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Bell Vortex Rally Helmet

The Bell Vortex is every bit the helmet you’d expect of the Star’s little brother. Developed in Bell’s state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, Calif. design center, the Vortex borrows heavily from the Star, using its Velocity Flow Ventilation with FlowAdjust for amazing ventilation and temperature control, as well as ClickRelease— the reigning world champ in shield ease-of-use. The lightweight polycarbonate shell is molded into a stable, wind cutting shape, and comfort is in no short supply with contoured cheek pads and a plush removable comfort liner. Finish it off with a noise reducing wind collar and integrated speaker pockets and you have a complete package at a killer price.


  • Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting
  • Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell
  • 3 shell sizes
    • SM: XS and SM Helmets
    • MD: MD and LG Helmets
    • LG: XL and 2XL Helmets
  • Contour cheek pads
  • Removable and washable interior for maximum comfort
  • Padded Wind Collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise
  • Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers
  • ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever
  • NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield
  • Five year warranty
  • Snell M2010 and DOT Certified

Note: Helmet shown with optional tinted shield. Clear shield included.

Note: Helmet may come with either the magnetic strap keeper or standard chin strap snaps

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Bell Vortex Rally Helmet 4.4 5 606 606
Best first or passenger helmet In my humble, beginner rider's opinion, Bell knocks this one out of the park with the Vortex. I looked around, and this guy seemed to be the "just right" in a sea of "I guess that's okay" and "I don't need all that yet." With the additional Snell rating, I feel very safe with my helmet and I'm sure it'll hold up in an emergency. As of now, I haven't had the need to test it out first hand *knock on wood.* As for the fitment, it is an intermediate-oval shape with replaceable cheek pads. I strongly recommend going to a local stealership to try on various helmet shapes before buying online. It'll save you a big headache. The features of this helmet are about as standard as they come, but that's not a bad thing. The vents vent and the shield clicks into place with assertiveness. The helmet does not have the shield lock you see on the RS-1 or Star, but that's to be expected as this is not really the helmet you'd want to take to the track on a regular basis. If this were everything about the helmet, it wouldn't stand out to me in the slightest. Luckily, that is not the case. What makes the Vortex stand out is not about this specific helmet at all. All of Bell's helmets of this style use the same face shield and super easy-to-use shield swap system. This makes so much of a difference because any additional shields purchased (like the Transitions shield) will fit into another Bell helmet. So when it comes time to upgrade to a Vortex to an RS-1 or Star, all of your shields come with you. October 5, 2015
Wife Approved Finally got my wife to agree to ride with me, and we needed to get some gear for her. Aside from a $500 Shoei she really liked while trying some on in a store (can't fault her for liking that one more!) this was a great second choice since she didn't want me spending that much on a helmet for her. Nevertheless, she really likes the matte black color, and had no complaints about weight, noise or anything else. Will probably pick up a bluetooth set for her helmet as well so we can talk while riding. Anything that gets your wife/girl to ride with you gets my recommendation. October 5, 2015
Loud, Excellent Protection. Crash Tested Helmet is loud, you will get a lot of wind noise on the highway. If your going out on long sustained high-speed rides be prepared to pop in some earplugs or lose some hearing. Ok, other than that its an excellent helmet. Airflow is great, I used it through a central Alabama summer and it was just fine. I have crash tested it and would say the protection is excellent. I high sided at around 60mph, give or take 10mph, and landed on my head and shoulder. No concussion and no doubt in my mind that the helmet worked. I ordered another one despite the noise for that reason alone. If you don't have a lot to spend on a helmet, want maximum protection, and can deal with the extra noise, this helmet is an excellent choice. September 28, 2015
I bought this helmet because it matched my car Perfectly The helmet is ok, you get what you pay for. It's a little loud but other than that quite solid. September 24, 2015
Great Helmet I went from a HJC half helmet to this one. I was looking for more protection. Fit was spot on with the sizing chart, my head was 60 cm so I got an XL and it fits great. I have ridden a few hundred miles in it so far. Ventilation is ok when moving, when I have to stop though it does get toasty inside. It does have a lot of wind noise but its is quieter that the half helm I was using before. I added the dark tint visor for the Florida sun and it works well and switched out in a matter of seconds. So far I am totally satisfied with this helmet. September 24, 2015
Great product! Fantastic looking helmet and fits great. Havent tried it out on the road yet but love the look and feel so far. September 21, 2015
Satisfied I really like this helmet. Of course nothing is perfect, that i've come across anyway, so here's a quick break down. I like everything about this helmet EXCEPT, in order-Cheek pads are TIGHT. I'm hoping they break in to a comfortable level. Otherwise they can be replaced with a smaller size. Noise level is a little more than I was hoping for. That's comparing it to my other full face helmet, a GMax 78S, but acceptable none the less. I must say, the ventilation is excellent. If I had to do it over again I would still go with a Vortex. Price and quality can't be beat. September 21, 2015
One of the best helmets available on the market for its price. You simply will not find a better helmet than this for under 200 dollars, period. Considering also that it is SNELL and DOT certified, I would say that it is a perfect starter helmet for a new rider in addition to a great helmet for a long time rider or passenger. Would definitely recommend. September 16, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Kyle B: The original Rally style was a large factor. The under $200 price point sealed the deal. Sep 17, 2015
Joshua B: comfort and style, like the way Bell fits my head Sep 14, 2015
Kyle L: Anthony's review Sep 9, 2015
Jack W: Great looking helmet with tons of features normally found on much more expensive helmets. I use this helmet to race flat track and it works great and meets all of the safety requirements. Aug 13, 2015
Otis M: I wanted a DOT & Snell certified helmet. I've been familiar with the Bell name for years and as such has a trusted manufacturer feel. I really like the rally style of the helmet and reviews were favorable. Jun 28, 2015
kaleb p: it has very good reveiws Jun 14, 2015
Jason T: Great value on a Snell certified high quality brand-name helmet. Track-day pro's at my local track are big fans of Bell helmets. Jun 5, 2015
Christopher W: friend said vortex is a good helmet to start with. May 19, 2015
Kyle H: Tried on several brands of helmets at a local store and this fit and felt the best and fit into my beginner budget. May 17, 2015
Jeffrey P: good price, looks awesome. I watched the review here on and it was nice to know all the features of the helmet before I bought it. May 9, 2015
Kirk W: Love the way it looks. Good price. And most important SNELL Approved. May 7, 2015
Brian C: It seems to have higher end features for the price, and I love the "rally" design. Apr 7, 2015
Allen E: Seems like a good deal for the price. Lots of features that you see on much more expensive helmets. Great looks! Apr 1, 2015
Cole C: I love this helmet. I am getting another because someone stole my matte black one! Mar 31, 2015
E D: I have a Moto Guzzi V7 Stone (cafe-styled bike), so the matte with the classic white stripe looks cool for that. Feb 7, 2015
Ryan S: Good reviews, affordable price, and attractive style. Dec 26, 2014
Peter Jay J: Good look and good protection at a great price Nov 29, 2014
Nancy B: it is a snell M2010 helmet which is a rating required for racing Nov 28, 2014
Ian T: Safety plus look. Price under $200 Oct 20, 2014
Brandon G: I started looking at the Bell Qualifier helmets however after reading reviews I decided to step up to the Vortex for the fact it had slightly better reviews on venting and it was also Snell and DOT rated. Oct 16, 2014
Charles C: videos at revzilla Oct 3, 2014
Nya R: Required for NHRA sanctioned drag racing Sep 26, 2014
Kenyotta W: I liked the look, I liked the reviews, and I liked the price. This is my first helmet purchase. Sep 16, 2014
Mark B: No one else had this helmet it locally. Much appreciated, color and shape was wife approved! Sep 11, 2014
Kevin w: I love the classic look, quality behind the brand, and many ventilation options. Like others have said its a little loud on the highway but for the price point I believe its the best you can get. Go ahead and grab a 600$ helmet if you can afford it and you will get less volume at high speeds but if you don't have the funds you will still enjoy the vortex :) Sep 8, 2014
Christian A: Love the look and had great reviews. My wife says it's comfortable and quit. The ventilation is good too. Sep 2, 2014
Brandon G: I was going to buy a SHOEI GT air but for the money this is a perfect helmet. I couldnt justify the money for the SHOEI for the amount of time i ride. Aug 20, 2014
Michael L: awesome looks, good price Aug 19, 2014
Grayson W: Classic slick look. Great bang for your buck even though tis a little noisy. Good first helmet Aug 18, 2014
Lori M: Read the standards and safety good price for a safe comfortable helmet Jul 21, 2014
Anthony B: Needed a good everyday commuter helmet. Chose the vortex Rally for its classic styling, great price, and because it has everything I need and nothing I don't. Will wear the RS-1 for more spirited jaunts but for headed to work I think the Vortex will be ideal. Jul 10, 2014
Mark W: Just received this today. Love the fit and the look. My bike is shipping next week so I can't say much else about it yet. Revzilla is awesome though. Jun 27, 2014
Andrew M: Loved the styling and trusted bells safety Jun 19, 2014
Regan D: Needed a helmet for my upcoming MSF course & first motorcycle purchase. The Shoei GT AIR & RF1200 fit me perfectly but were a bit pricey for my first helmet. Even tho I haven't tried on the Vortex yet, from what I've read, it'll probably fit my intermediate oval head. So i thought it was worth the gamble. Plus I can always return it to Revzilla & trade up for the Shoei if it doesn't fit. But I hope it does cause I love the classic looks, and price. Not expensive, but not cheap either. Jun 2, 2014
Michael P: Timeless May 27, 2014
Jonathan E: Snell Rated for the price
Video segments decribing intermediate head shape helped me pick this helmet over the HLC FG-17 which was described as round face shape. Thanks Revzilla for those!
May 23, 2014
Joshua F: Needed a street helmet for commuting purposes and needed something not too pricey and with good ventilation since I live in a warm weather environment. The rally graphic seemed to be a good choice style wise. Snell certification was a plus as well. May 20, 2014
Ryan S: Snell 2010 rating is an absolute must have, correct size/fit type and awesomely classic style. Fantastic! Apr 17, 2014
Daniel B: 1. SNELL
2. I live between two very dangerous routes
3. It looks cool
Apr 2, 2014
Kendel V: This is my first Bell Helmet, after purchasing Shark helmets for over 9yrs. I guess you can say, "Best bang for the buck." Mar 19, 2014
mark s: I chose this item due to bells timeless quility also just bought a Kawasaki ZRX 1100 its retro look will go great with the bike Mar 10, 2014
Mark c asked: Does this helmet meet Australian standards? Aug 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does it come with a clear shield only? Apr 12, 2014
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Thomas W: Yup. Clear shield, mine had the button strap (not magnetic). Awesome product, highly recommend. Some users say the Vortex is loud, I think it's fine, but since it's my first lid I don't have anything to compare it to. Apr 12, 2014
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Andrew W: Yes it does. I use it at night. I bought the light smoked visor and would say it's about the same as medium tinted sun glasses Apr 13, 2014
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Karl K: It does. I just got the dark smoke shield and rode today. It looks great and matches the helmet perfectly. Apr 16, 2014
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Willis S: Yes. But other color options are available for purchase seperately. Priced at around $50. Apr 12, 2014
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Lowell F: Yes, but definitely get the dark visor Looks very commanding with dark wind screen. Apr 15, 2014
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Blake P: yes, but you can order a wide array of different color shields Apr 14, 2014
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A shopper asked: my head measures 23.5 inches. what size should i get? Aug 13, 2014
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Dominick c: Depends on how you like your helmets to fit. I prefer mine on the snug side, so if i were you i'd go with a medium. Aug 13, 2014
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Sean V: I'd buy the large. Might be snug, but you want a snug fit. Aug 13, 2014
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Daniel B: Hey bro, gimme a chance to get home and get my measuring tape out and double check which size I purchased. In the meantime, I can give for some other more esoteric info regarding this helmet.

The first thing is that I love it on several different levels.
I wanted a real helmet that would actually protect my second most valuable asset and fit the image my bike and jacket suggest. Check and check.

Another factor was the shape of my head coupled with the fact that I wear a ginormous pair of Maui Jim - 9 Palms glasses with prescription lens. So the helmet needs to be snug, but I also near to slide these glasses on once the helmet is on. Check and check.

The helmet fits the shape of my head (oval). This is important as my wife is Japanese. Her freakin' head is a totally different shape (round) from what I perceived as normal. Until I learned how many Asians actually make up the total global market. Now, I can't image how she can see the shape of my head as anything other then Geiger's Alien.

The sizing videos on Revzilla are great at describing this phenomenon. My head so closely matched the Oval head model's that I knew this helmet would fit fine. Because of Revzilla's return policy, I considered purchasing two different sizes and returning the one that didn't fit. But the sizing tutorials gave me the confident to take a leap of faith and just order the one. Bingo!
Aug 13, 2014
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darren E asked: Hi, what sort of blue tooth devices are available for this helmet? I would like a blue tooth device that I can use to communicate and listen to music on. Thanks, Darren May 15, 2014
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fernando l: The holes or cutaways for the ears are pretty generous all helment designed bluetooth speakers should acomodate most sena's clamp from the side of the helmet and there is enough space besides the interior is removable so putting speakers is just a matter of reading manufactures instructions and a little ingenuity. I installed some sena H10 in less than 20 minutes battery life is okey and the sound is not super high def but solid hope i helped May 29, 2014
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Joshua F: There are MANY options to choose from. I personally use a scala q3 on mine and it works great. The helmet does have a non removable collar around the bottom opening that leaves an unavoidable bit of wire exposed for the speakers but it doesn't get in the way. Other than that the setup looks great. This helmet also features ear hole cutouts under the pads making speaker placement much easier. May 29, 2014
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darren E: Thank you! May 30, 2014
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Mario R asked: 1. Do you sell the magnet for the chin strap?

2. Between this helmet and the AGV K3, which you consider is a better helmet?
Aug 7, 2014
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Dominick c: I'd choose this, it has SNELL certification, and the design is much newer. you can't really go wrong with either one, but for safety's sake i'd go the one that i certified to be safer. Aug 13, 2014
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Ahmed F B asked: My head size is 60cm - 23.6 inches. Should I get a large or x-large? I am using large for shoei rf-1100 and also shark s700. May 14, 2014
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Thomas W: Looks like an XL... May 15, 2014
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Joshua C asked: Is the Vortex Rally Snell M2015 like the Grinder? May 7, 2015
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Joshua C: The reason I ask is that the Bell site has it listed as M2015... May 7, 2015
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Daniel W: Snell M2010 and DOT. May 7, 2015
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Bell Helmet Sizing:

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

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

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Matte Black/White / XS 939919 7047730 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Matte Black/White / LG 939922 7047733 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black/White / XL 939923 7047734 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black/White / 2XL 939924 7047735 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours