Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Re: How Tight Should a New Helmet Fit?
We went trough a LOT of trial and even more error and expense, buying our helmets. We ended up getting 3) Nolan 102C's and 1) Nolan 3/4, not sure which model (my buddy has that one, so I have no idea).
I first bought a nice looking 3/4 Nolan and bought a XXL I believe (very tight fitting) and was going to order the XXXL. My first ride with the new XXL, the visor would not stay up, so very fortunately, the dealer allowed me to exchange it.
At that point, I felt I wanted a full face and liked the design of the 102C. We spent weeks going to different shops and met with a sales rep for one of the helmets. He explained they should be rather tight and form to your head after a couple of weeks.
I then decided on the Nolan 102. After wearing it a few hours, it had some hot spots. I called Nolan for some fitting tips.
What I ended up doing was; remove the entire lining, use something similar to a cue ball and a spark plug or similar socket and round off any corners of the styrene that are causing problems. I then used a 3/8" extension to open up the vent holes.
I had to remove the nose guard, not knowing there was a different style Nolan full face that would have fit better, but too late. Made do with what I had.
I had purchased the 102C in L. I then ordered cheek pads in XL, and did not like that fit, exchanged those for M. They fit well. I can still get a very thin BMW face mask in there. Anything more, I would need a larger helmet.
We then added the Cardo Team Rider COM system. Again, had problem with the helmet not being long enough. Just barely able to squeeze the mic between our lip and the helmet, but it does work. If I had known better, I would have spent the additional $80 and got the longer style/shaped helmet.
The other two people that I bought for, the helmet fit them with all the accessories as it came, including the addition of the COM.
So, I had one XXL, and one L, both from the same company, same time, and both fit completely differently.
Interestingly, their helmets are all, ONE size. The only difference is the liners, styrene and cheek pads.
BTW, my hat size is 7.25.