AGV designs their helmets in Italy but the Sportmodular is made in China, obviously to their high quality standards.
I checked it over thoroughly and it is superbly made with great fit and finish.
The telling point of many modular helmets is the flimsy or clunky nature of the hinge mechanism and chin bar locking system.
AGV’s Sportmodular has a very secure system with a single red button at the bottom which is easy to find.
The chin bar swings up smoothly and locks into the up position well. It is quite secure in that position at speed, although it is not legal to ride around with the chin bar up.
It uses a standard chin strap with secure titanium double-D ring lock. However, the strap is a bit short and won’t reach the press clip to hold the surplus strap. Maybe I’ve got a fat chin.
Modular helmets are great for touring when you are on and off the bike often to take photos, talk to friends or your pillion, or to fill up, without having to remove your helmet.
But they are usually the heaviest of any type of helmet which is very tiring on as long day’s ride.
The light weight plus wind-tunnel-tested streamlined design makes this a delight to ride in all day long.
Interestingly, the visor also locks in position and you have to push a button at the centre front to unlock it.
I’m not sure why this is needed. Even with the visor slightly open, when I turn my head at highway speed, it doesn’t suddenly fly open.
The visor has no distortion and a wide 190-degree field of vision. Of course, in slow-moving traffic, it’s often great to flip up the helmet for even better vision. But remember, police may consider that illegal, even though they do it all the time.
The visor can be easily and quickly replaced with a unique and easy to use locking mechanism.
I swapped the clear visor for the tinted visor and fitted a Pinlock anti-fog insert as they are both Pinlock ready.
I didn’t actually need to fit the tinted visor they sent me as the helmet comes with a handy drop-down tinted visor that you can operate by a lever on the bottom left of the helmet.
However, the tinted visor is claimed to be UV resistant and we should all be aware that you can get a sunburnt nose and cheeks even when wearing a full-face helmet.
So I tested the UV-resistant claims with a Melanoma Institute Australia wrist band. It detects UV rays and turns from white to bright purple in the sunshine. It hardly changed from white behind the tinted visor.
The drop-down visor is also UV-resistant, but not as much, according to the wrist band. It also leaves a small gap that allows a bit of sun on the tip of your nose and cheeks.
Interior comfort is provided by a thick and plush liner and the fit for my head shape is perfect with no pressure points.
The plush interior feels snug and there is a removable under-chin gusset that keeps the wind out. It’s very cosy in winter.