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NEXX G.100 Muddy Hog Helmet :: Product Review

A vintage style helmet with a modern fit and finish

We've had the head-turning (pun intended) NEXX G.100 Muddy Hog vintage style helmet for almost a year now and have definitely ridden our fair share of miles with the new lid. For those of you unfamiliar with NEXX, the Portugal-based helmet maker has been around since 2001 in Europe, and is picking up steam here in North America. They have a full range of helmets; covering everything from adventure style to full on race helmets and plenty in between. It wasn't until we saw their 'Garage' line that we really took notice.

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The G.100 is a retro fullface that is DOT-certified and has a great fit and finish. The interior isn't overly padded but is comfortable enough for long rides. While this wouldn't be the first choice on a race track, that certainly wasn't their intended purpose for the helmet. This helmet IS right at home for a day of canyon carving. We ripped around on the Bullitt 821 in the Malibu Canyons recently and the helmet worked like a charm!

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With the helmet, you get a visor or "peak" as they call it, a snap-on smoked shield and a pull string helmet bag. The shield can be unsnapped and moved into an "up" position, snapped back down over the visor. It's not as quick to reposition the shield as it would be to just flip it up, but fear not, they have a new "G.100 R" where you can do exactly that. The G.100 comes in a variety of colorways but the one we chose— the Muddy Hog— was a graphic collaboration with Lisbon, Portgual-based custom motorcycle shop, Maria Riding Company. Graphics are unique and cheecky, much like the Maria crew. Without exaggeration, this helmet gets more attention that virtually any other helmet we have.

vintage style helmet, cafe racer action

Having worn so many different helmets over the years, it's hard to not compare it against a top shelf standard full face, which wouldn't be totally fair. Field of vision is not the widest we've ever seen but certainly not a concern. It's not the noisiest helmet, but also not the quietest either. There is no question though, for the price point ($400), you get a fantastic lid that looks and feels like it could certainly be priced higher. Shopping what's available in the retro fullface world, you'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer alternative.

Photos by Shaik of The Mighty Motor
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Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

The Ago TT :: MV Agusta Brutale 800RR by Deus Ex Machina

A modern cafe racer MV Agusta Brutale 800RR by Deus Ex Machina

The Deus Emporium of Postmodern Activities in Venice, California released a killer MV Agusta build last year, the Ago TT. Motorcycle design director, Michael Woolaway, built this custom Brutale 800RR, commissioned by MV Agusta, as a homage to the marque’s rich racing heritage capturing the spirit of Tourist Trophy racing of the 60’s and 70’s. The bike is aptly named after the great motorcycle racer Giacomo Agostini who won 13 Grand Prix championships and 10 Isle Of Man TT’s between 1966 and 1973 astride the MV Agusta marque. This is a modern cafe racer embodied!

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

“MV’s were not only the best looking motorcycles ever built, but they were also the ones to beat because they had the most amazing motors and a secret weapon — their tinsmith Primo Selotti,” says Woolie, recalling a conversation he had with fellow aluminum shaper Evan Wilcox. “Selotti was from the airplane industry and was revolutionary in his gas tank shapes that not only looked great but were super aerodynamic with ergonomics to fit the rider. They were only meant to go fast.” The Ago TT implements these functional style cues from the distinctive shapes of early small displacement Italian race tanks with dished in sides and top and pronounced edges. The tank’s shell ended up being 7 separate pieces of Aluminum.

“This was the most difficult tank I’ve ever made due to the negative curve from the top to the back,” says Woolaway.

Getting aluminum to shape this way without it creasing is a tricky process. “I had to throw away the first version of the tank I made for this bike”

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR
Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

The sweeping curved pipes are another distinguishing feature of vintage MV Agusta race bikes in the 70’s that Woolie used on the Ago TT, sourcing a set of 27 inch megaphones from Cone Engineering.

“To get the right curve, I cut out about 30 small slices and brazed it all back together,”

says Woolaway, who finished them off with a flat black ceramic coat and end cap baffles from Roland Sands Designs.

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR
Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

No headlight, no turn signals, no license plate, no nonsense. Woolie has built a bike for the track and the racing slicks are properly gummed up from some track time at Laguna Seca and Willow Springs raceway.

“It feels like a Grand Prix bike, laser-straight and very responsive,” says Woolie. “While testing it on the track, I didn’t want to go back to the pits.”

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR
Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR
Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

The goal was to reference old race history while maintaining the modern precision that MV Agusta is known for today. We may be biased, but we think it turned out pretty killer!

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

Specs:
-Custom chromoly subframe
-Handmade aluminum tank with vintage Monza vented gas cap
-Handmade aluminium tail section housing the electronics
-520 final drive conversion
-Scitsu tach
-Hand made triple clamps by Durelle Racing
-Modified Cone Engineering exhaust with SPD tubing
-Roland Sands Designs exhaust baffles
-Öhlins USA rear shock custom made for this bike
-Pirelli slicks
-Full Beringer hand controls and brake system with cast iron rotors
-Rizoma rear brake reservoir
-LSL clip on bars from Spiegler
-Rizoma rear sets

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

Ago TT MV Agusta Brutale 800RR

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