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Bell Vortex Helmet

Nothing beats a solid color to highlight the stylish design of a helmet. The Bell Vortex is available in a choice of gloss black, matte black, white or silver; four classic color choices in the riding spectrum. Developed in Bell’s state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, California design center, the Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother the Star. With a solid compliment of features the Bell Vortex is a great choice as a primary helmet for everyday use that can also transition to the occasional track day. A killer price rounds out the package and gives you a big bang for your buck.


  • Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting
  • Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell
  • Contour cheek pads (by means of stacked foam, not hand cut)
  • Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner
  • 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
  • Clear NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield. Dark tint and other shields available for purchase separately
  • Five-year warranty
  • Weight: 1600g
  • Certification: Snell M2010, DOT

Note: Helmet ships with clear faceshield only. Replacement shields can be purchased separately HERE: Bell Vortex Shield.

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

RevZilla's Opinion of the The Bell Vortex Helmet

The Bell Vortex Helmet has grown to be one of the top selling and more ubiquitous ~$200 sport helmets in the RevZilla family. The light weight, Snell Rating and ability to use the Bell Photochromic shield allow the Bell Vortex Helmet to cover a lot of the bases the typical sport or track day rider is looking for in a reasonably priced helmet. Many times we see this type of functionality only available in helmets over the $300 mark. In the 3/4 or tuck position the Bell Vortex Helmet will provide a great solution in just about any spirited or sport riding scenario. If you find a graphic or color that suits your taste and you have an intermediate oval head shape, the Bell Vortex is a great option.

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Bell Vortex Helmet - Solid 4.3 5 323 323
Too loud? Contact Bell or use electrical tape! I've had this helmet for a few years, and I really like it. Like everyone says, it is extremely loud. I am talking like can't hear yourself loud. Some people around the web were suggesting taping closed the vents on each side of the head right behind the ear. I originally thought how dumb that was that I would have to tape my helmet to fix a manufacturer issue, so I contacted Bell about it. I just asked them if they knew of a way to correct the whistling noise and if they had heard about taping closed the two vents. They replied in a few minutes and said they heard that it works and that I should give it a try. They also sent me a pair of strap plug kits free which are essentially two small foam pieces that plug closed the ear vents from the inside of the helmet (I'm sure a cottonball or a packaging peanut would work just as good). I taped the vents closed and used the plugs at the same time and the problem was corrected. Since I have four more vents on this great helmet, I didn't mind losing two. For fitting purposes, I wasn't sure what to go with, but I ride with Bell bicycle helmets and fit into XXL on that line, so I tried that on the Vortex. Perfect fit. April 7, 2014
Great first helmet. If you're looking for a awesome cheap track ready sexy helmet this is exactly what you are looking for. I get so many head turns in this helmet with the gloss black and deep chrome visor. As far as comfortability on my slight oval head it gets a tid bit uncomfortable on my third hour of riding but that just lets be know when I have to take a break. A lot of room in the ears and accommodate ear buds very well. taking off the helmet with them on though is a little uncomfortable. But listen as far as I am concerned for a first helmet you can't go wrong with bell. the money you save on this helmet can go towards more gear to keep you riding. 20 puppies in side cars out of 22. April 2, 2014
nice helmet I really like the helmet. Only draw back is noise. Wind noise is loud. Also check pads are a bit large need to get smaller ones. March 31, 2014
spend more money il thought this helmet would be a good bargin,but i found it to be unbearable. first off the helmet only comes in what here we go. they claim is 3 shell sizes.i doubt that because i looked like a bobble head doll wearing it even though i was a perfect medium size in this helmet. this where it gets bad. not only did i look like a bobble- head doll. i felt like one with its ridiculous size and weight. i couldnt imagine what buffeting would have been like at speed. this helmet severely limits Field Of View on top of that.i experienced a constant hot spot despite my intermediate oval shaped head. the visor is a piece of ((exploitative deleted) period. while the chin strap is coarse and stiff. just to sum it up i wouldnt pay $50 dollars for this walmart trash. i sent it back and grabbed a shoei rf-1200.i was between that and an AGV. i have nothing negative to say about the rf-1200 , only praise. just spend more money last thing you want on a motorcycle is a distracting helmet. also props to revzilla for taking care of me no questions asked. March 25, 2014
Overall a great product, but some of the budget shows in quality and features. Overall this is a great helmet. It is extremely affordable for a SNELL 2010 rating so it gives great protection at a great price. It looks pretty good, not very aggressive but not bad either. The stock cheek-pads are very thick, but they seem to be breaking in with use and getting more comfortable. The biggest issue with the helmet is how loud it is. However this can be fixed fairly easily; there are two side/rear extraction vents that if covered make the helmet much quieter. I did this temporarily with some packing tape and the difference was immense. The other real issue I have is that the chin-bar is very shallow and close to my face. I feel like if I go down on my face it is going to hit my jaw. I do not have an exceptionally large jaw, it seems to just be very shallow. Pros: Good price - quality ratio looks good Cons: Loud shallow chin-bar March 11, 2014
So Loud! I've ridden with this helmet for over a year. As other reviewers stated; it's really loud. Really, really loud. Tape over the vents makes the noise marginally better. February 20, 2014
Tyger tyger Looking for something basic with Snell cert. It's been a while since I looked at Bell. The Vortex has plenty of features at that price point. The flying tigers graphic blends with the vents and ports nicely, and is a nice matte finish. The sizing seems a touch small, compared with other brands. The gradient tint shield looks and works great on this. Airflow is pretty good. I'll know more once summer is here. March 31, 2014
Great overall especially for price! I love the mil spec design on this helmet mixed with a modern twist. For it being such an affordable helmet my expectations were low and I was pleasantly surprised how close it compares with that of my Shoei Qwest. Sizes are true to size, lots of padding for extra comfort, very good airflow and overall a great helmet. I love it!!!! March 10, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Ryan R: reviews & price Apr 17, 2014
Bryan D: I bought a white Bell Vortex for my wife to ride on the back of my f800gs. Apr 17, 2014
Aaron F: Price point, protection level and Revzilla team review Apr 10, 2014
Ryan E: Great price and style for a Everyday and Track helmet! Apr 9, 2014
Ken S: Great reviews, great price, Snell and DOT certified, sweet look. Apr 8, 2014
Mark D: Affordable! Great quality! Apr 4, 2014
Derek S: I love the color and the price. This is my first helmet purchase and seems to be the biggest bang for the buck. Safety is paramount. Feb 8, 2014
marcia j: best value simple looks with quality design . btw you should be showing the gloss black helmet instead of two matte ones in the denoted pictures . Dec 12, 2013
Kenshiro O: Needed an entry level helmet. Dec 2, 2013
Cody B: I did a lot of research and I was convinced this is the best sub-200 dollar helm on the market. It also is a little more oval than round which I need for my narrow egg head. Nov 14, 2013
Anthony C: Nice Helmet Nov 7, 2013
thomas w: American company and researchers. Team Zilla advice on fit and quality. Value and reputation. Great helmet! Nov 3, 2013
J U: cause I needed one Oct 23, 2013
Jonathan Y: Great reviews! Like the looks of helmet. Oct 16, 2013
Hilliard C: My bike is matte black so it matches my ride, and I needed a full face helmet for cooler fall and winter temps. Oct 15, 2013
Anibal C: Good price and reviews Oct 5, 2013
C O: It looks badass, got amazing reviews, and had good reviews on airflow. Also, it's a Bell helmet, so protection shouldn't really be an issue. Plus, it has a lot of cool features to it, including the 4 vents, several visors to choose from, padding adjustments, etc. Oct 4, 2013
Christopher M: It's a Bell, black and fits my price range Oct 1, 2013
hendro c: because its very good and when we compare with the price its a great thing.............. Sep 22, 2013
John A: free shipping.... Sep 20, 2013
Ã?yvind S: Mainly because my old helmet is worn out, but I really liked the shape and the color so yeah Sep 15, 2013
tyler h: Good helmet for everyday day riding, Snell certified makes me more confident that i'm protected without breaking the bank. Sep 9, 2013
Manuel R: Best bang for the buck! Aug 28, 2013
Tim B: fEATURES, PRICE Aug 15, 2013
A shopper asked: my head is 22 1/4inches. should I get a medium or a small? Sep 20, 2013
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Tafawa W: Depends. If you're 22 1/4 with a bald head I would probably say go for the small. If your hair sometimes grows out or you sometimes tie your head to ride, go for the medium. As always, ensure the accuracy of your measurement. Take 3 measurements and have someone else do the same. Compare the results. Sep 26, 2013
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Phillip H: Does the medium and small have the same shell size? Apr 15, 2014
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William B: The XL fit me good like the other Bell helmet I have, but the cheek pads are tight. I will be purchasing the smaller pad. Sep 20, 2013
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A shopper asked: I've been reading the reviews and almost everyone mentions the sides being a bit tight at first. I wear glasses and was wondering if that would be a problem with the first few wears.

Oct 6, 2011
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anonymous99: I wore sunglasses for awhile (Oakley) when the Dark Visors were on back order. It was a little bothersome at first, but the more I rode the more I stopped noticing. My noggin and the helmet adjusted. My best advice would be to try one on locally somewhere if you can. Otherwise you may want to wear contacts or you could just ship the Helmet back. They have an excellent return policy as long as the item is not "ridden". Oct 10, 2011
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AliB: The fitting shape of the Bell Vortex is slightly narrow and some folks with a more round head shape might find it snug at the temples and less space to accommodate glasses. Helmet linings will break in after the first week of use, and as long as the fitting shape of this helmet is appropriate for your head shape, it shouldn't be too snug for glasses. Oct 25, 2011
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Apollyon: Unless you cut out padding I don't expect glasses would work well with the Vortex. I have to wear my contacts but I have relatively wide frames. Someone with slender frames might be able to squeeze in. Jun 5, 2012
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David1809: Glasses fit fine! You just have to put them on after putting on the helmet! I always wear oakleys when I ride because I have a clear visor so it's completely okay to ride with glasses in this helmet. Mar 25, 2013
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BigCheif: I wear wire frame glasses, they fit pretty good, but the vortex does seem to squish my face up pretty good so it takes a few seconds each time to find the "right" spot for my glasses to sit. May 22, 2012
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JBeh: The sides are tight at the cheek pads which will not interfere with the arms of your glasses. Normally, I wear contacts, but have ridden a few times with my glasses and had no issues. Sep 2, 2012
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Jessica: I wear glasses and cannot wear them with the helmet even after several months of wearing in the padding. It's just to tight. I stick to contacts. Dec 2, 2011
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ikpwilly: I wear oakley glasses and it was a little tight at first but still wearable. Mar 11, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does the Bell Helmet decal come off, or is it printed onto the helmet? Jun 28, 2011
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anonymous99: Its a decal under the final layer of the finish. You can't get to it unless you really wanted to screw up the clear coat. Jul 1, 2011
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MotorOilMcCall: No, the decal is printed onto the helmet, its not a decal. At least not on the matte finish. Jul 16, 2011
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Gennaro: The Bell logo seems to be printed underneath the clearcoat. It's not removable. Sep 26, 2011
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David1809: It does not come off. It's almost like a graphic on the helmet! Mar 25, 2013
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Pedro: Its printed on. Sep 20, 2011
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Todd D: painted on Jun 28, 2011
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loso: printed Nov 9, 2011
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A shopper asked: Can the Bell Vortex be used in an upright position on a cruiser style bike, or is it more for a sport bike? Oct 6, 2012
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RevZilla: The Bell Vortex is more oriented towards a sport use, but can definitely be used on a cruiser or touring bike with an upright position. Oct 8, 2012
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anonymous99: Any helmet of course can be used on any bike, but the way the Vortex and RS-1 are made it would tend to be more for Sportbike. Nov 17, 2012
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realkewl: Sure I ride up right...keep in mind the helmet is loud from the wind noise from the top vents May 23, 2013
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Specsman: Works fine with my Can Am Spyder RT. Jan 7, 2013
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A shopper asked: I wanted to know does the visor came tinted black or is it clear and when it hits UV light it goes dark black? Apr 13, 2014
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Steven P: Mine came with a clear visor. If you want the one that changes in sunlight, you will need to order the Transitions shield. I think it runs about $120. IMO, it is worth the money. Apr 14, 2014
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Justin D: Comes clear. You have to buy the dark one or the auto tint one. Apr 14, 2014
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Jonathan A: It's a clear visor, but they sell the black one seperately. Apr 13, 2014
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Terence M asked: So I really like this helmet and that it has the same shield as the RS1 and star and I was wondering. Could you buy the RS1 or Star Hinge Plate Kit to get the locking and crack functionality? Jan 30, 2014
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Nathan P: To be honest I don't know the exact answer to your question although my bell star does have the crack function. I laid my bike down once while wearing the vortex and even though my head hit the ground my shield stayed closed. Still easily the best helmet for the money in my opinion. Jan 30, 2014
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Terence M: Thanks, I think it is a good helmet too, just hope I can get my motorcycle soon so I can actually test it for real.

Also, I was doing a little research and think I answered my own question. I was looking at the RS1 hinge plate and it looks like it has a part that sticks out where the locking lever is, and if I remember correctly under the vortex's plate it is flat (I don't want to remove it and check because I just got the visor adjusted to the way I want it and it is a hassle to adjust properly). So I am thinking that it would be possible you would just have to drill out a small portion of the shell and I don't want to do that.
Jan 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: I had one and loved everything about it, except for how loud it was. I had read somewhere where somebody put some foam in the speaker pockets and this helped....does anyone know anything about this?? what kinda foam and how much.... Jul 10, 2012
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nWo4Life: Fill the side vents with caulk! From the outside, fill it to the mesh. You don't have to fill all the way into the helmet. You just want to cover the outer opening. It works amazingly and makes the Vortex SILENT. I used clear Phenoseal. About $4 at the Depot. Took less than 5 minutes. The vents are too far forward for the vacuum effect to work so blocking them off doesn't hurt the ventilation. Trust me on this, it'll be your favorite helmet once you plug those stupid vents up! May 25, 2013
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John M: About caulking the side vents. Do you mean the two lower vents on the rear of helmet? Aug 17, 2013
JCintheSLC: I had the same idea and packed some spare "memory foam" I had lying around my garage (don't ask why) into the speak pockets and that seemed to help a little. I think the major culprit is the large vents and, if you look at them closely, the face that most of the vents are actually holes drilled at right angles to the shell. I think this creates a fair amount of turbulence at the vents without a great deal of channelling of the air flow (contrasted it to my buddy's Shoei RF-1100), which is the main noise issue.

However, the extra padding right at the ears definitely improved the noise.
Oct 24, 2012
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A shopper asked: Hi, I got an Icon alliance ssr from you guys, size large, will they fit the same? shape wise and sizing wise. thanks May 30, 2011
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Chris K: Typically, its not a good idea to compare sizes between brands. Unfortunately measurements can be quite different between manufacturers. The best way is of course to try them on, however, the next best thing is to start with the size chart. Beyond that, feel free to call us at 877-792-9455 and we can provide some guidance on head-shape. The Vortex will be slightly more round than your Icon Alliance. Jun 17, 2011
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Apollyon: I'm a large and I have tried on the Icon Alliance Rat helmet and this one fits similar in overall size but its less round. On me the Icon squeezed a little more front to back while this one will squeeze just a little more side to side. I prefer the fit of the Vortex over the Icon but size will be the same. Jun 5, 2012
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loran b asked: Can you use an SMH-10 with this helmet? (Since it has a non-removable neck roll) Feb 7, 2014
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Jonathan A: I have not removed the neck roll so I would not know Feb 7, 2014
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A S asked: I am thinking of buying Vortex since RS-1 does not fit on my head(I did not try the actual one, but AGV K4 EVO was too narrow on the side for me and I heard RS-1 has a similar shape). But I am worried about the protection Vertex is going to provide. How is it compared to RS-1, Shoei RF-1100/QWEST? Jan 1, 2014
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Meylan T: I found mine to be very tight in the cheek area and I had to remove most of the padding. Other than that I have been happy with its noise level and ease of use. Jan 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: Apparently, my head is somewhat round to wear RS-1 so I am thinking of getting Vortex but worrying about the protection. How those two can be compared? Also, How is it compared to Shoei RF 1100/QWEST ? Jan 1, 2014
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Peter P: I am into my 2nd Bell Vortex.

As for the fit, I have tried various shoei models and bought one, its narrow for me at the top and gives me headache after about 20 minutes of usage, the shape just doesn't fit mine.

Comparison on protection, I get helmets that are Snell Certified. hope it helps.
Jan 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: So I'm interested in getting the Bell Vortex but am unsure of what size to get. I just measured my head and it came out to 22 3/4 inches. If you check the size chart that can be either a medium or a large. So my question is what size should I go for? Sep 10, 2013
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Tafawa W: My head is 23" and I use a large which fits fine. Upon first appearances it seemed like I had made a terrible mistake and the helmet would have been too small. It however fitted just fine. The helmet fits a little snug which is to be expected. I choose my helmet from the Bell sizing chart so I imagine the medium would be fine for you proved you measured your head at the correct points. Please remember that the padding softens with wearing so the initial tightness will ease. Noting this you definitely don't want to order a slightly large helmet as buffeting will be an issue. The Vortex is a excellent choice. Fresh style and great value for money. A tad noisy but stays comfortably and position at speeds over 100mph. I am sure you won't regret this buy. Sep 26, 2013
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Phillip H asked: Does the small and medium have the same shell? Apr 15, 2014
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Bell Vortex Helmet Sizing

Size Measurement (in) Hat Size
XS 21 1/4 - 21 5/8     6 5/8 - 6 3/4
SM 21 5/8 - 22 6 3/4 - 6 7/8
MD 22 1/2 - 22 3/4 7 - 7 1/8
LG 22 3/4 - 23 1/4 7 1/8 - 7 1/4
XL 23 5/8 - 24 7 3/8 - 7 1/2
2XL 24 1/2 - 24 3/4 7 5/8 - 7 3/4

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

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Black / XS 609012 2017620 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / SM 609013 2017621 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / MD 609014 2017622 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / LG 609015 2017623 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / XL 609016 2017624 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / 2XL 609017 2017625 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XS 609018 2017626 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Matte Black / SM 609019 2017627 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / MD 609020 2017628 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / LG 609021 2017629 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XL 609022 2017630 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / 2XL 609023 2017631 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / XS 609030 2017638 Out of Stock
White / SM 609031 2017639 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / MD 609032 2017640 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / LG 609033 2017641 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / XL 609034 2017642 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / 2XL 609035 2017643 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours