AGV Pista will cost $1,300+ when it goes on sale next year

Dailies, Galleries -


News from the Parts Unlimited dealer showcase: AGV is showing off the new helmet it co-developed with Valentino Rossi. According to Dealer News, the AGV Pista will retail for “$1,300 to $1,500″ when it goes on sale, “in the next year.” The publication also reports an 800 gram weight, which sounds erroneous given AGV claimed 1,250 grams when it unveiled the helmet in March.

The Pista, or AGV PistaGP, depending on which material you’re reading on which day will be AGV’s new flagship helmet and, possibly, the most high end road racing helmet on the market. According to Dealer News again, the helmet will be produced in “extremely limited” numbers, with each carrying a unique number.

Its benefits aren’t just in weight or looks though, but it safety too. The Pista allegedly absorbs 46 percent more energy in a crash than the GP-Tech.

Here’s how the new PistaGP compares to the outgoing GP-Tech:
- 1250g, down from 1560g
- 193% more ventilation area
- 71% smaller visor movement area (area devoted to visor movement)
- 48% less HIC index standard (Head Injury Criterion)
- 44% less lift
- 36% less g-force transmitted to the head (compared to the ECE regulation)
- 15° more upward vision
- 9% larger visor area
- 6% smaller lateral section
- 3% smaller front section

AGV used lasers to scan Valentino Rossi’s head (not surprisingly, he says it fits great) and they used their 3D model of The Doctor to design the helmet from the inside out, starting with the liner, then the EPS impact protection, and finally the carbon outer shell. At 1250 grams, it ties the XR1R for lightness and it’s appreciably smaller than the GP-Tech it replaces. The design was informed by 28 hours in the wind tunnel and comes in four carbon fiber shell sizes with four places to adjust the removable and washable liner. There are four “always open” intakes (truly a helmet for racing) and two exhausts, but plastic covers are included to cover the intakes in bad weather. The visor is incredibly thick, measuring 3.3 mm (more than 1mm thicker that the XR1R shield), and benefits from a locking system like that of the HJC RPS-10 to reduce the risk of accidental opening.

”I consider the PistaGP helmet a tribute to Gino Amisano, an entrepreneur I admired for his ability to innovate, the records he achieved, and the competitive spirit with which he faced every challenge. The new helmet is part of the AGV Standards project, which, in line with the qualities established by Amisano, revolutionizes the way helmets are designed, setting new records for protection and ergonomics that are clearly evident,” said Lino Dainese.

By you guys’ request, here’s a 17-minute video RevZilla made exploring this helmet in detail:

  • Dani Peral

    Not a bad price for a helmet that will only fit Valentino Rossi’s head.

    • mugget

      Careful there, your ignorance is showing.

      • Steven

        Your “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz” is showing.

  • 10/10ths

    So, is Rossi a “Long Oval” or an “earth”?

    • Wes Siler


      • smoke4ndmears

        Totally monkey.

        • Kevin

          And the kind of monkey that gets laid like bathroom tile, apparently.

          • SodaO

            By men who like monkeys.

  • Case

    Is it bad form to link to the Revzilla video on this thing? Seriously, I don’t want to step on any toes but they have a 17 minute video for this if you’re really into it. I’m not, at that price point, but if they can get some trickle down tech at a price point comparable to the Corsair-V then that would be great news.

    • Wes Siler

      Go for it.

  • Coreyvwc

    It’s still FAR FAR cheaper than the full carbon corsair V that Arai put out in small numbers a year or two ago. $4,000 helmet? Go fuck yourself Arai…

    • filly-fuzz

      Dude you should see the bullshit Arai Australia plays…….

      Due to retarded ADR (australian design regulations) every helmet worn in Australia must carry an ADR sticker (tamper proof) on the shell and liner. The stickers are applied by the importer which means we can’t buy any helmet overseas, online or otherwise and wear them legally in Australia even though it exceeds all ADR safety standards

      If you get pulled up by a cop the first thing they do is check for the sticker and if it’s not there your not going anywhere (or even if its faded!) Same applies to racing. no sticker = not legal.

      Because of this Aria Australia refuses to drop it’s prices to the international norm and hence we have to shell out $1199 for a Corsair V! This especially sucks if you have saved up for one for fucking ages as a track only lid and then have a minor crash at the track making it the most expensive crash of your life.


      • Mr.Paynter

        That is ridiculous!
        You guys need to form a mob of some sort!

        • filly-fuzz

          Just got that.


  • Scott-jay

    $1,500 is over half another motorcycle : )

    • Dani Peral

      Well, my ’91 kat costed 1200eur which is around 1500$… hehe

  • Skank NYCFastest

    Very interested.

  • KR Tong

    Do customers get the same 3D scanned fit? If so that’d be a freaken bargain.
    Seriously when is that going to be a thing? I can make a 3D model of my head right now with my xbox kinect.

    • Wes Siler

      Sure don’t.

  • mugget

    Wow wow wow. Loved this helmet since I first learned about it. Liking it even more now that I’m finding out about all those features!

    The best helmet that I can’t afford.

  • damien

    Helmet looks amazing, but I’d need it to come with European delivery for it to be worth it.

  • JTB

    Looks sweet and light weight for sure. But thats in ECE form. DOT certification will be very different. I can find 1300gram thermoplast(plastics) helmets in ECE all day long. Composites(carbons&glass)even lighter at 900to 1000 grams. The problem is DOT and the testing required.

    I empathize with Filly as the AUS certification is like he said for the buyer but even more so on the producers. Its not that Arai and the others are gouging, its volume of units made specifically for that market is much smaller.

    I am interested to see how this AGV runs the DOT gauntlet and what changes it will end up with for the US market.

    • aristurtle

      DOT doesn’t require testing. They will occasionally test helmets after they hit the market and will post which ones failed tests deep on some website that nobody reads. There is no monetary fine or sales injunction. It’s basically the honor system.

      • JTB

        Aristurtle your right DOT does not require it, it is the honor system. But I do not know of any importer of helmets who does not test their helmets on their own through independent labs to insure compliance. That would be a lawyers wet dream. However to say there is no fine or injunction is just not true. If you fail a random sampling you are then required to prove it was a fluke. If that is not proven you will have to recall and refund that batch helmets are generally ordered in containers so for a Full face thats 2500 roughly per container 1/2 shells about twice that. Even more so is the fact that if you as the Maker(importer) sell a helmet that failed and somebody died or was seriously hurt the liability even if not the main cause ie: like the dude was drunk as he fell off his bike and hit the curb becomes pretty much irrelevant. I think the US system is flawed in that respect, and thats why Snell was able to gain cred like it did in the early 80s mostly from the influence of some key people in the industry at that time.

  • kidchampion

    I’ll stack 4 Scorpion helmets on my head for the same price and won’t cry when one slides off my seat and bounces on the ground.

    • BMW11GS

      I would definitely start crying if said fall occurred too. It would be embarrassing to explain to all my friends standing around too.

  • SodaO

    Will it come without the ’46′ or any other reference to Rossi on it?