A CLOSER LOOK AT DAVIDA JET
Davida Jet Helmet
Davida’s fully leather lined helmets are ergonomically designed to fit right & perform well on the road
Making maximum use of Davida’s unique & ground breaking ergonomic technology & design process, The Jet is Davida’s ultimate CLOSE FIT helmet. A far superior fitting helmet which delivers a supreme level of comfort & unrivalled performance, eliminating lift at speed & ensuring an exceptionally quiet ride.
MADE BY DAVIDA IN ENGLAND to the highest quality control required by ECER22-05 certification & is ACU Gold Approved for Racing in UK
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.
The Davida Jet was our first open face helmet on the market which integrated the finest features of the traditional open face helmet into a modern product that also meet the latest European Safety Standard ECE R22-05 and ACU approved for racing in the UK.
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.
The Most Efficient Weight and Size Possible.
The Jet comes in three shell sizes and six helmet sizes meaning the shell size is proportional to your head size. The smallest shell is used to create the Extra Small & Small, the medium shell to make the Medium & Large and the largest shell to make the XL & XXL. Within these different shells we use a size specific EPS liner and different thicknesses of interior padding behind the leather to create each separate size.
The initial Jet shell model has been finely sculptured by hand, using chauvant clay and time honoured modelling techniques.
We paid very particular attention to the shell shape to ensure it retained all the authentic classic lines, but with a few contemporary twists to achieve a new level of functionality.
The unique shape of the Jet’s fibreglass shell and liner is designed to precisely follow the natural shape of the head; narrower at the jaw than at the crown. When combined with the interior, which also follows these lines and extends them past the shell, the snug fit created ensures the Davida Jet is incredibly stable and secure. As well as completely eliminating ‘lift’ at speed, this ergonomic design hugs the head reassuringly and makes for an exceptionally quiet ride.
This close fit means there’s a unique way to put on and take off a Davida Jet…read more
Superior Interior Sound Proofing
Achieving the desired Close Fit is a highly significant factor in contributing towards the ergonomic and acoustic properties of the Davida Jet. However the superior interior sound proofing of the Jet also relies on the additional use of our unique sound proofing EPU which extends from each temple, down each check, back below each jaw and around to finish at the nape of the neck. This continuous piece of sound proofing EPU is encapsulated within an uninterrupted piece of finely tailored quilted leather to create a highly comfortable sound proofing barrier and reducing the wind noise to an significant level.
Supremely Luxurious Comfort
More than 1 sq metre of the finest grade aniline dyed leather is used to create the supremely comfortable and luxurious quilted leather lined interior of every Jet helmet. 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 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 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 thick 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.
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.
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 far superior-fitting helmet that can deliver a supreme level of comfort & unrivalled performance, eliminating lift at speed & ensuring an exceptionally quiet ride.
For all of this though, Davida Jet and Ninety 2 helmets are at the end of the day a safety product, designed to be highly effective in their primary function of protection.
There are numerous reasons why you can be truly confident in the integrity of your Davida helmet and that they are more than capable of giving you the level of protection on the road required by the Safety Certifications they carry
Hand Crafted By Davida In The UK
Every Davida helmet is hand crafted in the UK at our factory in Merseyside by our team of highly skilled and dedicated technicians. No part of the helmet manufacturing process is automated by a machine. Creating a Davida helmet is highly labour intensive, requiring it to be passed through many hands all the way through it’s production.
Virtually all our staff has worked for Davida for over a decade, many for twice as long as that and some have spent their whole working life serving the company for more than 30 years. Together, the staff at Davida have more than a century of experience in producing the highest quality, hand-crafted motorcycle helmets.
Davida are one of only a handful of helmet companies who haven’t chased larger profit margins and outsourced the manufacture of their helmets to countries where a day’s labour is less than a quarter of European rates…read more
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 safety products, 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.
Independently Tested To DOT FMVS No 218, BS:6658 Type B 1985 & ECER22-05
Not every Jet, Speedster V3 or Ninety 2 helmet made at Davida is sold. From every batch a proportion is sent to be independently tested to destruction to ensure your Davida helmet will perform to the highest standards.
The Ninety 2 is sent to BSI House & tested at the British Standards’ facilities within the UK & The Jet & Speedster V3 is tested by the TUV at their facilities in Germany.
Here they undergo a series of rigorous tests to ensure that they are capable of providing you with the protection required by the BS: 6658: Type B 1985 or the ECER22-05 & DOT FMVSS No 218 Safety Certifications.
Unlike most modern creations from large factories, the Davida helmet does not undergo any in-house testing here at our factory. Davida are not involved in, nor have any influence over the testing procedures undertaken within the British Standards or TUV testing centres.
Our choice to have Davida helmets independently tested, together with our ISO 9001 accreditation here at the factory, gives us the unwavering confidence in the ability of the Davida helmet to meet the Road Safety Certifications they carry.
Different Road Safety Certifications
Whilst the testing processes of different helmet Safety Certifications vary slightly, they all aim to simulate the typical impact scenarios the rider on the road may encounter.
To pass these tests and gain the certificate of approval, Davida helmets, containing heavy, metal dummy heads are dropped vertically onto different shaped anvils, both blunt and sharp. Complicating matters is the fact that the helmets are re-tested at -20 and +50 degrees Celsius, temperatures at which the helmet materials may act differently.
The stringent tests of the BS:6658 Type B 1985, DOT FMVSS No 218 & the ECR22-05 measure the impact absorption and retention of the Davida helmet. Impact protection for the rider is achieved by the combined action of the helmet shell and liner. The head is adequately protected when surrounded by a sufficiently rigid shell and the necessary volume of shock absorbing material.
They are comparable certifications, neither better nor worse than each other, just different in the details of the impact tests the helmets are subjected to.
Replacing Your Davida Helmet
Any helmet which has received an impact should be replaced, even if there is no visible damage to the helmet exterior. Any impact the helmet receives will damage the interior shock absorption liner and compromise its ability to absorb the energy of any subsequent impacts.
We meet many customers out on the road and at shows with their Davida helmets and 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.