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Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the all new Bell Custom 500, going into the year 2014 Bell has actually re done the Bell Custom 500 its still that fantastic classic look that goes back to the original design that bell is known for but they've done some things with the sizing and the fitment they've kind of taken inspiration from their RS-1 line which is their full face helmet and giving that more intermediate oval head shape on the inside and this helmet is now going to fit down on your head a lot better then the original Custom 500's did kind of felt like they sat up just a little bit higher on the head of coarse there's lots of different graphics and colors that will become available, the one that i have here its kind of a matte finish metallic which is really unique and again its got that really classic look to it but you can even pull the Bell logo off completely if you want to if you don't want any logos at all. Another thing that they have done, you still have the three snaps up here at the top for accessories shields and things of that nature, and they have also given you additional snaps on the sides so it gives you more options for the different types of accessories that you can install on that on the helmet itself and on the inside you have this nice soft material lining the shell itself and its cris-crossed with different stitching accents that really kind of set it apart with a good look. You do have speaker pockets to install speakers into if you would like to . The interior is not completely removable but obviously you can wash it up with the helmet and then you have a double d ring classic closure for the neck strap as well. I'm going to throw this helmet on so that you can see the difference, this is a size Medium which is the size that i normally wear and you can see now this helmet comes down quite a bit further on the forehead where as before it kind of left that open more. This kind of sits down on the head a little bit better , now this helmet i will say seals up really well around the neck roll and around the cheeks and it really seals out sound you cant hear very well when you've got the helmet on which is kind of a plus its not super loud when your riding so you can check these helmets out on our website at Competition Accessories . com
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the Bell Custom 500. Now if this design looks familiar to your thats because the original Bell 500 helmet which was designed by founder Roy Richter in 1954 it looked really similar and that original was a fiberglass helmet he actually layed up the fiberglass by hand, add the EPS foam liner and the first bell helmet was born. Well this helmet is kind of a tribute back to that original 1950s design with some modern design technology. Its got a very strong fiberglass construction custom EPS liner (which is the foam inside) what that is going to do for you is , it is actually going to distribute impact over a larger area so that inner EPS foam can actually absorb the impact really well. Aside from really good safety features the Bell Custom 500 is a great looking helmet obviously there's a ton of open faced helmets out there to pick from . But the Custom 500 does it really different from anyone else out there just a really really nice design , very quite when you have it on its got the snaps for the optional bubble face shield or a visor ,quilted interior and like i said its a really top notch helmet really really nice graphics in several different colors weather your looking for something flashy or something subtle they are all under 140 bucks solids are even under 100 bucks so great value . Jump on our website and see all the graphics that are available from us here at Competition Accessories .
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Throwbacks and retro lids are nice, but nothing beats an original. Back in 1954 Bell founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fiberglass and named it the 500. That moment was ground zero for the modern motorsport helmet and it gave rise to an entire industry. Bells Custom 500 pays homage to Richters original design and adds modern protective technology to bring the design up-to-date while still keeping the originals aesthetic. 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. Adding custom paint-inspired graphics, chrome trim work (on some graphics) and a quilted liner, the Custom 500 looks as good as it performs.

  • 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

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    Cons: None

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    Cons: None

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    Bell is the best... - Eric B   MD Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
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    Cons: None

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    Cons: Odd sizing, with a 58-59 large instead of 59-60 large for other helmets

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    Bell Rs1 vs Vortex - rmphill   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: quiet,snug fit,liner,air flow , better visor mechanism .
    Cons: graphics are a bit cartoony.

    So... This helmet hands down a great helmet I already had a Bell so getting this wasn't a problem. I still have a Bell Vortex but just upgraded to the Bell Rs1 gearhead. It's way more quiet then the Vortex Ita got a bug fit compared to the Vortex, it flows air way better than the Vortex, the 3 position visor settings Is a huge plus. The moment I went for my first ride in this helmet I noticed an immediate difference in comfort style ergonomics to wind noise . That's a huge thing for me , wind noise my Vortex had the worst wind noise ever whistle through the whole helmet form 20 mph to 130 mph didn't matter how fast or slow I went it would have a substantial amount of noise to the point of irritation with ear plugs in . If you have doubts just read this none BS review... and if your looking at the shoei line up just think price . The RS is quieter than the qwest my brothers got the shoei qwest the qwest is louder it fogs more and the padding and shield are all different and heavier. The RS1 is lighter softer quiter and just flows air way better and it's around Ooo 250 cheaper with graphics the qwest is around 400 for solids no graphics. But if you are considering this don't hesitate whether you want a new helmet or your upgrading the Vortex you won't be disappointed and I might add I paid 189 for my vortex had I just got the rs1 for the fantastic price of 199 to begin with I wouldn't have experience with any other helmet so get it you won't be sorry .


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    Bell Vortex - upnorthdoug   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: works will in summer and winter
    Cons: [None]

    I own 2 Vortex Helmets. I use them in all seasons. I bought the Snow Shield Kit for winter snowmobile riding. The helmets fit our heads well and are very comfortable.


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    Bell Vortex - Tim   NJ Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Style, Function, Price
    Cons: None

    Great helmet for the price, everything functions as advertised


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    Pros: Fit and finish are excellent, great vision span Many shield options
    Cons: The vent closure on the top is a little noisey, fixed it with a small o-ring.

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    Pros: looks nice, fits well, d ring.
    Cons: ventilation, fog.

    Ill start with the fact that at the closeout price this is an amazing helmet. Full protection.I get frequent mmigraines and that does not happen with this on my head.The face shield does fog a lot for me but i am a normally warm person. No biggie. I would get another.


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    Bell Vortex - Kyle   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Comfortable, great ventilation, excellent function of mask
    Cons: Very noisy

    I picked up the Bell Vortex expecting decent quality and features for a lower midrange helmet and was not disappointed. The only thing I wish I could change is the amount of wind noise that penetrates the helmet, but I found that a cheap pair of earplugs solves the problem


    This review is for Bell RS1 Gearhead Helmets
    Bell RS-1 - Garry   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: light weight,quiet,vents well.....
    Cons: no sun shade drop down....

    Little hard to put on but fits well,has good venting and there are 3 to use.....Helmet is as quiet as any I've used......be nice if it had a drop down sun shade.....Priced right for a snell hat....


    This review is for Bell Vortex Solid Helmets - Metallic Silver
    Great Deal - iamoldschool   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great features and fit. Well worth the price.
    Cons: Noisy

    I picked this up to give me a full face option for my Goldwing. For me, Bell has always been synonomous with the quality helmets. For the price this helmet is being offered at on closeout, I couldn't go wrong. Ventilation is superb, fit and finish are amazing and comfort is there in buckets once the cheek pads get broken in. I did have to ding it one star for the noise. Just wear earplugs, as you should be anyway, the the noise will become a non-issue.


    This review is for Bell Arrow Turbine Helmets
    Nice helmet for price - Webknuckle   WI Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Nice fit, great price closeout
    Cons: Vents could be a little better

    Overall a good helmet. Wear a helmet Your head only has to hit once for it to be over.


    This review is for Bell RS1 Airtrix Speedway Helmets
    Good value, Great Visor - Jim   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Light, quiet, aerodynamic, Transitions Visor
    Cons: Sizing is slightly on small side

    This is a great helmet for the price at CA. It fits slightly small. I ordered the large, as I wear in an Arai, but it was too tight. I exchanged for an XL, which is just slightly loose. My head measures 59.5 cm., which falls between large and XL. With a little extra padding the XL is now comfortable.The helmet is quieter than my Arai due to a snugger fit around the sides and back of the neck. It is very stable at higher speeds.The best feature of Bell helmets is the optional Transitions visor. These are expensive, at 120, but fabulous The shield reacts quickly to changing light conditions and is never too light or too dark. Just right It is completely clear at night. No more changing visors or being caught out with the wrong one.


    This review is for Bell Vortex Solid Helmets - Metallic Silver
    Bell Vortex Helmet - Tommy   TX Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Snell approved, shield system, ventilation, fit, styling
    Cons: Big, LOUD

    For the price, the Bell Vortex is a steal. All the features included in this mid-range helmet make it a great choice for anyone who doesn't want to spend the money to move up to an aria or a shoei. My only big complaint is the noise level. There are two tiny exhaust ports low on the back of the helmet that create an enormous amount of wind noise inside the helmet. Throw in some earplugs and you have a great helmet at an amazing price.


    This review is for Bell Custom 500 Panel Orange Helmets
    Nice overall - Sean   KY Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great price. Fast shipping.
    Cons: Not exactly like the helmet in the picture. Mine does not have the shiny metal trim around it.

    The helmet is great, especially for the price. It is ideal for someone with a round head shape.


    This review is for Bell Vortex Solid Helmets - Metallic Silver
    Good Fit - Jack Creevy   NH Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Good fit and very stable.
    Cons: The right side hinge plate that holds the face shield in place broke the first time I removed the shield

    All in all I am pleased with this helmet. Could not believe the price for such a quality piece of equipment. Because it was silver for some reason it was 100.00 less than the other Vortex helmets. I do have one complaint however in that the brow vent allows so much air in that after about an hour my forehead starts to hurt really bad. Tried closing all of the vents but, air still gets in. I was able to reduce this quite a bit by removing the top liner and plugging the holes with foam insulation and then reinstalling the liner. Never did I ever think I would complain about a helmet that flows to much air. Now I love this helmet.


    This review is for Bell Custom 500 Solid Flake Helmets
    Cool old school helmet - Bmahon   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Beautiful Red metal flake paint, nice quilted padding, excellent price, quick shipping
    Cons: Inner liner not removable and sizes are smaller then other brands.

    Great looking helmet, beautiful red flake paint job, but sizing is smaller than other open face helmets I have purchased Inner padding is nice but not as comfortable as my Torc or Fulmer helmets. If you have a round head vs elongated head go up a size to avoid pressure point pain on long rides Bell 500 Helmets are great helmets, they just need to soften the inner liner, make it removable and change the outer shell to be more comfy for different shape heads


    This review is for Bell RS1 Gearhead Helmets
    Nice Helmet, but didn't fit well - Kit   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Light, Paint was great
    Cons: Fit a bit tight for my head

    My comment is only about fitment. I wear a size L for the Scorpion Exo 750 and 700. The inner tag reads 59-60cm on my Scorpion.This particular bell helmet read 58cm-59cm. I tried the helmet on and immediately felt the helmet crushing my brain. I have an oval shaped head. I immediately returned it and purchased an Exo-750 from this site. The Exo-750's fitment was perfect right out the bat. Great customer service, I got my refund almost immediately and my Exo-750 came quick.


    This review is for Bell Custom 500 Panel Orange Helmets
    Love the style - jedsled   TN Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Cool style and good fit
    Cons: A bit tall

    The helmet is really cool. People comment on how cool it looks. But it sits a bit tall on the head, giving a bobble head look. The colors are great, the fitment is very comfortable. I like it. It feels safe.


    This review is for Bell Vortex Solid Helmets - Metallic Silver
    Great deal on a very good helmet - Scrappy McStuffins The Wonder Cat   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Value, Visor RemovalReplacement, Fit
    Cons: Noise

    I bought this as a replacement for my old Vortex that was getting pretty worn out. This one was on clearance, so I picked it up when I saw the deal they had. I think it is easily worth the full price, but at the clearance price, it was a no-brainer.Before the prior Vortex, I wore an Arai Profile, which is significantly more expensive, but not so much better than the Vortex to justify the price difference.I find the Vortex is very comfortable, Keep in mind that the padding will break in quite a bit, so make sure you get a tight fit. It will feel too tight for the first month, but that is what you want.As far as noise...it is noisier than the Arai Profile I wore, but with earplugs which you should be wearing anyway, the noise is not bothersome at all to me. I read some of the recommendations on blocking the vents behind the ear and tried that with my new Vortex. Not sure if it made that big of a difference.Also, I use a Sena SMH-10 and it fits just fine on this helmet using the clamp.


    This review is for Bell Vortex Solid Helmets - Metallic Silver
    Bell Vortex Helmet - Mademma   WI Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Nice looking, fits well, and keeps my head warm in the cold.
    Cons: [None]

    This is my first helmet and I am pleased with it. Glad I bought it and would do so again.


    This review is for Bell RS1 Gearhead Helmets
    Overall very nice - Travis   TX Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Stable Aero
    Cons: Tries to slit my throat

    The weight of this helmet is nearly identical to my old one KBC VR2, but the weight distribution is better. I feel like most of the weight is at my ears or lower. I think this makes it a little easier to move around for head checks and makes it SEEM lighter.The aero stability is really great though. Slices through the wind very nicely, even with your head turned.The first down side is that the large is quite snug compared to other large size helmets. It's still acceptable for me, but I could see where someone else might need to send it back for an XL.The other down side is that the buckle for the chin strap is in the middle of your neck. My last helmet had it offset of one side. The result is that, unless the strap is placed in just the right place, and the padding located just so, the buckle digs into my adam's apple. It can be a little painful and distracting at times. It hasn't injured me, yet. But I'm considering shortening the strap that holds the buckle to move it over. I honestly don't know how it made it out of Bell R&D without someone complaining about this. I'm no helmet expert and have maybe owned only about 4 helmets in my life, but none of them had the buckle in the middle.Overall I still like the helmet though.


    This review is for Bell RS1 Airtrix Speedway Helmets
    Aerodynamic - Robotman   PA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Visor, ventilation, no buffeting, paint scheme
    Cons: Loud, lets air in in the chin area

    Overall I am pleased with this helmet. I was still using my 2000 vintage Shoei RF-R when my son read something online that said you should replace your helmet every 5 years. The straps and liner were getting pretty ratty so I decided to get a new lid. This helmet is light and aerodynamic compared to the old Shoei. The way the visor locks and unlatches with the lever on the side is easy to use. I have been riding in the 50 degree spring air here in PA and it does let in a little more air around your chin than I would like but a scarf fixes that. In the summer that will actually be a plus. The vent system works great Both the top and front visor vent systems flow a lot of air when left open. The Airtex Speedway paint scheme seems correct for my Triumph Sprint ST and a black jacket. I like it a lot altogether. The helmet is a good value and has a good feature set. I bought a large and wear a 7-18 hat size. It's a good tight fit. I keep my hair pretty short. If there is one thing that is disappointing, it is how loud the helmet is. It is as loud as the old Shoei and I was expecting quieter. I think the gaps at the ears for a comm system are the culprit here. I might get a Bluetooth setup for talking to my son when we ride and maybe that will make it quieter... The Sprint has a more upright riding position than the pure crotch rocket bikes and maybe that makes a difference. The windshield on my bike dumps the air exactly in the center of the visor. That is based on where the bugs are hitting That could be a factor in the noise too. Really, I am just nit picking, it is a great helmet. I am 59 so I have seen the evolution of the full face and this is a good one.


    This review is for Bell RS1 Gearhead Helmets
    Too cold to ride - JBolton   VA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: This is the most comfortable helmet that I have owned.
    Cons: [None]

    Unfortunately, cold and snow have gotten in the way of getting out and riding with this new helmet. However, the package showed up within two days and on the first day of the Polar Vortex. I will say that this is the second Bell I have had in a row and this is super comfortable. I spent about 20 minutes putting it on and trying to get the fit right and chasing the dogs around the house with it on, because why not right. Snug in all the appropriate place and good sight radius. I cant wait for some warmer weather to give this a real test.


    This review is for Bell RS1 Airtrix Speedway Helmets
    Wicked Value - Butta Churn   KS Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: paint scheme feeds the mullet inside me, very quiet, great value, chin curtain, airflow
    Cons: [None]

    ive owned alot of helmets and for the money this cant be beat. fits true to size but id say its a little on snug side so im very happy with the fit. chin curtain is very effective so my contact lenses dont move around at speed. noise is minimal, field of vision is excellent, and ohhh its so light. i cant believe i got it for so cheap.


    This review is for Bell Custom 500 Panel Orange Helmets
    Good value - Good look - ncskeeter   NC Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: lightweight, good quality finish, relatively quiet
    Cons: a little tight putting on

    Sizing seems to be spot-on. It's a little snug when you first put it on, but once you're ready to go, it's fine. I am happy with the light weight and low profile, and was pleasantly surprised with the relative quietness, even at 70-80 mph. Besides, it's great looking Adequate protection at a good price


    This review is for Bell Vortex Solid Helmets - Metallic Silver
    Bell Vortex - Carl in NC   NC Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: The fit is good, it flows a lot of air
    Cons: A little noisy

    I'm liking my Vortex. It flows a lot more air than my old Scorpion. I do notice more noise, and may have to start wearing ear plugs. The size runs true to my hat size, and it fits well and is very comfortable.


    This review is for Bell Vortex Solid Helmets - Metallic Silver
    Good Buy on Sale - John   IN Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Looks, Safety Ratings, Fit, Shield System
    Cons: Large Shell Size, Very Noisy

    I've had some time with my Vortex, so wanted to give a quick review. It's a good fitting and good looking helmet, with all safety rating and features you would want. The shield system is excellent, and works perfect. However the negatives are a bit annoying. I'm guessing Bell is only using a few shell sizes, because my medium is huge, barely fits in my bikes cases, not a deal breaker, but it's big. My only other complaint is it's a very noisy helmet, vents open or not. My wife has a similar HJC that doesn't transfer nearly as much wind noise. I think I'll try and save for a Shoei next, the wind noise is loud even with ear plugs.


    This review is for Bell Custom 500 Panel Orange Helmets
    cya - cya   MA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: great helmet design
    Cons: large was way too snug,

    measured for size lg helmet was way too snug,




    Sizing Chart & Specs for the Bell Custom 500 Good Times Helmets
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    Bell Helmet Sizing Chart
    HELMET SIZEHEAD SIZE (cm)HAT SIZEHEAD SIZE (in)
    X-Small53 - 546 5/8 - 6 3/420 7/8 - 21 1/4
    Small55 - 566 7/8 - 721 5/8 - 22
    Medium57 - 587 1/8 - 7 1/422 1/2 - 22 7/8
    Large58-597 3/8 - 7 1/223 1/4 - 23 5/8
    X-Large60-617 5/8 - 7 3/424 - 24 3/8
    2X-Large63 - 647 7/8 - 824 3/4 - 25 1/2


    Bell Drifter DLX and Pit Boss Helmets
    HELMET SIZEHEAD SIZE (cm)HAT SIZEHEAD SIZE (in)
    X-Small/Small53-556 5/8 - 6 7/820 3/4 - 21 5/8
    Medium56-587 - 7 1/822 - 22 3/4
    Large58-607 1/4 - 7 1/222 3/4 - 23 5/8
    X-Large / 2X-Large61-637 5/8 - 7 7/824 - 24 3/4


    Bell Youth Helmet Sizing Chart
    HELMET SIZEHEAD SIZE (cm)HAT SIZEHEAD SIZE (in)
    Youth Small50 - 515 7/8 - 6 1/819 1/2 - 20
    Youth Medium51 - 526 1/8 - 6 3/820 - 20 1/2
    Youth Large52 - 536 3/8 - 6 5/820 1/2 - 21


    The sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit. However, we are happy to assist you with any needed exchanges.
    Part Number Status for Bell Custom 500 Good Times Helmets
    Options SKU Our Price Availability
    X-Small BH-GTIM-XS $84.99 Currently Not Available for Order
    Small BH-GTIM-S $84.99 Currently Not Available for Order
    Medium BH-GTIM-M $84.99 Currently Not Available for Order
    Large BH-GTIM-L $84.99 Currently Not Available for Order
    X-Large BH-GTIM-XL $84.99 Currently Not Available for Order
    2X-Large BH-GTIM-2X $84.99 Currently Not Available for Order


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