Nolan Helmet Review - A Rider's Perspective
By Lyle Dove
Although there are many different types of Nolan helmet, the company is best known for its flip-up helmet line. The N102 helmet is the premium flip-up Nolan helmet. This helmet has some solid features, but it is not without its flaws. Read on to learn about the helmets strengths and weaknesses.
The first thing you'll notice about this Nolan helmet is how comfortable it is. Surprisingly, the feel of this helmet rivals that of any top of the line Arai or Shoei helmet.
Another standout feature of the Nolan helmet is the latching mechanism. In place of the standard D-ring latch system, is Nolan's unique "Microlock Retention System". With this feature, you need only adjust the straps once then use the easy buckle to secure the helmet and you're good to go. Some may not like this system, but I think it works well.
What you might not like about this helmet is the weight. As far as helmets go, its a little bit on the heavy side. Compared to other flip-up helmets, though, this Nolan helmet is not that much different. With the added weight, flip-up helmets are better suited to riding in the upright position (cruiser, touring, etc.).
The Nolan helmet is priced moderately. If you shop around, you can find a good deal. I use MCGearDeals.com. They have a listing of the best deals on Nolan helmets, so I don't have to spend my time searching.
Another drawback of the Nolan helmet is the noise level. In some situations, the helmet can be a bit noisy. It's not the noisiest helmet I've tested, but it's not the quietest either.
If you're in the market for a flip-up, you owe it to yourself to consider a Nolan helmet. They are moderately priced and offer many of the features found of competing models. The overall quality of the helmet is good. Throw in the proprietary "Microlock Retention System" and superior comfort, and you've got a very attractive helmet. If you can find a good price on a Nolan helmet online, all the better. Happy shopping and ride safe!
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Lyle Dove is an avid motorcyclist who enjoys all aspects of the sport including motocross and road racing. When he's not out riding, he spends his time writing articles on the sport he loves.
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