Bell Releases New RS-2 and Moto-9 with MIPS

The popular old RS-1 and Moto-9 get upgrades in safety and performance

Bell RS-2 upgrade
Bell's RS-2.Bell Helmets

Torsion has been the name of the safety game in helmets for the past few years. The major helmet companies have realized that a large portion of the brain damage you see as a result of motorcycle accidents comes from the spinning or twisting motion, rather than a direct impact. This has led them to develop systems like MIPS, which lets the outer shell of the helmet spin a certain amount without affecting the inside shell your head is sitting in.

Bell RS-2 upgrade
Bell's RS-2.Bell Helmets

MIPS is short for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, and it's something Bell has been using on its helmets all across the board. A low-friction layer is held between the comfort later and the actual helmet with a few pieces of stretchy rubber, which allows the inner layer to spin separately if it needs to, meaning your head and neck will not be spun with the outer shell. A few of Bell's helmets had seen this technology before, but now it's coming into the company's most popular off-road helmet, the Moto-9.

Bell Moto-9 upgrade
Bell's Moto-9.Bell Helmets

The new Moto-9 MIPS comes to market starting at $400 and is available in two solid colors and four graphics.

The new RS-2 sees a lot of the features that riders loved on the RS-1 but with a few substantial upgrades. Three fiberglass shells fit six sizes of helmet, with interchangeable cheek pads available to further customize your fit. The pads inside are eyewear compatible, and the helmet also offers an internal flip-down visor. The RS-2 was designed to be quiet and comfortable with optimized aerodynamic design to eliminate air noise.

Bell Moto-9 upgrade
Bell's Moto-9.Bell Helmets

Still hitting the market right at $300, the RS-2 is sure to be a fan favorite in its three solid options and three available graphics.