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Hello guys,

Newb here, trolling the forums in hopes of learning about my next bike. Came across this today on Ride Apart and thought I'd post here

Source = Ride Apart


Bell Helmets is preparing to launch a new digital process that will record data about an individual’s head and based upon that information the company will create a custom-fit designed motorcycle helmet.

The process, which was created and developed last year, will, according to Bell, ultimately offer riders a better fitting and potentially a safer helmet.

This year is the 60th anniversary of Bell Helmets and the California-based company is now preparing to commercialize its new custom-fit motorcycle helmet process by demonstrating it at a series of motorcycle events across the U.S. this year.

The process involves a Bell technician using a scanning wand to circle an individual’s head. A three-dimensional image of a person’s skull is generated by a computer in about 30 seconds. From that digital data, Bell can make a custom-fit helmet just for you – that process takes around three hours – and it will then send you the finished custom-fit helmet in four to six weeks.

Bell says the digital imaging process can result in as much as a 40% energy reduction to a person’s head and the digital imaging is so precise that custom-fit helmets can be manufactured less expensively than before as they use less foam lining.

However, while Bell has reduced the costs for the helmet manufacturing process by using fewer materials, the scanning service will add extra dollars to your final bill. Currently Bell is estimating that a custom-fit for one of its Star helmets will cost around $999, or $899 for a Moto-9. These helmets currently retail for $649 and $549 respectively, meaning the new custom service is going to cost $350 a helmet.

Bell plans to showcase this new technology at five or six motorcycle events this year to demonstrate how it works. They will scan potential customer’s heads for free, whether they want to buy a new helmet or not, and will then keep the data on file for the future if they choose to buy a Bell helmet.

The company is also considering setting up the scanners at 20 retail stores across the U.S. towards the end of this year. Although Bell doesn’t have its own outlets, it’s hoping to work with its existing dealers to create special areas in stores. At present the custom-fit scanning capability is only available for motorcycle helmets, but eventually Bell says it could be developed for other kinds of protective headgear such as bicycles.
Personally. After seeing the many accident threads, and having a oddly square head, I am viewing this as a reasonable investment.
 

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I stopped by the Bell booth at the MotoGP in Austin to talk to the rep about getting a new vent for my wife's helmet, and he showed me the prototype process. Pretty cool, if you ask me. I have a pretty standard noggin, but my wife always has forehead issues with her helmets. We may go that route for her next helmet.
 

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This is tremendously cool. Schuberth (and probably all major manufacturers) do this for their top clientele, but that's a very expensive prospect. having an oddly shaped head myself, this will be high on my list when my current lid is due for replacement.
 

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i was hoping after a few years in my HJC that my forehead would reshape, but this seems to be a less painful alternative.
 

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Beck, my wife never could adjust to the HJC helmets after two attempts. They pressed too hard on her forehead. The Bell RS-1 is more oblong shaped and exhibits less pressure on her forehead, thus reducing the big red patch on her forehead.
 

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Beck, my wife never could adjust to the HJC helmets after two attempts. They pressed too hard on her forehead. The Bell RS-1 is more oblong shaped and exhibits less pressure on her forehead, thus reducing the big red patch on her forehead.
Have you guys tried reforming that area of the helmet? Sometimes you can do a lot with your fingers.
 

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Good point Nick. I had to do that for my glasses to fit in the Bell whereas my HJC Carbon Spies had channels built in. I will try that one my wife's Bell RS-1. Thanks.
 

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I take it they are just changing the foam lining? Same shell but a custom fit foam insert?
 

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Beck, my wife never could adjust to the HJC helmets after two attempts. They pressed too hard on her forehead. The Bell RS-1 is more oblong shaped and exhibits less pressure on her forehead, thus reducing the big red patch on her forehead.
I had a shoei qwest before the HJC RPHA 10 - it hurt so bad (partially from someone fitting me incorrectly as well) that i would get dizzy - i sold that for a loss after 2 weeks but was happy that i at least got some of my money back.

The RPHA 10 i can wear all day - the liner is fantastic (feels like a pillow) but i do get pressure on my forehead after a long ride - it's not bad enough that i would look for a new helmet though. I'll have to check out bell down the line when i'm ready to upgrade.
 
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