We’ve been waiting for a product like this for a long time. With the fast growing café racer / vintage bike culture, many are on the hunt for a retro style helmet suitable for that type of riding. Yes there are the Bell Bullets and Biltwell Gringos and although they look pretty cool, we’ve never been too impressed with the fit and quality of these helmets. They fall into what we call a “novelty helmet” category, because they are mainly style over function. But now, we finally have a retro style helmet that is functional, high quality and looks like a million bucks. Enter the AGV X3000.
First of all, the AGV X3000 is hands down the best looking modern retro style helmet we’ve ever seen. The shell is extremely compact and accurately portrays helmets from the 70’s. The best thing about the shell is that it is not plastic! You are getting an actual composite carbon fiber shell that comes in three different sizes. The modernization of this helmet is definitely evident in the interior lining. X3000 actually feels cushy, snug and comfortable rather than like you’re wearing a cardboard box on your noggin. And last but not least – ventilation! Unlike it’s inferior competitors who have little to no ventilation, the X3000 has an on/off air vent in the visor with channels hollowed in the shell.
I got to take this helmet for a test ride and it delivered as promised. Although not the quietest helmet I’ve ever worn, it does hug my head pretty well without too much empty space at the temples. I was very impressed with how stable it felt on my head. Having worn the Bell Bullet helmet before, I was expecting a lot of wind drag but did not experience that at all with the X3000. As far as ventilation, I could feel cool air seeping through the top of my head. At one point, I started to feet my contacts dry up due to the amount of air in the helmet so I can confidently say the ventilation works. The helmet felt incredibly light and I love how proportionate the helmet looked on my head due to the small shell. I was riding a bike that had a pretty upright sitting position and even while slightly tucked on the bike, I had a full field of vision through the shield.
The X3000 is definitely a game changer. You can finally look the part on your vintage bike or cafe racer and feel confident your head is safe.
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10 months and over 40,000 miles later, Henry stopped by Beach Moto to chat with me about his experience. Planning an adventure like Henry’s seems impossible. I mean, where do you even begin??