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Tasked with painting a couple AGV GP-Techs for Grant and I, David from Death Spray Custom decided use Dazzle camouflage. Initially developed during World War I to confuse the periscopes and gun sights of enemy ships and submarines, Dazzle doesn’t try to hide, but distort. During WWII, Winston Churchill considered Dazzle part of his arsenal of original and sinister weapons, an arsenal designed to leave opponents “puzzled, as well as beaten.”
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We’ve tried and failed to find an official weight on the AGV GP-Tech, but
it’s easily the lightest full-face helmet I’ve ever worn. AGV’s
range-topper, it’s the helmet Valentino Rossi is paid to wear and
competes with the Arai RX-7 Corsair V and Shoei X-Twelve. Compared to those
two helmets, it’s lighter than either, just as comfortable and is
comparable to fancy Shoeis, if not Arais, on quality. Ventilation is
excellent, but not at the expense of huge (and vulnerable) external
vents like the RX-7. The GP-Tech starts at $550 in plain colors,
considerably cheaper than either competitor. The only place you’ll feel
they saved money is in the visor mechanism, which ends up requiring
removal, adjustment and refitting with each visor change. At least the
screws that attach it to the shell are seated in metal threads, meaning
this shouldn’t decrease the GP-Tech’s useful lifespan.

We’re very happy with DSC’s concept and execution of the paint. An
unpublished goal of our design, photography and writing style is to
re-appropriate traditional motorcycle iconography – think WWII aircraft
nose cone art – for a contemporary audience. Without having this
explained, David understood what we were doing and devised his own take
on the theme. We initially felt that battleship grey and black would
have made for more attractive helmets, but that wouldn’t have been in
keeping with the Dazzle concept, which required the highest contrast
possible to work to its full potential. Now that we’ve seen the
finished items, that initial reservation has disappeared.

Developing on the Cubist themes of Pablo Picasso, Norman Wilkinson
designed Dazzle as an all-weather solution to confusing the range
finders used during World War I and, to a lesser degree, WWII weapons
systems. Viewing a Dazzle-painted ship, an observer would have trouble
determining the identity of the stem and stern, the direction of
travel, the speed, the size and the distance. As targeting technology
was largely visual before the development of radar and sonar, it had
the same effect on aiming. That was deemed to give ships a slight
advantage, allowing them to attack first or evade fire.

On these helmets, Dazzle has a similar effect. They look different from
every angle and with every viewing. The effect in motion should be a
design that continually shifts in opposition to its background,
puzzling other road users. We kind of like that, wherever we ride,
we’ll leave confusion in our wake.

Death Spray Custom

  • http://ohoh2.blogspot.com/ DoubleOhTwo

    Well done, all. Congratulations on the freshest contemporary helmet yet. I’m sure it will produce as much controversy as Dazzle did. Love it. Both thumbs up.

  • Hobo Mike

    It kinda freaks me out.

    I like it!

  • Travis

    Looks good.

    Isn’t this pretty much the same idea as the Zebra? Haha.

  • Zach

    Super awesome!! Will this possibly be available from AGV in the future?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I doubt these scheme will ever be available as a stock color, but I’m sure DSC would be happy to paint it on the helmet of your choice.

  • robotribe

    No doubt you’d like to keep it just for yourselves, but I bet this design would sell really well. Very cool.

  • TripledSpeed

    glad to see you got the port and starboard on the right side, i wanna see a bike done up in this, a proper british one at that…

  • http://sr500project.blogspot.com/ Anders

    Especially like the front-view. Menacing.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.com damien

    Awesome.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk urban rider

    Incredibly cool, I’m extremely jealous.

  • Core

    I like the helmet style, looks pretty cool. Reminds me of a Shinigami that’s in a particular Manga I read.

  • Sid

    You will have to let us know if it aids in bug avoidance. Maybe they won’t be able to zero in on it while pulling a kamikaze.

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I would like one to protect my dome. Great job guys!

  • Ken

    Now that’s a helmet.

    Interesting stuff about Dazzle. BMW have started doing this to their test cars to stop you developing an interest in them:

    http://www.autofans.us/images/BMW/2010%20BMW%20X3%20SUV%20spy%20shots%201.jpg

  • KRT

    Why does a term like dazzle camouflage not surprise me with the navy?

  • Raymond

    to get them to paint the helmet, do you just contact them?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, contact details are on the DSC Website.

  • crackpot

    i was kinda hoping for some sort of denim with plastic gems and glitter on it

  • steve

    another well executed design david
    i am sure agv would be interested in your design
    cant wait to see your next piece

  • Mike

    “an observer would have trouble
    determining the…direction of travel, the speed, the size and the distance.”

    YEP, that’s just what I want in motorcycle gear – confuse the observer!