Originally Posted by yechave
I believe we too ran into the helmet guy at Blocker's HD, when we first started looking for some.
Almost every BMW rider we met, had a Nolan and suggested that brand. A month or so of searching, and after many attempts and quite a few ordered for sizing, we got the best fit we could, based on his information.
We did go with the modular Nolan 102C, expecting to at some point add their COM system, until we found out how much that cost.
While the original Nolan (L) fit me well for summer, I needed more room for a balaclava for colder temps. Just got the GMAX44 (XXL) this afternoon. Nice helmet for the money, with what appears to be some options it would have been nice had Nolan offered them.
It can get expensive very quickly trying to find the right helmet when you can't take one out of the store or use it. Not having many other options, I ordered this from Revzilla. Waited almost two months for one to come in the size I wanted, and so far, it looks like a better fit than my Nolan. While not quite built as sturdy, it is by far better than other choices I can afford.
Give it a few days of wear in the house. That goes well, should know in a week or so if it works well in the wind and cold.
Very little support for parts for the GMAX in the US. Their replacement cheek pads are $20/each. They have 10, 20, 25 and 30mm pads. They will not exchange the new ones in the helmet for a different size, which Nolan did.
The Nolan goes in for warranty repair the end of next month.
See how it all goes. Thanks for the video link!!
Check out Cycle Gear. There is one in Allentown, PA. Here's the helmet policy:
No Hassle 7-Day Helmet Exchange
New street helmets may be exchanged for another helmet of any value provided the returned helmet is in new and unused condition with all of it's original packaging and accessories. In order to protect our customers, helmets exchanged under this program may not be ridden in, dirty, scuffed, chipped or damaged in any way.
So, try one out. Wear it around the house, watch old race videos, eat dinner in it (try to avoid pasta!) and if you just don't like it, bring it back! If your helmet was purchased online, we'll pay your return shipping charges for one exchange, as long as it's just for a different size (must be the same make, model and color).
That is the only place I have come across that has any sort of helmet exchange policy.
Time for bed. Have to be up early to watch some forging tomorrow.