Bell Custom 500 Chemical Candy Mean Green Helmet
Waste of time and money.
I bought two of these, one clear and one smoke. I was really pleased at first but after they "broke in" the visors just flip in and out every time I move my head. It’s really frustrating riding in the DC Baltimore area because I'm always looking over my shoulder changing lanes and this annoying shield flips up letting all sorts of air in. I just use my Bell helmet with sunglasses now and once it gets cold enough I'm just going to order a full face helmet and save the head ache. Also my clear one has only been used about 4 times and the snap broke on it. Just a cheap product...
October 6, 2015
Solid, stylish, great helmet.
Great, lightweight helmet, feels solid, nice fit and comfort.
October 5, 2015
Really cool retro, and some honest criticism
This is a great retro paint job. The paint itself is top notch and beautiful. Obviously a open face helmet, which lends to being noisy, weight is okay, and vision is great, nothing there to block your vision. Bell helmets run small, I've worn almost exclusively Aria helmets, and all have been extra large. I ordered a extra large in this helmet, but returned it for the 2XL. My hat size is approximately 7 1/2. Overall though, it is a really cool helmet and have had several comments on it already. It's definitely not a helmet I would take a trip in, full face for that, but cruising around town or a short trip to the store I usually reach for the Bell. One last thing, I got the bubble shield for it and when it's installed glasses are a bit of a hassle to get on. Looking to get some retro prescription googles in the future.
August 10, 2015
Bell Custom 500 Helmet
Great! light weight low profile for a open face helmet. great vintage look, and the price is right.
September 24, 2015
A simply great, simple helmet.
This is a really basic open face helmet. It does sit down lower than most open face helmets but it's still a DOT helmet so its not super sleek - none of them are. When I put it on I thought "oh boy, this thing is kinda big" but when you put your jacket and googles on and sit on the bike it looks natural and not too big at all. I've read a few people say that it sat too low to wear their glasses but I'm not sure how that's possible. I can fit my sunglasses or goggles on with a bit of clearance to spare. There isn't a ton of room for the arms on sunglasses though. So if they sit tight against your temples you're good to go. If the arms bow out at all, like my Oakley Tightrope sunglasses, they won't fit with this helmet. I found googles to be better anyway since the airflow through sunglasses (without a windshield) is uncomfortable over 50 mph anyway. A quick thought about open face helmets from a guy who has worn full face helmets for the last 20 years; there's something about not looking through the small "window" of a full face helmet that makes riding feel a lot more enjoyable. Like you're no longer watching the world through the windshield of your car. I've read other people say similar things and dismissed it but now its hard for me to go back to the full face helmet.
September 23, 2015
This helmet has a classic look and vibe.
I wanted a basic 3/4 helmet to use with my dual sport for riding around town. This helmet has great style and seems to be made well so far. Although the helmet was redesigned my size large still has a little bit of the mushroom look. I guess you can't totally get away from that with this style of helmet. It is really comfortable and fits great.
September 21, 2015
Overall a great helmet for the value, fit is tight on me but comfortable to wear. Had to change shades for comfort.
August 3, 2015
Perfect Helmet the Second Time Around
I originally purchased the Bell Custom 500 in XXL when it was released in 2014. I have a pretty large-sized head and although the helmet fit, it definitely sat up higher than I wanted because the interior was just slightly too small fit past the part of my head above my eyebrows. After hearing Anthony mention the new 2015 edition is built using 2 shells with one dedicated to the XL and XXL sizes, I decided to give the latest version from Bell and try and WOW what a difference they made. The XXL fits me extremely well and, as Anthony mentions in the video, it is very much low profile and looks great. No more egg head with the Custom 500 which also means not as much wind, or bugs, coming in the side by your ears. Bell correctly identified the issues with the original release and fixed them perfectly. For those seeking a retro looking open-face helmet that fits well and offers a good number of accessory visors this is the helmet for you. I rock my Bell Custom 500 with the longer 510 visor and goggles and switch out for the visor with the flip up shield when rain hits or I'm on longer trips. Way to go Bell and thanks very much to Revzilla!
September 15, 2015