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Let’s talk retro style helmets

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by Voodooo, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. Voodooo

    Voodooo VIP MEMBER

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    I’m interested in buying a retro styled open face helmet.
    I’ve looked at the following brands.

    Ruby
    Bell
    Davida
    Biltwell
    Hedon

    Does anyone have any experience in any of these helmets as far as quality, likes or dislikes, fit, weight, comfort, etc?
     
  2. Eljahara

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    Scott,
    In terms of quality and weight I would go for Davida or Hedon but as with any helmet it depends on fit - I tried a hedon recently, great quality but wrong shape for my head! Same with full face, I would love an Arai but does not fit my head so shoei is my preference!
    As they say, you get what you pay for - the more expensive helmets are lighter, fit better, have better features. Don’t forget to factor goggles into your budget unless you go for the classic aviators,
    John
     
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  3. thesixthelephant

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    Davida. But try one for fit first.
     
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  4. trident sam

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    Shoei make a good one with an integral visor that retracts into the top of the helmet.
    I do agree though that Davida helmets are decent.
    sam
     
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  5. Voodooo

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    Can’t lol. I live in the USA.
     
  6. thesixthelephant

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    Buy one anyway. they look good hanging from your handlebars.:p
     
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  7. comet

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    Another vote for Davida. "Hand made in the UK" like Norton. In fact Norton used them to produce one in the Manx silver with black/red pin stripe, although I can't see it on the Norton web site any more.

    I like that Davida will produce them with your own design. I had mine done to match my 961 before Norton commissioned theirs, I think mine is better than the Norton one anyway. They also did one to match one of my Triumphs.

    Perhaps you could get the US dealer (in California) to ship you one to try for size.

    PS - I added the Norton logo on my helmet, as Davida weren't allowed to do that.

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  8. Voodooo

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    I like the speedster V3.
     
  9. Voodooo

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    I’ll call Davida tomorrow and have a chat with them. Those look great!
    It’ll go with my Schott Prefecto P665 and the Lewis leather MK II racer jacket I ordered.
     
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  10. blaisestation

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    Another +1 for Davida have worn them for years.
     
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  11. Fast Eddie

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    I can’t remember how long I’ve had mine, way too long I expect. I am a Shoei man when it comes to full face lids, but it’s the Davida I end up wearing 90% of the time.

    I even used it for my R66 trip...

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  12. MxMartin

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    I bought a Davida without trying it first, fit was terrible, goggles wouldn't fit snug. My bonce suits Arai and Shoei so I now stick with these. As Sam has said, the Shoei with integral visor is a good bit of kit and goggles fit nicely if you want to use them instead of the visor.
     
  13. Fast Eddie

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    Do keep us posted as to how you get on with that jacket Scott, especially on your Domi, the lack of stretch panels in the back / shoulders would concern me if using it on an extreme Cafe Racer.
     
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  14. Fast Eddie

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    Davida sell a good selection of goggles, and will advise which will fit which lid best.

    They sold me the ones in the pic which not only fit the lid, but also fit over my specs, which I thought was pretty nifty !
     
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  15. MxMartin

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    Yep, when I bought my Davida they were also selling the Aviator goggles with integral spectacle frames which were pretty useless too as they steamed up below 20mph and made your eyes stream over 20mph.... but I looked cool I guess lol
     
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  16. Fast Eddie

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    You go above 20mph...?!
     
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  17. Voodooo

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    I wore my brand new Schott Prefecto P665 yesterday when riding my Commando SF with the upright stock bars. This is the first time I wore this leather jacket.
    It’s very stiff and heavy, it weighs in at 5.8 pounds. It’s gonna take some breaking in to get it loosened up.
    I also wore a hoodie under the jacket and that kinda restricted my movement a tiny bit but it wasn’t uncomfortable by any means.

    Looking forward to getting the Lewis leather jacket.
     

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  18. thesixthelephant

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    Davida Speedster and £4.99 Aldi interchangable lens Ski Sunglasses, a pair of ASDA jeans and battered Brando Jacket that was too small 5 years ago. I can't see, and I'll die if I crash, but there are worse ways to go !!!
     
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  20. Voodooo

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    Well what I just learned about the Ruby helmets are, they are all made in China and the ones you see sold are counterfeit. That’s straight from Ruby.

    Davida for me!

    https://www.ateliers-ruby.com/pages/about-us
     
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