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Bell Custom 500 Helmet Videos

Bell Custom 500 Helmet

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Bell went back to the lab to make improvements to the legendary Custom 500. A new headform means the Custom 500 now fits better and looks smaller on your head than ever. No more bobbleheads. The thin-profile shell allows the Bell Custom 500 helmet to sit lower on the head, and with 5 shell and EPS sizes, it’s now even easier to find the look you want with the perfect fit.

Features:

  • 5 shell and EPS liner sizes ensure a low profile look
  • Integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
  • Multi Density EPS liner
  • Stainless Steel D-ring closure
  • Leather D-ring pull tab
  • Five year warranty
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Bell Custom 500 Helmet 4.4 5 45 45
Safer version of the classic Padding is high quality. The helmet comes down over the forehead more than I expected but not too far to comfortably wear glasses. August 11, 2014
Perfect fit This is the third Bell 500 I've owned, but the first one that actually fit. The new mold used on the current Bell 500's definitely has a longer shape. I couldn't be happier. Thanks, Ian August 11, 2014
Great value open face helmet. Well built, light weight, retro style open face helmet. The only issue I have with this helmet is the internal shape. I'm a long oval and this helmet is round to round oval. I had to go up one size to an XL to get a comfortable fit. August 9, 2014
Great Helmet It was slightly tight when new but broke in perfect. Absolutely love the helmet comfort and weight. Went with the matte light gray which got stained immediately. August 4, 2014
No surprises... Wanted a simple, retro 3/4 helmet. The bell was exactly what I was looking for. Very good build quality other than the D rings being a little flakey. Goggle strap on back would also be a welcome addition. Great helmet for money. Lower scores are simply because a 3/4 helmet is what it is. Helmet fits perfectly (a little snug at first as it should be). Wind noise is minimal and it doesn't shift or pull even at high speeds. Browline is a little low for the goggles I have but I am sure I will sort all that out. First choice for summer riding. Full face Shoei will still get the nod when the temps drop but for now this is the one. August 4, 2014
I like the helmet. The helmet is very good except for two flaws: 1. No ventilation 2. The lining is made of some vinyl like material which doesn't absorb sweat and in the combination with the lack of ventilation it makes this helmet very hot in the worm weather. August 4, 2014
My favorite helmet I can review this from two sides - just riding and how it held up in a spill. In terms of looks - totally my favorite, and I've had a ton over the years. I was actually given my first Custom (Matte Black/Medium) for a photo shoot several years ago. I loved the slimmer profile, it was super comfy and has a rad retro look. After the shoot, it became my daily wear. I'd been wanting to ditch my brain bucket but all others I tried just looked ... well, silly. Not so with the Custom 500. Pretty much everything I wanted in a 3/4 helmet. Does a great job keeping wind noise out and no lift at higher speeds. As for its unfortunate demise and why I'm buying a new one - same ol story; some clown cut a last second left in front of me and I had to lay my Sporty down to avoid going high side. It was on a surface street here in LA so I was only doing maybe 35-40mph but went down pretty hard on my left. Whole left side of the helmet took a pretty good crack - my head did not. I was a banged up a bit - nothing too serious - but had I been wearing my old half helmet, I'm certain the outcome would have been far worse. So, you know, thanks Bell for doing a great job protecting this noggin while looking and feeling great at the same time. August 2, 2014
Great for small heads I wear a 6 3/4 fitted hat (went with the xs). Every other helmet I tried consisted of thick padding to make it fit. Finally found a helmet that fits without looking like a mushroom. The different sized shells allows for less padding to fill the void and a better overall appearance. Helmet fits so well there are times I forget to strap it on. It's not till I hear straps flapping in the wind that remember to strap it up. July 28, 2014
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Bell Custom 500 Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
James H: Bell had listed a custom fit or helmet shell size that is tailored to specific head shapes and sizes. Aug 22, 2014
Glen W: bell is a trusted name.besides I ride bober style Aug 18, 2014
David F: Perfect fit, light as a feather and doesn't lift off head like a half helmet. Aug 12, 2014
Gilbert J: I was in the market for a 3/4 low profile helmet that looked the part so to speak. I am familiar with Bell helmets having owned a Bullitt full face with bubble shield. I look forward to customizing this helmet and enjoying the style, quality, and fit and finish it offers. Aug 2, 2014
Carlos W: looks Jul 25, 2014
Russell B: The look I was looking for. Jul 25, 2014
Anthony N: I love this helmet i have had one before and wore it out, besides they look great too. my dad had a Bell when he was riding harleys back in the late 50's. white 3/4 helmet so i figure if he looks good in one I surely will....lol thanks revzilla you guys are great. Jul 24, 2014
Wayne L: 5 shell sizes ensures lowest possible profile, with Bell quality best at the price point combined with original old school cred. Jul 24, 2014
Robert S: The Bell 500 is a no frills classic. I was looking for orange flake, but something subtle. Bell has a long history of quality, I've owned their products before, and this helmet has the best fit and finish at this price point. Jul 21, 2014
Gary E: Great imformation from RevZilla made my decision easy! Jul 17, 2014
Hernan I: Style, fitment, brand Jul 14, 2014
DOUGLAS L: I'LL LET YOU KNOW AFTER IT GETS HERE. Jul 14, 2014
Philip Y: Great Value for money and it is Bell Jul 12, 2014
John J: I needed a regular motorcycle helmet Jul 6, 2014
Robert H: Brand name, quality, fit, smaller size shells. Perfect. Jul 5, 2014
BYUNG JUN L: Think it's the best helmet I think. Jun 27, 2014
Mitch H: Clean simple design.
Good name product.
Jun 21, 2014
roy L: Wanted an option from my full face for riding around town. Liked the classic look of the bell 500 Jun 15, 2014
M S: I want a simple helm for local errands. Bell has a good rep and I like the five shell sizes. Jun 12, 2014
Kenneth B: mostly because of the price Jun 6, 2014
James W: I used these classic Bell's back in the 1970's when I started riding. Great helmets. May 26, 2014
James G: Helmet has a great look and great quality at a fair price. May 21, 2014
Ray Lai / Teodora Gil R: My friend asked me to buy a bell for her May 12, 2014
Emma h: gotta love the bell 500 May 11, 2014
Paul Mears P: best fitting, low profile 3/4 helmet for oval shaped heads; has the looks and features as well! May 6, 2014
Daniel G: I want to cover my whole head but the helmet looks too big on me. Apr 29, 2014
Michael E: Retro style and minimalistic fit. Helmets are too bulky these days. Apr 27, 2014
John M: My first helmet 45 years ago was a Bell and am very happy to be able to get custom 500 in my size that is an updated 'retro' version of the classic that I grew up with and always was my favorite! Have logged 1,000 miles on the new one already and it is awesome! Apr 20, 2014
Chuck B: im old school Apr 14, 2014
Thaddeus R: Classic look and clean lines. Mar 30, 2014
Sarah a: !st one was for my husband - he chose the helmet. We have similar head size, and it works great for me too. Like the look, I don't fee like a bobble head, fits my head. not sure about the flake, but it sure is different! Mar 28, 2014
augustus s: I love the custom 500 this will be my 2nd helmet from bell Mar 27, 2014
Dan D: I was looking for a 3/4 helmet and the matte orange flake really interested me. Plus you can't go wrong with Bell and Revzilla. Mar 19, 2014
Jim B: Old school is back again. Love the look. Simple can be beautiful.....and bad ass!!....all at the same time. Mar 9, 2014
Howard K: Had one of the originals in the 1970's and was happy to see they are available again. Like the old school style. Mar 6, 2014
Steven K: Upgrade from my half helmet for long rides, wind noise reduction and addition of the Sena10 for music and comm. Mar 4, 2014
Alishia K: because I want to be a badass Feb 23, 2014
Miguel C: Low profile. Retro look. Does the job. Feb 21, 2014
raymond g: I have the 2013 model and I love it. Jan 6, 2014
Mark D asked: My head measurement is 23", which is exactly between the Medium and Large. Which size should I go with? Apr 24, 2014
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Mancas V: I would say go for the large. I recently bought the XL and it pushes a bit on the back of my head. However, I did not have the chance to ride a lot wearing the helmet and presumably it will loosen / adjust to the shape of my head to a certain extent. If the large does not work out for you, Revzilla have an excellent service and will surely accommodate an exchange for a medium size. On the topic, I am very pleased with choosing the Bell which turned out to be more than expected. Good luck! Apr 25, 2014
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Thaddeus R: I think it depends on your head shape.
Mine is 22.5" and a long oval, the medium was tight front to back initially but has broken in with a few wearings and is very comfortable now. I'd get the medium and if it didnt work return it for the large.
Apr 24, 2014
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Robert A: I went to a local shop and tried on a similar helmet before making my purchase. I would honestly suggest you do the same. The helmet I tried on was not a Bell and the XL was a perfect fit. The Bell is a little more snug but not uncomfortable at all. Apr 24, 2014
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Ken B: Hi Mike try a large and see how it goes if it doesn't work you can always get the the medium and if the large seems just attach too big you might try so pretty sticking in some more more more protection some bigger pads good luck Apr 24, 2014
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Ken P: I was in between 2 sizes also, I ordered the smaller one and it seemed a little tight, so I ordered the larger one and tried both at the same time. I ended up keeping the larger one. They took the other one back, no problem. Apr 27, 2014
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Kevin L: My head measures 22.5" and I got the medium. It's a bit snug but I'm going to keep it and hope it breaks in a little. As your head is a bit larger I would go Large. Also, my other Bell helmets r size Large and fit nicely. Apr 24, 2014
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joseph l: I was approximately the same size. I ordered a large but returned it for a MEDUIM . Fits perfect Apr 24, 2014
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Mark D: Or I could read the chart right. Apr 24, 2014
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C Brandon S asked: Is the white bell oval logo removable in the same way as on the bell bullitt? Can it be removed at all, and if so how difficult is it? Apr 16, 2014
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Dan D: Just peel it off. Very easy to remove. Apr 16, 2014
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Robin H: You can peel it off with your finger nail. I took all the stickers off mne Apr 16, 2014
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Timothy C: It's a sticker -- peels right off. Apr 16, 2014
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Mike P: It takes two seconds to remove. No glue residue at all. Apr 19, 2014
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Edward V: Yes - It peals right off Apr 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: The video says that some colors still have the chrome trim like the 2013 had, which colors are they? Do you have to ask for this special Jun 11, 2014
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roy L: I think the standard colors have black trim and special edition colors (with graphics) have the chrome. See the bell site. It only shows the standard colors and they all have the black. Jun 24, 2014
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Daniel C: I'm not sure about all the colors, but I have a white helmet that has black trim. There was no choice of trim color for the white helmet. Jun 25, 2014
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Miguel C: None of the 2014 Custom 500 models to date have chrome trim. I have not seen any press releases or pre-production 500s with chrome trim. Jun 24, 2014
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Andy G asked: I wear a size large Shoei GT-Air and my head measures 23 inches. Is the Bell sizing chart fairly true? I am kinda stuck between medium and large. Jun 30, 2014
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Duane J: I have found that the Bell C-500 has a very true fit...I wear a 7 5/8 (big head) and the XL was a perfect fit for me....... Jul 1, 2014
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Rick R: My wife and I both had to bump up a size. These are very tight in the temple area. Jun 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: Looking for a great fitting goggles that would work with Bell 500. Any good recommendations? May 9, 2014
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Miguel C: I recommend a 3-snap bubble shield. There's even a flip-up version. However, if you want to show off your face all of the time get Global Vision's Hero24 photochromatic goggle-glasses. The lens changes tint in sunlight but you continue to see clearly. These have a foam border to keep you from tearing up yet can breath to prevent fogging up. Hero24 works perfectly with the Bell Custom 500. May 9, 2014
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Michael E: I'm looking for the same. I hear Biltwell has a nice pair. May 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is the sizing for this 2014 model the same as the previous models?

I have the 2013 model in Large and fits me perfectly. I just don't want to assume that I should be getting the same size as this one. Appreciate it if anyone who had the chance of owning both already can share his/her experience.
Apr 29, 2014
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Miguel C: The 2013 Bell Custom 500 is for rounder faces while the 2014 version is for oval faces. While the 2013 fit my round face, the 2014 was too tight and compressed the sides of my head. I tried both in Medium. I also couldn't tell if the 2014 was indeed a low profile helmet. It seemed the same height on my head.

If you decide on the 2014 you might want to go up one in size.
May 9, 2014
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Arlyn B: I measured my head size according to the directions on the revzilla website and ordered a medium. After receiving it I found it was to tight fitting. I ordered the large which is one size up from the suggested size in the chart and it fits perfect. They seem to be running a little tighter fitting on the 2014 model. Apr 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: What kind of blutooth head set would fit a bell custom 500? Apr 14, 2014
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John M: My new custom 500 fits really well over the ears eliminating wind noise and I don't believe a Bluetooth headset would be comfortable to me. I really enjoy the fit and function of this helmet,long rides are better,my ears are not ringing afterwards from the wind,just maybe from the boom audio on my 2014 FLHTK :) . Bell has really outdone themselves with the 2014 edition of the 500! Just wish I could get a white one In a 2xl Revzilla Apr 17, 2014
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Rick R: I used the U Clear HBC 100 Plus. It works great.
Apr 14, 2014
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Doug M asked: So, do the 2014 models have a less 'round' fit on the interior than the 2013 models? On the older models the front and back were too tight on the front/back of my head, and the next size up was too loose on the sides/cheeks. Jan 16, 2014
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Keith S: He said in the video that the old 2013 was a more round fit so I'm assuming that its a more oval fit. I had the same problem as you with the old Bell. I'm going to order a 2014 and see if it fits better, I can always send it back. I wonder if Bell is coming out with some more gloss colors? I'm not a fan of the matte finish. Feb 1, 2014
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John M: The 2014 helmets are long,not round! My 2xl fits perfectly on my 7 ? oblong head! I have tried every brand and size with no luck until now,Bell has outdone themselves with this one. I have not had a helmet fit this well in 35 years when I purchased my first Bell Magnum Mar 14, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is the liner removable and washable? Aug 3, 2014
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Brian M: I haven't tried to remove it yet but I don't think so Aug 3, 2014
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Sandra T asked: Does anyone have the orange? What is it like? It looks "subdued" in the photo. Is it brighter orange than it looks like? Thanks, Sandi Jul 10, 2014
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Justin B: I can't speak to the orange, I bought the metallic brown. It doesn't exactly match the color in the picture but I still like it. It is not as metallic as one would think. It is subdued. Jul 11, 2014
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Bell Helmet Sizing

Size Hat Size (in)  Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 - 20 1/2
XS 6 3/4 - 6 7/8 21 1/4 - 21 5/8
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 3/4
LG 7 1/4 - 7 3/8 22 3/4 - 23 1/4
XL 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 23 5/8 - 24
2XL 7 3/4 - 7 7/8 24 1/2 - 24 3/4

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

Click here to see the full Bell Helmets Size Chart
Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black / XS 939781 7049161 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / SM 939782 7049162 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / MD 939783 7049163 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / LG 939784 7049164 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / XL 939785 7049165 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / 2XL 939786 7049166 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Matte Black / XS 939787 7049167 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Matte Black / SM 939788 7049168 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / MD 939789 7049169 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / LG 939790 7049170 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / XL 939791 7049171 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / 2XL 939792 7049172 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / XS 939793 7049173 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
White / SM 939794 7049174 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / MD 939795 7049175 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
White / LG 939796 7049176 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
White / XL 939797 7049177 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / 2XL 939798 7049178 In Stock: Ships next business day
Orange Flake / XS 939817 7047518 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Orange Flake / SM 939818 7047519 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Orange Flake / MD 939819 7047520 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Orange Flake / LG 939820 7047521 In Stock: Ships next business day
Orange Flake / XL 939821 7047522 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Orange Flake / 2XL 939822 7047523 In Stock: Ships next business day
Blue Flake / XS 939805 7047506 In Stock: Ships next business day
Blue Flake / SM 939806 7047507 In Stock: Ships next business day
Blue Flake / MD 939807 7047508 In Stock: Ships next business day
Blue Flake / LG 939808 7047509 In Stock: Ships next business day
Blue Flake / XL 939809 7047510 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Blue Flake / 2XL 939810 7047511 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brown Metallic / XS 939811 7047512 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brown Metallic / SM 939812 7047513 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Brown Metallic / MD 939813 7047514 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brown Metallic / LG 939814 7047515 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Brown Metallic / XL 939815 7047516 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brown Metallic / 2XL 939816 7047517 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Grey / XS 939799 7049412 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Matte Grey / SM 939800 7049413 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Matte Grey / MD 939801 7049414 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Grey / LG 939802 7049415 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Grey / XL 939803 7049416 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Grey / 2XL 939804 7049417 In Stock: Ships next business day

What's old is new again. This is the new Custom 500 new for 2014.

They've changed a few things but they're big things. You've seen us do a
few previous versions of this video. The Custom 500's accessories moving
into 2014, the big change is fitment. This helmet is now is a low profile
design which is really different compared to any other DOT open face
helmets on the market.

Now you see to my left, this is the pre-2014 design I have right here. It's
DOT and very similar in its shape. In the center I have the new version.
You can see it's very simple. There's not a lot of external changes other
than they've added the fist snap for a flat shield. So some of the
accessories might be different. But you're still going to get a multitude
of colors: metalics, graphics, custom artists. They still use it as a
canvas because this is the helmet that started it all.

But what you are getting from Bell is now a helmet that sits dramatically
lower on your head. And they've accomplished this by updating the actual
outer shell with a new style of composite fiberglass.

They've also updated the EPS and they're now using five different EPS and
shell shapes for six different sizes of helmet. So extra small and small
are the only ones that are sharing a shell. So what that's allowed it to do
is, it literally sits inches lower on the head. You can see it from the
front. You can see it from the side.

It's going to have the exact same fitment as the latest and greatest shape
that we've seen on the RS1, on the New Star. It's that new shell shape from
Bell. Their new internal fitment shape so it's going to fit lower, more
snug, and much more contoured to the head. Where the original Custom Bell
500 from last year is going to be a little bit more round.

Now keep in mind when you're thinking about fitment too, if you're still
concerned we do share for free. And I'd love to hear your gut reaction.
Click here and subscribe to us at Revzilla TV.

But again the big story is the fit. If we dive back into the helmet though.
If you're new to the Custom Bell 500, remember that it is the canvas. Bell
started in 1954 with Roy Richter. This is the original helmet that
everybody's is riding right now. It's singlehandedly the most popular open
faced helmet we've seen in the last three to four years.

Fiberglass composite shells as I told you. They're really lightweight. The
new version now shaves an ounce off. So 2.5 pounds. Five snaps on this
outside design. Bubble shields, flat shields. You have different visor
configurations and options. Depending on the color of the helmet or the
graphic, the trim's going to change. So on this helmet, it's rubberized. On
this older version, it's chrome but there are chrome versions of the new
Custom 500 for 2014. And you still see the nonremoveable quilted diamond
interior.

Now if you're still in this market and you want to go even further retro,
check out the new Bell Bullitt helmet. It's a big step up in cost. This bad
boy is just over that $100 mark. The new Bell Bullitt is going to be
dramatically more expensive, but that's a piece of art. Where this is
really a blank canvas that Bell's just done a ton of creative stuff with.

Remember it is going to be DOT in its design. You even when I turn them
backwards, this guy feels a little bit more long and narrow where this
guy's a little squattier. And again that rounded shape allows it to sit
lower but still give you the same amount if not upgraded protection with
this EPS outer shell combo.

One last thing to call out is that the new 2XL which is the top of the food
chain from a size standpoint on the 2014. Moving on Custom 500 is now 64
centimeter where previously it was 63 and some folks ran into some issues.
So again, the size range has been refined as well.

Remember we love this helmet: bang for the buck factor, style factor. From
Bell again... You can't ignore the vintage inspiration that goes into the
helmet that started it all. Really when they used to call these crash
helmets back in the motorcycle era, the classic old days in the 1950s and
1960s.