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Shape: Intermediate Oval

Weight: 2.41 lbs

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Bell Custom 500 Flake / Metallic 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
    • 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
  • Multi Density EPS liner
  • Stainless Steel D-ring closure
  • Leather D-ring pull tab
  • Five year warranty
4.6 / 5
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Bell Custom 500/MX-9/MX-9 Adventure/Qualifier/Qualifier DLX Helmet Sizing

Size Head (cm)
XS 53-54
SM 55-56
MD 57-58
LG 59-60
XL 61-62
2XL 63-64

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

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.
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Just what they said it was!
This is a nice helmet that fits right and is nice and light. There are no vents, so that is like they were back in the day. Because it is shaped to be somewhat aerodynamic, the wind noise is not bad. You can use glasses or shield and look kool while you ride!
June 23, 2014
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Excellent fit and style
This is my first open face helmet as I also own a full face Shoei. I was looking for an option on the hot summer days for getting some wind on my face but having already had some 70? rides this March, this will definitely be my default helmet. The fit for me is spot on and I'm able to optionally wear a bandana if needed. I currently use sunglasses with the foam on the frames (which work great by the way) but they do pinch my head some. I expect the helmet will break in some over continued use for that to feel better. The price is extremely friendly and I can easily commit to saying this will be a helmet I continue to buy in the future as needed.
March 16, 2015
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Great, cool looking helmet, no mushroom head
First, Revzilla is awesome with their insanely fast shipping! Their standard shipping rivals (and often beats) my Prime account shipping with Amazon (and it doesn't set me back $99 a year!) So I bought this helmet last week and got it in two days (standard shipping) and it is awesome. I'm wearing it on my Honda Ruckus scooter which I use to commute to work daily and get around town. I've been using a full-face Shoei, but I wanted something cooler for the Georgia summer heat that didn't make me look like a mushroom head and this helmet does just that. The video mentioned that previous versions had a more rounded (mushroom?) look and the fit of this newer model is more contoured and they were right. I didn't have the previous model to compare, but this helmet really hugs my head and looks cool. There are lots of scooter riders in my town and everybody is going to this style of helmet. I like the leather detailing and the release pull-tab (also leather). Helmet feels secure and is DOT rated. The open face makes all the time I sit at stop lights in the blazing sun much more bearable. I just ordered the dark smoke face shield, but my sunglasses work just fine with this helmet too. All of the stickers peel off easily (except of course DOT on back). Looks awesome, no mushroom head!
July 20, 2014
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2014 Honda NC700X ABS
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Great helmet
Love this helmet. No more liftoff at highway speeds as I had with a 1/2 helmet. Like the retro look. I was a XL in HLC helmets so ordered XL in this but it was too big. Large fitted perfectly.
September 29, 2014
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Great Open Face Helmet
The 2014 Bell Custom 500 Helmet is an excellent choice!<br><br>I debated between an open face and a half helmet for a long time and ended up taking a chance and going with the Bell 500.<br><br>I was not disappointed. I used the size charts to pick my size and it fits perfectly. It is snug enough that I don't have to fasten the strap and it won't move (I do anyway), and it's not uncomfortably tight. It is also a plus that I don't look like Toad from Mario. Peripheral vision is not impacted at all by this helmet, which was one of my initial concerns. I wear with sunglasses to protect my eyes and still get a lot of good airflow over my face. If need be I can partner it with a bandanna for longer highway rides. The helmet doesn't seem to create any extra drag at all either - it's also very light.<br><br>I would recommend this helmet to anyone looking at an open face helmet. I love it!
April 28, 2014
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Great Helmet for money !!!
Great Helmet for the money. Very nostalgic looking. High Quality. 5 year warranty. What is not to love about this helmet?
June 23, 2014
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Best 3/4 Helmet for Long Ovals
2014 Bell Custom 500 in Matte Black, Size Small<br><br>The 2014 Bell Custom 500 is really the only choice for long oval head-shapes. I tried several of the newest DOT low profile 3/4 offerings from some of the better known makers and found no real advantage. Any helmet that was small enough to get 'The Look' pinched my head front and back. Go up a size for comfort and not only lose the look, but also pick up side to side movement and wind lift at speed. Not so with the 2014 Bell 500. I wear a small and it fits exactly right. NO lift at any speed and NO unwanted movement on my head. Not too quiet and not too loud on the road. Wind noise is no problem, engine sound is a pleasant medium-low murmur. Great fit and finish inside and out. It is now the only helmet I wear.<br><br>The only downside is that even with a low profile design and excellent fit, an inch of impact styrene is still an inch of impact styrene. With all things being equal, helmets on larger heads will look better due to a more desirable proportion ratio. Still the Bell 500 looks okay on my small head. Larger perhaps than I would like, but not bobblehead big.<br><br>Oh and Bell: Would it kill you to include a goggles loop? Since you call it a custom why not allow us to order custom features?
July 23, 2014
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I like the helmet.
The helmet is very good except for two flaws:<br>1. No ventilation<br>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
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Nicely Executed Product
This helmet was a step up from my economy helmet. The fit and finish of it is surprisingly good for the price. I have been wearing it for about a month and I'm enjoying the solid feel. I also bought Bell's bubble visor which works well with the helmet.<br><br>This helmet is one of the nicest products I have bought in recent years.
July 24, 2014
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Very confortable, wide vision
Above all, it is much more a question of style than an effective protection. If you are looking for massive protections, go for a modern helmet, not a vintage like this wonderful bell.
June 2, 2014
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Why did you choose this?
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I returned this, it gives you major mushroom head!
steven e on Mar 6, 2016
Good style and reviews.
Darren A on Oct 5, 2015
I returned this, it gives you major mushroom head!
steven e on Mar 6, 2016
Different shell sizes. NO bubble head.
Philip B on Mar 3, 2016
Good style and reviews.
Darren A on Oct 5, 2015
My wife and I each have the Bell Boss half helmet and love them. My wife ordered the 500 3/4 helmet for cooler weather.
james M on Sep 25, 2015
I like it's old school looks
SoftailRyder on Sep 20, 2015
helmet for summer with retro look
Marc A on Jul 14, 2015
Having a hard time finding a helmet that fits. I hope this one will.
Karl S on May 9, 2015
Style, color, and no booble head
J A on May 8, 2015
always buy bell
Daniel B on Apr 24, 2015
Bell's reputation.
Tom G on Apr 19, 2015
Classic look if it doesnt fit i know i can switch it for no charge
Andy C on Apr 18, 2015
comfort
mario r on Apr 17, 2015
good reviews good pricing
Richard H on Apr 15, 2015
It's getting warmer out and I want to complete the retro look as I ride my Vespa between work and school.
Noemi M on Apr 15, 2015
Supposed to be low profile. I like Bell, they put out a quality product.
John H on Apr 14, 2015
2nd bell owned- great helmet!
william L on Apr 13, 2015
Wanted to keep peace and harmony at home with more coverage than my carbon fiber half lid. The new head shape design steered me towards the old school look of the Bell.
STLWING66 on Mar 15, 2015
Just like the look and want a little more protection than the 1/2 helmet I wear offers.
Chris R on Mar 13, 2015
I'm buying it for a friend based on his request
Mohammad K on Mar 10, 2015
good reviews on this helmet. Reasonable price and good quality
P C on Mar 4, 2015
Cool product, great price.
Paul N on Feb 18, 2015
classic styling. a bit more wind in the face while still providing good head protection.
sean m on Feb 11, 2015
Comfort, and retro look.
Tyson C on Jan 11, 2015
style and brand
David S on Dec 26, 2014
Had a bell many years ago and was happy with it, but found that the shape no longer fits my head well so returned it.
MuncieGuy on Dec 18, 2014
Wanted an open face helmet that I can choose my own visor. I like Bell helmets and purchase them for both my Harley and Dirt bikes.
Edward R on Dec 3, 2014
style, fit and price
Carl B on Nov 10, 2014
Quality and style
Harry M on Nov 8, 2014
Perfect. For my bike
Heekyu C on Nov 1, 2014
--------????? hope i like it
Ross Y on Oct 3, 2014
my passenger needs quality protection while still getting some fun from the open face feel.
Yevgeniy D on Sep 24, 2014
Love the looks and overall quality of this shell.
Jason S on Sep 19, 2014
liked the old school look and read good things about the fit.
Joseph D on Sep 8, 2014
Because it is THE classic
Scott M on Sep 1, 2014
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.....
Paul R on Aug 26, 2014
Bell had listed a custom fit or helmet shell size that is tailored to specific head shapes and sizes.
James H on Aug 22, 2014
bell is a trusted name.besides I ride bober style
Glen W on Aug 18, 2014
Perfect fit, light as a feather and doesn't lift off head like a half helmet.
David F on Aug 12, 2014
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.
Gilbert J on Aug 2, 2014
looks
Carlos W on Jul 25, 2014
The look I was looking for.
Russell B on Jul 25, 2014
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.
Anthony N on Jul 24, 2014
5 shell sizes ensures lowest possible profile, with Bell quality best at the price point combined with original old school cred.
Wayne L on Jul 24, 2014
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.
Robert S on Jul 21, 2014
Great imformation from RevZilla made my decision easy!
Gary E on Jul 17, 2014
Style, fitment, brand
Hernan I on Jul 14, 2014
I'LL LET YOU KNOW AFTER IT GETS HERE.
DOUGLAS L on Jul 14, 2014
Great Value for money and it is Bell
Philip Y on Jul 12, 2014
I needed a regular motorcycle helmet
John J on Jul 6, 2014
Brand name, quality, fit, smaller size shells. Perfect.
Robert H on Jul 5, 2014
Different shell sizes. NO bubble head.
Philip B on Mar 3, 2016
My wife and I each have the Bell Boss half helmet and love them. My wife ordered the 500 3/4 helmet for cooler weather.
james M on Sep 25, 2015
Hi

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?
wenbin w on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
A shopper on Mar 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Paulson makes a 5-snap shield which is supposed to stay on better at higher speeds. I haven't seen any accessories from Bell that use the 5-snaps.
My head measurement is 23", which is exactly between the Medium and Large. Which size should I go with?
Mark D on Apr 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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!
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?
C Brandon S on Apr 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Just peel it off. Very easy to remove.
Is the Bell logo on the front of the helmet a sticker or part of the design? I like the clean look and hope it can be removed. Thanks in advance.
A shopper on Oct 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Bell sticker peels off easily. Put a little heat to it 'hair dryer" and it comes off. Put it on a piece of wax paper if you want to save it. Cheers..
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
A shopper on Jun 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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.
Doug M on Jan 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Question before I place my order. My head measured between 22 1/4 - 22 1/2. What size would you suggest that I order on the Bell Custom 500?
A shopper on Sep 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Large if your face is round. Large or medium if your face is long (but not long side ways, like Stewie's head).
Is the liner removable and washable?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No. Place your helmet upside down, then toss a handful of silica gel bags to absorb the moisture; or place it 3 or 4 feet downwind of a fan or dryer vent.
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.
Andy G on Jun 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.......

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.