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    Default Nolan helmets - what makes them so popular?

    Seems that many Spyder riders use Nolan helmets. Wondering what makes them so popular for Spyders? I've been a Shoei fan for years, but must admit that in the hot weather my Shoei Neotec seems a bit too much, so I am thinking of trying a 3/4 helmet like the Nolan N40. Comments would be very welcome.
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    Nolan makes good lids that tend to be more round than narrow (intermediate oval). You'll need to try the fit. They are a bit on the heavier side than more costly lids. Also, the Nolan intercom system doesn't play well with other intercom brands if memory serves. If you just need BT to your phone/Spyder, it should be fine. Revzilla review is not great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc5igqPqZ8A
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    Nolan has been an innovative company. They have worked hard on the Modular and Full Face, Flip-Up design that is very popular with Touring riders. They make a quality helmet at a reasonable price. And replacement parts are readily available. A good choice if they fit your head shape.

    I've been selling Nolan helmets for a long time. Fit is always crucial and I recommend trying one on before purchasing, if possible. But when they fit, customers are very happy with them.

    I am happy to quote a price if you find you are wanting one. If you can beat it, at least you know you're getting a good deal!
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    I was a Nolan user for the last twenty years or so. Started with full face (100's) went to (40's) and 44's. Liked the fit, and durability. Used add on Sena's for communicators. Bought one set of Nolans with n-com communicators attached...very disappointed in them.

    My latest, we went to Bell Magnum with Sena built in. Going on year #3 with them.

    Cost seems to be in mid-range for what is out there.
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    I rode with a Nolan for years (N-103 very comfortable helmet). But I lost weight and also wanted one that I could flip the chin guard all the way back, so I ended up with a Shark Evo One-2. Been very happy with that one also.
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    I used an N40-5 for several years and recently went with an n70-2x (the one with the sun visor). Both are the convertible type where the chin guard is removable and you can use it as a 3/4 helmet which I tend to do in the heat when riding 3 wheels. Optics are very good on the visors and I like that most come with the micro ratchet instead of a d ring. I have used the same sena communicator on both, and no real issues fitting it on the helmet. Both Nolan helmets had a very wide field of view, sun peaks and drop down sun visors. Unless you buy the bottom of the line, it also comes with the pinlock lens.

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    I tried Nolan, but ended up with a Scorpion, full face, which can fully open, Ideal for me, at highwayspeeds closed, whilst cruising, open
    Wife has the same, and is totally in love with it.
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    I went to a motorcycle helmet shop that carries virtually every brand available. Tried lots of helmets. Nolan fit the best and that's what I bought. I have a big ol' fat head. Fit is important to make sure I wear the helmet. The only down side is the Nolan has a really big shell (at least mine does) and the wind buffeting is more than on a smaller helmet..... Jim
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    I went with Nolan because at the time (8 years ago) I liked that it was modular and easy to put a headset inside.

    First time rider at the time and didn’t really know much about other helmets.

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    I would say fit and price are the top two reasons people pick any helmet with wind noise and venting following those. I rode with a Nolan flip many years ago and fit and price were the two factors that influenced me. This time around with the new Spyder price wasn't an issue so I went with the Shoei Neotec 2.
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    I use a NOLAN Trilogy in the heat and an N-91 much of the year. I like the fit, the super wide view field, the operation of the visors and sun shields, the quality for the price, their durability, easy of getting replacement parts, and the relative quietness while wearing either. I’d agree with ARTravler the earlier N-Com communication systems were not the greatest, but the newer systems are very robust.
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    Nolan N 104 Modular user for 8 years now. At the time ( and may still be?) it was the only modular helmet that came in XXXL size and didn't cause me discomfort at the forward crown of my head. Literally 100,000 miles later you can have my helmet when you pry it off my cold dead body. I would never ever wear another lid. I am in the process of picking up another N 104 (not easy to find as the new models have emerged) because after 100k miles its seen its share of dings , dents and scuffs. The latch and visor(s) still operate and lock like the day I got the helmet. I was an early adopter the N-Com system as this was their first helmet with it built in and it worked ok the first few years , but have since moved to a different bluetooth setup.
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    I use a Schuberth C3 pro and very often ride with the chin bar raised. Today got a call from my wife and put the bar and visor down for better acoustics. Despite the high 90s it wasn’t too bad. Anyway about 5 minutes after I put it down a rock was kicked up from a truck ahead of me and hit the visor so hard I was glad she had called. A stone flying into you when you are doing 75 mph won’t be fun…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranical View Post
    ... about 5 minutes after I put it down a rock was kicked up from a truck ahead of me and hit the visor …
    Although I frequently (mostly?) ride with my visor up, this is done with a full-face helmet. Yeah, there is still the occasional small rock or bug that makes its way in, but at least it's a smaller window than a 3/4 helmet or a modular with the chin bar raised.

    You can't always pick and choose when an "accident" will happen. When the "stuff" hits the fan, you probably won't have time to pull your chin guard down to save your face.

    Another reason I prefer a full-face is NOISE, or more specifically, the LACK of it. I have used my son's Nolan a few times and found the wind whistling past the extra cracks in the shell to be a bit irritating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canamjhb View Post
    I went to a motorcycle helmet shop that carries virtually every brand available. Tried lots of helmets. Nolan fit the best and that's what I bought. I have a big ol' fat head. Fit is important to make sure I wear the helmet. The only down side is the Nolan has a really big shell (at least mine does) and the wind buffeting is more than on a smaller helmet..... Jim
    Many helmets, Nolan included, have only 2 shell sizes. They usually run one shell size from XS to Large. Then XL to 3XL in another size. So, if you're getting a Small helmet, the shell is a Large with padding to make up the difference. This is what is called the 'Bubble Head' effect. You have to go to a high end helmet like an Arai or similar where they make 3, 4, or even 5 different shell sizes. Arai typically makes 1 size for an XS, another for Small, another for Medium & Large (which share the same shell with padding thickness being the only difference. Another size for XL and 2XL, and yet another shell size for 3XL.

    Fewer shell sizes make for a much less expensive manufacturing process. And more shells will increase the price.
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