The new LS2 Valiant Flip-Front motorcycle helmet is versatile enough to have been certified safe for road use as both a full-face crash helmet, and as open-face protection as well. That’s not too unusual for modern motorcycle head gear, but it also looks pretty good, has a 180 degree swing-around chin bar, and a drop-down sun shield. Which means it should handle pretty much every way you might want to use it.
With the chin bar back, and the sun visor down, it does look a little Robocop. Especially in the Chrome and Titanium finishes. Handy if you have something like a Honda NM4 Vultus, for example.
The shell has apparently been specifically formulated by LS2 for their helmets. The result is a Kinetic Polymer Alloy which mixed polycarbonate, thermoplastics and some secret extra ingredients. So it’s a plastic shell then, which goes weigh just 1700g despite all the mechanisms for visors and flipping the chin bar.
And LS2 should know what they’re doing – despite sounding like a high speed railway line, they’ve been around for about 30 years, initially making helmets for other brands before launching under their own name a few years ago.
The polycarbonate visor is ready for a Pinlock to prevent misting when you use the LS2 Valiant 180 Flip-Front Motorcycle Helmet as full-face protection. And you can use the drop-down sun shield by a slider on the left side of the shell.
The helmet lining is removable, washable and hypoallergenic. And like other LS2 lids, it has adjustable air intakes and vents, with the flow through internal channels to keep it circulating around your head.
It’s a fairly angular looking helmet when used with the chin-bar locked in position. The fastening is quick-release steel buckle style. And for even more functionality, you’ll be able to use the LRP3 Bluetooth kit which is expected to be in shops from December 2017.
If you fancy the LS2 Valiant Flip-Front Motorcycle Helmet, it’ll be available in sizes XS-XXL (53-64cm), and prices start from £299.99 for plain colours. That includes a choice of Gloss White, Matt Black, Solid Black, Gloss Chrome, and Matt Titanium. Plus there are five named designs, – the Avant (white, red, black), Line (matt black/hi viz yellow), Lumen (matt/gloss black), and the Roboto in black, orange and chrome, or black, white and chrome.