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Custom 500

Not Retro. Original.

Bell invented the modern helmet over 60 years ago, and this new interpretation of that original pioneering ¾ lid is our commitment to ensuring you have the best to choose from. With five unique shell sizes providing personalized and compact fit, a plush micro suede interior featuring contrast stitching, and available in either carbon fiber or fiberglass composite versions, the Custom 500 offers a feast of options within one classic, original package. In a competitive market filled with choices when it comes time to choosing a ¾ helmet, it’s reassuring to know the original is still the best.


  • 5 shell and EPS liner sizes ensure a low profile look
  • Anti-bacterial Interior
  • Industry-Leading Five-Year Warranty
  • Integrated 5-Snap Pattern for Aftermarket Shields and Visors
  • Leather D-Ring Pull Tab
  • Low-Profile Composite Shell
  • Multi-density EPS liner
  • Padded Chin Strap with D-Ring Closure and Strap Keeper



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I have been wearing a Bell since 1975. The Grey Fox

Helmets are like seat belts, handguns or parachutes: you dont know how they will perform until youre in a crisis. Therefore you go with the best you can find. For me, I trust my life..and brains with Bell.

The perfect helmet WC Thompson

Comfortable. Works well with a bubble shield. I hardly notice I'm wearing it. The look and feel of this helmet are high quality. The original style goes well with my Yamaha SR400 motorcycle. Safety is important so I always wear my helmet. Nothing will interfere with my ability to ride more than a traumatic brain injury.

Best open face helmet ever! E.R. Frank

Bought my first Bell in 1971. Used the open face models in early years of MX racing. Just bought a Vintage white Custom 500 and WOW! The fit, quality and finish are outstanding. The inside finish and material is beautiful. Still racing vintage MX, so you know where it's going. Going to be a shame to get that beauty dirty. PLEASE don't stop making the Custom 500.

Finally, something that doesn't look so big on my head! Teresina

I love the fact that the shell is made smaller, so even an XS doesn't make me look like an astronaut. It is very comfortable and looks great with the blue tint bubble visor. Oh, I bought the Custom 500 in Stripes Pearl White.

Bell 500 Dieter

I just received the 500 and had to take it out for a nice ride. The Helmet is very comfortable and I had no wind pulling the helmet off my head. My head measures 61CM so I went with the XL. Sizing was spot on, the helmet is very comfortable and my sunglasses fit easily into the helmet.. I reviewed the Bell 500 video and this helmet is not as low profile as seen in the video. If I have two criticisms I would like a visor included and a lower profile.

Custom 500 Cabbie ED

I love this helmet! I have been riding for over 20 years and this is my first Custom 500. I have ridden with it just about every day for the last 2 years and I don't want another. The fit and the interior are awesome. I love the diamond stitching on the leather. The retro paint job goes with my Colma Gold Sportster 48. I highly recommend this helmet. The bubble face shield makes a nice addition too.

Awesome helmet, but just one thing... Corey Fields

It's a great helmet. Great fit, sits lower on my head so I don't look like a spaceman. Quality materials. Light weight. BUT! I've had to replace mine twice because the snap that holds the chin strap in place is very sharp and if you use the straps to pull the helmet on or off, the snap smushes into the jaw pad and cuts the leather and the rubber edge all up. Be careful and it's not a problem, though! Great lid!

Very Pleased Corey

This helmet is great. It's very lightweight but clearly very high quality. The styling is very cool and the new lower profile is exactly what I have been looking for. My only knock is that it isn't made in the USA.

Custom 500... J. P. Smith

Ohh, doggies. Helmet fits my XL head perfectly. Earlobes are not crushed and the snap-on face shield fits well. The last helmet I bought was a Bell "RT" model in 1971. The technology improvement really shows. I am disappointed it was made in China.

Saved Me Cush

I've been a fan of the Custom 500 for a while, always wear one because of the great fit, comfort and style, and try to collect the various designs. Last month this helmet saved my life in a crash. I would recommend it to anyone.

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