AGV has supplied Australian Road Rider with one of its top-of-the-range Pista GP RR helmets for review, but there’s so much to talk about with this very special hemet we thought we’d go through some of the tech and features before Phil James even puts it on.
It was developed for MotoGP riders with the quality demanded by professional racers riding at extreme speeds.
As befits a top-of-the-range sports-racing helmet, the first priority is safety. The shell is carbon fibre, in four different sizes, so the outer of the helmet will be the smallest possible, and the weight will be low – the Pista GP RR comes in as low as 1450 grams. The design has a collarbone safe profile and the “Shell and EPS structure designed to minimise rotational accelerations (FIM homologated)”.
Inside that super-strong carbon shell is multi density EPS foam to absorb crash impact. Fastening is via titanium double D-rings. The extra quick release 5mm optically-clear visor features both a Mirco Opening System and visor lock, with a Max Pinlock anti-fog and tear-offs included in the box. There are five iridium colour plus numerous clear and kit visors available for the Pista.
At high speed you want a snug fit, so the Pista GP RR has its 360-degree custom fit system included in the box. You can adjust the three-piece adaptable crown pads to your own preference (often based on the shape of your head), you can set it up for the right angle you might be riding at – from sports riding through the racer crouch, tucked in behind a fairing screen. At speed the removable and replaceable rear spoiler reduces buffeting, which improves visibility and reduces fatigue.
There are also additional pads inside the box so you can further customise the fit of the helmet (and there’s a link below to an AGV video showing how all that works).
There’s an integrated hydration system with a Camelback bite valve – this can connect to racesuits with integrated hydration.
AGV’s Integrated ventilation System is included and there’s a central air vent.
The full review is coming in issue #168, available late September 2022.