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Description Item #BEL003C

Bell invents the protection for breaking boundaries. Their purpose is to enable awesomeness. For 60 years they've answered that challenge and spawned many industry firsts. Bell helmets set the standards of the day. They were intended to help Bell's consumer live, drive, ride, and thrive.

  • Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting.
  • Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell.
  • Contour cheek pads.
  • Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner.
  • Padded wind collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise.
  • Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers.
  • ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever.
  • NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield.
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper.
  • Helmet shown with dark shield - sold separately. Clear shield included.
  • Five-year manufacturer warranty.
  • Meets or exceeds SNELL and DOT standards.
  • Weight: 1600 grams.

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23 Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars
5 Star   16 4 Star   8 3 Star   0 2 Star   1 1 Star   0
Verified Purchaser
Sacramento, CA, USA
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I'm so happy with the purchase of my new helmet I would recommend it to anyone fits comfortableand I feel safe in it. I also love the attention I get from it.

Great buy for the price

Bought this helmet about 2 years ago, I'm a everyday rider, been a great helmet over all, good fit, not too heavy, visor design is awesome with a quick release for easy swap between clear and tinted shields. Only reason for 4 out 5, is the wind noise. I like to listen to music, but i tend to ride with the volume on the high side simply because of wind noise at higher speeds. Bonus is DOT and SNELL approved!

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Tucson, AZ, USA
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Great helmet for the dosh. Fit and finish on par with other more expensive brands. A little noisy but aerodynamically very stable, even when turning your head at speed. Great ventilation but this also increases the noise level. Bell really seems to be stepping up their game. In the future I will be looking at other models from Bell.

Columbus, OH, USA
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Very Sleek

Bought this as my first helmet. Love it. Bell did a very good job designing the flow of air through the inside of the helmet. A little snug like all the other reviews said. But well worth my money.

I also bought the smoke gray visor for an additional $40 and makes it look really cool.

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I originally purchased this use the Transitions Lens. I am extremely satisfied with this helmet! It fits well even after 2 years of use. The neck dam on the bottom helps keep cool air out in the winter and the heat it is tolerable in the summer. it weighs a little more than usual, but it is a solid helmet and I use this one more than my others. If you purchase this helmet, please get a Transitions lens as well!

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Panama City Beach, FL, USA
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Great helmet!

This is the first helmet I've boughten online. I bought this one in medium and it was a little snug at first but the interior padding has formed to my head pretty quick. The weight is pretty good, not heavy like some reviews say. And the ventilation is great. I'm never really that sweaty after riding around Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Detroit, MI, USA
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Another good Bell product

This is a great helmet all around. I have a huge dome so for me I would say the XL is a bit snug. If in doubt go up one size which I would do but I don't think they have XXL.

Dayton, TX, USA
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Regretful purchase

Weight and comfort is ok.. but I am disappointed in its visor design.. The visor does not sit all way down.. I've gone as far as buying a new visor.. The new visor doesn't sit all way down.. This flaw I causes air leaks and causes noise..

Palmdale, CA, USA
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Great purchase

Love the helmet. MOTOSPORT.com got it to me quick.

Verified Purchaser
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Gave this as a gift ! It was exactly what I was hoping for!

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'High Quality' helmet at a 'Decent' price point

- Always expect 'High' quality from 'Bell' and you will not be disappointed.
I just received the 'Vortex' and am pleasantly surprised at the level attention to 'Detail' that 'Bell' has given to an helmet at an affordable price tag. The Fit is a bit too 'Snug', I usually wear 'M' but should have ordered a 'L' and that is the only gripe I have over a very high quality helmet.

Spokane WA
Very good.

Well built, comfortable, good price, and it looks flat out radical. My favorite helmet yet.

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Hawaii, USA
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Overall satisfied

I bought this helmet for my wife since she loves butterflies, its built well and is of mid weight. She loves it. It also has a quick release for the visor which is very helpful. Overall its a grea.t helmet for the price

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Niwot, CO, USA
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Great Helmet at a Good Cost Point

I love this helmet. Great quality and a reasonable price compared to other brands. Good ventilation. Really nice how the visor comes off so easily. I don't really know about sizing. I previously had a Bell motocross helmet that was a large so I assumed I would take a large on a Bell street bike helmet and it does fit the same.

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Biddeford, ME, USA
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Awesome value in a Snell approved helmet

I waited to review this helmet until I had adequate time to ride with it. It fits slightly snug in the face cheek area, and I am thin. It is very comfortable to wear though. The vents open and close easily while worn. I've worn this helmet in temperatures down as low as about 38 degrees fahrenheit and I don't recommend using it below about 45 degree unless you tape the vents closed. There are 2 open exhaust vents in the rear of the helmet which do not close. It has rectangles rather than D rings for strap fastening, and I find them more cumbersome to unfasten. The extension tab to loosen the strap does work well enough though. I find the rectangular rings more cumbersome to connect to some bike helmet holders too and prefer a D ring design. The dangling strap hold down is magnetic, and is a great feature that is very quick and easy to use to prevent getting beat up by the unused length of the helmet strap when at speed. I wish more helmets had this magnetic system. The graphics are unique and very high quality in a flat finish for the Flying Tiger scheme. Top this off with Snell safety rating and it's really hard to find as good a value in a helmet anywhere near this price point anywhere. The shield system works great too. It's amazingly easy and fast to change shields without tools. And the availability of an optional photochromic shield that lightens in dark and darkens in sun is just awesome. The Bell Vortex is an awesome helmet value.

Chester, ct
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Vortex flying tiger

This is a great helmet light weight very comfertable wind vents are in a good location and actually work over all I would deff recommend this helmet forgot to mention it looks awsome

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port huron
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Great buy

Looks cool fits good kind of tight at first but overall great helmet

Gloucester, VA
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Great Helmet

First helmet and I love it. At first I didnt think I would get enough air flow while riding. Man was I wrong, the vents kept the cool air flowing through the helmet. Will buy another Bell helmet in a different color in the future.

baltimore md
Great Lid

This helmet is great, looks good, is very comfortable and holds up in the worst of times. i went down two weeks ago and when i got up from earning my road rash badge i was lucky to see my head was safe and had no scratches on my helmet, just my visor. great helmet, definitely recommend! Ride safe!

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Looks Great

The vortex helmet is a great helmet for the money. I received many compliments on the graphics of this helmet. Interior padding is was ok but ventalation left much to be desired. if you are looking for a helmet that looks good to wear for casual riding, I would recommend you pick up a bell vortex helmet rsd design. You will not find a better looking helmet for the price.

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8 Questions
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Location: Uk
Q: What is the code for the smoke visor please?
Over 8 months ago
MotoSport Staff Expert
Over 8 months ago
A: The Bell part number for the Bell ClickRelease Shield would be:
Dark Smoke - 2010059
Light Smoke - 2010058

Also, feel free to give us a call at 888-676-8853 and we would be happy to help you out with your order.
Location: South Africa
Q: Ship to South Africa?
1 year 5 months ago
Top 1 Contributor
1 year 5 months ago
A: MotoSport.com does ship International! Just choose your country at the very top of the page by clicking on the FLAG. All prices will be displayed in your preferred currency, and when you check out, the order total presented will include all costs (taxes, duties, shipping) and eta of the item arriving to you.
Please note: Not all products can be shipped to international destinations (Chemicals and Extremely oversize items, for example), but we're working on expanding our selection. Please be aware that some products such as DVD's may have different formats (Region Code) not accepted in European countries. All OEM parts have also been built to U.S. standards.
Location: NY
Q: Bell Vortex Helmet - Flying Tiger "Features"?
2 years 9 months ago
Hi, I wanted to know what type of system does this helmet have for the Padded chin strap. Does it come with the special Features bell has "Exclusive Magnefusion magnetic strap keeper" or is it just a regular chin strap snap? I am asking this because i recently purchase this same helmet from a different vendor and it did not come with it. It was listed on their website also as a bell helmet Features. I want to be sure before i go ahead and purchase this one. thank you.
MotoSport Staff
2 years 9 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
A: The Bell Vortex model helmets do not utilize the Magnefusion Magnetic Strap Keeper.
Location: El Paso, TX, USA
Q: What is the country of origin for this helmet?
2 years 9 months ago
What about the components?
MotoSport Staff
2 years 9 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
A: The Bell Helmets are manufactured in China.
Location: Rockville, MD, USA
Q: I purchased this helmet for my wife. Does it have optional visors, and if so, where are they listed on your web site ?
2 years 11 months ago
MotoSport Staff
2 years 10 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
A: We do have different shields available for this helmet. The correct shields are the Bell Clickrelease shields.
Location: Australia
Q: Import to australia?
2 years 11 months ago
is it possible to import this helmet to australia and have the australian standards sticker on it?, as i cannot legally wear this without that sticker
MotoSport Staff
2 years 11 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
A: Unfortunately we cannot export this helmet with that sticker. This helmet only carries the Snell M2010 and DOT certifications.
Location: Hermanus, South Africa
Q: Can this helmet be shipped with a "Gradient" visor?
2 years 11 months ago
With what visor does the helmet ship with? The picture shows a "Dark Smoke" visor. But usually helmets ship with clesr visors.
MotoSport Staff
2 years 11 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
A: The helmet is shipped with a clear shield. Unfortunately this cannot be changed and different shields will need to be purchased separately.
Q: When will motosport have this helmet in stock?
Over 6 years ago
MotoSport Staff Expert
Over 6 years ago Location: Portland, OR
A: Looks like Bell won't have these to us until February. Sorry.
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SizeHead CircumferenceHat Size
X-Small 20 7/8" - 21 1/4" (53 - 54 cm) 6 5/8 - 6 3/4
Small 21 5/8" - 22" (55 - 56 cm) 6 7/8 - 7
Medium 22 3/8" - 22 3/4" (57 - 58 cm) 7 1/8 - 7 1/4
Large 23 1/4" - 23 5/8" (59 - 60 cm) 7 5/8 - 7 3/4
X-Large 24" - 24 3/8" (61 - 62 cm) 7 5/8 - 7 3/4
2X-Large 24 3/4" - 25 1/4" (63 - 64 cm) 7 7/8 - 8

SizeHead Circumference
X-Small 20 1/2" - 20 7/8" (52 - 53 cm)
Small 21 1/4" - 21 5/8" (54 - 55 cm)
Medium 22" - 23 3/8" (56 - 57 cm)
Large 22 3/4" - 23 1/4" (58 - 59 cm)
X-Large 23 5/8" - 24" (60 - 61 cm)
2X-Large 24 3/8" - 24 3/4" (62 - 63 cm)

SizeHead Circumference
2X-Small 20" - 20 1/2" (51 - 52 cm)
X-Small 20 1/2" - 20 7/8" (52 - 53 cm)
Small 21 1/4" - 21 5/8" (54 - 55 cm)
Medium 22" - 23 3/8" (56 - 57 cm)
Large 22 3/4" - 23 1/4" (58 - 59 cm)
X-Large 23 5/8" - 24" (60 - 61 cm)
2X-Large 24 3/8" - 24 3/4" (62 - 63 cm)

SizeHead Circumference
Youth Small 19 1/2" - 20" (50 - 51 cm)
Youth Medium 20" - 20 1/2" (51 - 52 cm)
Youth Large 20 1/2" - 21" (52 - 53 cm)

SizeHead Circumference
Small/Medium 19 1/4" - 19 3/4" (49 - 50 cm)
Medium/Large 20" - 20 1/2" (51 - 52 cm)


1. Measure your head size. To do this, pass a tape measure horizontally around your head at a height of about one inch above your eye brows. When done properly, you will have measured the largest part of your head.

2. Check your measurement with the helmet sizing chart and select the closest size. As the helmet may not always meet your head size exactly, and your head measurement may fall between two sizes, first try the smaller size.


1. Expand the helmet opening by pulling outwards on each chinstrap, and slide your head into the helmet. If you are unfamiliar with helmets you may be reluctant to pull the helmet down, as it may feel too tight. Even if the helmet is difficult to put on, please use the smallest helmet possible. The helmet should feel snug. If the helmet is not tight, it is too big for you. New helmets will break in and loosen slightly over time.

2. Once the helmet is on:

  • Check that the helmet inner lining fits snugly all around your head.
  • Check that the top pad presses on the top of your head.
  • Check that the cheek pads press up against your cheeks. When you open and close your mouth, you should drag your teeth along the inside of your cheeks.
  • Check to make sure that you cannot easily slide your finger into the helmet along the side of your temple.
  • Hold the helmet with one hand on each side. Without moving your head, try to move the helmet up and down, and side to side. You should feel the skin of your head and face being pulled as you try to move the helmet. If you can move the helmet around easily, it is too big. Try a smaller size. Please note that during this check, the chinstraps should be properly fastened.


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