This is a nice looking throwback Valentino Rossi helmet design with a bit of a story behind it – AGV have now released Valentino Rossi’s helmet design that he wore for the 2011 Misano MotoGP in the affordable, or entry level, AGV K-3 SV range.
This helmet design has become known as the ‘WTF’ design and Rossi wore it for the Misano GP during his first season on the Ducati. Valentino has often used his one-off helmet designs to communicate to the fans and when he was quizzed about this design he stated that it was an insight into his mindset when he was racing in a MotoGP race and that it reflected the intensity and gave more colour to what he was thinking behind the helmet. Despite that clear explanation, most pundits and many fans felt that the design was Rossi’s way of expressing his unique frustrations with the Ducati, and the fact that since moving to Ducati he had not been able to tame the bike and get the results that he wanted.
As usual, the helmet was created by Aldo Drudi who used a bright yellow base and then covered it with a cartoon thought bubble rising out from behind Rossi’s visor filled with swear words and symbols.
The sides of the helmet features Rossi’s Sun and Moon logos, and the rear of the helmet features the number ’46’ and an image of Rossi’s two bulldogs.
This is a bright and striking helmet that will very likely turn heads on the road and make people say “WTF” as you ride past.
The AGV K-3 SV is AGV’s successor to their very popular K-3 model, the ‘SV’ has been added to indicate that it now comes with an in-built sun visor, which is a nice touch for everyday riders. This helmet is not a helmet for trackdays, it is intended as a basic helmet for everyday riding, but it is very affordable, and it remains the cheapest way to get an official Valentino Rossi race replica helmet.
Product Description of the Valentino Rossi AGV K-3 SV Misano WTF helmet:The AGV K-3 SV is the successor to the very popular K3; but now with an internal sun visor! Manufactured in 2 shell sizes throughout the size range, the shell is constructed from a High Resistant Thermoplastic Resin (HIR-TH). The interior pads are made from Dri-Lex and microfibre with a sanitising treatment, both the cheek-pads and interior pad are removable and washable. Front air intakes along with rear exhausts, micro-metric retention system, Share Bluetooth system ready, an optical class 1, non-scratch, anti-fog, polycarbonate visor and internal sun visor make this helmet unbeatable value for money.
- High resistant thermoplastic resin shell
- 2 shell sizes
- Dri-Lex and microfibre lining
- Full removable and washable interior
- Front and rear ventilation system
- Weighs 1470g (+/- 50g)
- Micrometric retention system
- Share Bluetooth communication system ready
- Pinlock ready Visor
- Internal sun visor
- Extra quick release visor mechanism
- ECE2205, DOT, JIS, NBR, AS/NZS approved
Check out AGV’s breakdown of their K-3 SV helmet:
Image gallery of the Valentino Rossi AGV K-3 SV ‘WTF’ Misano 2011 helmet:
Our review of the AGV K-3 SV:
AGV hit gold with their original K-3 helmet model – it provided riders with a great helmet with loads of features at an entry level price, and to top it all off AGV then went and made a load of race replica designs available in the range from riders like Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli, and more. All this turned the K-3 into a bestseller for AGV.
The AGV K-3 SV is the latest version of this helmet and the ‘SV’ basically stands for ‘sun visor’ as the K-3 SV now comes with a built in sun visor which means for everyday riders it eliminates the pain point of having to stop to change your visor on days when the sun becomes a nuisance. The K-3 SV is still the lowest helmet in the AGV range, but to call this ‘entry level’ is probably a bit unfair as it comes with a few solid upgrades that don’t seem to be too much different from the premium AGV ranges like the Corsa and Pista GP. The AGV K-3 SV is not a basic upgrade on the older K-3, it is much more of a rebuild of this popular helmet. Let’s breakdown a few of the features and areas below.
The AGV K-3 SV is sold in two shell sizes with inner fitments in various sizes all the way from XS up to XXL, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a decent and snug fit. The K-3 SV is probably best suited to round/neutral head shapes.
The shell is constructed from High Resistant Thermoplastic Resin (HIR-TH) which means it isn’t the lightest helmet out on the market in this category, but it doesn’t feel too bad when you are wearing it – it weighs it at around 470g (+/- 50g).
One immediate improvement that stands out is that the shape of the K-3 SV is more aggressive than the older K-3 model and AGV seem to have applied some of the aerodynamic learnings that they got from the Corsa or Pista GP as this new K-3 SV feels rounder at the back and it then it tapers off more sharply towards the front of the helmet. This new shape makes it cut through the air more easily and also makes the helmet look very aggressive and more like a ‘race quality’ helmet.
From a safety standpoint things look pretty good also and the AGV K-3 SV is ECE 22.05 approved in Europe and the helmet has scored 4/5 stars on independent SHARP tests.
Let’s look at the visor next as that is another standout features on the K-3 SV that has basically been revised and built from scratch. The K-3 SV has a clear visor, but it also houses a tinted visor inside the helmet that can be dropped into place via a quick release system that is lever operated. Many entry level helmets from top brands are introducing internal sun visors and this is AGV’s offering. The sun visor is effective and is ideal for everyday bikers, but you need to be aware that while the main clear visor is fog resistant the internal sun visor is not, so watch that hot breath.
Removing the main visor is a simple affair with a quick-release system that is operating by pulling on tabs that are situated either side of the helmet and the visor simply slides out. The visor is Pinlock ready and most shops should be selling this with a Pinlock anti-fog insert that comes with it, so watch out for that.
The visor is easy to open and close with a tab at the front that can be operated easily enough with either hand, and it feels secure when it is locked in place. With a quick slide of the tab you can crack the visor so it is slightly open (but still secured in place so it won’t fly upwards) which is a great feature that allows you to get a bit of extra air in the visor when you aren’t riding at speed (this can also help with any de-misting on cold days).
The K-3 SV is well ventilated and features a couple of chin vents that are paired with two larger vents at the top above the visor at the front of the helmet. There is an extra vent on top, and two large extraction vents on the rear. The vents at the front are really well designed and sit low in the shell (as opposed to some helmets where the housing sticks out) which adds to the sleek look of the shell.
Vents are easy enough to operate and airflow is noticeably good, especially as part of the inner padding has been strategically cutaway to allow more air to circulate around the helmet. Some users complain that the AGV K-3 SV is a bit too noisey, we can understand that feedback, but to be honest we didn’t find it too much of a distraction. Maybe our ears are more shot to pieces than yours, so it is something to be aware of, despite the fact that it didn’t really bother us. Maybe the extra cavity given to the internal sun visor increases noise and reverberation?
Again, no complaints here, the inner lining and padding is all soft and snug and at no point did we feel any pinching or discomfort. It is all removable and washable as you would expect from a top brand like AGV. The inner lining fits into place with plastic snap buttons so you just need to press in back into place after you have removed it.
Another feature that you get in the K-3 SV that seems to have filtered down from AGV’s premium Corsa and Pista GP models is the EPS which is constructed with variable density – this means it is thicker in places in order to give more protection to some areas, while ensuring that it doesn’t pinch in others. We can’t recall such variable density in the previous K-3 model.
Put bluntly the AGV K-3 SV is a great helmet that comes packed with features and a solid safety rating that you would probably end up paying more for from other brands. It is a solid everyday motorcycle helmet masquerading under a race helmet’s shape and design. The K-3 SV series also has a number of race replica graphics vaialable in the range, including five different official Valentino Rossi designs to choose from. The AGV K3 SV range is one of the best options if you are after a great looking race replica helmet without wanting to pay a premium price, and it is currently the cheapest way to get hold of an official Valentino Rossi MotoGP race replica helmet.
You can expect to pick up a K3 for less than £200 / $260. Check the links below for trusted sellers.
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