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Title: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: bigragu9 on Mar 12, 2011, 17:48:09
Anyone know if the Biltwell helmets are any smaller in outside diameter. Just tried on a Custom 500 helmet, makes me look like a lolly pop.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: Adamantium on Mar 12, 2011, 20:44:36
idont know anything about the bitwells, have a 500 also and is a very good helmet. headshape overall would say is the best factor in making you a lollipop. the rockhard helmets are supposed to be even smaller the the 500s. going to buy one in the spring and find out. a good review on the 3/4 rockhards on youtube.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: bigragu9 on Mar 13, 2011, 11:19:40
Cool I'll check that out
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: scotch on Mar 13, 2011, 12:20:34
take a look at this, it's a a comparison of the helmets actually being worn by someone (which seems to be nearly impossible to find from the manufacturers?)
 
The Fulmer V2 looks to have the smallest DOT profile. There are some decent videos on youtube that show the Rockhard helmet.
 
http://www.biltwellinc.com/images/Biltwell_Hustler_Compared_To_Fulmer_and-Bell.jpg (http://www.biltwellinc.com/images/Biltwell_Hustler_Compared_To_Fulmer_and-Bell.jpg)
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: bigragu9 on Mar 13, 2011, 22:09:12
It almost seems like the color makes the helmet look bigger than it is. Tried a black Bell 500 on which
seems much larger than the colored ones on their site. Maybe white is the way to go.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: mothgils on Mar 15, 2011, 22:33:38
idont know anything about the bitwells, have a 500 also and is a very good helmet. headshape overall would say is the best factor in making you a lollipop. the rockhard helmets are supposed to be even smaller the the 500s. going to buy one in the spring and find out. a good review on the 3/4 rockhards on youtube.


what size did you go with?  I have a Scorpion Exo 700 full face in size large. I am not sure what size my fitted hat would be nor have I measured my head recently.  I am thinking of picking up a silver flake Bell 500.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: Adamantium on Mar 15, 2011, 23:41:10
i have the scorp 1000, and a bell 500 silver metalflake as well, both in Large. i have one of those inbetween heads so i can wear medium or large depending on the helmet. i tried on my friends M bell 500 and it fit tighter and a little better. 
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: 71cb450 on Mar 17, 2011, 02:29:05
Buy a vintage helment and re-line it.
they just don't make them like they use to.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: mothgils on Mar 17, 2011, 08:20:46
i have the scorp 1000, and a bell 500 silver metalflake as well, both in Large. i have one of those inbetween heads so i can wear medium or large depending on the helmet. i tried on my friends M bell 500 and it fit tighter and a little better.


So the large is a little loose?  When you tried on the medium did it sit at the same height on your head or did it look more lolly-pop ish?
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: Adamantium on Mar 17, 2011, 11:00:39
the large is wearable and comfy, but the medium was tighter and more secure and can see it is a tad smaller around the shell. if was going to buy another, which might this spring if get the rockhard, will buy a medium for sure.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: mothgils on Mar 17, 2011, 12:45:41
Right on man.. thanks for the help!
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: Adamantium on Mar 17, 2011, 12:48:27
I you get the medium and don't like it, ill swap ya :)
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: dakine_surf on Mar 17, 2011, 14:01:04
Buy a vintage helment and re-line it.
they just don't make them like they use to.

Umm no offense dude, but buying a vintage helmet to actually use while riding is pretty dumb... a 30yr old helmet is not going to offer any protection.  They may be cool, hell i own at least 2 or 3 old helmets, but i would never wear one while actually riding... then again i actually like my face as is, so do whatever your heart desires, just don't give advice like that to other people.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: VonYinzer on Mar 17, 2011, 14:42:30
Just wanted to point out that the standart Biltwell is NOT a dot helmet. It will not do anything in a crash other than give the emts something to scrape your brain off of the road with. They do make a dot helmet now, but I know little about the look/fit.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: 71cb450 on Mar 17, 2011, 19:28:37
Umm no offense dude, but buying a vintage helmet to actually use while riding is pretty dumb... a 30yr old helmet is not going to offer any protection.  They may be cool, hell i own at least 2 or 3 old helmets, but i would never wear one while actually riding... then again i actually like my face as is, so do whatever your heart desires, just don't give advice like that to other people.

I like how everybody thinks that if you wear a vintage helmet your automatically going to die. my bike rarely goes over 50 so with a vintage helmet it protects and it eliminates the lolipop look.  Its not like any cafe racer is very fast or handles worth a shit compared to modern sport bikes. so a vintage helmet goes great with a vintage bike.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: Adamantium on Mar 17, 2011, 21:33:17
http://www.biltwellinc.com/helmets.php (http://www.biltwellinc.com/helmets.php)

the biltwell actually has a DOT now, just in limited colours.
and about the vintage helmets...dont be careless. thats what it comes down to. helmets have a shelf life of like 3-5 years or something, materials decay over time, and if you want to take a blow to the head in a 30 year old helmet and actually think its going to do more then go POOF like a fart in a brisk wind then you are crazy. you can get a good new helmet DOT for 100 bucks. thats a small price to pay to at least protect most of your head and have the ladies see your pretty smile.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: 71cb450 on Mar 17, 2011, 21:56:15
at 35mph.
I don't think it will go poof.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: dakine_surf on Mar 18, 2011, 02:11:09
http://www.biltwellinc.com/helmets.php (http://www.biltwellinc.com/helmets.php)

the biltwell actually has a DOT now, just in limited colours.
and about the vintage helmets...dont be careless. thats what it comes down to. helmets have a shelf life of like 3-5 years or something, materials decay over time, and if you want to take a blow to the head in a 30 year old helmet and actually think its going to do more then go POOF like a fart in a brisk wind then you are crazy. you can get a good new helmet DOT for 100 bucks. thats a small price to pay to at least protect most of your head and have the ladies see your pretty smile.

+1

maybe it is just me, but I have seen plenty of sub 35mph crashes that go way bad... i am not trying to be Mr Mom either... yall can do whatever you want, but i have personally buried friends that were in 50mph crashes so i just dont think it is worth it.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: bigragu9 on Mar 18, 2011, 08:03:46
Sorry to cause such a uproar I just wanted to find out if one was bigger than the other. I'll just move to NH and forget the whole thing.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: bluemitch on Mar 18, 2011, 08:59:38
Here I was thinking that it was a simple discussion thread, Much more to it than I thought.
 
I agree that the open face helemts do look a lot cooler, but for someone that has had a low speed crash, in a full face helemt, I wont ride in anything but.
 
Came off doing about 40km/hr thru some roadworks and slid to a stop face down.
The bloke riding in front of me was wearing an open face, hate to think what his face would have looked like.
The pic is of the helmet afterwards
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: SpottheDogg on Mar 29, 2011, 11:22:37
Buy a vintage helment and re-line it.
they just don't make them like they use to.

Until you smack that 30 year old fiberglass on the ground and it turns to dust ;)
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: SpottheDogg on Mar 29, 2011, 11:24:21
at 35mph.
I don't think it will go poof.

What are the exact forces impacting your head at 35Mph? I don't know but I'd bet it's a lot.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: SpottheDogg on Mar 29, 2011, 11:29:55
I have a Bell 500 in size large and it just fits, I also have a Bell Star full face in size medium that fits very good and a large AGV V-Flyer also a good fit. The difference between the 500 and Star is substantial, you gotta try them on to know what size.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: dakine_surf on Apr 04, 2011, 16:42:45
I just bought a 500 Custom, should be here in a couple days, I am hoping i don't look like a lollie pop.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: VonYinzer on Apr 04, 2011, 17:07:09
My buddy just picked up a Bell500 and compared to my vintage lids, its looks less "spaceman". He is a big dude though, which may help to make it look a little better. 
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: mothgils on Apr 04, 2011, 23:31:10
I you get the medium and don't like it, ill swap ya :)


anyway you would take a close-up shot of the helmet on your head?  I can't find any place locally that stocks them so that I can try it on for size.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: Dezmodromic on Apr 05, 2011, 11:42:09
also, has anyone seen the black shimmer 500 in person? supposedly a limited edition...it looks to have rainbow flake in it. I want a black helmet that is unique but I don't want it to look like something a lady would wear either..lol

(http://www.extremesupply.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/600x600/bell/bell_helmets/bell_custom500_blackshimmer_helmets.jpg)
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: mothgils on Apr 09, 2011, 15:35:40
well Jordan (TurdFerguson on here) got a Large in the Bell 500, Orange flake.  I tried it on and it fit ok on top but seemed loose on the sides.  I think I am going to go ahead and get the medium. 


Adamantium, if it is too small, i will trade you.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: silverstonepgt on Apr 14, 2011, 13:24:44
Thought I'd throw in pics of the Biltwell novelty fitment since mine came in the mail yesterday:
 
(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/208547_10100748802575454_2332510_71719091_3090652_n.jpg)
(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216886_10100748804855884_2332510_71719099_7686443_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: thaglyde on Jun 19, 2011, 19:20:42
Custom 500 for me. I got the speed soul. great fit and a great design.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: Green Goblin on Jun 21, 2011, 23:45:32
I've tried on a Bell 500 and I own a Rockhard America.  I have a small-to-medium sized head and found that the Bell 500 look absolutely horrible compared to the Rockhard.  Both are DOT approved, but my only concern is that Bell is a massive company with lots of racing history and advanced technology that goes into their helmets.  Rockhard... well I don't really know their story.

Anyways, for me personally, (everyone's heads are different, and everyone has different opinions on what level of bobble-head is acceptable) I would not purchase a Bell 500.  It just looked to tall.  It fits ok on the sides, but there is alot of padding on top that makes the helmet look bigger than it actually is.  Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: jackditch on Oct 16, 2011, 11:32:32
Thought I'd throw in pics of the Biltwell novelty fitment since mine came in the mail yesterday:
 
(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/208547_10100748802575454_2332510_71719091_3090652_n.jpg)
(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216886_10100748804855884_2332510_71719099_7686443_n.jpg)

that's a good fit for silverstonepgt. ive tried the bell 500 custom hoping for a good fit but with a slim melon like mine, it makes me look like the great gazoo. searching out biltwell's now.



Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: valvesprung on Nov 04, 2011, 13:46:31
I also have a very slim and long head and have to wear an XL in most cases because of it. I bought a Fulmer V2 and it looked rediculous on me, but great on the dude I sold it to...go figure...
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: USMCRIDER on Nov 06, 2011, 11:10:12
I have the Bell 500.  It does look a little bit big on my head but it's snug and comfortable. The only problem I have with it is that I've only had it a few months and the chrome is coming off the plastic trim piece that goes all around the rim.  Anybody here redo helmets know a good place to order the helmet trim?
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: crackerman on Nov 06, 2011, 21:37:23
Rocking the Bell 500 Orange that I use almost daily. I took a guess and went with a medium and it fits perfect. Only issue is highway speed 60mph and up, the helmet's got to be tight or it pulls up. Not the best for highway speeds but I don't ride the highway that much anyway.
Title: Re: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: sovern on Nov 08, 2012, 23:28:25
I have a Bell500 black flake. I recently lost 80lbs and I look ridiculous with this helmet now ^ seriously like a spaceman. Looking for a half with leather ear flaps. Really difficult to find that are DOT approved.
Title: Bell Custom 500 helmets vs Biltwell helmets
Post by: sdburge on Nov 09, 2012, 00:54:24
also, has anyone seen the black shimmer 500 in person? supposedly a limited edition...it looks to have rainbow flake in it. I want a black helmet that is unique but I don't want it to look like something a lady would wear either..lol

(http://www.extremesupply.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/600x600/bell/bell_helmets/bell_custom500_blackshimmer_helmets.jpg)
man that would match my paint perfect. Not as heavy but my black has rainbow flake. (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/11/09/5usujure.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/11/09/emery2un.jpg)