The lowest-profile open-face motorcycle helmet on the market – the Davida Speedster V3 – is now legal to wear in Australia.
UK-made Davida Speedster helmets have long been the lowest-profile helmets, but they were illegal to wear in many markets.
Now the Speedster V3 has received European (ECE22.05) and American (DOT) safety approval thanks to multi-density EPS shock absorption liners and a manufacturing technique called orbital lamination for their GRP composite helmet shells.
Yet they are still a nice low profile so you don’t look like you have a big alien head.
I’ve always wanted one, so I bought this nice gloss black Speedster V3 with fine gold pin striping and black leather interior. I could also have chosen a maroon or brown leather lining or brown suede.
Price is an eye-watering $599.95 for one colour, $649.95 for two colours and $699.95 for three colour and special designs. But it’s simply the best-fitting and most comfortable open-face helmet I’ve ever owned.
First thing I noticed was how tight it was to put on but then how comfortable and form-fitting it felt once on my head.
That is because it is narrower below the ears than at the temples. Just like your head!
To put it on you have to grab the chin straps and pull the bottom of the helmet apart to fit your head in and squeeze it over your ears.
However, once in place, it doesn’t feel tight, but snug and without any annoying pressure points.
Unfortunately, that means some glasses arms are too wide to fit. I now wear Flying Eyes Golden Eagle sunglasses which have ultra-slim arms and are very comfortable in this helmet.
Many open-face helmets act like a windsock and lift on your head, pulling the chin strap in a choker hold around your neck. I often wear a peak on open-face helmets in an effort to get some downforce to negate lift and pull.
However, the Davida’s close fit prevents any lift and choking at highway speeds, so there is no need for a peak.
You can order the helmet with press studs for a visor or peak, but I prefer the clean look without studs.
The leather lining is quilted for a comfortable feel and can be removed to be aired and cleaned with proper leather cleaners.
You can also remove and hand wash the maroon silk crown.
The chin strap uses conventional double-D rings which are simply the most secure and adjustable fastener and used by most racers.
At the back is a leather clasp to anchor your goggles strap so they don’t fall off.