AGV AX-8 Dual: bella avventura

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Have you ever seen a more futuristic-looking helmet? The AGV AX-8 Dual brings AGV GP-Tech specs and quality to the adventure touring world. Probably the neatest thing about the AX-8 Dual is that you can wear the exceptionally light helmet without the visor and with goggles for real off roading, with the peak and visor for riding your GS to the cafe or even with the visor and without the peak for high speed, buffet-free road riding.

The AX-8 Dual uses the same shell material as the GP-Techs that we wear: a fiberglass/carbon/kevlar weave that contributes to a weight of just 1,400g for a size medium; about 200g lighter than the similar Arai XD3. Like other AGVs, the AX-8 is certified to the light and safe ECE-22.05 standard, which helps explain that weight difference.

Also similar to the GP-Tech are the vents, which here are larger, albeit of a similar shape. The five front openings, two lateral intakes and two rear extractors should ventilate extremely well. The rings in the double-D chin strap are titanium.

Our only criticisms of the GP-Tech are that the visor aperture sits slightly too low on the helmet and the visor mechanism frequently requires removal and adjustement while replacing visors. It looks like neither should be a problem with the AX-8; look how big that visor is! It also uses what appears to be a different, more rugged visor mechanism.

As you’d expect on a high-end helmet like this, the moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial lining is removable and washable and you can vary the fit with different sized cheek and forehead pads. Like real dirt helmets, the filter in the chin vent is removable and washable.

We like what we see here so much that we’re hoping to get our hands on a couple and ship them off the Death Spray for some custom paint. We’ve already done Dazzle, any ideas on what design we should try next?

The AX-8 Dual isn’t available yet, nor listed on AGV’s website, but MotoStrano says prices should start at $399.

  • the_doctor

    The price is right.

    I am unimaginative, but I am sure someone will come up with something radical. I love the Dazzle, so one-upping that will be quite a feat.

  • Emmet

    The “floating” appearance of the peak is an excellent design touch.

  • JimSmiffy

    I have seen a more futuristic looking helmet, it just looks outta place without the hover bike.

  • spidiracer

    Kinda reminds me of the Halo helmet… There are some exciting new helmets coming up! I am going to have a hard time picking a new one.

  • cdsv

    That thing is so bad ass. It makes me want to get a black one and a murdered out supermoto, then ride to Tehran and club some protesters.

    Seriously though it is nice. The “floating” peak provides clearance for the visor in the up position and also allows air to flow through so it’s not acting like a parachute. I’m not a fan of the look of the mouth vent cover, but it is functional – no fiddling with tiny switches there. The shell contours look good and add rigidity, especially in the chin bar. I’d love to take one of these things apart to see how they manage airflow – see if those bottom gasket vents are for real because there’s not much going on below the top vents.

  • ernie

    the side view looks like the roadrunner on bugs bunny.

  • UrbanRider

    Looks great in black.

    For the money, AGV pack a big punch. The new S4-SV is also extremely cool looking and a great spec. for sub £200.

    Thanks for the heads up on this one.

  • vigor

    I want UFO Plast to make something like this. Their new dirt helmet is tits.

  • Johndo

    Considering this to replace my now 3-4 year old Shoei X-11. In black with tinted visor, this helmet will look great.

  • evilbahumut

    Master Chief wants his lid back.

    I’d rock that though!

  • motostrano

    by way of an update- this helmet is only being brought to the US first in small quantities, in Black, White and Gunmetal (no matt black as expected) and the retail has been updated to $349.95. Motostrano will keep stock of them as they are available.

    • Wes Siler

      Thanks Joe.

  • Beast Incarnate

    I may have found my next helmet. I love the way supermoto helmets look sans-peak; this one is stunning.

  • motostrano

    to re-update. turns out $349.95 gets you the MX version of the AX8, not the DS. DS retail is still at $399, though we’re discounting it a bit. / Joe