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The Bell Custom 500 Helmet - 2012
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Bell Custom 500 Helmet

In tribute to their founder, Roy Richter, Bell has released a line of helmets based on Richter's "500" design. Hailed by Bell as "ground zero for the modern motorsport helmet" there is no doubt that this original design formed by Richter himself in 1954 has given rise to an industry. The design is a classic that has been updated with modern protective technology by Bell engineers. By combining a  custom fiberglass layup with a specially designed EPS foam layer, Bell engineers were able to craft a helmet that is at once light weight, narrow in profile, and DOT-compliant. The Custom 500 series comes in a variety of styles inspired by custom graphics which suit riders from all points along the style spectrum from understated to flash.  The Bell Custom 500 helmets rock with looks that are as good as their performance.


  • Custom fiberglass shell
  • Custom-quilted liner
  • Chrome trim (graphic dependent)
  • Integrated snaps for aftermarket shields and visors
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
  • Five year warranty
  • Certification: DOT
  • Weight: 880g
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Bell Custom 500 Helmet - 2012
Already Asked: 7 Questions, 41 Answers
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Ron O: These should be in every mans collection of lids! Sep 8, 2014
Francis A: Wanted the old school look of a 3/4 helmet. Jul 17, 2014
Artur G: Good Quality !!!! Vintage Style Apr 13, 2014
Dennis F: Price and size Mar 21, 2014
Jonathan V: flat black styling goes great with the 2013 Bobber HD Dec 28, 2013
Josue G: Its Old School. Can use bandannas and its open faced. Safer than half helmet and still get to feel the wind. I have a Cruiser, don't let that hold you back. Dec 26, 2013
Richard G: Very nice old school helmet. Best price around, and a great deal. Dec 25, 2013
Gregory G: Best looking open face helmet by far ! Small .fit very well great shape , and all DOT Dec 23, 2013
Anthony C: Great Helmet Dec 21, 2013
Dario M: Always wanted one of these and since it was on close out I had to get it! Dec 18, 2013
Daryl T: Guys im going to enjoy wearing this helmet, I have an older version of this helmet which is probably about twenty years old and looking very much every one of those days ,its been quite a adventure purchasing this helmet, and i can,t say enough about the service and help, its been top shelf . i will most certainly be recommending you guys to all my friends.
Thank-you .
Kind Regards .
Dec 17, 2013
Nicolas M: Helmet rétro rocks with my harley Dec 15, 2013
Fabio M: Best choice among style, quality and price Dec 11, 2013
Alexey D: profitable discount price and hight quality of the product Dec 6, 2013
Ted L: Color, Look, Price Dec 2, 2013
L U: it is vintage and i have a cafe racer Dec 2, 2013
J U: Bell helmets have always faired well with me. like the fit and was looking for an open face helmet. Nov 29, 2013
Todd S: Its Sick!!!! Old Skool!!! Nov 14, 2013
nate m: Design, Price Nov 5, 2013
Sammy A: They wear the lowest quarter helmet that I could fine, and for once the forums were right. Oct 21, 2013
Eric M: Vintage look Oct 16, 2013
Kaili R: Its badass! Retro is what I like! Really goes with the look I'm creating with my Iron! Oct 8, 2013
Frank D: Looks Cool and good price Sep 26, 2013
Aaron T: I picked this helmet because of its throw back look and very affordable. Sep 25, 2013
Jeremiah H: Awesome, light, non-bulky, vintage-styled 3/4 helmet. Sep 21, 2013
Roman M: like the design , clasic look Sep 2, 2013
M I: Simple classic style. Aug 22, 2013
Neil W: It's retro cool. Aug 7, 2013
A shopper asked: If i am a size md in a fulmer v2 helmet will the custom 500 fit the same and will I be a md in the custom 500? Dec 4, 2011
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rymac11: I'm not sure how the Fulmers fit, but I found that these helmets run pretty small compared to most other helmets I've worn. I am normally a medium, however for the Custom 500 I needed a large. Buy it, try it; if its too small or large try the next size up. Oct 8, 2012
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midnightmethane: Not sure how the Fulmer helmet fits. What I can say is, the Bell Custom 500 fits true to size from my experience. I'm a small in my Shoei X-Twelve and AGV GP-Tech and the small in the Custom 500 was spot on. Hope this helps man. Oct 22, 2012
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thomashardcore: The sizing chart for the Bell 500 is true to size. If you know your hat size order by that or try to find out what the equivalent hat size is for a medium Fulmer v2. Jan 9, 2012
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Stevan P: You should fit the same size, however, we do not sell Fulmer helmets so it would be hard to guarantee. Dec 21, 2011
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usaf08772: the 500 is true to size Mar 20, 2012
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A shopper asked: Is the inside padding detachable? My concern is how to clean it. Jun 23, 2012
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RevZilla: The padding is not detachable. The best method, in all seriousness, is to wash the helmet and liner in the shower with baby shampoo and let it air dry. Jun 26, 2012
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Chernobyl23: Nope - its permanemanent . But, some shampoo and water will clean it though - just be sure to let it dry out completely afterward. Apr 14, 2013
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Nasher: Lining is not detachable. Most helmets should not need cleaning inside if it's just for your self. Jul 2, 2012
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A shopper asked: I comfortable wear an HJC IS-MAX and have a more long oval head as opposed to a strictly round shape. My HJC is a large and does not give me any pressure points on my head. On some helmets, even an extra large doesn't fit correctly because they are too wide but still not long enough inside. Thanks. Apr 21, 2012
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Estano87: I would say they are meant for normal, average heads. What I mean by this is the range between people who have slightly more round, normal , or slightly more oval heads. So if your head is very oval shapped - the helmet will probably not fit your noggin without putting pressure on your forehead. Don't be discouraged though; you could try to swap out the padding for a design that is built for your shapped head with some success. This doesn't guarantee it will work, but is always worth a try. Apr 21, 2012
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RevZilla: The Bell Custom 500 has a very round internal head shape. Apr 25, 2012
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A shopper asked: hi. i am an Australian postal worker, my helmet must be as a approved, is dos the same rating?karin Apr 27, 2011
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Chris K: All Helmets purchased from RevZilla (or any other US dealer) are US DOT certified, they will not include an AUS standards sticker. If you need an Australian certified helmet, you would need to order from an Australian dealer. Apr 27, 2011
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Lucky7: postiemamma7,
I am from Melbourne, my friends and I have bought ALL of our gear from RevZilla, including helmets.
The U.S 'Dot' rating is not approved here so "legally" you shouldn't use one. On the other hand I have never heard of anyone being caught and if it is safety you are worried about, I figure if a product passes American standards then it will pass (or close enough to) Aus. standards. I have bought a Bell Revolver, Modular helmet and it looks sturdy enough to me :-)
May 5, 2011
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A shopper asked: I really am thinking about purchasing a custom 500. However, I like the chrome trim and styling and stitching of the 2012 models. That said, I like that the new 2014 models Havel passed ECE certification. I think I'd err on the side of safety however part of it seems that Bell did not submit the previous models. That said, were there significant changes in safety features in the 2014? Apr 2, 2014
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Kenneth M: No they are essentially the same. Apr 2, 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.

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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Matte Black / SM 754218 2021871 Out of Stock
Matte Black / MD 754219 2021872 Out of Stock
Matte Black / LG 754220 2021873 Out of Stock
Matte Black / XL 754221 2021874 Out of Stock
Matte Black / 2XL 754222 2021875 Out of Stock
Red Flake / SM 872620 768686929724 Out of Stock
Red Flake / MD 872621 768686929731 Out of Stock
Red Flake / LG 872622 768686929748 Out of Stock
Red Flake / XL 872623 768686929755 Out of Stock
Red Flake / 2XL 872624 768686929762 Out of Stock