Now based in Merseyside in the North of England, the Davida factory has been standing the test of time since the early ‘80s, with its factory of skilled workers now making each helmet by hand.
But it hasn’t always been this way, explains owner and founder, David Fiddaman – or Fid the Lid – as he’s fondly referred to by his colleagues. After training as a production engineer in the mid-70s, David started developing vacuum gauges for balancing carburettors on his own multi-cylinder motorcycle. After seeing a gap in the market for such equipment, he paired up with his pal and fellow bike-enthusiast Alan Davenport and set to work.
“We were young and so determined to make it work that our first production site was my mother’s garage where we began producing tuning equipment for Honda’s UK workshops. I never told them that ‘Unit 2’ was my mother’s garage - we still smile about that now.” David Fiddaman