Nolan N104 Outlaw Helmet
Great Modular Helmet
I have a large, somewhat round head, and after a couple of tries this was the helmet that best replaced my old standby. It is quieter than expected. The chin release is very easy to use, and the chin strap clasp is quicker than rings. I ordered the XXXL
The air flow was better than I expected.
September 16, 2014
Great first helmet
This is my first helmet so I've nothing else to compare it to. That said, it is very comfortable and kept my head warm in a classic Oregon rain storm.
The visor offers excellent vision, the flip down sun lens and convenience of the rotating chin bar is outstanding. My only gripe is that is seems loud, I definitely ride with ear plugs.
September 1, 2014
The helmet fits well. That's the reason I bought it. I tried a couple more expensive helmets and the didn't fit my head. I settled on this one. My only complaint is that the sun visor moves when you hit a bump.
September 1, 2014
Right out of the box quality of the Nolan is evident - and I was exited to try it on. Unfortunately the shape of the helmet just did not seem to properly fit my head. Once on, it was fairly comfortable, though I had some pressure in front of my ears that didn't feel right. But getting it on was almost impossible between my glasses and tiny stud earrings. Downright painful!
Pros of the helmet include a wide view area through the huge visor. Must less claustrophobic than my husband's Bell Evo Revolver modular. Also, the helmet is very light. Operation of drop-down sun visor, clear shield and modular chin-piece are all smooth. I had some issues getting used to the two-button release on the front of the jaw for opening. The small lock feature for the open modular position is hard to find on the side of the helmet. The ratchet-style chin strap was not my favorite, it felt like it could come free easily, but I think that just may be a personal preference.
In the end I opted to return this and have settled on a Scorpion Ex-900 Transformer, which I am able to get off and on without ripping off either my glasses or stud earrings. I was convinced this would be the helmet for me, still a bit disappointed but it's just not going to work.
August 22, 2014
Excellent helmet! Alot of bang for the buck.
Just got back from a 500 mile trip with this lid. A few years back I took my N103 to Canada and while i loved that helmet it was WAY too heavy. When i read they shaved like 8 ounces off I was like wow and I am NOT disappointed with the newer model. The 103 I had was a large and this time i measured and took the chance on a medium and its a perfect snug fit for my intermediate oval head shape. The arctic grey is a close match to my 2013 FJR and the finish is of great quality. The air flow is decent, the noise is fairly quiet for a flip up and as usual the comfort liner is outstanding and fully removable. One knock I will give this( 4 stars out of 5 for this) is where they moved the slider lever to operate the internal shield. Its right where i had to mount my Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth setup. I had to use the sticky mount which is fine but operating the lever is tricky with the Sena right next to the lever. Ive seen on forums and here how people hack up this helmet to use the clamp and that is just ABSURD! I wouldn't spend 300 bucks on a helmet to cut it open!
1. Great fit and finish, very comfortable.
2. Good air flow
3. Not too loud/fairly quiet for a flip up.
4. Excellent removable liner which has speaker pockets and is Bluetooth ready.
5. Internal visor level placement makes it tricky if you want a Bluetooth setup and don't want to shell out alot of $ for the Nolan one.
Last but not least Revzilla is amazing and ship fast!
Customer support is great and their videos are super helpful.
September 16, 2014
List of gripes
Over all I like the helmet, but there are some things that bug me about it. I am going to list some of the things that I have found that I have issues with since using the helmet.
The helmet is loud. I thought some here were just used to more expensive helmets, and this one was slightly louder than their old one, but there is a significant difference in the level of the sound in this helmet from my old Zues helmet I spent a little over $100 for. It almost seems like it amplifies the sound. My guess is that they dropped the sound dampening to make room for the intercom speakers.
The sun visor . One of the problems have with it is that it just snaps back when you press the button. Another issue is that it is only one position, so its all or nothing, and it does not seem to go far enough down for full coverage.
You can't really crack the visor. The first detent when opening the visor is to high. It has over 2 inches of a gap from the chinbar at the first detent. If you have the pinlock system installed the silicon bead that runs around the perimeter is right in your view. It does have a catch thing to keep the visor closed and locked down. You can rest it on that and not lock it down to leave a little crack, but your not getting much air that way since its like a 1/4 in gap.
The fit. I mesured my head a few times prior to getting this helmet and was just under the 58cm for the size for a medium. I ordered the medium and it is tight and it leaves slight marks on my head. Also I cant get this thing off with the chinbar down. I am a bit afraid that if the mechanism for opening the face would brake (and the tab does not seem that strong) I am going to have a bad time. Another thing is that I don't have big ears but for some reason some part of the liner sits on my ears.
The pinlock issues. Trying to install the pinlock system was a pain. I fallowed the directions and was sure I was going to brake the visor getting it on. Now that I have it installed I noticed its a bit hazy through the visor now. I would remove it but if I were to need it I don't want to struggle with installing it again.
Overall I do like the helmet. A lot of the stuff I don't like is likely a non issue for most people, but I guess I was expecting a little more from a helmet that is 4x more expensive than the one I replaced. At the sale price I bought it at I think it is a fair deal.
September 15, 2014
Great all around
I purchased this helmet, in part, because it was ready-made for an in-helmet communication system. It fits my slightly oval head quite well. The chin strap, internal visor and wide view are great. Unfortunately, the speaker holes were a little small for the helmet set I am using and I had to cut away some of the side material to accommodate bigger speakers. I ride an adventure touring bike with an extended wind screen. I have noticed the helmet is a little loud with the wind coming in from the sides behind the screen. When I stand at full speed it is much quieter.
September 15, 2014
The helmet is a great value for the price.
The helmet was a decent all around helmet. I was desperate to replace a Nolan helmet that had been in a accident. With fall weather approaching, I was glad to find a good deal on a Nolan helmet. The quality is there and so was the comfort and style. I would recommend this helmet to anyone.
September 9, 2014