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Old 05-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #21
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Choosing by design isnt an issue. They are both great lids.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:31 PM   #22
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They do fit differently. I wear a large in Shoei and a medium with the Bell.
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Have a shoei and love it
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:37 PM   #24
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Have had my Bell Star Carbon and Bell Vortex for a few months now and absolutely love them!

Transition shield is the
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:48 PM   #25
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I have a Bell Star. I love it, and hate it.

It's comfortable as heck, and the shield is easy to remove and reinstall. It flows air really well but it's quite loud.

I was very disappointed in them trying to reinvent the wheel with that bullshit magnet system to secure the pull strap ...wouldn't have bought it if I knew the pull strap would come undone at high speeds or when coming up from a full tuck....it's happened to me more times than I can count...very annoying riding down the road with the strap slapping your neck until you can safely grab it and place it back on the other magnet. Wouldn't buy another one if they continue to use magnets. I wouldn't recommend a Bell for track use...
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:51 PM   #26
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How long of a strap do you have hanging?

I've popped up from a tuck at 140+ and haven't had that happen yet but there's only a small loop when fully secured.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:33 PM   #27
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They have changed the design to be a snap now instead of the magnet according to revzilla. I love the magnet though.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:42 PM   #28
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Wonder which models did they change... My star is 2013 model.
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Hmmm. I really liked my Shoei RF1000 and my HJC. Dunno why but I always thought Bell was a bargain basement lid. Didn't know they were a premium brand.
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Go with the one that fits better.
then look for graphics you like.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:56 AM   #31
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I have both the bell and the shoei... I actually like the bell star best.
I have had no issue with the magnet strap holder...and i do not notice much difference in noise...
In the early day of everyone starting to use helmets, Bell was indeed THE name and it is coming back into that position again... the primary reason it went away for awhile (IMO) had nothing to do with quality, but with business choices... They sold their helmets through motorcycle shops and did very well... then they chose to make a deal with the big chain stores like walmart... the buying volume that offered made them big money at first, but the chain stores could afford to sell them much cheaper than the smaller motorcycle shops who could not buy in that quantity... so the motorcycle shops around the country quit selling them... it hurt their reputation and they lost popularity with the average rider who got their advice from the bike shops...with the advent of the internet and a change in strategy, they made a come back in popularity with bikers...the quaility was always there.

oh and graphics just means you pay more for the same helmet.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:06 AM   #32
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and i got my bell star from Patrick at motorcycles unlimited cheaper than i could find it on line.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:21 AM   #33
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I own three Bell helmets (two Stars and a Vortex) and a Shoei RF1000. I love my Bell Star mainy because of the transition shield and the fact that it's very comfortable to me and flows a lot of air. I have no major qualms with the magnet strap other than the piece of fabric over the magnet tends to peel up after a few months of regular use.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:26 AM   #34
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I have no major qualms with the magnet strap other than the piece of fabric over the magnet tends to peel up after a few months of regular use.
+1 to the magnet strap issue.

I have one each of the bell star and the bell star carbon. I also have the transitions shield.

previously, I'd been using shoei x-elevens, but I finally retired my lawson replica with the bell star carbon I bought last christmas. the lawson was past shoei's recommended lifespan and had gotten a bit loose on me to boot.

imho, the higher-end shoei helmets' quality and finish are better than the bell star series, but the price premium is pretty significant, too. that being said, I don't think you can go wrong with the bell stars - they really are solid helmets.

the magnet on the strap of my regular star gave up 18 months ago, so I've just gotten used to looping it back under the chin strap so it won't flap. the funny part is, I find I prefer wearing my star carbon (still has the magnet intact) the same way. still, not a particularly durable design versus the shoei strap clip.

and fwiw the weight difference between the regular star and the star carbon was pretty negligible on my digital scale (around 1-2oz, and both are medium, snell 2010 rated versions). the carbon weave looks great, though.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:31 AM   #35
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Just picked up a Shoei RF-1200. Can't go wrong with Shoei
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:39 PM   #38
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My RF1100 was a great upgrade from my HJC. My next lid will be either the x-12 or RF1200.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:34 PM   #39
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Both are great lids.
We sell both and I own both a GT Air and a Bell Star.
At the end of the day, the Star fits my head shape a little better.
As previously stated, when it comes to helmets buy what fits as opposed to a specific brand.
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