News: AGV Corsa Earns Highest SHARP Safety Rating

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News: AGV Corsa Earns Highest SHARP Safety Rating

Britains SHARP (Safety Helmet Assessment and Review Program) conducts the most comprehensive motorcycle helmet tests in the world. The process subjects seven identical helmet to a battery of impacts in the front, rear, top, and both sides. Glancing hits to the side of the helmet are also evaluated, and accelerometers inside the helmet measure the force of each impact.

Helmets are then awarded a star rating between one and five depending on how well they attenuate the forces of a crash. Less than 15% of helmets receive the top marks, a five-star rating. While you don’t need a five-star helmet to protect yourself, racers and performance oriented riders on the street trust their lives to their gear, and SHARP provides a more comprehensive evaluation of a helmet’s value in a crash than DOT, ANSI and SNELL certifications which only outline a minimum standard.

The AGV Corsa helmet earned a five-star SHARP rating earlier this week when it provided the highest possible levels of impact attenuation in testing. The Corsa also offers a quick release, anti-scratch face shield with mounting for tear offs, massiv ventilation ducts, and a fully removable liner packaged in a lightweight aramid, fiberglass, and carbon fiber shell. And if that wasn’t enough you can even get one painted with the wide-eyed turtle Valentino Rossi sported at Mugello in 2013.

  • William Connor

    Looking at the test results AGV does well with multiple helmets. There is some controversy surrounding the SHARP standards but it is a nice comparison model. I disagree that you don’t need a 5 star helmet, but realize that money and comfort features is a factor.

  • Guest

    Typo in the second sentence of the last paragraph. Massive, not “massiv.” Besides that though, I would really like to see an article about the testing procedures in depth. How the helmets are tested, what weight/force is used, and so on.

  • michael franklin

    Along with many others. Here is how SHARP tests:

  • IPSCMaster

    Don’t confuse getting high grades with being smart (safe). When a product performs well in a test thats all its done. There are numerous other considerations that can test a helmet in the real world. For one, catching rotationally. What aspects cause a helmet to slide across a surface and what makes it catch. The roundness of an Arai slides well, while the pointed chin bar and aero wing on the back of the AGV would tend to catch and cause neck injuries. The testing that has been devised for helmets leaves a great deal to be desired still.

    • engageit

      AGV is not unaware of these issues. The wing on the back is designed to break off very easily. I’m not sure what their justification is for the pointy chin, but they probably did think about it a little bit more than you did…