>My Nolan Helmet ROCKS ME!


I shall preface this document with the following statement:  As a rider of 40 years, I’ve not been a fan of helmets.  That is until I was involved in a slow speed accident where I knocked my noggin on the road surface and continued to roll like a bowling ball for 80 feet down the pavement.  When my brain became cogent of what had occurred: I realized how lucky I was. That was four years ago.
I asked  people I communicate with on Twitter, “What do you recommend for a helmet?”  Many answered “GO WITH NOLAN”. 
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  • Ready for N-COM communication system
  • 6-in-1 crossover helmet design with quick-change accessories allows for customized look and functions for every ride
  • Includes clear shield, integrated sun shield, peak and removable chin bar
  • GE Lexan chin bar is EPS lined; mounted with strong stainless-steel latches, it passes the tests for full face helmets of the European standard ECE-2205
  • Removable and washable liner is antibacterial, antifungal, and wicking
  • Quick-change shield is optically correct and fitted in an exceptionally large eye port. It accepts the Pinlock anti-fog insert (sold separately)
  • Microlock® (adjustable quick-release) retention chinstrap system (Microlock chinstrap helmet lock extension available ~ sold separately)
  • Top vent with rear exhaust grid and shield vent
  • “Outlaw” versions of Nolan Helmets include a sleeker look that excludes any Nolan logos, otherwise this helmet is identical to other N43 helmets
  • DOT approved
  • Helmet Weight: 3 lbs. 7-3/4 oz. (1579g)  
The Nolan is a company based in Italy.  Founded in 1972, their ability to thrive is based on their unique technical and production skills as well as their dedication to innovation.  At least that’s what I’ve read.  When I see riders like Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner (both MotoGP riders) wearing the Nolan helmet, I have to realize there are some convincing technologies that have made their way into my new helmet.
The day the Nolan Helmet arrived I was pleasantly surprised. How is it possible to weigh less than my half shell helmet? It does indeed weigh less, and somehow feels less clumsy in my hands.
The next day I put the helmet on my head (only after carefully reading the instructions.) I tested it in some fairly harsh conditions. The vestiges of a hurricane were passing though the area.  The deluge of heavy precipitation would test what I thought to be the limits of my kind of weather riding.  I was very surprised at the lack of fogging that occurred on the inside of the visor.  There was some, but it didn’t drift into my field of vision.
One of the many excuses I have used over the years to disclaim full helmet use was my experience with the old style helmets and their propensity to limit peripheral view.  I had no such problems with this helmet. I in fact felt I had a better side view in this helmet than in my half shell.
The top vent on the Nolan N43 helmet works very well. I forgot to close it on my rainy day ride, causing my scalp to feel quite chilled. Once I located it on the top of my helmet while riding, it was a simply matter of moving the lever to close it. My head warmed up right away and I was quite comfortable. 
The next day I tested the helmet in sunny and warm conditions. Here, I was using the sun visor. Switching between the sun visor and the Lexon face shield was as simple as pushing a slide to retract the sun visor into the shell.  The slide is easily operated with my gloved hand. 
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As I rode on the 2nd day, I realized there was much less wind drag on my head with the Nolan than with my half shell. That alone is worth high praise from me. As a high mileage rider, I find anything reducing fatigue to be worth its weight in gold.
The chin guard is easily removed by latches on both sides of the helmet located near the mid jaw line.  If the need ever arises it is a quick disconnect and the helmet can be safely removed with less injury to the neck. I’m impressed. 
The Nolan N43 is also equipped to be wired with the Nolan NCom system.  I have a slightly different Blue Tooth motorcycle communication system.  I’ve found my system will work within their design, but it’s really not as “clean” as their own communication system.  When the funds permit, I will be switching over to Nolan’s blue tooth communications arrangement. 
In conclusion, I quite like my Nolan N43 Trilogy Outlaw helmet.  It’s so light. It’s very aero-dynamic, its clear visor and smoked sun visor are easily put into use.  The chin guard is one heck of a cool innovation, allowing the rider to make his/her own choice as to the style of helmet we care to entrust our heads and necks with.  The com integration center is easy to use and quite the bonus to the riders who like to have music, phone, and navigation electronics integrated into one simple design. As a newly converted full helmet user, I’m convinced I will be wearing a Nolan on my incredibly round Charlie Brown head for a very long time. 
Thanks Nolan  Helmets…for giving me a feeling of safety and security that I  have lacked for An exceedingly long time!

12 comments on “>My Nolan Helmet ROCKS ME!”

  1. >Thanks for the info ma'am. I've been thinking of going to a full face helmet again. I'll certainly look into the Nolan.Ronman

  2. >I also wear a full face every time I ride, it has saved me a few times…I could not ride without it now. I am not sure about the design of the Nolan as I can see you trend to breath onto the visor…in cooler climates this would fog up quicker…but good luck – MC D.

  3. >I have a rather average full face helmet. It is DOT approved. I'm thinking as I ride more I'll be upgrading all of my gear! Thanks for the review.

  4. >I will look at the Nolan as well as for me Full face is the only way to go since my last accident. Thanks for the heads upps: it looks good on you

  5. >I just want to say "Thanks to that very scary crash of yours" I almost had to ride for the rest of my life in full leathers and helmet. We have compromised on just a helmet at all times. I like the look of that helmet, thanks for all the helpful info on it. I will have to get one.M&J

  6. >HEY! Bitsty Bits! Mendie and Jerry! [smiles] you must check out the helmet…for hot summer days you can remove the chin bar and have an "open face" full shield helmet. You will really like it!

  7. >I am looking to buy a new helmet and it's my first time to hear about Nolan here on your blog. And basing on your post, i will try it. I love that you say it weighs less. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. >This is such an amazing entry and I love to read more of it so that I will be able to look over and have it as an inspiration for further articles to write about when it comes to updates on motorcycle stuffs and it's pros and cons too. I do hope you will get to visit our official website and let us know what you think about it. Here is the link http://pablojesusmartinez.com/Thanks ahead and happy holidays to you and the rest of your family. 🙂

  9. >Did someone just get a check in the mail from Nolan? Haha. I haven't thought so much about helmets, really, but I would have paid a lot of cash for any drop in drag on my last high-mileage trip. Getting battered by the wind shuts you down. I never slept so hard as after a 10-12 hour day on the road with no fairing. BradyBehind Bars – Motorcycles and Lifehttp://www.behindbarsmotorcycle.com/

  10. >Brady, I wish I had! (Check in mail) No…I just liked this helmet well enough to sit down and write a review on it. I also ride without a fairing, putting in 500 miles without one sure allows you to reflect on exactly how tired you are from hanging on…or from trying to keep your head still from the buffeting. With this Nolan, the buffeting of the neck and head is practically nil. It's like a hot knife sliding through butter! What a wonderful feeling.Michelle, such kind words. Thanks…and thank you for the link. I'll be checking back to your site often… (You too Brady…I enjoy your site.)

  11. >Hope to get mine in the next few weeks, thanks for the post.Big Al

  12. >Nice I wanted to have a NOLAN helmet too, I am going to canvass tomorrow how much it is I wish I could find much cheaper.

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