Ring My Bell: Helmet Impact Testing Video
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Bell Helmets is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In its pioneering role as an American motorcycle helmet manufacturer, it recently released an interesting video on the steps the company takes to test its helmets. With so many different standards and ratings out there, it’s good to know Bell has the capacity to test for them all, and does. It tests for impacts at different angles and different velocities. “The Dome,” the name given to Bell’s testing facility, is claimed to be the largest test lab as far as sheer volume is concerned. The company states its goal as “To create a helmet that has the ability to absorb and dissipate energy at every level of velocity."
Bell’s come a long ways since Roy Richter made that first fiberglass Bell 500 Helmet. According to Bell reps, the video “showcases how they are covering off-on protection for athletes in powersports crashes across the entire spectrum, whether it be at 100 miles-an-hour or just an afternoon cruise.” I’ve worn my fair share of Bell Helmets, so it’s good to know that it goes to extreme measures to protect my noggin’ in the unfortunate case of an accident. Good stuff from the crew at Bell Helmets.
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