Ad closing in seconds....

Bell M5X Daytona

Bell M5X Daytona helmet

Miles covered/time: 1500/four months

What’s good: If you’re over 40 years old the sight of a Bell Helmets logo will almost certainly spark a little interest. In the ’70s and ’80s if you wanted the best lid money could buy you bought a Bell Star. The 2011 M5X has a few of the features that made those earlier lids so appealing, such as a 3mm thick visor and luscious paint. The vents work just as well as they did in the ’70s (ie, not very well) but logos don’t get much more iconic than the Bell oval.

What’s bad: Alas, Bell is no longer the company it once was and the helmets are no longer made in the USA – the Bell M5X is made in Italy. Not necessarily a bad thing but the fit is familiar with many lids from Italy; tight across the temples and forehead with a generous squash of the cheeks. The M5X took a couple of weeks to break in and it still isn’t that comfortable. Even though the thick visor is impressively sturdy, to change it requires several minutes and a 4mm Allen key, a bummer if you change regularly between tinted and clear visors. The washable red lining is eye catching but shows up the dirt quickly. Thick visor apart, the logo might just as well say AGV.

Contact: www.bell-helmets.it

Rating: 3/5

Get yours at MCNshop.com
Bauer Media

Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141
Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,
Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.
All registered in England and Wales. VAT no 918 5617 01
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd are authorised and regulated by the FCA(Ref No. 710067)