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post #1 of 14 Old Dec 11th, 2007, 4:52 am Thread Starter
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Smile any advice on nolan 102 helmets?

Hi all,

I am in the market for a new helmet and I am wondering if anyone has experiance with the Nolan 102 n units?

I like the idea of the "semi full face" system but dont of anyone who has tried them. I believe they can also be updated with the Nolan comms system and I would be interested in how this system connects to the helmet and again, if anyone has actually used one i would love to know.

Here in australia they are available over the net but not many dealers stock them.

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post #2 of 14 Old Dec 11th, 2007, 7:19 am
 
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I got one last summer and am very pleased with it except that the ventilation isn't exactly mind-blowing. I spend most of my riding with the visor cracked, or with the front flipped up (at lower speeds). Otherwise it's a good helmet at a good price, imo. I particularly like the built-on shade (removable) for riding early and late in the day when the sun gets low.

I've got an Autocom unit fitted - we already had it and I couldn't see myself getting rid just to put in the Nolan comms system. Works just fine.

What I have noticed is that the helmet 'fit' is wide, but it does press slightly on either side of the crown of my head. not enough to cause any problems. I guess the only way to get a perfect fit is to have a helmet custom made?!!!
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I like my Nolan....
Only have a problem with fogging when I stop, then I have to crack the face shield open, this was not a problem when I had the anti-fog insert installed but just too many things to clean so i took it out.
Also be aware that you cannot have clear shield up and tinted shield down.

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I like my Nolan. I have had the 102 for about a year and have had no problems with it. It does fog up in the cooler weather, but I have not used the anti-fog shield that came with it.
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We bought three 102's. Very easy to open one-handed, love the micro adjust chin strap.

I put a couple rows of electrical tape across the top of the dark shield to block all sunlight.

I also used the fog shield, works great. Would not be without it in the cold. You need to remove the shield to install the fog shield.

I removed the liner and found their vent holes did not line up properly, used 3/8th inch drive socket extension to open the holes wider and line the vents up. I agree the venting leaves a bit to be desired.

I used a deep socket to round out any hard edges on the styrene. You can get different size cheek pads ($20), the helmets are all the same size.

The Nolan Com system is about $350 per helmet. We went with a no frills, rider/passenger COM system from Motorcycle Superstore, got two units for under $200, total. Should be here any day. Nice part of that one is you are not tethered to the bike or each other.

We felt it was the best helmet in the price range. We all wear glasses, and this was a necessity for us. Really glad we did not go with a 3/4 helmet!
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Helmets are a very personal and subjective "subject".

While you'll probably find that "most" people here like the Nolan N102,

I hated it!! Too damn noisy, the noisiest helmet I've ever owned!

I purchased two of them (wife and I) with J&M headsets installed around $900.
Sold them both "here" for less than half after just a couple of months.

The helmets were so noisy that it would activate the intercom system every time we passed a car/truck/MC or even if one came the other way on a two lane road unless we kept the visor completely closed.

Overall the venting and the quality of the construction and functionability of the helmet was good, I just couldn't stand my ears ringing (my wife shares my opinion) after a couple of hours on the road.


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Helmets are a very personal and subjective "subject".

While you'll probably find that "most" people here like the Nolan N102

I hated it!! Too damn noisy, the noisiest helmet I've ever owned!
Hans, I agree. It's all about fit.

If the helmet fits properly or better yet if your head shape is close to the model used to design that particular helmet it is not only comfortable but generally not real noisy. I have used a Nolan for the last three replacements and I find the N102 to be the quietest of any brand that I have had in a long time.

I found that if I ride with the wings closed the helmet is relatively quiet. I had two N100E models and they were much noisier. When it's warm and I need the wings open I use ear plugs..

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New info on the Nolan's

http://www.shopxr.com/showproduct.as...&categoryid=66

After receiving a COM system for our Nolan 102's today, I called Nolan to find out why the mics did not seem to fit very well, leaving no room at all between the mic and our face.

I am told the 102's are designed for people with round heads, and the 1002 is for people with oval shaped heads, and has an elongated jaw section.

Needless to say, I would have needed a 1002. We did not know they made another model, didn't see any even on the Nolan order page, and no one told us any differently when we asked, as apparently the dealers were not aware either.

Having already invested almost $900 in three helmets, it is not likely we are going to get another helmet. It was the best we could find for the money, at the time.

Hope that saves someone else from buying the wrong model.
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It's all about the fit. I wanted a Nolan for its features, but none would fit my head comfortabley. I have a large noggin...

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Quote: "I used a deep socket to round out any hard edges on the styrene. You can get different size cheek pads ($20), the helmets are all the same size."


Does anyone know where to buy the cheekpads?? I have searched and can not find them...

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Cheek pads are $20 from Nolan, phone # is on the booklet that comes with the helmet. The helmets are all the same size. If the helmet is new, they will exchange them, NC.
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Thanks. this answers my question why the mic is right up against my face.

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http://www.shopxr.com/showproduct.as...&categoryid=66

After receiving a COM system for our Nolan 102's today, I called Nolan to find out why the mics did not seem to fit very well, leaving no room at all between the mic and our face.

I am told the 102's are designed for people with round heads, and the 1002 is for people with oval shaped heads, and has an elongated jaw section.

Needless to say, I would have needed a 1002. We did not know they made another model, didn't see any even on the Nolan order page, and no one told us any differently when we asked, as apparently the dealers were not aware either.

Having already invested almost $900 in three helmets, it is not likely we are going to get another helmet. It was the best we could find for the money, at the time.

Hope that saves someone else from buying the wrong model.
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It's all about the fit. I wanted a Nolan for its features, but none would fit my head comfortabley. I have a large noggin...
Me too and the Nolan was the only 2XL that fitted me well. HJC used to do one a few years back that fitted like a dream - snug and comfy - but they discontinued it.
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Don't be suckered into believing that the sunvisor included with the helmet is actually useful. The miniute you crack the visor for some air, the sunvisor obsures your view. I think I road for about a mile before I took mine off.

One other point, you can't lock this helmet to any helmet lock. It has a sliding clasp locking system that prevents you from locking the helmet to the bike. I'm told that they make this metal T that slips between the webbing and the lock that allows a helmet lock to bolt to but I haven't actually seen one in real life. I found this picture on the Whitehorse press website

I'm going to the Cycleworld Bike show today and hope to find one. If not, I'll try to fabricate one meself!

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great helmet that fits my round head. Very comfortable and accepts the J&M headset very well.

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