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 l...


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unpublished goal of our design, photography and writing style is to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