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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.
5 shell and EPS liner sizes ensure a low profile look
Shell 1: XS and SM Helmet
Shell 2: MD Helmet
Shell 3: LG Helmet
Shell 4: XL Helmet
Shell 5: 2XL Helmet
Integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors
Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
Solid, stylish, great helmet.
Great, lightweight helmet, feels solid, nice fit and comfort.
October 5, 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
For all nostalgic people, which I konw there are a lot, this is one of the greatest helmets ever. Not the best in many modern technical features probably, but it gets the true essence of motorcycle.
For some reason the bike has lots of uncomfortamble things: cold heat, sun, rain, dust, etc. but still gives you that feeling that you cannot have with anything else.
So, stop looking for some features you don't even know what they are and pay too many of your dollars and keep it cool and simple.
I bought the sun visor too and a pair of goggles. By far, the helmet I most enjoy using.
August 31, 2015
Good quality construction
I can't complain about this helmet much. I wanted a 3/4 helmet that wasn't too big. This fit the 3/4 style I wanted, but I don't agree with them saying that it has a low profile. The helmet does reduce wind noise which was a goal with my helmet selection. I don't think it would be a great summer time helmet, but it's a great choice for cooler weather temps like we have here in Washington
August 24, 2015
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
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
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
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Paul R: I decided to upgrade from my old "half" helmet and liked the "old style" Bell helmets as I used to race cars back in the Mark Donahue, Bruce McLaren days and everyone started with the open face helmets.....Aug 26, 2014
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 styleAug 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
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
Paul M: 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
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 bellMar 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 badassFeb 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
A shopper asked:I see that the helmet has the thre snaps on the top and accesories for it but what is the snap on the ears for? What can be used on them?Mar 18, 2015
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
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
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
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 luckApr 24, 2014
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
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
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
i recently bought a bell custom 500 helmet black (Large size) in singapore motorwerk, the helmet fit was snug and comfortable when i bought it. But when i wear it for more then 30min, there is 2 pressure hotspot above my ear around skull portion, it start to hurt and get worsen when with increasing lenght of time when wearing it.
i had try the XL but it was too large for me.
Is there any way i can remove the pain that i am experiencing?Apr 23, 2015
charles t:I had the same experience with my custom 500 size medium, large was too big. When I bought it, it was snug and after a while (I would say 30 min or so) the pressure I was feeling from my forehead and temple started to be unbearable. Here's what I did to fix the problem, using your thumbs, apply pressure into the styrofoam surrounding the problematic area and press down. Wear the helmet and check if the hotspots are still there. Apr 23, 2015
Matt K:I once had a helmet with a few hot spots. I took a ball pean hammer (a hammer with a round tip) and gently tapped at the pressure points inside the helmet. It will compromise the safety and padding slightly as the foam in that area is compresed, but it might work. Don't get too aggresive. You can't restore it after its been compressed. Do a little at a time.Apr 23, 2015
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
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
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
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
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 RevzillaApr 17, 2014
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
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
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 MagnumMar 14, 2014
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
A shopper asked:Hello I am looking for a white motorcycle helmet for my girlfriend. She is kind of tiny and needs a extra-small and there are not to many helmets in that size to choose from. I like this Bell Custom 500 but I wanted to know if the white colored one has a glossy finish or is a matte white?Apr 6, 2015
Keith H asked:I am wondering if this helmet will break in a little after use? I have a 22.5" (58 cm) long oval head and the Medium helmet fits tight on my brow. The Large seems to fit loose and I am worried about it lifting at high speeds. Any suggestions?Sep 27, 2014
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.
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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
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
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