Bell debuts Bullitt, Qualifier helmets, updates Custom 500

Publish Date: 
Oct 16, 2013
By Beth Dolgner

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – Bell Helmets has added two full-face helmets to its lineup, including the radical-yet-retro Bullitt and the economically priced Qualifier. The Custom 500 has also received an update for better aesthetics and fit.

The Bullitt ($399.95) is a modern take on the iconic Bell Star design of the 1970s. With Bell preparing to celebrate sixty years in the industry, the Bullitt was introduced in homage to the company’s past.

Although the styling cues come from the past, the Bullitt includes the usual litany of modern Bell features, including an ultra low-profile fiber composite shell, removable and washable interior, padded chin strap, ventilation points and a five-year warranty. The Bullitt will be available beginning March 1 in sizes XS/S, M/L and XL/XXL.

The second new full-face helmet from Bell is the Qualifier, an economic option with an MSRP of $119.95. The Qualifier is intended to offer a lot of the same perks as the premium-level Star, but at a lower price point.

The new lid has a ClickRelease shield system, adjustable ventilation, a padded wind collar to reduce road noise and integrated speaker pockets.

The Qualifier will be available on Feb 1 in 10 different graphics and color options, including matte black. It has the same sizing as the Bullitt.

Bell has also updated the Custom 500 open face helmet for 2014. The helmet has a new headform that is designed to offer a better fit while looking smaller on the rider’s head. The thin-profile shell means the helmet sits lower on the head, and there are five shell and EPS sizes from which to choose, ranging from XS to XXL.

Media images courtesy of Bell Helmets.