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."
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unpublished goal of our design, photography and writing style is to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