AGV K6: high tech, lightweight sports-touring helmet.

AGV’s Sports Touring Motorcycle Helmet.

The K6 is AGV’s top flight sports touring helmet.

AGV says they’ve gone all out to make a helmet that’ll work just as well on a touring bike as a sportsbike. They also claim it’s the lightest in its class – that’s some boast – and have made it to be as compact as possible.

Which has meant it’s been made in four different shell sizes – all with a five density shock absorbing EPS liner inside to give as much energy absorption as possible (the most we’ve seen in a helmet so far).

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AGV K6 in Hyphen graphics

They’ve also said they intend to make it super comfy, amazingly well vented and mega quiet. They’re one hell of a bunch of design goals for a range of helmets, never mind a single all-rounder helmet.

So here’s everything you wanted to know about the AGV K6 so you can make an informed decision on whether to buy one.

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Overall/Summary

AGV went all out to create the perfect sports touring helmet with the K6.

The jury’s out on safety levels until either Snell or SHARP (in the UK) tests it – though with a carbon/aramid composite shell coupled with a 5 density EPS liner and AGV’s amazing reputation for helmet safety, we’re pretty sure it’ll do very well.

However it rates for protection, AGV has definitely made the K6 a light weight, compact helmet. Plus, there’s a quality shield system that should work well on everything from a sportsbike to a cruiser (and most bikes in between).

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Top down view of the gunmetal AGV K6 Minimal

The overall build quality appears to be excellent and AGV has a growing reputation of creating super comfy liners – and the variety of quality materials they use inside the K6 is no exception.

OK, it’s lacking the occasional feature like a built-in sun visor which you may well miss if you err more on the touring side of sports riding.

But overall, the AGV K6 looks set to be an innovative sports touring helmet that achieves most if not all of what AGV set out to create.

If you’re in the market for a high performance, mid-priced all rounder helmet, then the AGV K6 is well worth a look.

Safety

(more about helmet safety)

AGV has a ton of expertise in making composite fiber helmets. But this is the first time we can think of that they’ve made a composite shell just using carbon fiber and aramid (the generic name for Kevlar).

They’re both pretty high-end materials and should make for a helmet that’s both light weight and strong.

It does make it difficult to work out quite how much protection the AGV K6 might give you in an accident though.

That’s because, while it has been DOT and ECE certified, so meets a pretty high safety standard anyway, it hasn’t been Snell tested yet (AGV doesn’t seem to do Snell). And in Europe, it hasn’t been SHARP tested either. So we don’t really know how much protection the K6 will give compared to other helmets.

When that’s the case, we take a look at past SHARP data and see what comparable helmets scored to give us an idea of how well a helmet might do. But since SHARP hasn’t tested a carbon/aramid AGV so far, it makes that tricky too!

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The striking AGV K6 Rush – showing collarbone friendly bottom profiling (see below).

So, at this stage, all we can say is that based on past data, you can pretty well always trust an AGV helmet. Take a look at our Safest Motorcycle Helmet Brands Top 10 and, at the time of writing, AGV scores incredibly well there – with every helmet tested in recent years scoring either SHARP four or five stars.

So, if you put me in a headlock and squeezed, I’d have to say I reckon the AGV K6 is probably gonna score – you guessed it – a minimum of 4 stars if SHARP were to test it tomorrow. Which would obviously be an excellent score.

In addition to the helmet shell tech, there’s other indications that AGV’s put quite a lot of effort into making the K6 a serious piece of protection.

Inside, there’s a 5 density EPS shock absorbing liner – that’s the most we’ve ever heard of in a helmet and should give the helmet the ability to manage small and larger shocks very well.

AGV has stated it’s one of their goals to make the K6 as light as possible. Lighter weight helmets reduce the amount of energy the helmet has to manage during an impact. And with the AGV K6 weighing around 2.8lbs (1.25Kgs) AGV’s managed to create a very light weight helmet.

Keeping weight down to these levels should not only help with protection, but also make the K6 very easy on the neck when riding too.

The K6 also has a version of the regular EQRS or emergency quick release cheek pads. Usually, pulling on the red tabs on the bottom of the helmet will easily pull the cheek pads out of the bottom of the helmet to help the emergency services remove a helmet without putting undue stress on the neck.

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A bit 80’s Retro – the AGV K6 Minimal

With the AGV K6, the cheek pads and neck roll are a single unit, so it’s debatable how ‘quick release’ the EQRS is as it might still be a bit of a struggle to pull it out without yanking the helmet around.

Other stuff that helps improve safety – that large shield (both horizontally and vertically) for improved all round awareness and vision. Plus, the shield comes with a Pinlock antifog in the box too; so fit it and your vision should stay clear throughout the seasons.

Another interesting feature is that AGV’s profiled the bottom of the helmet to reduce the chance of it impacting on your collarbone during an accident. It’s a small thing but shows the level of thought AGV’s put in to the K6.

It comes with a double-d ring fastener – they’re old-tech fasteners but they are easy to use and, as long as you keep them fastened tight on each trip, as safe as anything out there.

Overall then, we reckon the AGV K6 should give excellent protection. We’re not entirely sure it’ll give the 48% improvement over the ECE test that AGV quotes in its marketing – but there’s no reason to think it’ll score any lower than its usual four and five star helmets.

Ventilation

(more about helmet ventilation)

There’s three forehead vents arranged in a scowly V formation above the shield – and a couple of chin vents on the chin bar.

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Three forehead vents and a pair of chin vents – as just about visible on this K6 Secret

While three forehead vents is way more than most helmets, the unfortunate thing with AGV’s multi-vents is that they have to be opened separately. That’s obviously a mighty fiddly job – especially when you’re on the move – so it’s probably best to set them before you start riding.

It’s not an ideal setup though, especially if it starts hammering down with rain mid-ride and all your vents are open.

Having said that, all the sliders are reasonably easy to find and operate in gloves.

The chin vent switch is that small switch at the bottom of the chin bar (the black thing under the shield is the shield lock).

Again, that’s reasonably easy to find and use and in the case of the chin vents, a single switch opens and closes the twin chin bar vents in one go.

Inside the helmet, AGV has put a really comprehensive network of venting channels cut into the EPS liner. They cover all the top of the head, front to back (towards the twin rear exhaust vents) as well as around the circumference of the head.

That’s great, though early word from owners is that something in the system doesn’t work quite as intended because, despite all these vents, overall head ventilation is only average.

Shield

(more about face shields)

AGV’s had more luck with their shield design.

It’s been made to give excellent all-round vision, with 190 degree horizontal and 85 degree vertical vision. That’s pretty well class leading in a full face sports touring lid so your vision should be OK whatever bike you’re riding.

They’ve also specced up a 4mm thick optically correct shield. That’s possibly a bit overkill because most shields are thick enough and have good optics. Still, it does the job and it’s in the box so if you like having a thick shield, enjoy!


A couple of useful links…

All our Sports Touring helmets reviews
The best protecting helmets we’ve covered


The shield works on a ratchet and has an automatic shield lock.

The lock automatically locks the shield closed when you close it. But unlike some helmets’ locking systems, the one on the K6 is easy to quickly unlock because the unlock button is that large black panel directly under the shield – so you can press that in and push open the shield in one fluid movement with one hand.

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Tiny (but effective) quick release shield system on a Nardo Grey AGV K6

You can also use the shield lock button to access the city riding ‘cracked open’ position. Push it in and the shield will open up slightly to let in more ventilation but keep the shield locked on the latch.

If you look on the side of the helmet, you can see AGV’s redesigned quick release mechanism. It’s now made of metal which has allowed AGV to shrink it down to make it super small.

But it works in the same way most release mechanisms do these days – namely, open the shield, pull down a tab and the shield pops off.

It’s not quite as simple as the super fast magnetic quick changer you’ll find on X-Lite’s X-903 touring full face helmet, but it’s fast and straightforward nevertheless.

It also comes with a Pinlock ready shield and Pinlock Max Vision antifog insert in the box. That’s something I’d always look out for these days as Pinlocks – while not perfect – are a great quality antifog solution and make it so you can at least see in cold/wet/humid conditions.

All in all then, AGV looks to have got everything well pretty well covered with the shield on the K6.

Comfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

AGV designed the K6 to be super comfy. And with the quality of the fabrics they’ve thrown at it, seems like they really mean it.

Looking around the helmet, there’s a neck roll and removable chin curtain in there, and the comfort liner is fully removable and washable.

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Rear view of the Mono white K6 showing that pair of rear exhaust vents below the small spoiler

The padding’s made from sculpted foam covered in a variety of technical anti-bac and moisture wicking fabrics. You can find more info about the Shalimar and Ritmo fabrics used in the K6 here – plus they use something called Eco Leather that’s a wear resistant and waterproof plastic fake leather (not sure exactly how eco that is!).

But make sure you get the right size (fitting and measurement guide) and as long as you’re a medium oval headshape (that’s most of us) you should find the inside of the AGV K6 a pretty comfortable place to visit for day-long rides.

Looks & Graphics

The K6 is a subtler take on AGV’s usual hawknose design that they use on their sportsbike helmets. Which should go down well with most sports touring riders who often prioritize great all round performance over sporty looks.

They’re sure to release more graphics over time (so you might wanna click through to the K6 helmets pages on the retailer links below to find the latest) but at the time of writing there’s plain grey (Nardo grey), matt black (Nardo black) and gloss Mono black or white in plain solid colors.

As for graphics, there’s the Minimal, Hyphen, Multi and Rush designs which you’ll find up and down the page.

Best places to buy an AGV K6?

Please click below to visit the AGV K6 helmet pages at our recommended stores – all checked for great online ratings. And if you buy from any store, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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AGV K6 Video

Here’s a pretty comprehensive 10m look around a black/red Rush graphic AGV K6.

Other stuff – fasteners, audio, warranty

All AGV K6 helmets come with a double-D ring fastener (more info on D-ring fasteners).

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Rear view of the K6 Hyphen in red black and white.

It comes with medium depth helmet speaker cutouts inside the EPS liner. And with plenty of external shell space to mount a bluetooth headset unit, should work with most 3rd party kits.

The K6 comes with a standard 2 year warranty – though if you quickly register it on the AGV website, you’ll get an extra 2 years’ cover.

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.

Good Alternatives to the AGV K6?

OK, here’s some great performing all rounder helmets you might want to consider. Note SHARP safety scores relate to Eu ECE versions (which could be slightly different).

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Carbon fiber ST1400

For a smidge less than the AGV K6 is Scorpion’s ST1400 carbon/composite sports touring helmet. SHARP 4 star rated, EQRS, sun visor, Pinlock and 5 year warranty. What’s not to like?

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matt black Ghost Bandit

Or how about the cool-looking Simpson Ghost Bandit? SHARP 4 star safety rated, sun visor, Pinlock and those distinctive Simpson looks. So good, I bought one myself and love it!

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Gloss white Shoei RF-SR

Shoei’s RF-SR is their composite fiber all rounder helmet that’s SHARP 5 star safety rated, comes with EQRS, is Pinlock ready (Pinlock not included) and is a great all round quality helmet.

Shark Skwal 2

Finally, for a good chunk less than the K6, Shark’s thermoplastic Skwal is SHARP 4 star, comes with a Pinlock, has a simple micrometric fastener and features rechargeable lights front and rear (ooOOh!)

Looking to buy an AGV K6?

Please click below to visit the AGV K6 helmets pages at our recommended stores – all checked for great online ratings. And if you buy from any store, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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More Sports Touring Helmets?

We've looked at heaps of helmets that are suitable for touring and naked bikes. You'll find them on our Sports Touring helmets pages. Or, if you're looking for the safest tested helmets on the market, you might want to take a look at our safest motorcycle helmets pages where you'll only find helmets that are US Snell certified or UK SHARP four or five star rated - so you'll know you're wearing the best protection around.

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