun visor. Just a matter of getting in the habit of avoiding it. Sun visor lever is on the left side.

Visibility is better than I expected.

The proximity of the unpadded chin bar is a little unnerving. I'm used to having my chin bar way out in front of my face. Pushing the chin bar against my own chin, it strikes me (pun intended) that if the helmet were driven into your chin from the front, there wouldn't be much difference between having the helmet on or just having your jaw/chin impact with another object. My chin actually grazes the chin bar when the front of the helmet is down.

I suppose it would help spread out the force of the impact, though. Would still much rather have something in front of my face, even if it seems too close.

Overall, I like the helmet so far and it seems like a good helmet for the price. Can't wait to try it out on the highway.



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I thought about getting a tinted shield but it didnt make much sense considering its got a tinted shade.
Bell makes a "photochromic" shield for it that I guess operates like the "transition" (or as we used to call 'em in the old days, "photo-gray") eyeglass lenses that get darker as it gets brighter out and clear up when it darkens.

Shield costs more than the helmet does, tho.



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