AGV PISTA GP-R

Fast Bikes - - TRIED OUT -

TESTED BY: Pretty Boy MILES: 1,500 TIME: 8 months PRICE: RRP £899.99 You’ve prob­a­bly seen AGV’s top-of-the-range sports lid spanked on board a cer­tain Valentino o Rossi’s nog­gin – and if it’s good enough for the GOAT I’m sure it re­ally is good enough for the rest of us. I opted for the Matt Car­bon de­sign and had it sprayed, but even stan­dard they come in a range of snazzy colour schemes with a fin­ish that is ab­so­lutely stun­ning for a crash hel­met. Un­box­ing the Pista GP-R you’ll find it comes equipped with a re­mov­able hy­dra­tion sys­tem (not for al­co­hol ap­par­ently) and a high qual­ity hel­met bag and an eas­ily re­mov­able vi­sor which are nice touches – yet even so the real trump card is pick­ing the thing up and try­ing it on.

Con­structed from 100% car­bon fi­bre, the AGV is in­cred­i­bly light, and hav­ing four shell sizes means you’ll get the ul­ti­mate fit. I opted for a small and it felt a lit­tle snug at first, but thanks to the clever pads you can eas­ily ad­just the fit; I moved my pads slightly for a thin­ner crown sec­tion and now it fits like an ab­so­lute dream.

I have to say this has been the one lid that I didn’t ini­tially like as the aper­ture on the vi­sor is mas­sive and alien at first, yet ev­ery time you ride with it you’ll grow to love it – and now I can’t wait to get rac­ing in it. The wind noise isn’t bad at all for a race lid and the ven­ti­la­tion is rock solid, al­though the vents are al­ways open with op­tional cov­ers – so keep that in mind if you’re rid­ing in the cold. I haven’t been down the road in it yet (touch wood) but safety is cov­ered thanks to a whole host of in­no­va­tions, and even the spoiler on the back fea­tures mul­ti­ple wings.

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