1st 2nd Sports Modular Crash Helmet: the AGV Sport Modular
It’s billed by AGV as the world’s first sports-modular (flip-front) helmet. OK, that’s not entirely true, because Schuberth’s C4 flip-up helmet got there first. Still, it’s great to see helmet makers pushing back the envelope – and with the rise and rise in popularity of flip-up crash helmets, the world’s definitely ready for more sportsbike-focused modular helmets.
AGV say the Sport Modular offers the same level of safety protection as their top of the range sportsbike helmets, including the SHARP 5 star rated Pista GP-R.
And even though the Sport Modular is a full carbon fibre helmet with a 5 layer shock absorbing EPS liner – that’s some bold claim!
So, let’s take a look at what the AGV Sport Modular helmet offers.
- Modular helmet designed for sportsbikes
- Full carbon fibre shell and chin guard
- 3 shell sizes
- 5 density EPS
- Integrated sun visor
- Class 1 optically correct visor
- Double-D ring fastener
- Lightweight – 1.3Kg
- Price £599
Looking to buy an AGV?We recommend either SportsBikeShop (UK) and GetGeared (UK) for outstanding service and great prices, or FC-Moto (Ger) for a great range and some competitive prices (in €uros). Please see here for more info on these retailers or click the links to go straight to their AGV helmet pages where you'll find the latest helmet designs and deals.
When you’re looking at the safety of modular helmets, there’s two things you have to consider – the helmet shell and the chin guard.
AGV certainly know how to make a safe motorcycle helmet (check our list of the safest helmet brands to see how safe). They’ve been making bike helmets since 1947 and make helmets for some of the world’s greatest motorcycle racers (including the GOAT himself!).
From all the information about the way the shell of the SportModular is made, there’s no reason to think that the shell of the new Sports Modular will be anything other than incredibly impact-resistant and will probably score top marks too.
However, the chin guard might be a different matter. Because having a 100% chin guard that effectively absorbs impact AND stays locked and closed during impact isn’t that easy.
To date AGV has done amazingly well in that respect – of the three modular lids tested by SHARP since 2012, every one has remained locked and closed during all impact tests in the labs. That’s very unusual indeed and only Nolan can boast the same success rate.
Plus, AGV has introduced their patented visor lock system (VLS) which is there to reduce the chance of accidental openings too.
Of course, the fact that the SportModular has a lightweight carbon shell (reports are it’s around 1.3Kg in weight which is incredibly light for any helmet, never mind a modular) is great for safety. It means there’s less impact inertia which means less strain on the brain and the neck during an accident.
There’s also a class 1 optically-correct visor for extremely clear vision and a wide visor aperture for improved peripheral vision.
There’s no EQRS emergency quick release system unfortunately, but that’s about the only safety feature missing from the Sports Modular so we’re hopeful it’s going to offer great accident protection if things go REALLY BAD!
Like an increasing number of helmet makers, AGV designed the Sport Modular in the wind tunnel. They say that’s resulted in a shell that’s incredibly slippery with reduced buffeting and that gives zero lift at motorway speeds.
But they also say it’s helped make the Sport Modular particularly quiet.
Sportsbike helmets are notoriously noisy – the quest for light weight and superb impact performance is often at the cost of noise reduction.
And of course flip-up helmets are generally noisier than full face helmets any way.
But aside from the great aero capabilities, AGV say they’ve engineered a pressure-free fit, designed to reduce helmet noise.
So, it’ll be interesting to see if AGV have managed to crack it. We’d tend to doubt it at this stage simply because very few modular helmets are quiet too – but hey, if they do crack it, that’s going to be amazing.
Only time (and the opinions of AGV Sport Modular owners!) will tell.
There’s a single chin vent in the chin guard, a single crown vent and a single exhaust vent in the shell of the SportsModular.
But it’s often not the number of vents – it’s how well they’re designed that counts.
AGV use a system that they’ve called IVS or Integrated Ventilation System.
What that means is actually pretty conventional: all the external vents direct air through the helmet shell, through channels in the lining and onto the head. Although, with a helmet with an integral sun visor that sits right where you need the vent channels to sit, it’s a bit more of an involved process.
AGVs other modular helmet that also has an integral sun visor – the AGV Compact – vents very well, so it can be done. But unlike the Compact, the Sport Modular positions its single vent centrally and directly above where the retracted sun visor sits, making routing of the vent around the scalp potentially very tricky. But hopefully clever routing will make for decent ventilation inside the Sport Modular too.
Visor and Sun Visor
If you’re after a helmet that works with your sportsbike, then you need a particularly effective visor system.
By that, I mean it’s gotta give masses of vision both vertically and horizontally. Vertically for when your head’s down in a racing tuck and horizontally so you can see who’s sliding up on the inside to throw a block pass on you!
With the SportModular, AGV reckon they’ve designed-in a 190 degree horizontal field of view – the same as the human eye’s visual range. Which has gotta be a very good thing both on and off the track!
Of course, both the main visor and the sun visor are anti-scratch and the main visor is Pinlock anti-fog ready (hopefully a Pinlock insert will come free in the box too).
The main visor is also quick-release for fast visor-swaps and it’s class 1 optically correct to virtually obliterate visor distortions (not that they’re a problem for most of us with our more standard visors).
And like most track or sportsbike focused helmets, there’s also a visor lock (front centre, directly above the chin vent) to keep the visor firmly closed as you ramp up the speed (or when you hit the gravel trap!)
The chin guard on the Sport Modular has a metal opening mechanism, designed for maximum strength and to minimise the chance of it opening in an impact.
And like the rest of the helmet shell, the chin guard is made of carbon fibre. Now, that’s pretty unusual because most modulars with hi-tech shells still tend to have polycarbonate chin guards to keep costs and weight down.
To date, AGV have an excellent reputation for making modulars with safe chin guards that resist opening under impact, so we hope the Sports Modular’s going to deliver here too (read more in our safety section above).
Comfort and Sizing
And that’s really going to help with making a helmet that you hardly know you’re wearing!
Inside, there’s a removable/washable lining of course. But what’s interesting about the Sport Modular’s crown pad is that there’s a warm and a cool side – one for the winter and one for summer riding!
The winter side has a Shalimar fabric lining – that’s an AGV fabric that’s comfortable and warms up quickly.
Whereas the summer, cooler side uses a material called Ritmo – apparently making for a cooling, moisture wicking and anti-microbial lining.
That sounds like a great idea and is sure to be one that’s copied by other makers in the coming months.
There’s also a removable noise and wind protector together with an anti-water treated Nubuk fabric neck roll.
All in all, there’s been a ton of thought and design lavished on the inside of the Sport Modular so let’s hope it makes for a comfortable helmet whether on the road in winter or on the track in summer.
Looks & Graphics
There’s only a few variations of the sports modular helmet out at the moment – and there may never be too many because AGV are keen to show off that gorgeous carbon fibre weave as much as they can, so that limits the number of designs they offer.
Having said that, beside a few variants on the plain lacquered raw carbon versions, there’s also a hi-vis version, a plain white ‘aero’ version and a classy Aero Carbon Red version of the Sport Modular (see the top photo) – as well as the Tricolore with it’s subtle Italian Trocolore breaking up the carbon weave. Nice.
To find any more designs released since we wrote this article – and find the latest deals on the AGV SportModular, please click through the links to the AGV helmets pages of our recommended retailers below.
Best places to buy an AGV crash helmet?We've chosen three of the best places to buy from - whether it's an AGV or any other helmet/gear.
If you want piece of mind when you buy, Sportsbikeshop are based in the UK and offer outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including free UK delivery and 365 day refunds. They're competitively priced too and are our recommended retailer for quality of service.
GetGeared is another recommended UK retailer, with free UK delivery, a no-quibble 365 day returns policy and scoring 4.8/5 on eKomi.
FC-Moto widely offers some of the best € prices, has the widest range of helmets and scores a decent (8.7/10 on Trustpilot) - and is based in Germany. Note if you buy from FCMoto you'll have to add shipping charges on top if you're outside Germany.
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AGV Sport Modular Video
Other stuff – glasses, warranty
AGV have made a glasses-friendly interior on the SportModular, so you should be able to slot the arms of your glasses in without fuss and ride without them sticking into the side of your head.
All AGV helmets come with a minimum 2 year warranty – extendable by registering your helmet with AGV within 60 days of purchase.
If half of what AGV promise with the Sports Modular is true, it’s going to be a great helmet. There’s a real place for innovation in the modular helmet market and a sportsbike or track-capable flip-front helmet is definitely something new – taking on the new Schuberth C4 at its own game.
And with a full carbon fibre shell and chin guard along with promise of massive view port, cool/warm liner and super light weight, the AGV Sport Modular could well appeal to a host of sportsbike riders who love the convenience of a modular helmet but who want the safety of a full-on track-helmet.
Good job AGV, we look forward to finding out how well the Sport Modular does in the real world.
Crash Helmet Buying GuidesFor (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.
Good Alternatives to the AGV Sport Modular
We’ve gotta mention the only real alternative to a modular helmet for sportsbikes here – the Schuberth C4. It’s not as light as the AGV but it’s got a massive viewport too, along with integrated comms and 5 year warranty.
If you’re not riding a sportsbike, but want a super light modular helmet, then the only one that comes close is the Lazer monaco. That’s SHARP 4 star rated and is cheaper than the SportsModular – and has excellent ventilation too.
For other great alternatives, see our top 10 flip-up helmets list.