Bell Moto-9 - Heads Up!

Posted by David Roy on 19, Oct 2015
David Roy

This article features the BELL Moto-9 , one of the high end MX helmets from BELL. This ultra light helmet was designed for those who love speed and strong sensations. Hold on to your hats… we’re off and racing!


BELL Moto-9 — Shell and protection

The shell of the BELL Moto-9 with its ultra light TriMatrix composite construction is comprised of three different materials: Kevlar, carbon fiber and fibreglass. This allows BELL to make a very rigid and ultra light helmet to protect your best asset!

If you remove the center lining, you will see that the BELL engineers have left a space to install the Eject® helmet ejection system. In the event of an accident, this system allows for removal of the user’s helmet without having to pull on the helmet. Therefore, the risk of further injuring the user is reduced when trying to remove the helmet.

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As for the safety strap, the clip is a good old D-ring, but with a modern touch. The extremity of the strap is equipped with a magnet that sticks to another magnet in the D-ring. It is a simple solution and a very ingenious one at


BELL Moto-9 – Comfort and lining

Once again, BELL hit it out of the park. And why is that?  Look carefully. The lateral linings of the BELL Moto-9 are not held in place by a conventional punch system but by magnets! Three magnets hold each of the two lateral linings in place. They are therefore easily detachable, as you might say. Gone are days when you were afraid of damaging your lining by pulling on it for washing. This system is very simple and easy to use. For the center lining, the two punches on the forehead and two on the nape of the neck fasten the helmet. The safety strap is also padded for more comfort.

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I found the BELL Moto-9 very comfortable. There is no particular pressure point except maybe in the cheek area. However, if you feel it, it will be just a little extra pressure which does not cause discomfort, even if you wear it all day. The size complies with industry standards. The Large size was perfectly adjusted to my head like most helmets on the market.


Bell Moto-9 – Ventilation

The Moto-9’s ventilation system comprises 9 vents at the front of its shell. On the chin, there is a main entry point that purifies the air with an inside filter and two other smaller ones on the sides. On the front of the helmet, at the level of the temple, there is an opening on each side which helps cool the helmet. Two other openings are directly on the forehead, and the last two   are slightly higher, under the visor.

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There are five air vents on the BELL Moto-9. The first is found directly on the top of the head, at about five inches from the tip of the visor. The other four are located in the back of the helmet in its upper part. Working with the other openings, they provide air support for the entire duration of your race.


Target group for the BELL Moto-9?

This high end helmet is aimed mainly at MX and snowmobile enthusiasts. These two activities call for major effort from their participants who will be sweating abundantly if they are not equipped properly. The ventilation system will likely be of interest to many enthusiasts who do not wish to be too warm during their outings.  Despite a complex and elaborate ventilation system, the Moto-9 is a very safe helmet with DOT and SNELL approval.  What are your thoughts on this helmet?  Give me your opinions!

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