One good thing about AGV making Valentino Rossi race replicas available in their entry and mid-level helmet ranges is that you get the chance to pick up some really iconic (and official) Valentino Rossi designs at an affordable price.
And now it is the turn of the Turtle, or ‘Tartaruga’, design that Valentino wore for the 2013 Mugello MotoGP. This helmet was originally released as a limited edition in the expensive AGV Corsa range, but now it is available in the bestselling AGV K3 SV range. The K3 is an upper ‘entry level’ helmet that takes many of its features from AGV’s premium helmet ranges, but comes in at around $/£200….even with official Valentino Rossi graphics.
The turtle design was inspired by Rossi’s first racing mascot from his childhood – a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that he stuck on his helmet when he raced at Mini Moto. The helmet pays tribute to this by featuring a cartoon turtle positioned on top of his helmet. The rear of the helmet also contains a message as 4 stick figures can be seen. These stick figures represent Marquez, Lorenzo, and Pedrosa, with a yellow stick figure (Rossi) running to catch up with them – this was an acknowledgement by Rossi that he hadn’t been fast enough to stay with the top 3 so far in the season, and had to up his game to break into the top positions.
This is a beautiful looking helmet with a fun and memorable Rossi design.
Official description of the AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi Turtle Helmet:
The AGV K3 SV is an exciting addition to the street/road collection of AGV helmets. This is a helmet to suit many riders: from the first time biker who wants a quality lid from day one, through to the more mature biker who is interested in balancing safety and performance on a budget. At such a sensible price, the AGV K3 SV really is an impressive lid.
The K-3 SV was developed from the experience AGV gained during the design process of the Pista GP and Corsa helmets. Thanks to the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEM), the technical department developed a benchmark product in terms of comfort, aerodynamics and safety. This helmet has a wide appeal and is suitable for young riders with a passion for racing as well as for more mature riders looking for comfort and high performance characteristics.
- 2 sizes of HIR-TH external shell (High Resistance Thermoplastic Resin)
- Inner shell in EPS in 4 sizes
- Shell and EPS dimensions optimised using the FEM (Finite Elements Analysis) system.
- Ventilation system designed and optimised in a wind tunnel, comprising 4 front vents (3 at the front and one on the chin guard) and 2 rear extractors
- XQRS (X-tra Quick Release System) visor mechanism
- For tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds.
- Visor mechanism with PVS system (Perimetrical Visor Seal) for improved seal and protection against draughts and noise thanks to the seat for the visor edge.
- GT2 (sizes ML-L-XL-XXL) and GT2-1 (sizes XS-SMS) visors in scratch resistant and anti-fog polycarbonate with 100% UV-ray protection
- Integrated removable Sun Visor (ISV) with scratch-resistant visor with tool-free repla-cement system
- Removable breath deﬂector
- Removable windproof chin strap protection
- Fully removable and washable 3D inner liners
- Sanitised Dry-Comfort fabrics
- Micrometrically adjustable strap retention system
- Anti-theft ring on strap
- Asian Fit option
- With Pinlock Visor
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