AGV Sport Mod­u­lar flip-front hel­met

RRP £549.99 // Tested by: Mikko Niem­i­nen

Motorcycle Monthly - - Tried & Tested -

The flip-front hel­met has tra­di­tion­ally been the lid of choice for tour­ers, rid­ing in­struc­tors and po­lice of­fi­cers, but is shunned by many due to it typ­i­cally be­ing rather bulky and heavy. How­ever, they have been loved by scores of ev­ery­day bik­ers, my­self in­cluded. But now you can for­get every­thing you thought you knew about flip-front hel­mets, be­cause the AGV Sport Mod­u­lar is rewrit­ing the rule­book big time. The new model is com­pact, light, sporty, and looks very much like a rac­ing-style full-face hel­met.

First of all, the weight. This is a full car­bon fi­bre hel­met with an of­fi­cial weight of 1295g, al­though my kitchen scales re­turned 1382g. Still, it is an in­cred­i­bly light hel­met. My Shoei Neotech 2, which also feels rea­son­ably light, tipped the scales at 1682g, mak­ing it 300g heav­ier – that’s the equiv­a­lent of wear­ing the AGV with a 10oz steak taped on top. When you pick up the box in the shop it feels al­most like they for­got to put the hel­met in there.

The light­ness is com­bined with good aero­dy­namic per­for­mance, so the hel­met still feels light at higher speeds and there’s no vibes. There’s also an ad­justable in­te­grated spoiler at the back, which re­duces tur­bu­lence and max­imises sta­bil­ity – I know, it sounds more like a sports hel­met, huh?

There are the stan­dard chin and top vents for air to flow in and an ex­trac­tor vent at the back to let it out. The lin­ing is plush, as you’d ex­pect at this price point, and it’s clev­erly shaped at the bot­tom to close as many gaps as pos­si­ble and keep the lid quiet. The re­ally clever thing about the lin­ing is that it’s re­versible, of­fer­ing ei­ther a warm or cool feel and mak­ing the lid more ver­sa­tile. The chin strap is se­cured with a tra­di­tional dou­ble D buckle. The view from the Pin­lock-equipped vi­sor is great, with a wide aper­ture and no dis­tor­tions. The in­ter­nal sun vi­sor is also handy, and it’s easy to op­er­ate from the left side lever. I love the vi­sor re­lease mech­a­nism, which is easy to use and pretty much guar­an­tees that you won’t break your vi­sor ev­ery time you do a bit of kit main­te­nance.

The only is­sue I had was with the shape of the chin guard, which didn’t leave much space be­tween the front of my chin and the hel­met. Ad­mit­tedly, I have a pretty big chin, so oth­ers will prob­a­bly not have the same prob­lem, but for me it was a nig­gle.

Over­all the lid is bril­liant. It’s man­u­fac­tured with care and high-qual­ity com­po­nents, which goes a long way to­wards jus­ti­fy­ing the price tag. But the real sell­ing point of this hel­met is the weight and sporty de­sign – to­gether they are sure to lure a fair few full-face wear­ers to try a mod­u­lar hel­met.

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