A long journey for a long test of the Caberg Levo, the top-of-the-range flip-up helmet with a panoramic visor overlooking your emotions.
Traveling by motorbike is like living the space in which you have fun aboard our beloved two wheels, and with the Levo we have ridden many kilometers with the safety of a full-face and the visibility of a luxury jet.
We tested the Levo flip-up helmet, the top-of-the-range flip-up helmet in fiberglass from the Bergamo-based company, where one of the last production steps is to affix the Made in Italy flag and decals on this model and on the Horus flip-up helmet.
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The charm of modern flip-ups is primarily linked to the aerodynamic and elegant design which, as in the case of the Levo, until you lift the chin guard they all look like beautiful full-face helmets. The Levo obviously stands out from the crowd for the panoramic visor that fits perfectly with the modern lines that develop from the chin guard to the spoiler and rear extractors. The color we have chosen, matte black and fluo yellow, is perfect to be seen from a distance or in low light conditions.
When it comes to visibility, Caberg is a winner. Thus the Levo (and Horus) offer an unparalleled field of view and without sacrificing safety (4 Sharp stars). The panoramic visor, made of precious scratch-resistant materials that do not generate any distortion, will make you forget that you are wearing a flip-up helmet (when closed it means). In case of fogging, you can mount the included Pinlock visor.
With an impressive 82° of vertical visibility, you can drive while concentrating on the road and control instruments and other devices just by moving your eyes. We cloud notice that avoiding the movements of the head to look at something, you earns precious fractions of a second for the benefit of safety. Even from the side, even when closed, the Levo allows you to see everything that happens around you perfectly.
The large upper intake, which protrudes very little from the shell, adjusts to three positions and allows an excellent internal air flow, which spreads throughout the shell, lowering the heat especially on the hottest days, also thanks to the rear extractors which can be closed on cooler days.
Under the chin, the air intake located near the visor generates a fresh recirculation between nose and mouth, very pleasant for those who do not like full face helmets, and at the same time helps to defrost the visor from any fogging (tested with a nice morning ride at 8 degrees celsius without mounting the Pinlock lens.
The two shell sizes, the light weight (for a flip-up), and the interiors in top of the line material, give a very pleasant feeling of comfort when wearing it. The breathable and washable interiors are a pleasure for the skin and do not generate particular heat on the hottest days. The padding and design seal from the air and also insulate well from an acoustic point of view.
When you close it, it exerts a fair amount of pressure on the cheeks, especially when new, but already after 3 days of travel we noticed how slowly it has adapted to our conformation. Mounting a Bluetooth device is very fast thanks to the very precise preparation, as well as wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses, for which the interiors are precisely designed.
Our journey towards the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and Chianti obviously started from the city where we immediately appreciated the field of view when open, the protection of the sun visor and above all the very low resistance to air of the chin guard in the raised position. The safety lever that locks the chin guard in the open position, for “J” approval, is immediately located and can be activated quickly even with gloves.
With the increase in speed up to 100 km/h we rode without any problem and without any particular pressure on the raised chin guard, easily finding a neutral point without assuming strange positions. Beyond this speed, we always and in any case recommend to close the helmet chin guard, also because often fairings and windscreens of various types and models generate annoying turbulence that can bother the rider.
When closed we appreciated the air penetration even at high speeds and the acoustic comfort, significantly above the average of flip-up helmets. The ventilation is obviously excellent in all conditions. As with the Caberg Horus, the visor has a safety release that requires a little extra effort but at the same time seals you well in heavy rain and cold.
The helmet, in fiberglass and double shell, was first of all awarded 4 stars by Sharp, the English company that carries out strict safety tests. It also enjoys double homologation, so both open and closed, it complies with current regulations and, having visited the Caberg laboratories, we have experienced first-hand the construction and material standards, which always go well beyond the legal requirements.
Remember that when you lift the chin guard, you have to make a little more effort until you hear a “clack”. This step is wanted by the house, because it allows us to keep the helmet open even without having inserted the mechanical lock, avoiding accidental lowering when riding. However, remember to put the latter on “J position” to enjoy the homologation as an open helmet.
The helmet includes a Pinlock visor present in the box. Also, a small but very smart thing, if you pay close attention to the micrometric buckle of the helmet, you will find an empty metal slot: it is used to tie the helmet to the motorcycle with a padlock or a steel cable.
Aside you can buy the Caberg Just Speak Evo Bluetooth system, otherwise you can insert the one you already have, as the predisposition is universal. For more information, find the Levo card on the Caberg website.