3 New Nolan Helmets - N44, N86, N91
For those of you who are Nolan Helmet fans - they have just announced three new models that will be replacing the N43, N85, and the N90. Not surprisingly, these are the N44, N86, and N91. While their naming system may be a bit mechanical - they do appear to have made some improvements to the helmets. We will update this thread as we get more info and finally get a chance to try these on and take them for a spin - so stay tuned! For now - here is the skinny on the new Nolans:
The Nolan N44 is the latest evolution of the hugely popular N43E, and is updated in both function and design. The Nolan N44 is a fully modular helmet, ideally responding to the needs of expert motorcyclists and suitable for both summer and winter use. Designed for urban riding, the Nolan N44 is equally at home on a long journey or weekend getaway, and has a unique style that is at home on any bike. The N44 has six possible configurations which you can personalize through the addition or removal of the chin bar, faceshield and peak all of which are included.
With the chin bar and faceshield installed, the rider can expect the same benefits of a full face helmet. With just the peak and chin bar installed, the helmet flows a great amount of air while still providing the same protection of a full face helmet. With the chin bar, faceshield and peak removed it becomes a true three quarter open face helmet. This gives the rider a great range of flexibility.
The Nolan N86 is the new full-face helmet by Nolan characterized by its sporty, streamlined designed, compact volume, extensive standard equipment and close-fit comfort. The N86 is equipped with an inner sun visor (VPS), Pinlock® anti-fog visor with silicone-sealed profile, removable/washable inner comfort padding, Microlock2 (patent pending) double lever retention system. This system consists of a thermoplastic ergonomic opening lever, and a second aluminum toothed and holding lever. The toothed lever releases the micrometric strip, thus the chin strap can only be open with a very broad rotation of the opening lever. This device minimizes the possibility of unintentional opening of the retention system.
Nolan N91 Helmets
Nolan N91 Raven is the new full-face modular helmet by Nolan and is an evolution of the best-selling N90. The product of the most up-to-date studies on design and comfort, the N91 features a modern and styled look, captivating color combinations and painstaking attention to details to produce a comfortable, sophisticated helmet, suitable for touring and urban riding alike.
The Nolan N91 is equipped with the Microlock2 (patent pending) double lever retention system. This system consists of a thermoplastic ergonomic opening lever, and of a second aluminum toothed and holding lever. The toothed lever releases the micrometric strip, thus the chin strap can only be opened with a very broad rotation of the opening lever. This device minimizes the possibility of unintentional opening of the retention system.
I just received a Nolan N44 Storm, and I really WANT to like this thing... I mean it has SO many positives.
Huge field of view, I really appreciate this after wearing an open face helmet for such a long time.
Quiet and very little buffeting felt, I ride the Tiger 800 XC with a stock windshield and can feel the buffeting at freeway speeds on my open face, but not on the N44.
Fairly light and comfortable fit, a little bit hard to get on but once it's there it feels very comfortable
All the goodies, has the internal sun shield, pin lock system, and a bunch of accessories for converting it to different needs.
However, the chin strap is pure torture. The hard plastic part of it, that slips into the cam type buckle, has a very thin and hard edge that cuts right into my adams apple. I've tried several adjustments and just can't get it to stop.
After wearing the helmet for even a few minutes my neck is sore afterwards for quite some time.
I think I'm going to have to send it back.
i bought the n86 and returned it the same day. the internal visor would drop down maybe 25% of time i swung the lever. if it did function it would get stuck at the top and not recede all the way, plus it was scratching itself on the outer-shell every time it moved.
Sorry to hear of two less than satisfied reports. I still have these helmets sitting at my desk and have been playing with them a bit. I do agree the chin strap can be a bit uncomfortable if it isn't positioned just right.
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