1. Sun & Moon (1996)


When an 18-year-old Valentino Rossi entered Grand Prix competition in 1996 in the 125cc class aboard the Scuderia AGV Aprilia, this is the helmet he was wearing. The original Sun & Moon motif set the precedent for future helmet designs, as well as the asymmetrical features of his leathers. This is the helmet design that began his career-long partnership with Aldo Drudi, who has designed all of Rossi’s helmets. It is the helmet he was wearing when he won his first GP – at Brno that same year – as well as his first GP championship in the 125cc class in 1997. Rossi continued with this design through two years of 250cc competition – including one championship – and his first year in the premier class. Rossi has always worn AGV helmets and many of his past and present designs can be purchased today at agv.com.

  • Starmag

    Rossi obviously fancies himself a blonde. Excellent taste in albums though.

  • ColoradoS14

    I just picked up a Rossi helmet myself, been wearing Shoei forever and thought I would add an AGV to my collection. Got the K3 SV Elements helmet and really like it. Certainly not a nice as my Shoeis and quite a bit louder but still love how bright and colorful the graphics are. Here is Rossi with his version of the lid.

  • Old MOron

    Well yes, I guess the original Sun & Moon helmet has to be number one. After that it’s a four-way tie for 2nd in my book.

    The Wish You Were Here helemt, and the three helmets where he pokes fun at himself. You left out The Donkey:

    Oh, okay, one more that I really liked, his Elvis helmet:

    • schizuki

      Yep, totally inexcusable to leave out the Donkey.

      • Old MOron

        Well, we can let it go. What’s a little absent mindedness between friends? But his wife is going to kill him!