AGV Tourmodular Helmet & Insyde BT Comm System Evaluate


AGV Tourmodular Helmet & Insyde BT Comm System Evaluate

Insyde Comm Design and Innovation

Insyde Comm Construct Supplies and High quality

Insyde Comm Perform-Based mostly Claims

Insyde Comm Person-Friendliness

Insyde Comm Audio High quality

Insyde Comm Worth for Cash

Professionals

Wonderful peripheral visibility provides a 190-degree subject of view

Three outer shell sizes imply differing sizes don’t make you appear like a bobblehead doll

Very quiet, I journey with this helmet sans earplugs. My different helmets require me to put on earplugs (Arai and Bell)

Very comfy

Wonderful air flow

Cheek pads supply an progressive sliding channel design

The outer protect is extraordinarily simple to take away and set up

The interior solar protect provides a really optimistic sliding mechanism

Eyeglass temple areas are well-designed, with no glass temple rods digging into the pinnacle

Included PinLock 120 antifog protect

Pull down chin bar mechanism is straightforward to function with optimistic engagement

The principle protect provides a locking barely open place for air flow

Authorized to be used with the chin bar up or down

Inside speaker pockets in an optimum place (for my ears)

Highest Degree 1 optical readability rated face protect

Latest ECE 22.06 ranking

Face protect rated to face up to a 6mm steel ball bearing affect at 180 MPH (a part of the brand new ECE 22.06 testing) Or in case your neighborhood child makes use of you for BB gun follow…

Wind tunnel examined and designed. Rated for impartial helmet elevate or downward pressure at 80 MPH

Cons

The chin curtain is flat, not curved so it should be adjusted to be positioned below the chin as soon as the chin guard is lowered. Doing this with a gloved hand isn’t enjoyable

Lack of quick-release cheek pads within the occasion an ERT must take away your helmet

The left aspect protect clip randomly fell out of the helmet. Was simple to switch, however makes me acutely aware of probably dropping the clip when eradicating the protect

P/J chin-bar lock is positioned on the right-hand aspect of the helmet and is unattainable to have interaction or disengage and not using a device or with a gloved hand

Introduction

Modular helmets are lids that you just both love or hate, really feel you’re too younger to put on, or are too cool for college. I felt the identical in my twenties, just because they didn’t exist again then. As my second modular lid, the Tourmodular is best in nearly each manner than my Nolan N100-5. Quiet, comfy, and comparatively light-weight. I really feel it’s inexpensive with an equal-quality different to Shoei or Schubert flip lids.

I have to admit one thing firstly of this evaluation. I are usually a jacket, hand instruments, and helmet junkie. Although I’m a one-bike-at-a-time proprietor, that monogamist trait ends with my bike possession. Earlier than the AGV Tourmodular (ATM from this level ahead) I wore a Nolan N100-5 modular helmet, which was my first modular lid. My buddy Jim who reviewed that lid steered it to me. I attempted on Shubert and Shoei Modulars, however they only didn’t match me properly. Plus with solely two shell sizes they made my head look ginormous though I solely put on a medium. Though the N100-5 match me properly, I discovered it too noisy for me. Nolan additionally solely makes use of two shell sizes, however it didn’t appear like I had a melon head.

Earlier than the Nolan, I owned and wore an Arai XD4, an Arai Quantum II, Bell MX-9 Journey, Reevu MSX1, and a Suomy Vandal. The ATM stuffed all of the gaps I found in my Nolan; it’s quiet, extra comfy, flows extra air and the drop-down solar protect isn’t choosy just like the Nolan. And my gosh the peripheral imaginative and prescient on the ATM is kind of wonderful. Eradicating and reinstalling the face protect is less complicated than another helmet I’ve owned.

The AGV Insyde comm system (IS) which I’m additionally reviewing right here is made particularly for the ATM by Cardo. I desire Cardo over Sena, however everybody has their most well-liked comm system. The Insyde system works with Sena as properly for bike-to-bike communication, however solely in Bluetooth mode.  I even have the Cardo Packtalk Edge so it made sense for me to buy the Insyde system.

AGV Tourmodular Specs

  • Massive 190-degree horizontal viewport
  • Tri-composite shell, carbon/aramid (Kevlar)/fibreglass
  • 5-density EPS liner
  • Three outer shell sizes
  • Helmet sides are designed to cut back clavicle fractures
  • Pinlock 120 included with helmet
  • ECE 22.06 licensed
  • Addition of an anti-roll strap stopping the helmet from rotating off the pinnacle by means of ahead movement. A part of essentially the most present ECE 22.06 certification
  • Accepts an built-in Bluetooth MESH system, AGV Insyde unit made by Cardo
  • Metallic micrometric chin fastener
  • Integrated solar visor
  • Class One optically right face protect (rankings vary from 1 to three, 1 being the very best optical ranking)
  • Ritmo and Shalamar cloth liners are detachable and washable
  • The AGV Tourmodular has been wind tunnel examined
  • P/J is licensed as a closed or open-face helmet when locked in place
  • The face protect has a locked air consumption place utilizing a push-button engagement
  • Chinbar launch is pull down lever slightly than a push button mechanism
  • Three chin bar vents, every one stage; opened or closed
  • Inside padding accommodates carrying glasses

The AGV Tourmodular Helmet

Let’s begin with the apparent, what the helmet seems to be like earlier than shoving your noggin into it. I bought the Frequency Matt Gunmetal-Crimson graphic helmet in dimension medium. I’ve a spherical head slightly than an oval form. Arai helmets match me like a glove, Shoei’s not a lot. Hope that helps you along with your head form. I like the look of the helmet and really feel it matches my bike, a 2022 Ducati Multistrada V4S Sport.

The Modular Half

After all, the portion of the ATM that makes it modular is the chin bar that each raises and lowers. I do know that my sub-50-year-old using buddies give me grief about carrying ‘an previous man’s lid’ however I see envy of their eyes after we cease to seize some water and I don’t need to take away my crown. I merely elevate the lid! So I’ll concentrate on that facet of the ATM proper now.

AGV Tourmodular Helmet in open configuration

One of many issues that gave me only a little bit of doubt concerning the N100-5 was the flexibility to flex the helmet when the chin bar was within the raised place. Not rather a lot, however sufficient to make me surprise only a bit how stable the helmet can be in a crash. I’ve solely crashed in my Arai Quantum IIs so I’m fairly delicate about carrying nice gear. In contrast to my N100-5, the ATM aspect panels don’t flex almost as a lot when the chin bar is raised. I consider this as a result of the ATM’s shell layers comprise three totally different supplies, carbon fiber, aramid, and fiberglass. The N100-5’s shell consists of polycarbonate. When twisting or squeezing the aspect panels when the chin bar is raised produces a considerably much less quantity of flex within the ATM.

The engagement clamps on either side of the chin bar together with the attachment studs on both aspect are each beefy and interact in a really optimistic method with a really satisfying CLICK when the chin bar is lowered. The precise machine that enables the chin bar to disengage from the studs is a lever, not a button. The lever pulls down away from the chin bar and isn’t a button that’s pressed. It’s a safe technique to elevate the chin bar and could be accomplished simply with a gloved hand, with both my summer season Knox Handroid Pod Mark IV Gloves or winter KLIM Hardanger HTD Lengthy Gloves.

Chin Strap

As with lots of the newer modular helmets, the ATM sports activities a quick-release slider strap. The ratcheted slider portion is fabricated from steel, not plastic. It engages in a really optimistic method alongside your entire ratchet size. The small pull tab positioned on the other aspect makes releasing the chin strap very handy.

A part of the brand new ECE 22.06 regulation specifies that the neck strap prevents the rolling of the helmet off the pinnacle because it rotates ahead. The ATM has a further strap hooked up to the chin strap that can also be hooked up to the rear of the helmet on either side.

Closeup of chin strap

Chin Curtain

The ATM comes with a chin curtain that isn’t pre-installed. On my Nolan, I loved the chin curtain, however on the ATM I don’t. The first cause is the curtain is totally flat and doesn’t have a curve that conforms to my chin. When the chin bar is lowered, the curtain hangs on my chin simply above the decrease curve. So I’ve to wedge my finger in there, which is at all times gloved, and pry the curtain down so it’s below my chin.

I eliminated the chin curtain and didn’t discover any extra noise or wind getting into the decrease portion of the helmet than with it put in. YMMV.

Face Defend and Pinlock 120

As I discussed earlier, the face protect is a Degree 1 rated for optical readability and I’ve discovered it to be extraordinarily clear. Extra clear than any of the opposite shields on my different helmets. The included Pinlock 120 spans a really giant space of the protect when put in

Closeup of pinlock

That is the primary helmet I’ve owned the place the face protect mechanism is positioned within the protect and fabricated from steel. I discover it extraordinarily simple to take away and reinstall it into the helmet. Merely urgent the steel tab on the face protect down releases it from the mating helmet aspect.

Reinstalling the face protect is simply accomplished in reverse. Simple. I did run into a problem on the left aspect of the ATM. The small steel ring that resides within the helmet fell out. After analyzing the best aspect it seems that a small plastic tab that retains this ring on the helmet was lacking. I merely reinstalled the ring and can be cautious when eradicating the left aspect in order to not lose this ring.

Removing the pinlock and faceshield

I’ve written to the retailer who offered me the helmet and so they requested the next pictures which they’d ahead to AGV; entrance, again, and each side of the helmet, together with the serial quantity positioned on the chin strap. As of the publication of this text, I’ve not heard again from them or AGV. One other web site that reviewed the ATM additionally had this similar difficulty.

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That is the primary face protect I’ve owned the place the protect is locked into a really barely cracked open place. It permits a move of air to enter the ATM which is welcome on scorching days when using at excessive speeds. A small button positioned just under the face protect releases it from being locked in place. Totally urgent the protect down creates a particularly tight seal.

AGV Tourmodular Helmet front vent

Urgent the face protect launch button and concurrently lifting the face protect simply accomplishes elevating it with one finger.

It’s additionally very cool that for the locking ‘cracked open’ place, you’ll be able to regulate the quantity of ‘crack’ you need….

User manual showing how to adjust the face shield

 

Though I didn’t {photograph} this, I did take a look at the waterproof nature of the utterly closed face protect and no water penetrated the seal across the face protect. No wind enters at excessive speeds. Because the seals across the face protect are made with rubber and never PVC, I consider this contributes to the tight seal.

AGV says they examined the ATM in a wind tunnel leading to zero elevate at 80 MPH. As a result of my bike has an adjustable windscreen I can’t say firsthand how the helmet performs with no wind safety. I can say that the helmet reveals no elevate in any respect as I journey. And at speeds properly above 80 when my bike Pleasure had a thoughts of her personal. She’s made it clear on a number of events that she desires triplets….

Drop-Down Solar Visor

One of many advantages of a modular helmet is that almost all if not all include a drop-down solar shade. Apart from a Transitions face protect, I discover these options helpful. Prior to now, I carried each a smoked and clear protect when touring. Merely with the ability to slide a solar protect down when wanted is so handy. The ATM’s slider for the drop-down solar shade is positioned on the left aspect of the helmet on its decrease edge. It has a really optimistic sliding mechanism with the flexibility to slip down or as much as any place. It solely locks within the full down or up positions. The solar protect lowers fairly a bit into the helmet. So it provides quantity of solar safety. My solely want can be if it was fog resistant, however that’s widespread with most if not all drop down shades.

Inside Upholstery

Of all of the helmets I’ve owned through the years, the Arai’s have constantly had essentially the most comfy lining and padding. Having stated that, the ATM is a really shut second. All lining is detachable and washable. The material upholstery is extraordinarily tender as is the padding. The ATM liners are each detachable and washable. The ATM makes use of Ritmo and Shalamar materials – smoother for the cheek pads and the opposite with a brushed knap to your noggin. For somebody with none hair, it felt nice, no chaffing or ‘that not-so-fresh feeling.’

The materials wick moisture properly. They’ve put in a plastic-bottomed neck roll, which stops the padding from absorbing water whenever you journey within the rain. The piping is mild reflective as properly.

I had talked about that the cheek pads set up through a really intelligent ‘rail system’ the place channels are constructed into the inside of the ATM the place yellow rails slide into them for the cheek pads. There are 4 snaps towards the entrance of the cheek pads which safe them additional. I discovered that eradicating and reinstalling the cheek pads was a lot simpler than my different lids.

Cheek pad snap on

Closeup of the cheek pad material

Air flow

The ATM has two major and two auxiliary vents; one major on the chin with the 2 auxiliary vents on either side of the first chin vent. The first one is an easy press to open or shut, simply accomplished with a gloved hand. The 2 aspect chin vents are pushed outward to open and towards the middle of the chin to shut. I take advantage of one hand to each open and shut these vents by merely pinching them along with my thumb and forefinger. Or spreading them to shut the vents very similar to pinching on a cellphone display screen. Simple and the quantity of air that flows by means of the chin vents is well-circulated and doesn’t blow into my eyes.

If I want much more venting, merely leaving the locking face protect up, simply cracked works properly too.

The opposite foremost vent is positioned on the crown of the pinnacle. It is usually an easy-to-manipulate button that slides ahead or backward to open or shut the vent. And similar to the chin vent, it’s simple to function with a gloved hand. The rear exhaust vents on the ATM stay open and can’t be closed. The quantity of air flowing by means of the helmet on a heat to scorching day simply cools my shaved head.

To this point, the warmest ambient temperature I’ve ridden in was 89 levels Fahrenheit. And all through the journey, my head remained cool with loads of air flowing by means of the lid.

Using with the Tourmodular

Now that I’ve gone over all the technical parts of this lid, let me inform you the way it feels as I journey. As I discussed earlier than, that is my second modular lid. The match of my Arai head (spherical greater than oval) is nice. No scorching spots, and no strain factors after the cheek pad broke into my face. I did have to regulate the chin strap to provide me extra slack in order that the ratchet is ⅔’s inserted into the buckle. I used to be amazed that the noise degree of the ATM is decrease than my Arai XD4, at about the identical degree as my Arai Quantum II which is my track-only lid. I not need to put on my Vibes Excessive-Constancy Earplugs for avenue using.

The air flow of the lid can also be glorious. YMMV as a result of I put on a no-hair hairdo, a shaved head. The distinction although is when my head sweats there isn’t a hair to soak up the moisture, so the liner of any lid is vital to us chrome domes. The ATM’s moisture absorption is superb and doesn’t odor funky and when it will definitely does, it’s washable. Simply as vital is when it’s chilly. Even the stubble that grows on my head helps insulate my scalp from the chilly. Throughout very chilly months, I keep away from doing a clear shave on my head so I’ve ‘some’ insulation. I typically put on a silk cranium cap to copy hair insulation. On solely the coldest of days/nights do I discover I want that cap when the highest vent is closed.

The drop-down solar visor, the principle face protect, and the modular chin guard all operate flawlessly. The one bitch I do have is with the P/J lever that locks the chin bar within the up place securing it for ECE certification.

To start with the lever is on the right-hand aspect of the ATM, so even when I may flip the lever ahead or backward, I couldn’t accomplish that whereas using. And the lever is so stiff that I have to take away the ATM, use a flat-end screwdriver, or one thing much like transfer the lever again or forth. I solely journey with the chin bar up as soon as I get into city anyway. I’ve no plans to journey with out the chin bar a lot since I’ve had eight concussions in my life. 5 from two-wheelers and three from fights….

Insyde Cardo Communication System

AGV has partnered with Cardo for his or her Tourmodular helmet communication system. I’ve used the Cardo Packtalk Edge and have been very proud of its efficiency. Because the Insyde is a Packtalk unit that doesn’t grasp exterior the helmet just like the Edge, I felt it was choice for the ATM.

Earlier than buying my first bike-to-bike communication system, the Cardo Packtalk Edge, I had by no means owned a comm system. Jim Pruner, the person who did the evaluation is somebody I respect. I obtained to fulfill with him IRL not too long ago. Having a comm unit that may be very properly built-in into my ATM is one thing that I desire. Sure, the Cardo Packtalk Edge suits properly into my Arai XD4 and did match into my Nolan N100-5, however the Insyde was designed only for the ATM. It accommodates all the similar options because the Edge, and my private favourite is the pure voice instructions.

Putting in the Insyde into the ATM

I’m not going to cowl all the directions concerning the Insyde (IS) comm unit. Here’s a hyperlink to a downloadable PDF that’s the full AGV Insyde Person Information. It can obtain to your laptop. I’ll go over a number of of the issues to know when putting in the unit. Listed below are the gadgets included with the IS for the ATM.

The Insyde Cardo Communications System

The principle element is the management panel that’s hooked up to the battery and USB Mini (Ew AGV, actually!?) for charging. A growth mic and audio system together with velcro patches and spacers if wanted.

The again plate should be eliminated together with the left aspect cowl. Each then home the management panel and battery compartment. Once more, that is all coated intimately within the PDF hyperlink I’ve hooked up above.

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Insyde Cardo Communications System installed on the AGV Tourmodular helmet

As you’ll be able to see from the pictures the combination of the comm unit into the ATM is properly accomplished with a really low profile. Inserting the audio system and growth mic may be very simple as properly. The speaker pockets are well-located and supply most readability and distortion-free quantity. I used the velcro spacers which positioned the audio system nearer to my ears. Everyone seems to be totally different and I discovered it finest to experiment with the speaker distance.

Insyde Cardo Communications System boom mike

The growth mike has a devoted mounting socket positioned contained in the ATM. It’s a bit of factor, however the mounting level reduces or eliminates the possibility of the wire twisting as you twist the growth to regulate the mic’s orientation.

Boom mike mounting socket

The mic itself has a yellow triangle that ought to face your mouth. It’s little particulars like these that impress me with the IS system.

Insyde Cardo Communications System Boom mike

The Insyde System Works Nicely

I don’t journey in giant teams so I can’t communicate firsthand if 15 riders utilizing the DMC MESH system work throughout the rated distance. Probably the most I’ve had in a gaggle had been three riders, all utilizing Cardo techniques and the system labored properly. When one of many riders dropped out of the group, when he got here again inside vary he seamlessly rejoined the group. I got here to understand the pure voice instructions with my Edge unit and it really works properly with the IS EXCEPT for the instructions “Hey Cardo, Music On/or Off” For some cause these two instructions are spotty.

I discover if I’ve the ATM chin bar up, it acknowledges these instructions. I’ve tried to maneuver the mic round when the chin bar is lowered, however it’s hit and miss. No concept why. All different instructions are spot on. The opposite factor I dislike is the usage of a USB Mini port for charging. USB C is my most well-liked connection and I’m unsure why AGV/Cardo selected to make use of an older format USB plug.

In the long run, I like each the ATM and built-in IS system. I don’t fear about remembering to take away the Cardo Edge from the aspect of my helmet if I go away the lid on my bike to seize a espresso.

Insyde Comm System Professionals

  • Integrated into the helmet design. The unit doesn’t protrude like different models
  • Made by Cardo techniques
  • Incorporates Cardo pure voice instructions
  • Audio system are of upper constancy than others
  • The growth mic is securely fixed to the ATM
  • Battery life is superb, 10 hours

Insyde Comm System Cons

  • Insyde voice command doesn’t constantly acknowledge “Hey Cardo, music on/off”
  • Use of micro USB charging port as a substitute of present USB/C on Insyd system

LidLox – A Good Addition To Any Helmet

LidLox contents on table

I needed to throw in a evaluation on Lidlox which I’ve mounted on my Ducati Multistrada V4S Sport. The bike has baggage and I bought the elective high field so after I”m going to be away from my bike for a time for issues like lunch, I retailer my lid within the baggage.

But when I’m merely going to take a leak, seize some espresso, or a snack and I’m in an space I do know properly, I lock my helmet on the bike. I put my lid over my left mirror and lock it to the bike utilizing the Lidlox. Here’s a video of the proprietor/founding father of Lidlox putting in the unit on a motorbike. I’ve a tender spot for small enterprise homeowners since I’m one as properly. Helps when the product is an effective one too.

As a result of I’ve helmets with D rings and the ratcheting slider attachment I’m comfortable that each varieties are contemplated on this lock.

Right here I’ve locked my Arai with D rings and my AGV helmet utilizing his provided slider bar.

There can be people who state they take their lids with them all the time. Others will like to inform me how somebody will/has reduce the chin strap stealing their lid. I get that, I do. Heck if somebody desires to interrupt into my bike’s baggage to get my stuff they may. In the event that they wish to steal my bike, they may. In the event that they wish to overcome the Secret Service and JFK’s element….everyone knows something could be defeated. I discover that for low-risk areas the place I’ve my bike in sight, I’m comfortable to make use of the Lidlox.

In the event you’re all in favour of choosing up a LidLox to your personal helmet, you’ll find extra data beneath.

Conclusion

As has develop into evident, I like this lid. I attempted on each the Shoei Neotec and the Schuberth flip lids. Neither of them match me properly and since each solely supply two shell sizes their lids made me appear like a bobblehead doll. The mix of three shell sizes, the match and luxury of my spherical head, the quietness of the helmet, and the optimistic options I discussed above, makes this the best flip lid for me. An important facet of any helmet is the safety it provides in a crash. I do know firsthand simply how vital that’s. Based mostly on the supplies used within the ATM and my very own examination of its high quality, I made the best alternative for me.

AGV Tourmodular Helmet Specs

  • Producer: AGV
  • Worth: (When Examined) $599.00-$659.95
  • Colours: (please notice, not all colours can be found in all international locations) Black, Matt Black, Galassia Blue, Gray Matt, Stelvio White, Frequency Matt Gunmetal-Crimson (as examined), Steadiness White-Gray-Crimson, Steadiness Matt Black-Yellow Fluo-Gray
  • Sizes: XS, S, M (as examined), L, XL, XXL
  • Evaluate Interval: March 2023
  • Weight: Medium with Pinlock and Insyde communications system put in, 3.97lb
  • Purchase right here: AGV / Amazon

AGV/Cardo Insyde Comms System Specs

  • Producer: AGV
  • Worth: (When Examined) $329.95-$344.95
  • Evaluate Interval: April 2023

Purchase right here: AGV