MotoOnline.com.au tests the 2019 Bell Moto-9 MIPS helmet.
Bell has been at the forefront of helmet design and technology in the motocross and dirt bike industry for decades, which is why it’s one of the most trusted brands amongst riders and racers.
The Moto-9 is the brand’s flagship dirt bike helmet that’s available in multiple variants, including the Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) equipped edition, which we’ve put to the test over the last month.
I’ve personally chosen to wear Bell’s Moto-9 helmet for the last five years, so I knew exactly what my head was getting into when the 2019 Tremor matte/gloss, blue/black colourway landed at my doorstep.
The Moto-9 is made from a Tri-Matrix composite shell, which is a combination of aramid fibres, carbon fibre and fibreglass, resulting in a strong and lightweight construction. It not only offers a protective exterior, but it also offers sizing that is true to your regular size.
Inside is where the Bell’s protective system comes alive with MIPS technology. The system is designed to reduce rotational forces, which can result from certain impacts.
It’s fitted out with an X-Static Liner and magnetic cheekpads, which really make the Moto-9 one of the most comfortable lids on the market. The internal padding and lining forms to your head, making for snug a fit that’s enjoyable to wear all day long – it’s one of my highlight features, and why I rate the helmet so highly.
The magnetic cheekpads make cleaning the liner a breeze, while Magnefusion Emergency Release System (MERS) allows first responders to safely remove the helmet following an impact – this is a major for benefit, as safe removal of a helmet can prevent further injuries. It’s also worth noting the Moto-9 is designed to be compatible with Eject inflatable airbag systems.
Experiencing the helmet in both warm and cool conditions, Bell has nicely balanced its Velocity Flow Ventilation system, which adequately cooled on hot days, yet wasn’t overwhelmingly cool on colder days.
Other neat features that complete the exceptional build quality of the Bell Moto-9 are the padded chin strap and magnetic strap keep, Flying Bridge Visor and QuickFlip visor screws for easy adjustment.
Overall, the Bell Moto-9 MIPS is the helmet I feel the safest in with it’s incredible protective features and amazing levels of comfort. It’s honestly hard draw any faults, with only its weight – coming in at approximately 1450 grams – being it’s only downfall.
Equipped with DOT, ECE, Snell M2015 certifications, the helmet is priced at RRP $649.95 and is available in various colours and designs. For more information, visit www.cassons.com.au.