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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.


  • 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

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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Bell Custom 500 Helmet (Size 2XL Only) 4.5 5 251 251
This helmet was better than I expected it to be I love this helmet. It has good protection along with appearance and comfort. I use it in colder weather and when I think I need more protection than my half helmet. I would recommend this helmet to anyone who is looking for a helmet that lands between a half helmet and a full face. March 29, 2016
Just what I needed I ordered the Bell 500 after reading the reviews, my only concern was fitment...fits my head perfectly! Revzilla had it to my door in 2 days, they always have great service! March 28, 2016
Retro cool, comfortable, great value. Love the style, got it for a great price, and has a secure fit. I can't give an opinion about the loudness factor, as this is my first helmet. March 13, 2016
great helmet February 28 2016 rode my bike to Fairmont MN it was only 87 miles round trip to break in my new bell custom 5oo retro helmet . The only thing warm was my head comfortable helmet good protection, quiet and not too heavy. If you have a $10 head wear a $10 helmet. Ken March 9, 2016
Its awesome, buy it If you do fall in between sizes on the sizing chart... get the bigger one. If you go smaller you will have to shave your head to get it in the helmet. (I did by the way) February 23, 2016
First Motorcycle Helmet This is my first motorcycle helmet and I was pleasantly surprised that is fit snug without any pressure points. It felt tight at first but after wearing it for a few hours a day for two days on the road, it seem to stretch out slightly and conform to my head. I wear a size XL in most everything but purchasing a Large was just perfect for riding without having it too loose at higher speeds. On another note, I also purchased a bluetooth communication system, the U-Clear HBC200 for music and communication with others. This system would be perfect for this type of open face helmet, but to my disappointment the ear pads were not removable and the ear holes in the padding were too small for the speakers for installation. This is a great helmet for the price. February 1, 2016
very happy I've been wearing a half helmet for a few years and decided to upgrade. Surprisingly there is no discernible difference in airflow or visibility with this helmet. A little less noise. Fits great. January 26, 2016
Not a retro looking helmet I didn't find this helmet to have the "retro" look that Bell claims it has. The helmet is short, and VERY oval at the top. It doesn't look anything like the old Bell Helmets that I grew up wearing.. I ordered (and I am returning) the Vintage White helmet. While I'm not much to look at to begin with, this helmet made me look like a fat "Speed Racer," with a "Jeb Stuart" beard. On the plus side, this helmet seems to be well made and it is very light. As always, buying this helmet from Revzilla makes it a worry-free purchase. I'm exchanging the Bell for a Biltwell. January 21, 2016
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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

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