Bell Custom 500 Retro 3 Snap Shield
A shield by any other name...
I purchased a couple of these 3 snap shields for my wife and I. Since we bought Biltwell Bonanza helmets that don't have shields (but do have snaps on the helmet) purchasing these shields was a no-brainer, and honestly it was really the only option unless we wanted bubble shields.
The fit is great, the vision is clear, and they even adjust a little bit once they are snapped onto the helmet so you can pull the shield down a little more to cover more of your face if you'd like. Until I realized that, I thought the shield was a little on the short side and allowed too much air under it and in into my eyes...not anymore though!
I bought clear shields instead of going for the gradient tints or dark tint versions. I don't want to ride without a line of defense between rocks and my face, so I figured clear was the best all around choice. The dark tint would be nice, but I would imagine riding at night wouldn't work so well just as you wouldn't wear sunglasses at night...I'm looking at you Corey Hart!
August 25, 2014
Great shield with style for miles.
If you want to complete your vintage or cafe racer look, then you need this shield.
July 22, 2014
Completes the helmet
I purchased the clear and the smoke shields for my 500 flat black helmet. They look great, offer better protection, and still allow good air flow.
July 8, 2014
DOES NOT WORK WELL WITH BILTWELL GRINGO
Sure, you can force it to snap but there are gaps on the side. Doesn't work. Sent it back. The bubble shield from Biltwell and Bell both work on the Gringo.
June 28, 2014
Well made shield!
Bought this shield to fit on my Biltwell Gringo helmet. I have a medium helmet and it snapped on with no problems. Fits nicely and also allows slight ventilation by lifting up on the front edge.
May 26, 2014
A must for long rides
Recently rode from Vegas to San Diego. Made it 100 miles before I used the shield and boy did it make a difference. Very comfortable and did a great job keeping the wind out of my face.
May 23, 2014
This looks awesome on my helmet. It was very tight getting it snapped on... I was worried I would break it! Some slight air still gets through, but it definitely helps. Does not limit my vision, even when I wear sunglasses under it.
May 12, 2014
Great Vision and Style
I bought the shield with a brown to clear gradient and am really satisfied with it. Great look and visibility. It blocks out the wind without making you feel that you're wearing a space helmet without fresh air. When the wind really picks up (unless it's coming directly in-front of you or behind) it can sneak around the sides of the shield and dry your eyes out. But other than the occasional side wind annoyance it's a great shield.
April 21, 2014