A look at the Caberg Levo flip-up touring helmet

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Caberg’s composite/carbon touring flip-up motorcycle helmet: the Caberg Levo.

The Levo is Italian helmet maker Caberg’s dual homologated flip-up helmet that’s designed for touring.

The Levo comes in two guises: a lower cost version that’s a tri-composite shelled helmet consisting of layers of fibreglass, kevlar and carbon; plus a slightly more expensive all carbon version.

It hasn’t hit the shelves yet so we don’t know how well it’ll perform in the real world (when we do, we’ll let you know here) but here’s what we do know about the new Levo…

  • Composite or carbon modular helmet
  • Designed for touring
  • Drop down sun visor
  • Pinlock Max Vision
  • Micrometric fastener
  • Sizes XS-XXL
  • Light weight for a modular

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    Chin bar in fully up position on a matt black Levo
  • 2 Shell sizes
  • Expect to pay: £290-£320

Best places to buy a Caberg Levo?

Please click below to visit the Caberg Levo helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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Safety

Caberg lids are all ECE 22.05 approved so should offer a decent level of protection. If you’re reading this in the US, Caberg don’t DOT certify their helmets so they’re not legal in mandatory helmet states, sorry.

Even so, you’re never really sure about a helmet until it’s been independently safety tested.

Thankfully, the Levo’s been SHARP tested.

Caberg has always scored well in our top 10 safest crash helmet brands list, so you can broadly reckon to count on a Caberg.

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The Levo Prospect comes in bronze, white or hi viz colourways

That excellent reputation’s been continued with the Caberg Levo because SHARP scored it a very decent 4 stars (out of 5).

Of course, when you’re looking to buy a new modular helmet, you’re probably gonna ride with it in full-face mode a lot of the time, so you expect the chin guard to give you decent protection.

Well, as we’ve seen, that’s not always the case, with some helmet makers making much more dependable chin guards than others!

SHARP safety testing data so far shows that Caberg modulars are usually pretty good here, with their chin guards staying locked and closed between 80-90% of impacts.

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Caberg Levo 8.5ms impact test results – reproduced courtesy of sharp.dft.gov.uk

And true to form, the Levo scored a very respectable 90%.

Yep, that’s actually a really good figure (though you’d be forgiven for hoping they’re all around 100%). To put it into numbers, out of 32 impact tests that means the chin bar became unlocked three times.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s OK or not.

The Levo is also dual homologated, meaning it’s designed to be legally ridden with the chin guard up and locked open as well as down and closed. That’s probably a must-have if riding around with the chin bar up is your thing.

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Hi viz version of the tri-composite Levo

Other than that, if you’re safety minded, there’s loads of other features on the Caberg Levo that’ll make the helmet both easier to live with and safer to ride with.

There’s a nice wide visor opening for extra peripheral vision.

There’s also an included Max Vision antifog insert to keep your visor nice and clear and fog free. And there’s a micrometric fastener to keep it tightly fastened and a drop down sun visor that’ll hopefully stop you getting caught out when the sun’s low and/or the surface’s wet.

All told, the Caberg Levo performs pretty well for safety.

Ventilation

The ventilation system comprises a single chin vent operated by a slider and a single forehead vent. To the rear, there’s a couple of exhaust vents which complete the circuit and extract stale air.

Of course, most motorcycle crash helmets struggle to keep the visor fog free in cold, damp conditions and the Caberg Levo will undoubtedly be no different, whatever ventilation it manages to push onto the back of the visor.

Thankfully, there’s a Pinlock Max Vision included with the Levo which should keep things clear in all but the most demanding situations.

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This one’s the Levo Flow. Visit our recommended retailers for more designs and latest prices

Visor & Sun Visor

The Caberg Levo comes with what Caberg call their double visor tech – that’s a main clear visor (with included Pinlock) and drop down sun visor to the rest of us.

The main visor works on a ratchet, features Caberg’s great quick release system for fast, toolless visor changes, and has been designed with a very wide visor opening to maximise peripheral vision.

That’s always welcome of course – the bigger the view, the better to ride with and safer it is to help catch hazards in your blind spot.

We’ve seen in the past that a large visor aperture can compromise helmet safety by weakening the overall helmet structure. But as we’ve seen with the SHARP test results, Caberg’s done a good job to build a helmet that’s got a wide visor but scores well for safety too.

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Gloss white Levo showing micrometric fastener and rear exhaust vents

The sun visor is operated from a slider by the left visor pivot – that’s a convenient spot for the the sun visor switch that also keeps it mostly out of the airflow, reducing noise and affecting aero.

It also means there’s space at the bottom of the helmet to mount a bluetooth headset if you want (and if you’re a touring type, you probably do want.

Chin Guard

The chin guard on the Caberg Levo is operated by a single button in the middle of the guard.

A single button makes opening the chin guard easy, but it’s not always good for keeping the guard locked in place. Nolan helmets – the best for keeping their chin guards locked and closed during testing – use a two button method that’s still easy to use but works well with their sturdy latches and has kept all their modulars locked 100% 0f the time during testing.

As we’ve seen, the Levo dropped a few points here, scoring 90%. That’s still way up there compared to many other helmet brands, but it’s still not 100%.

As mentioned in the safety section, the Levo is also dual homologated (or P/J homologated – same thing) meaning it’s been Euro tested and passed to work as giving protection in both full face and open face configurations. That’s always a good feature to see your new modular helmet.

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Matt black Levo

Comfort & Sizing

The internals of the Caberg Levo are fully removable and washable, hypoallergenic and moisture wicking. There’s also glasses grooves in there to accommodate glasses stems and stop them pressing into the side of your head.

The shell of the Levo is produced in two shell sizes – with one shell covering sizes XS-M and the other sizes L-XXL.

The most expensive helmets these days are produced in more than two shell sizes so the helmet looks in better proportion when worn and, arguably, offers better protection during an accident. In fact, Bell are starting to make all their helmets in five shell sizes for just these reasons!

So for a helmet costing around £300 we’d have hoped for more shell sizes to cover fitment sizes available for the Levo.

Looks & Graphics

At the time of writing, the Levo is available in plain matt black and gloss white. There’s also a hi viz version and a couple of graphic versions – Prospect and Flow. And of course, the carbon version comes wearing its carbon weave unpainted and with pride.

We expect Caberg will be launching more graphic designs and colourways over time though, so click the links below to our recommended retailers to see the latest designs and pricing (and where you can buy one with confidence).

Best places to buy a Caberg Levo helmet?

Please click below to visit the Caberg Levo helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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Other stuff – communicators, weight, warranty

Because it’s a touring helmet, Caberg realise owners will bring lots of different 3rd party bluetooth systems along to try and fit in the Levo.

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Gloss white Levo with sun visor fully dropped and chin bar locked fully raised

So, Caberg have designed the Levo to work with their own Just Speak headset as well as giving it large speaker pockets and plenty of space for a microphone so it should work with a variety of other kits.

The standard composite version of the Levo weighs 1.5Kg while the carbon comes in a 1.42Kg. Both those figures are light weight for a flip up helmet (the average weight for a flip up helmet is 1.68Kg) so there shouldn’t be a problem with neck ache.

Unfortunately, you’ll only get a one year warranty with your Caberg Levo though – or with any Caberg on sale at the moment (come on Caberg, up your warranty coverage!)

Overall/Summary

The Caberg Levo looks a great package. It’s designed for touring riders who need stuff like lots of space for a bluetooth, tons of comfort and decent ventilation. And, on paper at least, it all looks well and it ticks lots of the right boxes.

It has a nice wide visor and Pinlock Max Vision anti-fog in the box too so unless you’re crossing the alps in Feb, vision should stay clear all year round.

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Levo Flow with high viz highlights

Plus, if you’re riding all day, it’s nice to have a lightweight helmet and at between 1.4-1.5 Kg (depending on composite or carbon or shell size) the Levo is one of the lighter modular helmets around.

And the icing on the cake is that SHARP 4 star safety rating. OK, it dropped a mark for the chin bar becoming unlocked during testing, but it’s still a very good safety rating overall.

All in all, the Caberg Levo looks a very competent helmet with a great bunch of features at a sensible price.

Best places to buy a Caberg Levo?

Please click below to visit the Caberg Levo helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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Alternatives to the Caberg Levo?

There’s lots of choice around if you’re looking for a new modular helmet. Here’s our pick of the bunch from helmets that have been launched, tried and tested (by SHARP and by owners).

First off, the Shark Evoline 3 retails for about the same as the Caberg. It’s a SHARP 5 star tested modular with sun visor – though it’s heavier than the Levo.

Shark also do the Evo-One 2 – that’s about the same price as the Evoline 3, is SHARP 4 star safety rated and comes with a Pinlock Max Vision anti-fog in the box. Both these Sharks are thermoplastic helmets, so not quite as high-tech as the Caberg.

So too is the Caberg Duke II – an excellent performing modular that’s SHARP 5 star safety rated and comes in around half the price of the Levo (that’s gotta be worth a look!)

Owners also like the AGV Compact ST – SHARP 4 star safety rated, costs a chunk of money less than the Levo and has a sun visor. It’s a bit heavier than the Levo though.

On the flip side, the Shoei Neotec II is a wodge pricier than the AGV, but for the money you get a great quality fibreglass flip-up that’s SHARP 4 star safety rated, has a wide visor and is a great all rounder helmet. Its chin bar didn’t score as well as the Levo in safety testing though.

For more options, check out our top 10 modular motorbike helmets list.

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