Bell Revolver Evo Modular Motorcycle Helmet TestTouring has its own unique set of demands on a helmet, particularly for those who add sport riding to the mix. With cool graphics, something you don’t often see on modular helmets, the Bell Revolver Evo will attract those who want a little style to go with their helmet’s functionality.Undoubtedly, the big selling point for a modular helmet is its ability to swing the chin guard out of the way at stops (all manufacturers recommend that you ride with it only in the locked down position) so you can easily converse with others.The Bell Revolver Evo pivots up easily, thanks to a large button just in front of your chin. Some helmets make it a two-handed job to get the click when locking it down, but the pivot system works well on the Evo and it’s a one-hand operation, though the chin curtain might require some secondary manipulation.The other part of securing the helmet to your head is the chinstrap. Quite often, a hard plastic chinstrap is used on a modular; instead, Bell uses a traditional soft strap and Bell’s clever strap keeper. It is our favorite strap-retaining design. No snaps or slots are needed to hold the end of your strap – just get it close and let the integrated magnet do its job.As is often the case with modular helmets, the front of the Revolver Evo sits close to your face. If you’re claustrophobic in helmets, you won’t like it. There is so much hardware on modulars that roominess suffers.The built-in smoke-tinted interior visor is excellent and glare-free. It can be a bit difficult to manipulate the lever by your left ear with gloves on when it comes time to move it into place, though the spring-loaded action pops it up easily.Modular helmets are traditionally noisier than standard full-face models, and the Revolver Evo is no exception. Fortunately, the design of the various interfaces – visor, chin guard, and vents – continue to improve and reduce the sound penalty.Despite using a thin polycarbonate shell, the Revolver Evo is a heavy helmet, weighing in at an ounce over four pounds. While it feels heavy when being lifted, it balances well on the head; the shell is efficiently aerodynamic, so the helmet can be worn for an entire day’s ride without undue fatigue.At the lower end of the price scale for modular helmets ($200 without graphics), the Bell Revolver Evo does its job as a touring lid, and it will please those who want to look a bit cooler than the average modular-wearing rider.For additional information, visit Bellhelmets.com.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!