Here is a side by side comparison of the new Biltwell Bonanza and Bell 500. They look pretty much the same size. I took the Bonanza for a ride and I like it better than my Bell 500. Here is why:
1. The Bonanza does not rise up at high speeds. I rode it up to 65mph and there was no movement what so ever. The Bell 500 tends to rise up and choke me when riding .
2. It is noticeably quieter than the Bell 500. I did not hear any wind noise until I hit 50-60mph. I think that the plush fabric liner cuts down on the wind noise.
3. I like how the strap buttons down flat. I hate how the Bell's strap has that silly loop when buttoned down.
Like I said before, both helmets looks the same on my head. The Biltwell Bonanza was not any smaller or slimmer than the Bell. I was hoping that it would be, but being a DOT helmet I think it is the best it will get.
I don't like how the bell fits me, I haven't try the Bonanza, but if it's the same as bell, I'll have to wait for el Gringo.
Maybe you can post some pictures with the helmets on..
You"re lucky.They both look good on you.I haven't tried the Biltwell but the Bell (L) looked so bobble head on me it was ridiculous.
the bell looks ridiculous on me .... bonanza is the ticket.
Just got a bonanza. I still feel like that little alien from the flintstones in it. But as far as DOT approved melon protectors Biltwell went as sleek as they could. What's great about it is its super comfy. I normally don't wear DOT helmets so I'm biased and when I look in the mirror. The bonanza looks huge compared to my novelty loser machine helmet. However if you know you are going on a longer ride in a helmet state or states and you may be getting harassed at police check points, this is the 3/4 to buy. Biltwell did a damn good job between size/style/ and dome regulations. Just remember you novelty guys. It will be a shock to you at first in the mirror. But try on a few more DOT helmets and you'll see it's the best choice on the market today. Also common sense says staying with a flat black will be less shocking then a flaked out primary color too
Maybe it's me but I felt the El Fuerte had a lower profile than the Bonanza. Bonanza is comfortable but damn near the same size as the Hustler. I've been rocking a Licks Novdot since the recall and its quite a bit smaller.
I just got the Bonanza . I like the Bell 500 much better . I compared the Bonanza to my Hustler and the profile is almost the same . I just got the Bonanza last night but at first glance the Hustler liner looks nicer. with that said the Bell 500 in much smaller profile with a much better liner . I was very disappointed with my new helmet as I was under the impression it would be close the to size of the Bell 500 not the size of my Biltwell Hustler . To each there own
I sent the Bonanza back already, here's the Licks, it's a large. I have about a 7 1/4 head size and it fits great. Dosen't lift and light.
I have been wearing the Bell 500 and just got the Bonanza this week.
I was originally concerned about size - I have a huge head - size 8 and the Bell XXL was uncomfortably snug. The XXL Bonanza fits very comfortably. It's noticeably lighter. The liner in the Bonanza is way nicer than the Bell.
I have to second the comment about the Bell rising up when catching too much wind...on the highway I felt like I was fighting with it. It felt like I was getting blown around. No problem with the Bonanza.
Also as to be expected the Biltwell bubble shield fits better on the Bonanza - on the Bell it was very loose and noisy. My Bell shield also fits the Bonanza well.
I'm definitely going to spring for a Gringo when they come out -
sorry to jck the thread but what is the word on the El Fuerte ? anyone know whats up?
Can somebody post a photo of the Bonanza next to the Hustler?