Having been involved in the biking community since I was a teenager, I have encountered every kind of rider under the sun. They all seem to have their own rituals and traditions and idea of what is and isn’t important when they ride. Despite this, I remain absolutely amazed when I encounter a rider who doesn’t wear a helmet when they hit the road. It probably sounds just as crazy to you as it does to me, but there are many bikers out there who see helmets as a mere suggestion and not as an essential. Now, I know disobeying the rules is part of the whole biker lifestyle, but there is being a rebel and there is being an idiot, and those who neglect to protect their noggins while turning a corner at 200 miles per hour definitely fall into the latter category.
To get the most out of your motorcycle, it is absolutely essential that you purchase a strong helmet. You need the peace of mind which a sturdy helmet will provide if you want to be able to completely relax as you ride down a long stretch of highway or tear through the city streets. But just what helmet should you buy? After all, there are literally thousands of them.
As some of you may know, I am a long-time fan of Bell Helmets, one of the most popular manufacturers of motorcycle helmets in the world. Bell has a design team which simply can’t be rivaled and has utilized it to produce some of the most unique helmets of all time. One of the brand’s most enduring helmets is the Bell Rogue helmet, which I am going to be looking at in detail in this article.
The Bell Rogue helmet is certainly one of the more unique motorcycle helmets on the market today and stands out both in its appearance and its performance. While it has the look of a regular half-helmet, the Bell Rogue offers the protection of a ¾ helmet. Those who purchase this helmet will also enjoy the comfort level of a ¾ helmet. It comes fitted with an adjustable and removable muzzle to ensure you are as comfortable as possible when you wear it. The muzzle is also beneficial in that it keeps bugs, dust, and whatever else may be flying around on the road out of your mouth.
While it may look a little old fashioned, the Bell Rogue is a feature-rich helmet which offers its wearer so much more than protection. Just some of the features Bell’s design time has managed to include in this helmet are as follows:
● Adjustable muzzle with a removable liner.
● Lightweight composite shell.
● Stainless steel D-rings and metal badges.
● Removable and easy-to-clean interior.
Some motorcycle helmet authorities were a little skeptical when the Bell Rogue helmet hit the market, which might be a little bit justified. Despite initial criticism, however, the Bell Rogue helmet has turned out to be not just one of the most popular helmets Bell has ever produced, but one of the most beloved products of any of the major motorcycle helmet manufacturers. There are many reasons for the Bell Rogue’s immense popularity, but some of the most obvious include:
If you have been involved in biking for even a fraction of the time that I have, you are almost definitely familiar with how unpleasant it can be to be riding with a bulky helmet. While some less experienced bikers might believe the heavier the helmet means the greater the protection it provides a heavy helmet is nothing but a disadvantage, particular on a lengthy journey. A bulky helmet will weigh you down as you ride. Regardless of its ventilation system, you will become drenched in sweat and likely struggle to catch your breath. All in all, a heavy helmet will significantly detract from your riding experience. The Bell Rogue is fitted with a lightweight composite shell, meaning you don’t have to worry about it weighing you down as you ride. It will give you the perfect combination of safety and comfort and will provide fantastic protection without getting in your way.
As great as riding is, it can sometimes be a little bit boring when you’re on a highway with a long stretch of road behind you and an even longer stretch of road lying ahead. After a while, the monotonous droning of the engine becomes almost hypnotic and you start to feel like you’re losing your mind; take it from me, that is not a good thing. To tackle this loneliness, it is a good idea to get your hands on a helmet which has a built-in speaker, or is at least speaker compatible. While the Bell Rogue does not come pre-fitted with a speaker, one can easily be attached to its liner, making it possible to listen to music or the radio as you ride. If you purchase a Bluetooth speaker, you will even be able to make and receive calls during your journey.
Given that motorcycle helmets are intended to absorb knocks, shocks, and bumps, it is only natural that yours will show a little bit of wear and tear after a while. However, a light bang should not impact your helmet to such a degree that you can no longer wear it and be confident in its ability to protect you from crashes and collisions. The Bell Rogue helmet is one of the most durable helmets of its kind and you are unlikely to experience any trouble with it after a crash or two. If it should become prematurely obsolete, however, it is covered by a five-year warranty. The good folks at Bell will replace your Rogue helmet should it fail to perform to a suitable level.
As you have probably guessed due to its immense popularity, the pros of the Bell Rogue helmet vastly outweigh the cons. In fact, there really aren’t a whole lot of glaringly obvious cons with this helmet. In an attempt to provide a fair and balanced review, however, I have found one or two problems with the Bell Rogue that I can discuss here.
Lack of Protection
Although the Bell Rogue helmet certainly provides fantastic protection of the head and lower face, it does absolutely nothing for the top half of the face. This is particularly disadvantageous as it means there is nothing in place to keep dirt and dust out of your eyes and you need your eyes to, you know, see where you’re going. The manufacturer’s assumption is, of course, that a wearer of the Bell Rogue helmet will cover his or her eyes with a pair of goggles to ensure no harm comes to them. It isn’t particularly difficult to find a pair of goggles to go along with this helmet, but it will add to the price if you don’t already own a pair.
Speaking of price… If you are researching helmets having just purchased a motorcycle, it is unlikely that you are going to want to drop a ton of cash on protection. The good news is, you don’t have to. There is no shortage of inexpensive yet durable motorcycle helmets on the market. The bad news is, however, you will have to drop quite a bit of money if you want to own the Bell Rogue helmet. The Bell Rogue generally sells for in or around $250, which is a lot of money for anybody, particularly when you can get an almost equally effective model for less. Those who are serious about their riding and do so every day will be able to justify the purchase of the Bell Rogue, but hobbyists or those who are new to motorcycles should probably look elsewhere.
So, that does it for my study of the Bell Rogue motorcycle helmet. What’s my final verdict? It’s awesome! Sure, it may cost a little more than some other motorcycle helmets on the market, but for your money you get an almost unrivaled combination of comfort and protection, not to mention durability. The ¾ protection might turn a few people off, but it is nothing that can’t be sorted with a good pair of goggles. The Bell Rogue looks almost like a throwback to the early days of biking, which is ironic because, if you ask me, it is the future of motorcycle helmets.