1988 Kevin Schwantz Signed Race Used Pepsi Suzuki 500cc Grand Prix Helmet
Race-used Arai helmet worn by Kevin Schwantz during the 1988 500cc Championship GP season while riding for the Pepsi Suzuki Team.
Kevin Schwantz is an American, former professional motorcycle road racer. He was the World Champion of the 1993 FIM Road Racing World Championship. The late 1980s and early 1990s are remembered as one of the most competitive eras of Grand Prix racing with a field rich in talent that included Wayne Rainey, Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Eddie Lawson and Randy Mamola. He was often at a disadvantage in that his Suzukis never seemed to be as fast as those of his Yamaha and Honda mounted rivals. His determination to win at all cost meant that he seemed to crash as often as he won. This trait made him a popular favorite among race fans the world over. His last lap pass of Rainey to win the 1991 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring, with his rear tire fish-tailing on the verge of control, typified Schwantz’ “do or die” riding style.
Schwantz began 1988 by winning the season-opening Daytona 200 in what would be his only win in that prestigious event. He then departed for Europe as Suzuki promoted him to its 500cc Grand Prix team where he made an immediate impact by winning the 1988 Japanese Grand Prix in the opening round at Suzuka, Japan. It was only his seventh Grand Prix ride in total, having experienced wild card rides in 1986 on the old square four RG500 and in 1987 on the first version of the V4 RGV500. Schwantz would score his second win of the season in the German GP at the Nurburgring, to go along with two 3rd places in the 1988 British and Brazilian GPs to round out the 500cc class season.
The helmet has been photo matched to Salzburgring and still has the tech sticker still attached.
The helmet is in red, white and blue with the Arai branding logo featuring prominently above the dark tinted visor, and has Schwantz’s first name placed on the lower back portion of the helmet.
Schwantz race-used helmets are rare and do not come onto the collectibles market too often. So don’t hesitate to add this fantastic piece of motorcycle racing history to your collection.
The helmet is hand-signed by Kevin in black marker pen and comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity.