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A Closer Look At Davida Speedster

Davida Speedster Helmet

Davida's fully leather lined helmets are ergonomically designed to fit right & perform well on the road.

The Speedster is highly evocative of the first jet-style helmets ever made for motorcycling in the 1970's. Retaining all the key traditional design features it benefits from elements of Davida's unique CLOSE FIT ergonomic technology & design process & from our well known reputation for comfortable, quality, hand built helmets using modern materials.

MADE BY DAVIDA IN ENGLAND to the same exacting quality manufacturing standards to which all Davida helmets are made. The Speedster does not conform to any current safety standards.

Davida are now the sole UK manufacturers of open face motorcycle helmets. We are proud that, unlike most modern creations, these open face motorcycle helmets are still hand-built in England using the best quality materials available ..read more

Tradition and Technology

In the 1980's, when the vast majority had abandoned the production of 'old school' open face helmets in favour of full face helmets, Davida chose to begin its ground breaking & innovative design process to introduce a new style of modern safety helmet which combined tradition and technology.

Designed To Fit

Davida developed a unique design process to produce an open face helmet with superior fitting. Our use of extensive human head data has enabled us to produce helmets that are proportional to head size.

Proportionality

Overall Size & Weight Kept To An Absolute Minimum

The Speedster uses just two shell sizes to create the five different helmet sizes. The smaller your head size the smaller the shell size and keeping the overall weight & size of the Speedster to an absolute minimum.

The Speedster is a highly compact helmet, equivalent in size & shape & weight of the original 1970's helmets. 

Classic Profile

As with all Davida helmets time honoured modelling techniques are used to finely sculpture the initial shell shell model. With the Speedster the shell shape keeps all the authentic classic lines but with just a light touch of Davida's ergonomic design process to improve functionality.

CLOSE FIT

The Speedster shell and liner are ergonomically designed to follow the contours of the head; the helmet width around ears is slightly narrower than at the temples to prevent lift at speed and give a quiet ride. This close fit means there is a unique way to put on and take off a Davida Speedster...read more

Traditional Interior

Authentic in design to the retro 70's helmet, the interior is kept simple & traditional, using just enough leather lined padding to obtain a comfortable fit & quiet ride. More than 1 sq metre of the finest grade aniline dyed leather is used to create a traditional fully leather lined interior. Only aniline dyed leather holds fast its colour, guaranteed not fade in the sun or bleed when wet. The fully leather-lined interior is finished with a pure satin crown for a superb level of comfort. 

Quality Materials & Manufacturing Techniques

The chin strap and goggle retainer is made from the same high quality leather and are both secured to helmet shell using studs, not glued. All Davida helmets are made with a goggle strap retainer.

Davida believe you should have the option to choose whether to have studs for peaks and visors on your helmet. 5 studs are therefore a free optional extra you can choose to include on your helmet at the point of ordering. Studs cannot be retro-fitted to the helmet.

Longevity - The Devil Is In The Detail

We meet many customers out on the road and at shows with their Davida helmets and we find it highly satisfying to see how good our helmets look and perform after 20 years of regular use. The leather interiors are still beautiful.

There are many reasons why the Davida helmet can achieve such longevity

The Size

The size of the Davida helmet on the first day of use will be the same for the duration of its lifespan.

Using shells and liners which are proportional to each head size means the fully leather lined interior plays only a small role in creating the overall size of any Davida helmet. The interior is designed to have just enough foam padding behind the luxurious leather to give the helmet its superior level of comfort. This design ensures the interior cannot 'crush down'. Being leather it will not degrade with time. Consequently The Davida helmet will not become noticeably bigger with use

With use, the fully leather-lined interior will 'bed in' slightly, subtly changing to follow the fine contours of your head and thus becoming even more comfortable with age.

In comparison, some helmets can be made using only one helmet shell size, with the various different sizes being created by thickening the interior comfort padding. With frequent use, the interior padding crushes down and, as the interior space inevitably becomes larger, a gap between the interior and the head will develop. Eventually the helmet becomes too big and the wearer will experience an increased level of wind noise and will feel the helmet lift and move at speed.

Wearing a correctly sized helmet, that is, one which does not move or rotate on the head, is more than just about comfort as it plays a significant role in its effectiveness to offer protection in the event of an impact.

Materials

Fibreglass Shell

All Davida helmet shells are made using a fibreglass composite which does not have a limited lifespan due to UV degradation which occurs with polycarbonate helmet shells 

Double D Ring

The simplicity of the webbed strap being looped through a traditional Double D ring fastener, may take some a little practice to master, but it is a superior option to the ' buckle belt' where moving parts or mechanisms may fail after time.

Paintwork

Every raw fibreglass helmet shell must undergo a meticulous process of preparation to ensure an absolutely perfect base is created prior to painting. It is then hand masked and hand sprayed to the highest standard. Some complex designs with multiple colours requires the helmet to follow the hand masking and hand painting process more than three or four times.

Finally, when our paintshop is a 150% happy, the finished paintwork is thoroughly buffed with ultra fine paper prior to applying a generous layer of gloss or matt lacquer.

At this stage the paintwork it then polished.

Confidence In the Integrity of Davida

Yes, Davida helmets are aesthetically very pleasing, they're beautifully put together, and as is widely known, have a world-wide reputation for being a superior-fitting helmet that  is comfortable and quiet.

There are numerous reasons why you can be truly confident in the integrity of your Davida helmet.

ISO 9001 Accredited Company

Davida is an ISO 9001 accredited company, so every process of the helmet’s birth is followed, logged and audited. Made to exacting standards, each stage of the manufacturing process receives meticulous attention to detail.

From the production of each and every helmet component, all the way through to the delivery of your helmet to your door; every action and process within  Davida UK is tracked and monitored on a daily basis according to the ISO 9001 regulations.

In addition, an authorised and independent ISO 9001 expert regularly undertakes inspections at our factory to ensure everything that happens here within Davida UK exactly follows and meets the ISO 9001 requirements.

Being a ISO 9001 accredited company is not required by UK or European law, but a voluntary discipline Davida have chosen to work to.  It gives us, as the manufacturer, and you as the customer wearing our helmets, the reassurance that every Davida helmet we produce is a product of exceptional quality, giving both you and us the confidence that every Davida helmet is manufactured to the exacting standards expected from a UK company.

Davida stand confident and are proud of the integrity of each and every high quality helmet we produce here in the UK.