Our story

“Dart began in 1995, when I was looking for a screen for my Ducati Monster 900. There wasn’t anything on the market at the time so I decided to make my own. Then one thing led to another…”

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    Dart - The Original Flyscreen

    Well strictly speaking, not the first - that title belongs to the wire mesh (and later Perspex) creations that were devised by TT racers to provide a small amount of protection for the rider’s face when crouched over the tank at speed.

    However, our founder’s hand-made thermoformed products for the Ducati Monster in the mid-1990s established a template for a design that has become the archetypal small motorcycle windshield. Often copied (notably by major motorcycle manufacturers) there’s still only one, original Dart flyscreen. Now in its third incarnation as the Dart Classic S3, this is a design that has truly stood the test of time.

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    Continuous improvement

    Since day one, we’ve made the best products we possibly can. To start, this meant individual fitting kits for each bike - there’s no such thing as a ‘universal’ fitting.

    Then a move from thermoforming to injection-moulding: a huge investment but it gave us product consistency, higher quality and the ability to put more detail into every product.

    After that, we set to work improving appearance and longevity with an anti-scratch coating. We couldn’t find a reliable partner to provide this specialism, so we invented and built our own coating machine from scratch.

    The latest innovation has been a complete retooling of the screen using state-of-the-art technology, resulting in the Series 3 range of flyscreens.

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    From Steve

    “My father ignited both my love of motorcycles and an appreciation of craftsmanship. He taught me self-reliance, the pursuit of quality as an end in itself, and the crucial lesson that with practice, care and knowledge you can make pretty much anything.

    “To ride a motorcycle is one of life’s greatest experiences: the level of engagement with the world as it unfolds in a panoramic vista, changing with every turn; the bike’s response to rider input; the heightened state of awareness and presence. Riding a motorcycle is not just a journey through physical space, but a journey within.

    “Studying and working as an industrial designer has given me an appreciation of materials, form and purpose: the unspoken language of design. The creation of objects involves endless decisions and compromises. Nothing is unconsidered, and there’s always something I could have done better.

    “That’s why I do it.”