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Bell Custom 500 Carbon helmet in matt black Product Information

As most bikers know, Bell pretty much invented the modern motorcycle helmet. In 1954, Roy Richter founded the helmet division of Bell Auto Parts and, in 1957, they introduced the most famous helmet in motorcycling history, the 500TX, a design that is now displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Some years ago, Bell said sold its naming rights to a company in Belgium, but recently they took the rights back and have now created a new range of helmets that have been designed specifically for the European market. Of course, one of Bell's new helmets is an up to date version of the classic 500TX, now called the Custom 500. The Custom 500 is about as classic as a helmet can get. It's a look and style that has been much copied, but if it doesn't feature the famous Bell logo on the front, then it's not the real McCoy. 

What makes the Custom 500 so special, however, is that it comes in no less than five different shell sizes. No other maker of an open-face helmet goes to such lengths to get the helmet looking just right on the wearer's head. Most will have just two shell sizes. What this means is that extra, unnecessary padding lines the helmet to make it fit snugly. So you often end up with a helmet with an inch or two of padding between your head and the helmet's shell. And this can look a little ungainly. But with five differently sized shells, the Custom 500 always looks just the way it should, sitting lower on the head for a perfect appearance. The Custom 500 comes in several colours, although here at Motolegends we're also offering a number of specials that you won't find anywhere else. The helmet can be fitted with a peak in black or white, although this doesn't come as standard. The Custom 500 comes with an arrangement of five studs that allow you to fit any one of Bell's many bubble visors that are, once again, all the rage. Read our review of the Bell Custom 500.

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  • Tailored headform for better fit
  • 5 shell and EPS liner sizes for low profile look
  • Integrated five snap clasps for visors and peaks
  • Carbon fibre shell
  • Multi density, quilted EPS liner
  • Padded chin strap with D ring closure and strap keeper
  • 5 year warranty
  • DOT and ECE 22.05 rated
  • Weight: 1200g
  • Supplied in Bell bag with carry handles and soft lining

See the full range of colours for the Bell Custom 500 helmet

Size Chart

Bell motorcycle helmets. Please note: Sizes available are shown on the product page.

XS53 - 54
S55 - 56
M57 - 58
L59 - 60
XL61 - 62
XXL63 - 64
XXXL65 - 66

Product Reviews


Max: Product Review

This helmet has exceeded all expectations from looks throughout to fit and functionality. The materials and construction are truly a pleasure to see and feel. The fit is the surprise - from my previous Premier Jet Helmet XL down to a size M (!!), with no headaches or pressure points, evenly surrounding my thankfully good-sized melon with even pressure. This is the helmet for me, great on long cruises going into double-digit hours daily when possible, thanks to its VERY light weight too! It's worth just lifting up the thing to believe it.

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