This is the AGV K-3 Valentino Rossi Donkey Helmet.
This is arguably one of Valentino Rossi’s most distinctive designs and it was created for the 2009 Misano MotoGP.
The helmet features a large donkey face, much like the donkey from Shrek, on the top of the helmet – echoing the ‘My Face‘ helmet design that Rossi wore for the 2008 Mugello MotoGP. The donkey face has a surprised expression, and if you look closer it also has Valentino’s eyes.
The rear of the helmet has the words ‘The Donkey’ in the usual lettering that is used for Rossi’s ‘The Doctor’ logo, and it also features the words ““EL SUMÈR” which basically means ‘The Donkey’ in the local dialect of his home town.
The helmet also features the usual logos of the Sun and Moon, the number ’46’, and the usual cartoon of Rossi’s bulldogs (who are wearing Donkey ears).
This design was chosen because Rossi had crashed out at the Indianapolis MotoGP in the previous round, so it was Rossi’s attempt at poking fun at himself for dropping 25 points.
The ‘Donkey’ helmet was originally released as a limited edition helmet in the AGV GP-Tech range, but the good news is that it is now available in the much more affordable AGV K3 range – meaning this is a great way to get a Rossi race replica at a reasonable price.
Official description: AGV K3 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.
- 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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The Valentino Rossi Donkey helmet may not be a design for everyone’s tastes, but it is certainly striking, fun, and a piece of MotoGP history that will stick in the memories of fans for years to come. Plus it is probably a great helmet for causing surprise and utter confusion for anyone looking in their rear-view mirror seeing a donkey chasing them down on a motorbike.
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