This is the Valentino Rossi design that he wore during the MotoGP Winter test session in 2012. The helmet is available in two colour variations, blue and black.
This is a stunning looking Valentino Rossi lid (especially the blue version), and the design has a very personal meaning for Rossi and Yamaha. After a couple of unsuccessful years at Ducati, Valentino Rossi returned to Yamaha, the team where he had felt most at home, until Jorge Lorenzo became his team-mate and tensions grew between the two riders.
The helmet features the number 46 in a prominent place at the top of the helmet and the usual Sun and Moon logos are seen on either side, but it is the rear of the helmet design that holds the most interest. A Japanese character for the word ‘Kendo’ is placed at the rear of the helmet. ‘Kendo’ is used in Japan as a word to convey a very intense and great emotion. The symbol used on this helmet design was created by Masao Furusawa’s wife. Furusawa is the chief of engineering operations at Yamaha and he was instrumental in bring Rossi to Yamaha the first time round, and it is from Furusawa that Rossi first heard of ‘Kendo’
This Winter test design was first made available as a Limited Edition in the AGV Corsa range, but now it is available in the more affordable AGV K3 SV range. The K3 SV range is ideal for any rider wanting to get a reasonably priced helmet without having to compromise on quality or replica race graphics. The K3 SV is basically the updated version of AGV’s bestselling K3 model, with the added feature of an internal sun visor.
Official Description of the AGV K3 SV Winter test helmet:
The K-3 SV was developed with the experience gained during the design process of the Pista GP, Corsa and GT Veloce. Thanks to the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEM), the technical department developed a benchmark product in terms of comfort, aerodynamics and safety. The K3SV has a wide appeal and is suitable for all riders looking for comfort and high performance characteristics.
Thanks to Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis and wind tunnel testing, the integrated ventilation system provides maximum airflow to the head (through three front vents, chin vent, side vents, and two extractors at the back of the helmet), and the aerodynamics minimize drag, lift and noise, and ensure stability even at racetrack speeds. Two shell sizes and four EPS sizes give the K3SV a generic fit that is both plush and incredibly comfortable (plus AGV’s unique solution of offering both specific MS and ML sizes).
- 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
Image gallery of the AGV K3 SV Valentino Rossi Winter Test 2012 Helmet (click to enlarge images)
Video of the K3 SV Valentino Rossi Winter Test 2012 helmet:
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