History

AGV SpA. (Amisano Gino Valenza)

1947 – The first AGV motorcycle leather safety helmet was created by Gino Amisano

1953 – Amisano designs first motorcycle racing helmet

1954 – First modern Italian helmet, made of fiberglass, leading to creation of the “Model 160” Helmet

1956 – First AGV jet helmet produced

1967 – Giacomo Agostini signed by AGV Helmets, he would go on to be a 14-time World Champion, a feat matched by no other

1969 – First full-face helmet worn in an Italian race was an AGV model, worn by Alberto Pagani

1971 – Full-faced AGV helmets mass produced

1977 – AGV starts a “mobile clinic” to treat riders at the site of motorcycle events in case of injury

1978 – Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene are sponsored by AGV Helmets

1984 – Randy Mamola sponsored by AGV Helmets

1993 – Wayne Rainey sponsored by AGV Helmets

1995 – Valentino Rossi, only rider to threaten the likes of Giacomo Agostini, starts his riding career wearing AGV Helmets, leading to 7 World Championships

2007 – AGV merges with Dainese combining two of the most legendary names in the world for motorcycle protective gear.

2009 – Gino Amisano dies at 89

2012 – AGV unveils their new generation of helmets, the Pista GP, stemming from their “Extreme Standards Project” which began in 2009 as they were striving to make the safest helmet on the market

2014 – The Pista GP is awarded with 5 Sharp Stars and confirmed as one of the safest helmets in the world.

2014 – Bahrain's Investcorp purchases a majority stake in Dainese, the owner of the AGV Helmet brand.

 

AGV Sports Group

1978 – AGV USA is created as a joint venture between Gino Amisano (Helmets) in Italy and Michael Parrotte in the US to distribute AGV helmets exclusively the US market

1985 – License acquired from AGV to use name, joint venture into US market making apparel

          - Randy Mamola is first racer to be sponsored by the apparel company, wearing the first AGV  gloves: The CX-1

- AGV  creates their first road race suit and boots

1987 – Yamaha Motor Canada becomes first international importer

1989 – AGV  brand name morphed into AGVSPORT, AGV Sports Group Inc. formed

          - Keith Code’s California Super Bike School begins using  AGVSPORT leather suits for all instructors

1990 – 2007 Parts Unlimited becomes U.S. importer

          - Leather gloves, jackets, boots, and textiles all bearing the name AGVSPORT for the first time replaces the AGV name and tri-color logo

1991 – Loris Capirossi sponsored by AGV Sport, wins his second GP World Championship

1992 – AGV Helmets in Italy purchases 51% of AGV Sports Group

          Monza Importers I Australia become second international partner

1990’s – List of sponsored riders wearing AGVSPORT apparel explodes

            - U.S.A. – Ben Bostrom, Eric Bostrom, Thomas Stevens, Kurtis Roberts, Aaron Yates, and Roland Sands, Mike Hale,     Randy Renfrow.

- Canada – Miguel DuHamel, Pascal Picotte, and Steve Crevier

- Australia – Troy Bayliss, Sean Giles,  and 7-time AMA Super Bike Champion Mat Mladin

1998 – First modern AGVSPORT logo is created by Sergio Robbiano, the famed Italian designer for Ducati, Bimota, Spidi, and AGV Helmets

2001 – AGVSPORT is recognized by AGV Helmets as an independent brand, owned by AGV Sports Group Inc

2015 – AGV Sport celebrates their 30-year anniversary along with 25 year anniversary with Keith Code and the California Super Bike School

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