Making Valentino Rossi’s ‘Sweet Home Misano’ helmet (video)

Valentino Rossi Misano The Blues Brothers

Valentino Rossi Misano The Blues Brothers

It is now a longstanding tradition that Rossi will always bring a custom one-off helmet design to the Italian GPs on the MotoGP calander and over the years he has raced in many memorable designs.

For the 2016 Misano MotoGP Valentino Rossi produced a special helmet that the fans loved that was based on Rossi’s favorite film – “The Blues Brothers”.

The design featured Valentino and his best friend Uccio dressed up at the main characters from the film, with the slogan ‘Sweet Home Misano’ printed on the lid. The helmet also featured various other iconic imagery from the film, like the police car known as ‘The Bluesmobile’.

The design was created by Aldo Drudi and you can see a hyperlapse video below of how his studio created this iconic helmet step by step below

By the way, AGV have just made this helmet available to buy as a limited edition in their amazing, but very expensive, top-line Pista GP R helmet. See it here.

Valentino Rossi AGV Pista GP R ‘Sweet Home Misano’ helmet

Valentino Rossi Misano 2016 helmet featuring The Blues Brothers

Valentino Rossi Misano 2016 helmet featuring The Blues Brothers

AGV are now releasing Valentino Rossi’s 2016 Misano helmet in their top-of-range Pista GP R helmet series. The design is known as ‘Sweet Home Misano’ or sometimes ‘The Blues Brothers’ and will almost certainly sell out quickly given how popular it proved to be on the race weekend.

As you know by now, tradition dictates that Rossi will always show up to the Mugello and Misano MotoGP rounds with a special helmet design and in 2016 he showed up to Misano with this design that was tribute to Misano, to his favorite film, and to his longtime friend Alessio Salucci, aka ‘Uccio’.

The helmet was designed by Aldo Drudi and it feature Rossi and Uccio on the top of the helmet dressed up as the the two characters from the iconic film ‘The Blues Brothers’ (‘The Blues Brothers’ is Vale’s favorite movie).

Positioned above Vale and Uccio are the words ‘Sweet Home Misano’ in large lettering. As well as being a tribute to their home, this was a play on words that saw them adapting the song ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ from the movie to honor their home. The sides of the helmet features the iconic ‘Bluesmobile’ police car from the film while the rear of the helmet features a cartoon of Rossi’s pet Bulldogs and cat all dressed up in shades and fedora hats to complete the look.

Valentino Rossi Misano The Blues Brothers

This helmet design was wildly popular with the fans and AGV are only releasing this in Limited Edition numbers, so you may want to secure one via pre-order if you really want to be sure you can get hold of one.

The Pista GP R helmet:
The Pista GP R is the latest evolution of AGV’s popualr Pista GP helmet. It is basically AGV’s helmet that has been developed for racing and it sits at the top of AGV’s helmet range. This is a helmet that has been developed with riders like Valentino Rossi and is optimised for racing and the latest version included new features have come directly from the racetrack – such as, an integrated hydration system and an improved spoiler that provides more down-force and stability at race speeds. The air vents have also been revised on the new Pista GP R and they now have a metal grill that sits over the vents to increase surface area and provide greater air intake and ventilation.

This is an incredible helmet with a price tag to match.

Description: Valentino Rossi Soleluna 2016 AGV Pists GP R:
The AGV Pista GP R Rossi Soleluna in the very latest design as used in the 2016 MotoGP championship. New for 2017 the GPR has been co-designed by Valentino Rossi and debuted at the San Marino MotoGP round, this radical new sports model is engineered at precision levels to allow the rider maximum concentration and comfort.

The ultimate track helmet is now even better, with an included hydration system, MotoGP developed metal air vents and a wind-tunnel tested “Biplano” spoiler that has multiple wings to maximize aerodynamic performance and add stability at high-speed. The 100% 3K Carbon Fiber shell’s shape is designed to minimize interference with the racing suit, while the interior has an adaptable fit and places no stitching in sensitive areas.

Technical features include an exclusive Hydration System with a drinks valve located inside the chin space, patented ergonomic air vent channels, a premium comfort interior, and a large spoiler to direct and enhance airstream. The optically correct Race 3 Max Vision Pinlock Visor not only prevents fogging, but is created for zero distortion, giving great peripheral vision field. The easy to use ventilation in the Pista GP R has been realigned and CAD designed exclusively for sports riding, for direct and focused airflow.

valentino rossi misano 2016
Features:

  • Shell in 100% Carbon Fiber engineered in 4 sizes with 5-densities EPS structure developed in 4 sizes. The structure offers an extremely compact and light helmet with unmatched safety performance
  • Shell shape is designed to maximize aerodynamic performance and to minimize the risk of impact energies being channeled to the collar bone. Rear shape is engineered to minimize interference with racing suit in racing position
  • IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) ventilation with 5 large front vents and 2 rear extractors hollowed in the shell which direct air to the rider’s head. The unique central upper air intake has been strategically placed in highest air pressure point to capture maximum air flow
  • New Moto GP developed metal air vents, combines unique strength and protection with an innovative external fins structure engineered to capture maximum airflow in the front of the shell and increase air pressure on the rear exhaust, therefore incrementing the speed of air transition inside the helmet, leading to an higher cooling performance. New internal chin channels distribute the air flow evenly thru the entire visor surface. Vents covers are included in the box
  • New wind tunnel tested Biplano spoiler features multiple wings to maximize aerodynamic performance, optimize CX, stabilizing the helmet during high speed riding in any conditions
  • Biplano spoiler is engineered to detach from the helmet in case of an accident, therefore maintaining helmet’s round shape for increased safety
  • Moto GP developed interiors engineered for maximum performance on the track with a patented structure that allows riders to optimize fit and select helmet height positioning over the head. Developed with top riders, the neck roll offers easy entry, maximum ventilation and adaptable fit
  • Different thickness crown pad and cheek pads inserts are included in the box, allowing the rider to adapt the helmet fit.
  • Removable nose guard and wind protector.
  • The inner of the helmet is designed to offer the highest riding comfort without any stitches in sensitive areas. All parts are easily removable and washable
  • Neck roll: 2way stretch breathable fabric to guarantee the maximum breathability in a lightweight structure, with high strenght Nabuk inserts for durable performance
  • Cheek pads: soft and gentle Shalimar fabric with Sanitized® (antibacterial protection), 2Dry (moisture wicking) and Microsense (premium skin comfort and wearing fluidity) treatments
  • Crown pad: Elastic Microfibre with the same treatments listed for check pads
  • New Patented cheek pads safety release system engineered to remove conveniently cheek pads in case of accident.
  • Moto GP developed hydration system included in the helmet with internal channels engineered for smooth tube placement and drinking valve placed inside the chin of the helmetb for a constant and smooth hydration during riding. The system is fully removable
  • New Class Optic 1 visor with 100% Max Vision Pinlock® (120) anti fog technology is designed for maximum vertical view on racing position (85°) and unmatched horizontal view (190°)
  • Visor is anti-scratch and ready for track use tear-off. A tear-off kit is included in the box
  • Patented Visor Lock System (VLS) reduces the risk of accidental opening in the event of an accident: visor thickness is from 4 to 5 mm, increasing face and eyes protection in the case of an accident
  • Exclusive metal visor mechanism in metal with roto-translation movement achieves total sealing between visor and shell. Tools free rapid visor release system allows the visor to be removed and replaced in seconds. Mechanism is designed to minimize area, therefore supporting peripheral view and impact performance
  • Double D retention system
  • Homologations ECE 22.05

360 degree video of the Valentino Rossi ‘Sweet Home Misano’ helmet:

Image gallery of the Valentino Rossi ‘Blues Brothers’ Misano helmet:

So what do you need to know?:

  • This is a limited edition so expect stock to sell quickly. Once it is all gone then your best best is going to be ebay.
  • This is a premium helmet that has been designed for the track and it can retail anywhere upwards from £999 / $1599
  • It will be highly collectible, so should hold its value

Not everywhere will have this helmet in stock, so check out the links below for online shops that will carry stock:

Check out the Valentino Rossi AGV Pista GP R Misano 2016 helmet at

Valentino Rossi ‘Sweet Home Misano’ helmet 2016

Valentino Rossi 'Sweet Home Misano' helmet 2016

Valentino Rossi 'Sweet Home Misano' helmet 2016

Valentino Rossi’s special helmet design for the 2016 Misano MotoGP has been revealed today and it features a tribute to one of Valentino Rossi’s favorite films – The Blues Brothers.

Rossi and Uccio both feature on the front of the helmet dressed as the iconic Blues Brothers, and the words ‘Sweet Home Misano’ is written in large letters above them – this is a play on words with the Blues Brothers song ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ from the film. The side of the helmet also features the police car from the film.

On the rear Valentino Rossi’s cartoon dogs and cat are also dressed as Blues Brothers.

Check out the photos here of Valentino Rossi’s 2016 Misano helmet:

Valentino Rossi 'Sweet Home Misano' helmet 2016

Valentino Rossi 'Sweet Home Misano' helmet 2016

Rossi ad Uccio as The Blues Brothers

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Valentino Rossi’s Misano helmets in pictures

Valentino Rossi at Misano

Valentino Rossi at Misano

Valentino Rossi has a long-running relationship with Mugello, the Italian track located in the Tuscan hills which for a long time was Valentino’s home race. The Italian fans would come to Mugello in their thousands to see Valentino race.

Whilst Mugello still remains a crucial track for Valentino Rossi, there is another track which appeared on the MotoGP calander in 2007 that has a special place in Rossi’s heart – the ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli‘.

This track is located in Misano Adriatico (in the Province of Rimini) and it is just a few miles from Valentino’s home town of Tavullia, and if there ever was a home race for Valentino then this is it. Members of Rossi’s fanclub walk from Tavullia to the circuit in a a big yellow procession on raceday, and the local priests in Tavullia even ring the bells when Valentino wins.

The circuit also has extra-special significance since it was renamed in 2012 from ‘Misano World Circuit‘ to ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli‘ in tribute to local racer, and close friend of Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli.

Rossi has used the Misano MotoGP to reveal some of his most famous helmet designs, and some of his most personal ones. You can see all the special helmets that Valentino Rossi has used for the Misano MotoGP since 2007 below.

The Circuit:
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The circuit itself was built in 1969 and has gone through a number of changes since it was opened, and during its history races have been held in anti-clockwise and clockwise directions around the circuit (MotoGP races are currently held in a clockwise direction). In the 1990s the track length was extended to 2.53 miles.

Valentino Rossi’s Misano helmets:
You know a track is important to Valentino Rossi when he has a special helmet made for the occasion each year. In 2007 Valentino suffered an engine failure meaning he couldn’t play any meaningful role in the race, but in 2008 he returned with a a custom helmet to celebrate the circuit and has had a special Misano design created for the race every year since.

His first helmet design was known as ‘My House’ and it showed a cartoon house on the helmet that was supposed to represent Vale’s home. It was full of small details like the number 46 above the front door, and Sun and Moon windchimes hanging above the window at the back of the helmet. As always, Valentino creates all his special Misano helmet designs with Aldo Drudi.

Valentino Rossi Misano 2008 My House helmet

Since 2008 Valentino has often used the Misano MotoGP as the backdrop for some of his most memorable helmets – in 2009 after crasing out at the Indianapolis MotoGP in the previous round Rossi returned to Misano with a giant donkey on his helmet to poke fun at his mistake. Rossi also used Misano to pay tribute to his fallen friend Marco Simoncelli in 2013 with the beautiful ‘Wish You Were Here‘ helmet which used artwork from Pink Floyd’s album of the same name.

Other crowd-pleasing helmets from Misano have included the WTF! helmet, which showed Rossi’s mindset during his difficult time at Ducato when he was struggling to be competitive on the Desmosedici, or the ‘Watch out for Sharks‘ helmet from 2015.

Valentino Rossi Misano MotoGP 2015
All Valentino Rossi’s Misano helmets:

AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi Shark helmet (Misano 2015)

AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi Shark helmet (Misano 2015)

AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi Shark helmet (Misano 2015)

Ahh, finally….AGV have announced the release of the Shark helmet design that Valentino Rossi wore for the Misano MotoGP in 2015.

This helmet design was created to show the pressure that Valentino Rossi was under when he got to Misano – Rossi had been leading all through the season and was top of the MotoGP standings, but his points lead was being eroded rapidly by Jorge Lorenzo and a resurgent Marc Marquez.

The design depicted Rossi as a plucky fish trying to outswim a big shark who has its eyes firmly fixed on the fish. Rossi said the shark signified the other racers who would be looking to beat him as Misano is his home race, but in reality, most people thought the shark represented Jorge Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi said:
“Because this is my home race, everybody wants to beat me, so the big shark on my helmet represents Jorge, Marc, the Ducatis. All these guys want to eat me because I’m the small fish, but I will try to escape, that’s the target!”

Valentino Rossi Misano MotoGP 2015

AGV are making this helmet available as a limited edition in their premium Corsa range. The Corsa is basically one level down from AGV’s race helmet (The Pista GP) and it takes many of the features that you get in the Pista, but adds more flexibility making it better suited to street use. Make no mistake, this is a helmet equally at home on the track as well as the road.

This is going to be a hugely popular Valentino Rossi replica and we’d expect it to sell out quite quickly. We have put links at the bottom of the page showing you where you can order it.

Official Description:
The ‘Corsa’ is an all new race helmet from AGV. Its features a SSL (Super Super Light) composite fibre, Kevlar & Carbon Fibre shell construction; with no less than four shell sizes used during construction to ensure the helmet is as compact, light and accurate a fit as possible when worn, this technique also helps in reducing neck/muscle fatigue and helps to keep the helmet more stable at high speeds.

On the onside the helmets integrated ventilation system (IVS) features wide channels that have been hollowed directly into the shell to help keep you cool. Helping to keep it fresh on the inside, the fully removable/washable lining is constructed from a breathable Lycra micro porous material with sanitizing treatment. The helmet also features AGV’s Extra quick release visor system (EQRS) in metal with roto-translation opening. This system allows the changing of the visor to be undertaken in a matter of seconds without the use of tools. The ‘Corsa’ is supplied with a flat, non-scratch, race visor with wide field of vision. It’s design is Pinlock ready and suitable for use with tear-off strips (PINLOCK comes as standard).

Features:

  • Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in fibreglass, aramid and Carbon fibre
  • N° of shells: 4 shell sizes
  • Fabric: Breathable Lycra® and Shalimar with sanitising treatment
  • Liners: fully removable and washable
  • Ventilation system IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) ventilation with large air ducts on the shell
  • Air vents with open / close mechanism.
  • Visor mechanism XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with swivel opening.
  • Microlock front locking and visor microopening system. Quick release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds.
  • Visor: Flat RACE, Class 1 optical standard, non-scratch, antifog visor (4 layers) with wide field of vision and tear-off strips
  • Double D retention system
  • Removable nose guard
  • Removable windproof chin strap protection
  • Sizes: XS – S – MS – ML – L – XL – XXL
  • EC22.05 Certified
  • Image gallery of the AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi Shark helmet:


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AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ Helmet (Misano 2013)

AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ Helmet

AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ Helmet

This is the Valentino Rossi ‘Wish’ or ‘Wish You Were Here’ helmet design that he wore for the Misano MotoGP in 2013.

The meaning behind the design is simple – Valentino Rossi was expressing his feelings for his friend Marco Simoncelli who died at Sepang in 2011. The Misano race track was subsequently named after Marco Simoncelli, who was a local rider from just up the road in Cattolica, so it was a natural track to pay tribute to Simoncelli at.

The design is very unusual in that it takes artwork from the Pink Floyd album ‘Wish You Were Here’ as the inspiration. The top of the helmet features the robot arms from the album, and the rear of the helmet features the now famous photo of two men shaking hands, one of whom is on fire.

Valentino Rossi Misano 2013

The sides of the helmet feature Valentino’s race number and the back has a small Sun and Moon icon.

This is a really eye-catching helmet design, and it is now being made available by AGV in Limited Edition numbers in their Corsa helmet range.

This beautiful Valentino Rossi helmet replica will go quickly, so if you are interested in picking one up we have provided links to trusted and official online stores that are selling it and can ship it worldwide. Check them out at the bottom of the page, or read AGV’s official description of the helmet below:

Product description of the AGV Corsa ‘Wish’ helmet:

The Corsa model combines the performance of the Pista GP with the characteristics needed for use on the road.

The Corsa has a carbon-fibre/glass-fibre/aramid fibre ssl (super super Light) shell which was designed using fem techniques and Features EPS internal ducts to create a small, light helmet Which is both comfortable and extremely safe. The result is a helmet that is significantly superior to the limits set by ECE Standards and that weighs just 1350g* (+/- 50 g) in MS size (the weight refers to the ECE 2205 version) Unlike the Pista GP, the Corsa comes with a system for opening And closing the air vents which makes it a less extreme, more versatile helmet. The entire ventilation system was designed Using computational fluid dynamics studies and wind tunnel tests.

This helmet is highly efficient at removing heat and moisture from the rider’s head. Thanks to its large rear spoiler, the Corsa boasts unparalleled performance as in terms of aerodynamic penetration and high speed stability. Overall, the visor area is 9% bigger meaning a 15° improvement in vision which obviously enhances the active safety factor.

The fit of the Corsa was developed using the new “human Engineering” process with which design starts from the surfaces in contact with the wearer’s head. The padding inside the helmet starts with a concave 3D structure that is pre-shaped to match the contours of the rider’s head and any surfaces in contact with the head are stitch-free.

The Lycra® and Shalimar® sanitised internal components are fully adjustable due to the fact that the position and depth of the crown pad can be modified as can the thickness of the cheek pads. The combination of these solutions, which are covered by Three separate patents, make the Corsa fit different shapes of skull as never before.

Extreme standards helmets is the name of the Revolutionary new range of AGV helmets which Includes the Corsa. It is based on the “human engineering” concept and applies to a new design process which starts from the components that are in direct contact with the head and gradually progresses to the outer shell. As a result, the structural shapes imitate the area of contact thus providing greater safety and smaller dimensions

Helmet features:

  • SSL Carbon-kevlar construction
  • 4 shell sizes
  • IVS (Integrated Ventilation System)
  • Breathable Lycra micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric
  • Fully removable and washable inner liners
  • Pinlock ready Race 2 flat, non-scratch visor
  • Pinlock visor insert comes as standard
  • Unique rear diffuser
  • XQRS (in metal) shield replacement without tools
  • Visor tear-off system
  • Double D retention system
  • Weighs 1350g (+/- 50g)

Image gallery of the AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ Helmet:


Video review from Revzilla.com on the AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ Helmet:


Remember that this is a limited edition and it will be very collectible so expect stocks to go quickly. Check out where you can by the AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi ‘Wish You Were Here’ Helmet below:

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AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi WTF helmet (Misano 2011)

AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi WTF helmet (Misano 2011)

AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi WTF helmet (Misano 2011)

This is another classic Valentino Rossi Misano helmet design – this time AGV have used the 2011 Misano MotoGP as inspiration for the latest Valentino Rossi race replica in their bestselling K3 SV range.

This helmet design is sometimes referred to as the ‘WTF!’ or ‘Expletive’ design, and one glance at the helmet will tell you why.

The helmet was designed by Aldo Drudi and Rossi stated that the helmet gave an insight to his mindset while he was racing. It was also speculated that the helmet was an insight into Valentino’s frustrations that he was having during his unsuccessful time at Ducati since his highly publicized move to the factory. The helmet is bright yellow and features a thought bubble emerging out from behind the visor – the bubble is filled with comic symbols and icons depicting swear words.

Valentino Rossi Misano 2011

This is an eye-catching helmet and goes down as one of the funniest Valentino Rossi helmet designs of recent years. The helmet was originally made available in very limited numbers in the GP-tech range which sold out very quickly, so it is great to see it being made available in the much more affordable K3 range.

Official description of the AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi WTF Misano helmet:

The AGV K3 SV Helmet builds on AGV’s extensive experience in designing the Pista GP and Corsa helmets as well as the legacy of the original K3 helmet. An aerodynamic shell shape is optimized for stability and aggressive aesthetics and features an integrated, compact rear spoiler to reduce turbulence. The narrow chin bar is streamlined to help the helmet cut through the wind at high speeds, further increasing stability.

The AGV K3 SV helmet incorporates a drop-down sun visor, making the helmet a tour de force, aggressive street or touring helmet. The K3 is also communication-ready and features speaker pocket cut outs to minimize discomfort caused by Bluetooth speakers pressing into your ears. The AGV K-3 SV Helmet is an excellent choice for any rider who values sophisticated, modern design in a safe and feature-rich package.

Features:

  • HIR-TH (High Resistance Thermoplastic Resin) shell construction
  • 2 shell sizes
  • 4 EPS sizes optimized using the FEM (Finite Elements Analysis) system
  • Ventilation system was designed and optimized in a wind tunnel
  • 4 front vents (3 at the forehead and one on the chin guard) and 2 rear extractors vents
  • XQRS (X-tra Quick Release System) visor mechanism for tool-free removal and replacement of the face shield in seconds
  • Face shield mechanism features PVS (Perimetrical Visor Seal) for improved seal and protection against drafts and wind noise
  • GT 2 scratch-resistant, anti-fog polycarbonate face shield with 100% protection from UV rays
  • GT 2 face shield has improved peripheral vision thanks to the specially-shaped profile of the aperture
  • Integrated drop-down Sun Visor (ISV) is scratch-resistant and can be replaced easily and without special tools
  • Removable breath deflector
  • Removable windproof chin strap protection
  • Fully removable and washable 3D inner liner and cheek pads are sanitized and made from Dry-Comfort fabrics
  • Helmet profile contoured around the base to reduce the risk of collar bone injuries
  • Double-D ring chin strap
  • ECE 2205 and DOT approved
  • Weight: 1520g in MS size

The AGV K3 SV is probably the cheapest way to get an authentic Valentino Rossi race replica helmet from a respected and reliable brand and helmet manufacturer.

Image gallery of the AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi WTF helmet (Misano 2011):


Find out where to get the AKV K3 SV Valentino Rossi WTF helmet from Misano below:

Get the AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi WTF helmet at Revzilla.com (US with Worldwide Shipping)
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AGV K-3 Valentino Rossi Donkey helmet (Misano 2009)

AGV K-3 Valentino Rossi Donkey helmet (Misano 2009)

AGV K-3 Valentino Rossi Donkey helmet (Misano 2009)

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.

Valentino Rossi Donkey

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.

Features:

  • HIR-TH (high resistant thermoplastic) resin shell
  • Multi Density E.P.S. inner shell.
  • Dynamic ventilation system, aerodynamic front intakes and rear extractors
  • Fully removable, washable Dri-Lex lining with Sanitized antibacterial hygienic treatment. (K3 basic; Dry comfort liner replaces Dri-Lex)
  • Street8 visor, with NFS anti fog coating, anti scratch and 100% UV protection. (K3 basic no anti fog coating)
  • XQRS; Extra Quick Release System, visor changing in seconds with no tools.
  • PVS Perimetrical visor seal (improved sealing and low noise).
  • Micro-metric adjustable retention system. (K3 basic seat belt style buckle)
  • Aerodynamic rear spoiler/extractor. (K3 basic no rear spoiler)
  • Removable chin curtain (K3 only)
  • Removable nose protector (K3 only)
  • S.H.A.R.P. 4 stars
  • ACU gold
  • Exceeds UN ECE 22.05
  • 2 year warranty plus optional free 1 year warranty extension
  • Sizes XS-XXL
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    AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi ‘Give us a hand’ helmet (Misano 2014)

    AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi 'Give us a hand' helmet (Misano 2014)

    AGV Corsa Valentino Rossi 'Give us a hand' helmet (Misano 2014)

    As is customary, Valentino Rossi had a new helmet design for the 2014 MotoGP at Misano, and now AGV have released a race replica of it in the Corsa range as a Limited Edition.

    This helmet design is called ‘Give Us A Hand’, but it is also known as the ‘hand-print’ design, and ‘Misano ci dà una mano’.

    The helmet was designed by Aldo Drudi and featured a light blue base that was covered with hand-prints in various colours. The hand-prints were made by various people that play a key role in Valentino’s life and includes hand-prints from his friends, family, mechanics, and it even features a single finger-print from the designer Aldo Drudi himself. The helmet even features oaw prints from Rossi’s bulldogs and cat. On either side of the chin are kisses that were made by Valentino’s girlfriend and his mother.

    Around the chin of the helmet is printed the phrase “Misano ci dà una mano”, and roughly translated it means ‘Misano give us a hand’ or more simply ‘Misano helps you’. It is a phrase from a well-known Italian advert.

    Valentino Rossi Misano 2014

    This is a really bright and eye-catching helmet in colours that you don’t usually see on Valentino Rossi helmets making it somewhat unique.

    The AGV Corsa is a fantastic helmet that takes many of the features from AGVs premium race engineered helmets like the Pista GP, but makes everything more forgiving and flexible so they can be more easily customised for everyday road use. This is a helmet that is equally at home on the racetrack as the streets.

    Official description of the AGV Corsa ‘Give Us A Hand’ helmet:

    The Corsa has the performance of the Pista GP and the characteristics of a helmet for road use.

    The carbon-fibre/glass-fibre/aramid SSL (Super Super Light) shell was designed using FEM techniques (Finite Elements Analysis) and features EPS internal ducts in the shell to provide a small, light helmet which is both comfortable and extremely safe. The result is a helmet that is significantly superior than the limits set by ECE standards and that weighs just 1350 g (refers to MS size ECE 2205 version).

    Unlike the Pista GP, the Corsa comes with a system for opening and closing the air vents which makes it a less extreme, more versatile helmet. The entire ventilation system was designed using computational fluid dynamic modelling and wind tunnel tests. This helmet is highly efficient at removing heat and moisture from the rider’s head. Thanks to its large rear spoiler, the Corsa boasts first class performance in terms of aerodynamic penetration and high speed stability. Overall, the visor aperture is 9% bigger meaning a 15° improvement in vision which obviously enhances the active safety factor.

    The fit of the Corsa was developed using “Human Engineering” whereby the design starts from the surfaces in contact with the wearer’s head. The inside of the helmet starts with a concave 3D structure that is pre-shaped to match the contours of the rider’s head and any surfaces in contact with the head are stitch-free. The Lycra® and Shalimar® sanitized internal components are fully adjustable due to the fact that the position and depth of the crown pad can be modified as can the thickness of the cheek pads.

    The combination of these solutions, which are covered by three separate patents, make the Corsa fit the different cranial shapes as never before.

    Features:

    • Carbon/Aramid/Fiberglass SSL (Super Super Light) Shell
    • 4 shell sizes
    • Clear rear aerodynamic spoiler
    • ECE 2205, ACU GOLD
    • Breathable Lycra® lining and Shalimar® fabric with sanitized treatment
    • Fully removable and washable inner liners and cheekpads
    • Custom fit adjustable liners and cheekpads (adjustment kit included)
    • IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with large ducts hollowed into the shell for improved air circulation inside the helmet and better aerodynamic efficiency
    • Switchable air intakes
    • XQRS Visor mechanism (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening. Visor front micro-lock system that reduces the risk of accidental opening in the event of an accident. Quick release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
    • Race flat, Class 1 optical standards, anti-scratch and pinlock ready visor (pinlock included) with wide field of vision. Suitable for tear off strips (included)
    • Double D Retention system
    • Removable nose guard
    • Removable windproof chin protection
    • Weight 1350g (size MS)
    • Sizes XS – S – MS – ML – L – XL – XXL

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    AGV K3 Valentino Rossi ‘Wake Up’ Helmet (Misano 2010)

    AGV K3 Valentino Rossi ‘Wake Up’ Helmet (Misano 2010)

    AGV K3 Valentino Rossi ‘Wake Up’ Helmet (Misano 2010)

    This is the AGV K3 Valentino Rossi ‘Clock’ helmet, which is also known as the ‘Wake Up’ helmet design. This helmet was worn for the 2010 Misano MotoGP race.

    This design was originally available as a Limited Edition helmet in the GP-Tech range, but AGv have thankfully now released it in the open edition K3 range. The K3 is AGV’s upper level entry helmet range, which means it is affordable (usually less than £/$ 200), but also comes loaded with features that you find on more premium AGV helmet ranges. In short, it is an ideal helmet for everyday street use with the added bonus of race replica graphics without the excessive price tag.

    This helmet design may not be to everyone’s taste, but it remains an iconic Valentino Rossi helmet design and will be very eye-catching on the road. The helmet was designed by Aldo Drudi and featured a giant alarm clock on the top of the helmet with the alarm bell ringing. This design was used as a double meaning – firstly to poke fun at Rossi’s notoriously bad timekeeping, and secondly as a wake up call for The Doctor who had missed 4 races with a broken leg and came to Misano after a poor result at the US MotoGP.

    Valentino said:

    “The helmet is a joke about my timekeeping. We have put a big clock on the top of it with a different helmet showing the right time for each session so I make sure that I arrive on time!”

    The backside of the helmet feature a yellow 46, and a cartoon of Rossi’s 2 bulldogs. The AGV logo is featured on the side, and the Sun and Moon motifs are positioned either side of the chin.

    Valentino Rossi Misano 2010

    This is a fun Valentino Rossi helmet replica now available at a very affordable price.

    Official description of the AGV K3 Valentino Rossi ‘Wake Up’ helmet:

    The K3 range was released as AGV’s entry level helmet which has been designed for street and sports riding. It is a helmet that looks like a race helmet, and can be used on track days, or simply for day to day riding.

    The K3 range takes a lot of features from the premium GP-Tech and AGV Pista ranges, and the thermoplastic resin shell, and the neutral oval head shape comes from the research and development work that went into created the GP-Tech and Pista. The aerodynamic shape is also influenced by AGV’s race research and testing – so this is helmet that is very at home on the track and feels very comfortable at high-speeds, cutting through the air. Ventilation on the K3 is via the chin, with 4 exit points at the rear to keep the air flowing through while you ride.

    The visor is anti-scratch and anti-fog enabled, and the internal cheek pads are Dry-Lex antibacterial antimicrobial that are easy to remove, but feel solid and secure when in place.

    The AGV K3 is a very solid entry level helmet that really gives you value for money and does a great job in handing down some nice features that have originated from AGV’s premium level and high-end race helmets.

    • HIR-TH (High Resistance Thermoplastic Resin) shell
    • ECE 2205 ACU GOLD
    • Ventilation system with 3 front vents, 2 lateral extractors (Rossi version includes rear spoiler/extractor)
    • XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) for tool-free removal and replacement of 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
    • Street 8 polycarbonate, anti-scratch visor (Rossi version has anti-fog visor)
    • Fully removable and washable inner liners (excluding neck roll)
    • Sanitised Dry-Comfort fabric
    • Micrometric retention system-Rossi, Seat beat style buckle
    • Anti-theft ring on strap
    • Weight 1430g (size M)
    • Sizes XS – S – M – L – XL – XXL

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