This is another classic Valentino Rossi old-school helmet design that has also been made available in the affordable AGV K3 range.
This is known as The Donkey helmet, and Valentino raced in it for the 2009 Misano round of the MotoGP season.
Like all of Rossi’s one-off helmet designs there is a story behind the graphics. The Aldo Drudi designed lid was created to poke fun at Valentino for crashing out of the Indianapolis MotoGP and dropping 25 points in the previous race.
The helmet featured a giant Donkey on the top of the helmet, with Valentino Rossi’s actual eyes scanned in. The back of the helmet has the words ‘The Donkey’ in the coloured style of ‘The Doctor’ logo. The words “EL SUMÈR” are also written on the rear which means ‘The Donkey’ or ‘Ass’ in Rossi’s home town. The rear also features a cartoon of Valentino’s two bulldogs wearing Donkey ears.
This is a great Valentino Rossi replica, it may not appeal to everyone as an everyday road helmet due to the fact that it has a huge donkey on it, but those Rossi fans with a keen sense of humor will love this iconic race replica in the affordable AGV K3 range – you should be able to pick this up for less than £/$ 200, making it a really cost effective way to get a genuine Valentino Rossi replica helmet. This helmet had previously been released as a strictly limited edition in the GP-tech range, which meant it came with a huge price tag, so it is nice to see these historic Rossi race replicas now available to the more money-conscious riders in an affordable range that doesn’t compromise on quality.
Official description of the Valentino Rossi Donkey helmet:
The K3 is AGV’s entry-level full face helmet and is designed to offer a rider on a budget the experience of owning a premium product. The K3 has a very high specification and is packed with features. The K3 uses AGV’s well proven HIR-TH (high resistant thermoplastic) resin shell construction, this shell is very strong and has excellent shock absorbing properties, however the manufacturing process is much quicker and simpler than an equivalent fibreglass shell.
This ultimately is reflected in the price of the helmet enabling riders on a budget to have an exceptionally safe and well made product at the fraction of the price you would expect to pay for a premium branded helmet.
Using AGV’s CAD design process the inner E.P.S. shell is made of different densities, to match the properties of the outer shell, giving the K3 excellent safety characteristics. Also the shape of the shell reflects the aerodynamic design of the range topping GP-Tech whilst being focused on the needs of the rider on the road; reduced wind noise and excellent stability at speed.
The K3 is equipped with twin front ram air intake vents, and an aerodynamic rear spoiler/extractor. There are also vents on the side to aid extraction of warm air from around the face area, and a large chin vent to aid visor de-misting.
The K3 is equipped with AGV’s street8 visor. The visor features the XQRS (extra quick release system) enabling visor changes in seconds without the need for tools. The street8 visor also features the NFS (no fog shield) anti fog coating, an anti scratch coating and offers 100% protection from UV light.
The K3 has a fully removable washable lining (both cheekpads and head lining). The liners are made from Dri-Lex, this liner has excellent wicking properties keeping the rider comfortable and dry, even in the extreme conditions. The linings are also treated with a hygienic antibacterial coating for prolonged freshness. The K3 is also fitted with a Micro-Metric buckle for ease of use with a range of adjustment. The K3 is also available in the K3 basic version, this model still features all the K3’s safety features without some of the luxury features to keep the cost incredibly low.
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