Of the two new models from Bell helmets, one caters to a growing category, while the other introduces a new take on impact absorption. Read the full press releases from Bell below for more information.
Bell MX-9 Adventure
Bell Helmets, an industry leader in helmet technology and innovation, today introduced the MX-9 Adventure, the company’s first dual sport helmet designed to protect riders in various road conditions. With a growing demand for dual sport helmets, Bell created a helmet versatile enough for off-road conditions, while comfortable enough for sustained on-road riding.
With a design inspired by Bell’s dirt and street helmets, the MX-9 Adventure incorporates elements of each for a one-of-a-kind helmet capable of offering unmatched protection for street and off-road riding. The integrated face shield is made for street riding, and when raised, designed to fit goggles needed for off-road riding. The dual sport helmet also incorporates Bell’s top-of-the-line Velocity Flow Ventilation system, and an adjustable mouth vent for riders to control air intake for increased comfort.
“There’s a growing trend to dual sport riders, and we know a lot of off-road riders are not necessarily riding motocross,” said Chris Sackett, Bell Helmets Vice President. “The MX-9 Adventure will serve a growing genre of riders that like to cruise the desert or take their bike on and off road.”
MX-9 Adventure technologies include:
- Lightweight injected polymer composite shell
- Three-shell and EPS sizes for a personalized fit
- Integrated face shield
- Velocity Flow Ventilation system for cooling and comfort
- Moisture wicking, removable/washable air channeled comfort liner
- EPS-lined chin bar
- Adjustable mouth vent
- Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
- Industry-leading five-year warranty
Bell Moto-9 Flex
Bell Helmets today introduced Moto-9 Flex – its newest motocross helmet offering a radical advancement in managing energy across the wide array of impact scenarios common with off-road motorcycling. At the heart of the Moto-9 Flex is Bell’s exclusive “progressive layering” technology – a system of three unique protective materials, each designed to address specific impact velocities while simultaneously working in harmony to deliver Bell’s most comprehensive level of protection available today.
With helmet manufacturers recently touting innovations for specific scenarios, such as low speed or rotational impacts, Bell has created a helmet that effectively addresses various possible scenario, including high, medium or low speed, or rotational impacts. In off-road racing, where a bevy of impact scenarios are possible, it seemed only logical for Bell to develop a helmet that effectively addresses many potential impacts.
“We’ve seen so much attention and discussion being given to specific impact scenarios, and that concerned us, because off-road motorcycling can be completely unpredictable. A proper helmet needs to protect the rider in the widest array of situations they might encounter,” said Chris Sackett, Bell Helmets Vice President. “I’m continually amazed by our engineers and their ability to consistently deliver truly game-changing innovations, as they have with Moto-9 Flex and our new progressive-layering system.”
Together with the Advanced Concepts Group at BRG Sports, Bell discovered Expanded Polyolefin (EPO), which actually works in tandem with the often used Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) layering systems. EPO is a soft and flexible low-density polymer that, when placed between the EPP and EPS layers, dampens low-threshold impacts. By combining these three materials at varying densities Bell has created an energy management system that excels in low, mid, and high-speed impacts. Along with the three potential impact speeds, Bell has addressed rotational energy management by engineering a “slip zone” within the Moto-9 Flex impact liner. The “slip zone” allows for subtle movement between the inner layers and works to reduce rotational energy transfer from angular impacts.
Bell also addressed head comfort with the Moto-9 Flex, with its “Adaptive Fit” system containing a segmented construction in the EPO layer, which conforms to a rider’s head for a better fit and more predictable energy management. To further improve comfort, Bell included its top-of-the-line Velocity Flow Ventilation system, which offers maximum helmet ventilation and temperature control.
Moto-9 Flex Technologies include:
- Lightweight Composite Carbon shell
- Velocity Flow Ventilation system for maximum cooling
- Fully adjustable Flying Bridge Visor with air intake vents
- Removable/washable X-Static XT2 silver liner
- Extended Wear interior
- Exclusive Magnefusion™ Emergency Removal System (MERS) cheekpads
- QuickFlip visor screws for easy adjustment even with gloves on
- Fully ventilated EPS-lined chinbar
- Integrated vented roost guard
- New and Improved Exclusive Magnefusion magnetic strap keeper
- Padded chin strap with D-ring closure
- Padded, lined helmet bag included
- Industry-leading Five-year warranty
The MX-9 Adventure is DOT certified, while the Moto-9 Flex carries both DOT and Snell M2015 certifications. Both helmets are available in XS-XXL sizing. Pricing ranges from $189.95 – $199.95 for the MX-9, $599.95 for the Moto-9.
For more information on these helmets, plus Bell’s entire line, visit www.bellhelmets.com.