Valentino Rossi has revealed his MotoGP winter test helmet for 2017-2019 and it is a thing of beauty.
In the last few years Rossi has gone for cartoon designs that have been focused around ‘winter’ and ‘snow’ as an attempt to poke fun at the fact that the first MotoGP pre-season winter tests take place in the extreme heat of Sepang.
This year he teamed up with Aldo Drudi’s design studio to create a stunning helmet design that is based on the folk-art of the Huichol people of Mexico. The Huichol are Native Americans who are indigenous to the Sierra Madre Occidental area in Mexico. They are famous for their yarn art and their colourful beaded art techniques.
Rossi became interested in their beaded art on a recent trip to Mexico and decided to recreate it on his AGV Pista GP R for the winter tests. The usual Rossi themes and symbols are presents, such as the Sun, the Moon, a turtle etc…but all made to look like they were created from hundreds of coloured beads.
Davide Degli Innocenti, the graphics and colouring manager at Drudi Performance, painstakingly painted each individual bead, as you can seen from his instagram video below:
Valentino Rossi explained the new helmet design saying:
“Huichol art immediately intrigued me, because it uses many of my symbols, like the sun and moon or the turtle. We have tried to recreate the effect of the beads that the Mexicans use to bring colour and shape to these objects, but to do so with a Valentino Rossi twist. The helmet looks really good, Aldo Drudi did a great job, as did Davide in particular – hecreated the beads with a brush, one by one. We might say that the helmet has become a work of art, something we’ve never seen before.”
Check out all the photos below of Valentino Rossi’s beautiful new winter test helmet:
Helmet fans will most probably be salivating at the thought of this helmet design being released as a production replica! Check out all Valentino Rossi helmets currently available.
You know the drill by now, every year for the Mugello MotoGP Valentino Rossi produces a new one-off special helmet design to mark the occasion. This year, Valentino Rossi has gone for a football theme with a couple of tribute woven into the design.
This year’s Mugello helmet is a tribute to Rossi’s good friend Francesco Totti who announced his retirement from football. Totti had spent about 26 years at Roma and has just called time on his career. The helmet shows a cartoon of Valentino about to take a penalty on a football pitch, the cartoon Rossi is pictured as saying “Shall I chip it?“. This is a reference to a penalty known as a ‘paneka’ where the player chips it in over the goalkeeper. The rear of the helmet features the Italian flag with the phrase “One captain. There is only one captain” as a tribute to Totti.
The helmet also features a tribute to Nicky Hayden. Hayden sadly lost his life in a cycling incident in Italy and Rossi has merged his famous ’46’ race number with Hayden’s ’69’ race number.
Here is a 360 degree video of Valentino Rossi’s 2017 Mugello helmet:
Pol Espargaro joins the KTM team for 2017 who are returning to the MotoGP class, and he has produced a new helmet design to mark the occasion which he revealed for the 2016 Valencia test.
Pol Espargaro is racing with AGV helmets and his AGV Pista GP R has been given a new paintjob by Starline Designers who have created a simple but slick looking design in black, white, and grey, with Espargaro’s race number ’44’ in gold on the rear.
The pattern on the helmet matches Pol Espargaro’s leathers also. Check it all out below.
Andrea Iannone marked his move from Ducati to Suzuki for his first test on the GSX-RR at Valencia with a new one-off helmet design…..that was all about moving house.
The design was black and yellow on his AGV Pista GP helmet and it featured various icons and logos that you might see on a removal firm, complete with a ‘this side up’ arrow on the rear, a removal truck with the number 29 on it, and icons of removal men on the sides. The word ‘Traslochi‘ features on the front which is basically Italian for ‘removals’.
Iannone did well on his first outing for the factory Suzuki team and finished his first day of testing in 7th place in the overall standings.
“I am very happy because we work without pressure, without stress, to understand the situation and at the moment everything is okay. The guys inside the garage are fantastic and this is very important. The feeling generally is good, also with the bike. We remain focussed for tomorrow. We will try to change a little bit more parts on the bike, but only for experience, to understand the different aspects. It was unfortunate about the crash, but here it is especially dangerous in the right hand corners when the temperature goes down. I came back after the crash and everything was ok. We will try to continue this work and improve a bit tomorrow.”
Check out Andrea Iannone’s ‘removal’ or ‘moving house’ helmet in the video that he posted to social media below
This is the latest Guy Martin replica helmet for 2016 that is being made available in the very affordable AGV K5 range.
The design is cheekily called ‘3some’, but in reality it only refers to the three main colours of blue, fuschia and yellow that feature on the helmet.
And it has to be said that the three colours go really well together and make a beautiful looking helmet, especially when combined with the AGV K5’s aggressive lines. The top of helmet is covered in the metallic blue and features four small fuschia coloured stars. The helmet then blends into a bright fuschia stripe that runs around the sides, before fading into yellow at the base. The sides of the helmet also include Guy Martin’s famous ‘skull and spanners’ logo.
This is a very attractive looking race replica.
Released in the AGV K5 range, this is also an affordable race replica coming in hundreds of pounds / dollars cheaper than the official replicas in the more premium AGV ranges like the Corsa or the Pista GP.
The K5 is designed as a ‘sports-touring’ helmet, which is basically shorthand for an ‘all-rounder’ – this is an appropriate helmet for day to day road use for upright motorcycles, but it can also hold its own at high speed on sportsbikes.
One of the unique features of the K5 is that is created from a carbon fiber composite shell, this makes it a very light helmet, lighter than most of the competitor helmets in a similar price range. It also comes with an internal sun visor, a great feature for the average everyday biker.
The K5 has also adopted the curved arch across the bottom of the helmet which you see on the premium AGV models – this enhances the aggressive appearance and lines of the helmet, but is actually a safety feature that reduces the risk of you damaging your collar-bone should you be unlucky enough to come off your bike.
OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION & FEATURES:
AGV continues renewing its range with innovative products designed using AGV Extreme Standards technology. This time it’s the K-5, the new AGV point of reference for sports use but now with much more comfort. The shell is made of fibreglass and carbon fibre and guarantees resistance and lightness while the lines are aerodynamic and streamlined in true AGV style. A perfect fit and easily operated inner visor ensure complete rider comfort. Size is minimised thanks to design studies carried out on racing helmets and the integrated rear spoiler provides excellent stability even at high speed. The K-5 is now the new point of reference in the sport touring sector.
The K5 a brand new sports touring helmet from AGV consist of a lightweight fibreglass and carbon fibre shell featuring two shell sizes with the inner shell in four different EPS densities to give superb comfort and fit with the dimensions being optimized by using FEM Finite Elements Analysis System. The helmet has its own unique ventilation system consisting of a chin guard vent, two front air vent, and an air extractor with an on off system developed in the wind tunnel to give optimum ventilation. The ventilation system also incorporates a central front air vent built in to shell profile with direct channel high air flow and rear spoiler integrated in to shell profile. The inner fabric liner is completely removable and consists of Dri-Lex sanitizing fabric as well as the breath deflector and throat windscreen protector both being completely removable. K5 features AGV’S unique patented visor mechanism XQRS GT-2 extra quick release system allows quick removal of the visor. Other features this brand new helmet for 2015 host are Double D-Ring retention system, scratch resistant poly-carbonate visor which gives 100% protection from UV rays as well as an integrated sun visor and tool free replacement system.
Fibre composite shell
2 shell sizes
EPS and shell dimensions optimised using Finite Elements Analysis
Integral Ventilation System
Chin vent, 2 front air vents and rear air extractor
Rear spoiler integrated into the shell profile
Share system ready
3D in sanitised Dri-lex fabric
Fully removable interior
Removable breath deflector and chin curtain
XQRS GT-2 visor mechanism
Scratch resistant polycarbonate visor with 100% UV ray protection
Integrated sun visor
Double d ring retention
Weighs 1390g (+/-50g)
ECE 22.0.5, DOT, NBR, AS-NZS, JIS and ECE-Asia certified
Here is the Revzilla quick video review of the AGV K5 model:
Image gallery of the Guy Martin 3some helmet:
So where can you get this Guy Martin replica helmet? The bulk of the stock is available from UK stockists, or European based stockists, but the good news is that they do ship globally, and w ehave pulled some recommended links below for you to secure one.
Wanna save some big money on an AGV GP-Tech Valentino Rossi helmet? Well we may just have something that can help you do just that.
Revzilla.com are currently offering a huge 40% discount on the AGV GP-Tech Valentino Rossi ‘Faces’ helmet. This is a limited edition Rossi helmet of the design that Rossi raced with at Laguna Seca in 2010. Rossi had just returned from injury, and the helmet design featured the faces of all the people who were important to him in his life and career.
So how do you take advantage of this offer? It’s easy, no voucher code is required, just head over to Revzilla.com and add it to your basket.
Even if you aren’t a Rossi fan, these Limited Edition GP-Tech helmets usually hold their value (they are ‘limited’ so once they are gone, then they really are gone) so they can make a good investment……or provide a short-term gain for any smart eBay sellers.
Revzilla.com are currently running a limited time discount sale on selected AGV GP-Tech helmets, and the sale includes a few Valentino Rossi GP-Tech Limited Editions that can be picked up with a 25% saving off the RRP.
The popular ‘5 Continents’ helmet is now available at a 25% discount, as are 2 Limited Edition designs – the ‘Faces’ helmet that Rossi wore at Laguna Seca, and the ‘Hands’ helmet, that was orn at Mugello.
Revzilla are based in the US, but do international shipping, so head over and check out their AGV GP-Tech sale with Valentino Rossi replicas HERE
The release of the new Rossi helmet means that many outlets are slashing the price of the equally stunning AGV GP-Tech Rossi 5 Continents helmet.
Sportsbikeshop.co.uk have slashed the price to only £374.99 – that’s over £100 off the original RRP.
They are also offering a free helmet cleaning kit and free UK delivery (they also deliver to a range of other countries) – which makes it as about as cheap as you’ll ever find a GP-Tech helmet (especially a Rossi one).
AGV have finally released a Wireless Bluetooth communication system for their helmets – just one note though, this helmet bluetooth system currently only works with the AGV S4-SV & Stealth-SV helmets.
AGV have been a little behind some of their competitors in bluetooth support for their helmets, so this product release is going to go a long way for motorcycle riders that have AGV Stealth as their helmet of choice.
AGV have named their bluetooth system ‘AGVoice’, and we have the chance to play around with one.
Installation was easy, the product is designed to be installed with minimal fuss, and no tools are required to rig the system up. Basically, you just need to remove the cheek-pads and then insert and align the wires and communication system in the pre-shaped positions and then place the cheek-pads back in their usual place to cover it all up and hold it in place.
Pretty easy, and more importantly, you don;t need to make any modifications or holes in the outer shell of the helmet.
AGV claim that the bluetooth range between helmets is 10 meters.
•For use with the stealth SV and S-4 SV helmets
•Easy to use single external button that controls all functions
•Receive/make calls with the Bluetooth technology
•Can speak with passenger via intercom mode
•Connect to GPS/navigation system
•Available for XXsmall-medium and large-XXlarge
Image gallery (click to enlarge):
WHERE TO BUY IT:
Get the AGV AGVoice Bluetooth Helmet Kit for the best places online, and two trusted online shops are listend below – between them they pretty much cover deliveries all over the UK and EU (and beyond)