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Old 10-30-2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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Davida helmets

As I have a few old bikes I've always longed for a Davida or similar helmet and goggles to finish the 'look' and put me in the right frame of mind when riding. The $300+ price kind of put me off though. So some searching and I found a pretty good deal on new ones so I bought one, silver with center black stripe.

yes I know they aren't DOT and they are a lot of money for basically a novelty helmet. But they are certainly better than the $30 jobs you see on Harley riders. The HCI retro 50 just didn't look quite right. Stuck out too much and gave the mushroom head appearance. Not quite right. So I figure it's much better than the cheapos and not quite a DOT so better than nothing.

So I took the plunge and got a Davida. Man is that thing confortable. Really fits like a glove. Picked up some goggles today and am already for my regular Sunday morning vintage breakfast run.

Sorry, don't have a pic but you know what they look like. A very nice unit with real leather lining, cotton webbing. If you have one you know what I'm talking about. If your thinking about it, do it.
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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Someone will be along shortly to tell you how much you are endangering yourself. Just sayin'
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:56 PM   #3
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You're endangering yourself. Better sell all those motorcycles and take the bus.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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Good on ya, Better than nothing, some of them are certified, just not DOT lawyerfied and a cool look. I was thinking about the same helmet myself.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:34 PM   #5
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I have a "Wehrmacht Certified" German WW2 Leather Motorcycle Helmet. About as "old school" as one could get. Doubt if the cops in a helmet law state would be very pleased with it though.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:46 PM   #6
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Fine, I'll do it.

I'm missing a friend who was wearing one. He didn't go down very hard, but hit his head where the 1/2 helmet gives no protection and a DOT 3/4 does. The Davida Jets are nice and carry DOT and vintage cred. If it's the law, then you might as well wear something that does something.
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:28 PM   #7
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I saw the Davida Jets but if I were to get a 3/4 I'd just get a Bell. I wanted the pudding bowl helmet so that's what I got.
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:15 PM   #8
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Sorry...

but my HCI is hugely more comfortable if you have an oval head- my Davida gave me a headache. PLUS- the HCI is way more quiet.


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Old 10-30-2010, 06:53 PM   #9
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My wife had a half shell. I wore it once and promply bought her a fillup.
My wife never complained about the noise but it's beyond horrible. I'm old.I'm trying to save what I have left.





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Old 10-30-2010, 10:25 PM   #10
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Cromwell have nice range of jet helmets. Their top of the range has a stainless steel shell.

Good deals in the Uk at the minute http://www.designerhelmets.com/prodl...yPage=1&sale=1


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Old 10-31-2010, 06:43 AM   #11
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Nolan has a nice looking retro lid too
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:04 AM   #12
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I prefer the metalflake 3/4's of the 60's and 70's. Several extremely expensive ones are not DOT but they will sell you a sticker. Arthur Fulmer has a few DOT ones. Metalflake with a properly faded yellow bubble shield is perfect. I bought a cop half helmet that looks straight out of "Magnum Force" for $10 at Barber. It's comfy for riding around rallies and campgrounds and such. Good for bike/fishing as well. Probably wouldn't get out on the open road with it. Alway's liked the look of the Davida but I'm sure I'd look a tad more goofy with my melon head. Especially after looking at all the babes in their ads.
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Old 10-31-2010, 09:29 AM   #13
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It's up to you on the protection front.

But here's something to think about, A buddy had one of those.
He'd wear it everyday. He'd set the lid on the seat of his bike during work.

Turns out that there's not a whole lot of UV protection built into the paint or the straps.

I'd suggest keeping the paint well waxed, and keep the lid away from sunlight
if you don't want it to fade. It really seems like Davida are not making these helmets to last.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:11 AM   #14
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the 1/2 helmet race replicas use cork as a lining. Its useless for protection.

I get the appeal though, at least they're authentic. The ones that really piss me off are those metalflake retro 3/4 helmets by biltwell, etc. If you're going to wear a 3/4 helmet, why not get a real one?? Davida makes 3 or 4 3/4 helmet modles that will actually protect your head.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:59 PM   #15
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Well the subject touches a few nerves for me. I believe in a good helmet and sorry the pudding bowls don't qualify. Though I have no trouble admitting they look the part and maybe be better than nothing, but I doubt by much. I've been saved from serious injury and maybe death by a good shoel helmets twice so firmly believe you can't be operating with a full deck if you don't choose to wear a approved helmet. I don't even wave at the helmetless harley types in our state. I figure if they don't have the brains to wear a helmet waving and still maintaining control of their bike might be beyond them so I spare them the struggle. Of course it's a free country and if you wife, kids and friends are ok with it and will push your chair around and you have insurance to pay for your care and support them, then have it.
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