Bell Eliminator Helmet Review

Unboxing and Reviewing Bell Helmets’ stylish new motorcycle lid

Bell does good-looking helmets. We know this. It has taught us this with just about every release it's had in the last couple of years, from the Moto-3 to the Bullitt—even the race-ready Star line, and now the Eliminator. This latest addition to the Bell lineup is definitely built with style in mind, pulling inspiration from some of its auto racing helmets like the RS7, which is substantially more expensive but shares a lot of the design cues we see here on the Eliminator. The Bell Eliminator will run you $400 in solid colors or $600 in carbon fiber.

Venting happens through nine holes on the top of the helmet and four larger openings in the front. These work great but don’t give an option to shut them if you’re too cold, so the Eliminator is more likely to stay a spring and summer helmet for most riders. There is a bit of room around the chin when the helmet is on as well, so plenty of air gets in there and moves around, keeping things cool but also a little bit noisy.

The visor on the Eliminator attaches and tightens down on either side with an Allen wrench, but offers no further adjustment. There is no ratcheting mechanism for the visor’s action, so it’s pretty much up or down while you’re on the road. If the sides are too loose, or after a bit of wear, the visor may have a hard time staying open while moving, which can be annoying. Keeping the visor shut is a stud on the helmet that fits through a hole at the bottom of the shield. This works well for keeping it locked down, but takes a bit of force and prying to get it open; if your helmet isn’t strapped tight or fits a little loosely, it may get jostled around while trying to open it up.

As you can usually expect from Bell, this lid is available in a range of colors and custom-looking paint jobs. Five sizes are available in three shell sizes, to keep bulk down and fit optimal. We love the styling, and the fit is soft and comfortable—not hitting any stiff pressure points. It runs a little bit snug, so if you’re between sizes, we recommend going for the larger one.

The large-size helmet we were testing weighed in at 3.2 pounds, making it lighter than its most direct competitors, the Biltwell Lane Splitter and the Simpson Street Bandit, but it’s also at least $100 more expensive. It’s nice to see a company other than Simpson take some inspiration from the four-wheeled world, while also not ripping off the Bandit like we see so many companies doing. The Eliminator is a little louder than top-shelf lids like Shoei and Arai, and the visor function can be a little bit of a deterrent if you like to ride with it up or partially open, but the style is so nice that it’s likely to win people over anyway.

This helmet has been getting a lot of wear since it showed up. It is not likely to replace the Shoei and Arai lids for longer highway miles, but it has become our go-to for anything around town or meeting up with friends, as we love the design and get lots of positive remarks about it.

Check Bell Helmets' website for more information on the Eliminator, or to pick one up for yourself.