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Old 03-25-2012, 06:23 PM   #31
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One or the customer reviews on the Revzilla site where I purchased my 104 mentioned the shield gap issue and said he was using a pipe cleaner (I assume as a spacer) to create the 1/8" gap to which he was accustomed. Might be worth a try, but I'm picturing that being something I would constantly be losing.

I wonder if there is an engineering change/simple part replacement that could solve the issue, but I have no idea how to go about discussing it with Nolan.

I rode some today and noticed the increase in heat due to the larger shield area and also the tight cheek pads bothered me a little, but I'm hoping that like with my Shoei, they will loosen up some with time.

I agree that the airflow is good at speed with the shield fully down, it's just at slower speeds that I really miss the smaller visor gap.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #32
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Good info

I am still thinking about the 104, so I really appreciate the reviews here. On the "bright" side for me, I have an eye condition and cannot ride with the shield open, so the large first detent is not problem for me.

I had been planning to get a 103 until I saw the 104 coming out; now, the question is whether the 104 is worth about $70 more than the 103. I'm thinking it probably is for my purposes.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:01 AM   #33
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I am still thinking about the 104, so I really appreciate the reviews here. On the "bright" side for me, I have an eye condition and cannot ride with the shield open, so the large first detent is not problem for me.

I had been planning to get a 103 until I saw the 104 coming out; now, the question is whether the 104 is worth about $70 more than the 103. I'm thinking it probably is for my purposes.
I would say yes...............the more I use the 104 the more I like it and just getting use to the differences.

Side tension on the cheek is breaking in.

104 is more quiet under all conditions. Back to back comparison 104 wins hands down.

Shield vibration (open) is not a concern on my other bikes.

Open shield detent is becoming less of concern with use.

104 ventilation is better.

104 latching is better, smoother better feel.

I would expect 103 would be a tough sell given the 104 improvements.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:28 AM   #34
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My 104 should arrive today...can't wait!
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:06 AM   #35
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Nolan n104 ( a tale of two helmets and Internet sales service)

I was very excited when I saw the new Nolan n104, I read reviews, watched the very artsy video they produced and thought, that looks like a good product. This was not my first experience with Nolan. In 1977 my brother used one of their helmets ( a Nolan Guardsman ) to demolish a dry stone wall, yes, his head was in it at the time. He walked away from that crash unscathed ( although in my opinion has never been the same since ) A good product from a relative newcomer, because I think Nolan only started making helmets in 1972.

So with that glowing recommendation and another 35 years of helmet making experience I thought I should give one a try. I could not find a company here in Vancouver, Canada that had stock or expected to have stock any time soon, so my only choice was to go online. I checked the obvious stores ( Revzilla, Competition Accessories, The Helmet Shop etc) they had good prices but no stock, and no accurate prediction of when stock would arrive. I thought I would look further afield, and why not the helmet is made in Italy after all.


I found a company in Germany, FC Moto. They apparently had stock and good prices, they also had a Hi Vis Yellow colour, I had not seen available anywhere else, so I ordered one. A month has now passed and no helmet has shown up on my doorstep. What is even more frustrating, no emails have been answered ( seven in total ), and when I check the order it says " In Process"!!!! Not the efficiency I expected from zee Germans.

Last week I got a very polite email from The Helmet Shop in Daytona USA saying the Nolan n104 was now in stock. Their price $346 was very competitive, so I ordered one immediately. They acknowledged the order right away and shipped it the very next day. They also gave me a USPS tracking number which worked like a charm. Well done Paul and Kristy at The Helmet Shop for a very pleasant. shopping experience.

The helmet just arrived, our government dinged me for the HST (tax) $45, on the other hand those nice folk in Florida waived the tax for an out of state sale. So I guess what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts, ( what is he talking about? )

My first thoughts on the helmet.

"Nice quality, comfortable, light, amazing vision and holy shit, does my head really look that BIG?"


I'll road test it soon.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:12 AM   #36
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My N104 arrived yesterday. I haven't ridden with it yet, but my first impression is that this is a quality helmet, fit is excellent (M), and I think I'm really going to enjoy it. It may just be the best flip-up that I've ever had.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:53 AM   #37
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Thanks, Showkey. I really appreciate the feedback.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:47 AM   #38
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Been riding with mine for a couple of weeks now and have a few nits to pick. It is a tighter fit in the cheek area but I think it is easing with use. My biggest complaint and I will probably send the helmet back for is the trim on the lower right side pops out of its groove every time I put the helmet on or off. I have been as careful as I can about stretching it open but it doesn't seem to matter. Anyone else have this issue?
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:25 AM   #39
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Been riding with mine for a couple of weeks now and have a few nits to pick. It is a tighter fit in the cheek area but I think it is easing with use. My biggest complaint and I will probably send the helmet back for is the trim on the lower right side pops out of its groove every time I put the helmet on or off. I have been as careful as I can about stretching it open but it doesn't seem to matter. Anyone else have this issue?
Where did you buy it? Most places don't have a wear it for two weeks and return policy.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:27 AM   #40
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Where did you buy it? Most places don't have a wear it for two weeks and return policy.
I bought it through Competition Accessories but will go direct to Nolan for Quality support. I guess I will find out if they stand behind their product.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:48 PM   #41
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Been riding with mine for a couple of weeks now and have a few nits to pick. It is a tighter fit in the cheek area but I think it is easing with use. My biggest complaint and I will probably send the helmet back for is the trim on the lower right side pops out of its groove every time I put the helmet on or off. I have been as careful as I can about stretching it open but it doesn't seem to matter. Anyone else have this issue?

I had this issue with my N103.. I just lived with it.. hope the 104 doesnt start doing it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:38 PM   #42
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Been riding with mine for a couple of weeks now and have a few nits to pick. It is a tighter fit in the cheek area but I think it is easing with use. My biggest complaint and I will probably send the helmet back for is the trim on the lower right side pops out of its groove every time I put the helmet on or off. I have been as careful as I can about stretching it open but it doesn't seem to matter. Anyone else have this issue?
I've got the same issue with the trim popping out. It happens when I grab the straps and pull them apart to put the helmet on or off. If I'm real careful, it doesn't pop out, but this is an obvious design flaw. Nolan has got to be dealing with situation at some level, but since it's an Italian company, not sure if or how they can fix the units already made. Maybe Cima can help.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:03 AM   #43
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I've got the same issue with the trim popping out. It happens when I grab the straps and pull them apart to put the helmet on or off. If I'm real careful, it doesn't pop out, but this is an obvious design flaw. Nolan has got to be dealing with situation at some level, but since it's an Italian company, not sure if or how they can fix the units already made. Maybe Cima can help.
I have to believe Nolan will address this issue.
Any recent n104 buyers care to comment on whether they're also having this problem?
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I just returned home from a 2 week trip with my Nolan N104. My helmet was great EXCEPT that the left side neck roll did not seal well enough to keep out a lot of wind noise. The right side was fine. I could put two fingers on my neck like I was taking my pulse then follow my jaw line up under the neck roll, and the noise would disappear. I even cut a small piece of foam to stuff up there. That worked fine until I lost the foam. Now that I have returned home, I sent the helmet to CIMA under a RA for them to check it out. A little fatter neck roll would take care of the problem, but I have little hope that will happen. I read on a different post about a guy who used memory foam to quiet the noise in his helmet. I'll probably try that myself. CIMA said this was the first complaint they have had about noise.

Otherwise, I love the helmet...very comfortable, excellent rain seal (no rain dripping down the inside of the visor)...and I got semi-used to the visor being able to be cracked open.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:40 AM   #45
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I just returned home from a 2 week trip with my Nolan N104. My helmet was great EXCEPT that the left side neck roll did not seal well enough to keep out a lot of wind noise. The right side was fine. I could put two fingers on my neck like I was taking my pulse then follow my jaw line up under the neck roll, and the noise would disappear. I even cut a small piece of foam to stuff up there. That worked fine until I lost the foam. Now that I have returned home, I sent the helmet to CIMA under a RA for them to check it out. A little fatter neck roll would take care of the problem, but I have little hope that will happen. I read on a different post about a guy who used memory foam to quiet the noise in his helmet. I'll probably try that myself. CIMA said this was the first complaint they have had about noise.

Otherwise, I love the helmet...very comfortable, excellent rain seal (no rain dripping down the inside of the visor)...and I got semi-used to the visor being able to be cracked open.
Are you wearing any kind of ear protection?
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