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Bell Rogue: 50% Open Face, 50% Full Face, 100% Creepy

By January 8, 2013

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Bell Rogue Helmet

Remember Honda's attempts to make their Fury chopper edgy? Bell is taking a similar approach with their new Rogue helmet, which they're pitching as an open face that bridges the gap between open and full face.

The new lid, which retails at $249, incorporates an adjustable and detachable "muzzle" which Bell says offers wind protection; they also suggest it adds an "ominous-look to the Rogue, ideal for the attitude and lifestyle synonymous with the cruiser category." The three-quarter helmet's "muzzle" is molded from thermoplastic polyurethane, incorporates air vents and a removable fleece liner, and attaches using what Bell calls a FidLock magnetic connection system. The helmet itself is available in black, matte black, Army green, and solid gunny, and will be available in March.

No official word on whether the so-called muzzle offers any crash protection, but it's fair to say the feature is more of a style differentiator than a face-saving safety feature.


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January 9, 2013 at 9:33 am
(1) Pete says:

The Fury IS edgy. You’re quite right though…this helmet (such as it is) is just weird!!

January 9, 2013 at 10:12 am
(2) Steve in GA says:

Looks like a ski mask for motorcyclists.

So, you wear this as you ride to the bank, run in and rob the place, and no one can identify you! How neat is that?

January 9, 2013 at 10:50 am
(3) Scottie says:

50%, 50%, 100% – great assessment.

January 9, 2013 at 11:38 am
(4) Jim says:

Ominous look? What a joke.

January 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm
(5) Tom says:

He looks like Bane from the Dark Night Rises with a matching helmet.

January 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(6) Don f says:

Mad Max revisited. (Better than no helmet)

January 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(7) TopK says:

Looks similar to wearing a scarf on your face during cold weather, with the added benefit of perhaps saving your ugly mug. I think it’s a step in the right direction! There’s a manufacturer (forget who) that makes something similar in the european market – like an old fashioned single face bar from the early days of football. Wish they would sell it here.

January 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm
(8) Joe says:

I’m with Tom, looks like something Bane would wear. Don’t think Bell is going to do well with this helmet. Looks ugly to me and protection wise it doesn’t sound like it would help more then a half helmet.

January 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm
(9) Harry says:

Cool concept but Joe is right, there isn’t much protection there.
“Luke, I am your father”…

January 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm
(10) ryde4ever says:

Those half helmets are a joke. Just a couple months ago, one of my friends died in an accident while wearing a half lid. On impact with the car that pulled in front of him, just that force flung the helmet from his head. By the time he made contact with the ground he was helmet less. If he had been wearing his full face helmet he would likely still be with us today. It was his choice. It is everybody’s choice. But full face is the only choice for me.

January 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm
(11) Rider says:

AND, Bell wants $249.00 for this helmet–No Way. May need one till the next pres. election. Looks good to knock over the 7-eleven or such. Just walk in with this helmet and you will scare the hell out of them.

January 10, 2013 at 7:05 am
(12) Larry says:

If this helmet appeals to you, be patient. You’ll be able to get one on closeout this fall.

January 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(13) Ninja Kev says:

The oh so ominous and scary face guard looks like it would really restrict your breathing. Nice try Bell but I’ll stick with my FF HJC IS-16. It has great ventilation, easily removable pads for washing and a built-in sun visor that retracts with a touch of a button on top. With a matte black finish and a metallic rainbow shield it looks both cool AND ominous and was only $200. Oh and I almost forgot, it will keep my face from being ripped off during a crash.

@ryde4ever. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend and you have my sympathy and condolences. Let’s all hope that Heaven is free of incompetent and distracted cagers, bad weather, cops and speed limits.

January 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm
(14) Pete says:

ryde4ever … Condolences as well to all his friends & family.

Larry …LOL! Love it…!

January 11, 2013 at 6:30 am
(15) Azzi says:

Some of the helmet are so heavy that it doesn’t feeling like wearing. But this seems to lite and stylish as well.

new bike prices

January 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm
(16) Simon Evans says:

Hmm, Steve makes a good comment about robbing banks. but as both people likely to ever buy one of these abortions will be known to Bell, the face covering won’t help with the style disaster that leaves you as the only man likely to have been wearing one in the bank.
If you were in a queue for pink tutus, might be a different matter

Epic fail!

January 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(17) Pete says:

Simon … that’s great – LOL!!
Depending on the 2 people who buy them as well, a tutu might not do it. Probably a fourfour…

January 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(18) squidly says:

$249!? If you’re the half-helmet type, wouldn’t a cheap Wehrmacht-style DOT plus one of those $10 neoprene “Hannibal” face covers (total for both <$50) keep your mug warm as well and look even more evil?

February 11, 2013 at 4:45 am
(19) MashaTsy says:

Please, tell me where (internet-shop) I can buy it?

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