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Nolan N86 Rapid Helmet
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Nolan N86 Rapid Helmet

The Nolan N86 Rapid 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.


  • Polycarbonate shell
  • VPS (Vision Protection System) short dark shield mounted on the inside of the shell provides real eye protection when used independently from the clear shield
  • Quick-release and multi-position anti-scratch shield accepts Pinlock antifog insert (included)
  • Clear Pinlock faceshield and lens included
  • Adjustable chin and top vents plus air flow rear extraction
  • Removable and washable Clima Comfort interior lining and cheekpads with antibacterial treatment
  • Microlock2 (patent pending) double lever retention system
  • Ready for NCOM Communication System
  • DOT Approved
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Nolan N86 Rapid Helmet 4.2 5 14 14
Good helmet I just rode 3000 miles through desert heat of over 100 F, cold and rainy high elevation in the Rockies and stayed dry, winds and rain of the plains, urban LA and this helmet worked great in all areas. It is a bit narrow, but then I also have a wide head. Once my head is in it, I have no discomfort. I am really pleased with my new helmet. July 9, 2015
its ok nice helmet, but it catches the wind like a kite. Also would be nice if the sun shade went down a little more so I don't get blinded when the sun bounces off my bike. July 1, 2015
Great helmet - just loud. History - Rode road bikes exclusively in my younger years, after a 20 year break mainly riding off road, recently returned to the road. So my comparisons are almost vintage in the Shoei that I last wore. The quality of the helmet is superb, well made with great materials and finish. The pin lock visor is fantastic, can't seem to fog it even when I try, the internal sun visor is very handy though really needs to come down further, the lower edge creates a visual anomaly that can be distracting. Like wise the pin lock visor at night creates a 'ghosting' kind of effect with light points, very minor issue for the benefit provided. This, for me, is a really comfortable helmet, I have a fat head and found the sizing accurate, the only minor issue is folding down my ear/s as I slide it on, just takes a little tuck then it's all good. I bought the n-Com system and I'm really happy with it (well, apart from the price) it's great for using the phones navigation system. A friend called me whilst I was riding recently and he couldn't believe that I was talking to him with a helmet on and riding, he said it sounded like a normal call. The only real, and very disappointing, issue with this helmet is the noise, at urban speeds it is noticeable and at hwy speeds it is almost overbearing, I've taken to wearing earplugs when riding, a first for me. I think nowadays there is really no excuse for a lot of 'in helmet' wind noise, a small amount of extra material and some wind tunnel testing should all but eliminate the noise. Overall very happy with the helmet otherwise, I recommend it (with the proviso about the noise), remove the noise issue and I would highly recommend the helmet. March 8, 2015
First Upgrade Worthy I really like this helmet. In comparison to a HJC CSR1-Dagger, this helmet is top of the line with knick knack features. I was very worried about ordering too small. With my experience though, my measurements were still smaller than the XS by half an inch and this helm fit perfectly where it needs to. I wear glasses when I ride and even though there is a modification to make it more comfortable, I personally found it not necessary and have had no pressure point problems so far. The sun visor feature is neat, but if you have not worn a helmet with it before it can be a little distracting to adjust to. After that, it's great. Not So Awesome Stuff: This helmet is quite round. My ears feel like they are in open air there is so much space, but this may be due to the purposeful set up for a bluetooth system. This extra space also allows a little too much noise, and ear plugs are necessary. Also, the pinlock is included for a reason. Without it, you are guaranteed to fog up due to the poor ventilation which I find disappointing this flaw is so bad it needs an "extra" to fix it that otherwise is not standard in most helmets. The ventilation is not so bad it is a deal breaker, but depending on if you live in a humid area it may not be your helmet. November 11, 2014
Good initially, looking forward to long term. So I'm coming to the Nolan Rapid from an older Shoei 1100. My Shoei was pushing 6 years old and I decided to get a new helmet with the possibility of upgrading my decade old comm system as well. I've been using a clip on Chatterbox system that is really starting to show its age. I picked this helmet for several reasons. Looks great, good reviews, different features, and price. The features that drew me were the level of integration that Nolan does with its comm systems, a definite plus. Also the drop down sun visor and the different chin strap lock thing. I like the strap, it offers a lot of fine tuning for getting the helmet to fit comfortably. The visor I'm still out to lunch on. It does leave a bit of 'un-shaded' area at the bottom of the visor. So far not a deal breaker, but I need to ride more than a month with it before I decide to get a separate shield (which is what I used to have, but it'd be nice to roll with just a clear so I never had change...). This is the most eye-glasses friendly helmet I have ever had. I took out the foam pieces in the temple per the instructions and my glasses slide right in and fit wonderfully. As I've read elsewhere though, this may be different depending on your head shape and glasses. It's light, a bit noisier than my old shoei, and fits me well (bought a large). Overall I am very happy with it so far, and will probably get an ncomm system down the road as well. November 10, 2014
Great features for the price, but there are sizing issues! This is my first motorcycle helmet so it's hard to compare this helmet to others, although I have worn a few for short periods. I wanted a full face helmet that had an internal sun visor so I wouldn't have to switch visors while riding. I was willing to spend some money but I really wanted something less than $300. I think it offers a lot of good features for its price point, but you are of course making compromises compared to the more expensive helmet options. Here is what I think the important points to know about this helmet: - Venting is decent at 30 mph or greater from what I have found. (I also appreciate that it is easy to find the vents with gloves on.) Now, coming down less than that will cause the visor to fog up a bit. The visor does have an opened "cracked" position but it goes up a little too much in that position. - The drop down sun visor can fog up. But it's pretty rare. It also doesn't drop down as far as I would like, but it's still extremely useful feature I'd rather have than not. Definitely a good reason to get this helmet! - The sizing. I measured my head and according to the sizing chart I was an XL right on the money. However when I wore this out after 30 minutes, the pressure point on the forehead caused me to get headaches. I have an oval/intermediate oval head and this sucker is round. I couldn't return it so what I did was go to nolan usa website and order an XXL headliner. This did the trick. So I have the large cheek pads and the XXL headliner. It cost me $50 more, but I still think the helmet is a bargain. So basically, if you are someone who has an oval shaped head over round, you may experience some issues with sizing. If you already wore the helmet like I did, these can be resolved by buying the headliner on nolan's website so it isn't a waste of money. I hope that helps someone out there! August 31, 2014
Overall a great helmet for a great price This helmet is stylish, comfortable and comes with great features. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quality helmet that won't break the bank. August 5, 2014
On the small side I measured my head as per instructions on the web site and my head was on the larger end of Medium. I went with a large and it is still a little small for me. It fits, but i would rather have the XL. The padding is comfortable for all day wear, DONT buy the Ncom set. It is not worth the money, the SENA BT speakers fit perfectly, and the unit mounts to the helmet just fine. You get the same functions but with 1/3rd the price of the Ncom. I ride a Triumph Tiger 1050, and at 80MPH I was able to have a phone conversation just fine. There is more wind noise then I would have expected, but this all depends on the buffeting of your motorcycle. On my dads goldwing, I have no wind noise due to the windscreen, but on the triumph, there is a considerable amount of noise. Not enough for ear plugs. But, like i said, i was still able to have a phone conversation at 80mph and i can listen to music just fine. As for air flow, there is almost none. This part i was really disappointed in. Yes there are vents, but when you take the lining out of the helmet, there are only 4 small holes (size of a pencil) the circulate the air in the helmet. At stop and go traffic, you will have to ride with the visor up. Overall, I like the helmet. On cold days it does just fine keeping my head at a comfortable temp. On hot days (south Mississippi), there isnt enough air flow with the visor down. you can ride to about 35-40mph with the visor up before it starts to shudder and mess with your vision. I like the fact i was able to install the SENA BT set instead of spending $400+ on the Ncom system. The built in sun visor is also great. The helmet feels well built, from the movement of the visor to the overall build quality. There are no squeaks of parts rubbing together like some of the cheaper helmets out there. the graphics on the helmet was probably the #1 selling point for me. When it is time for a new helmet, i will probably look at getting a different brand, but I am happy with this helmet. Ill add pictures of my Ncom set up with the helmet when i get a chance. June 16, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Travis M: Bang for the buck for sure! Mar 4, 2015
Shawn S: graphics and internal sun visor Oct 15, 2014
Kevin R: Good reviews from multiple sources, great features and styles, and an affordable price Mar 25, 2014
Justin P: Brand, colors, and features at this price make it a good value.
This was the first helmet that I liked, then I spent 3 days checking out basically every other helmet on the internet...ended up coming back to RevZilla for this helmet. Rev has a good reputation and is cheaper on this helmet than all the other sites.
Mar 14, 2014
Robert C: Style, features, look, price and Nolan reputation. Jan 15, 2014
Daniel S: Price, features, brand. Dec 13, 2013
Ann A: family member had it on his gift list Nov 12, 2013
Matthew V: I got sick of my smoke visor shield on my old helmet constantly having the coating get spotted and peel off so I wanted to get a helmet with built in sun visor. I really liked the style and reviews for the Nolan helmet and the colors of N86 match my bike and gear well. Sep 13, 2013
A shopper asked: I have read that the bottom edge is thick, making it difficult to mount a helmet communication system like a Sena. Does anyone have experiance with this? Apr 28, 2014
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Michael L: Well with the 86 i would recommend the n-com for it. I had previously had the N-85 and had a ChatterBox. it kept falling off because of the bottom edge. The helmet is a great helmet. I have not had any problems out of the N-COm. I have used it on 4 different Nolan helmets to include the N-84,86,102,and 103 Apr 28, 2014
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Andrew O: It is a little tough, but managed to mount my SMH10 flush without too much trouble. Just take the padding out and find the right spot where it lies flat. Then loosen the clamp screw's up as far as they can go without stepping them and wiggle it over the lip into position and clamp it. Apr 28, 2014
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Mark P: There is a horizontal 1/4" to 1/2" wide lip around the bottom of the helmet to support the padding. You might have to cut a notch in this lip to clip on a Bluetooth device or use the mounting tape and run the wires through the N-com port on the side of the helmet. Apr 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does the Nolan N86 come with a chin curtain & pinlock Ant-fog lens as standard? May 22, 2015
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Daniel G: The pinlock is standard in the box. A chin curtain is not included. May 24, 2015
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Katie V: Yes, it comes with both the pinlock and Ant-fog lens. May 22, 2015
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Keith H: Yes, both come in the package. May 23, 2015
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Matthew V: Yes mine did. May 22, 2015
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Phil P: Yes it does May 22, 2015
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Travis P: Mine did. May 22, 2015
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Nestor R: Yes. May 22, 2015
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Hans R asked: How quiet is it? One reviewer mentioned it was loud. Apr 13, 2014
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Robert C: I don't have a ton of experience as I've only owned one other bike and one other street helmet which was a pretty cheap one at that. I'd say its average not that that helps. It isn't extremely noisy to me but there is wind noise. I find it an overall very comfortable helmet with great features. The one thing that bothers me is I bought and XL and it fits pretty snug, about as snug as could be without being intolerable. It will loosen up with time but the part where the ncom system goes hurts my ear if I take off the helmet straight up. I have to lift it up and then kind of roll it off my head at the side opposite the ncom notch for the mic. If you're going to get one, go large with the sizing. Apr 13, 2014
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Shawn S: It's a comfortable level of noise. It depends on your bike and the type of wind deflection you have. I ride a sport tour and have a decent wind screen so the noise is tolerable. With no wind screen it's a bit louder, but not bad enough to wear ear plugs. I can still make phone calls at 70 and heart and be heard just fine. Apr 13, 2014
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Craig B: It's not quiet at all. I think the lightness of the helmet material is what was making it noisy. Sounds like a leaf blower next to your ears at highway speeds. Apr 13, 2014
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Daniel G: The N86 is not a quite helmet. At freeway speeds to sounds like a plane is flying over your head. I recommend earplugs for extended highway rides. Apr 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does this helmet come in several shell sizes? If not how does it compare to a hjc fg17 small shell? Aug 11, 2014
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Paul P: I had an HJC (can't remember exact model, sorry) before I purchased the N86.

My HJC was a small, so I assumed I would need a small in the N86 as well, but based on lots of reviews on the N85 (previous model), lots of people recommended going with the medium in this helmet.

For the first 4 or 5 months, I knew I had made the right choice with the medium in the N86 was a pretty snug fit.

Now that I've had it for a year, the fit isn't nearly as snug, but the helmet still fits securely and comfortably. Pretty sure the small would have worked as well, but the medium is definitely comfortable.

I wear a 6 and 7/8s fitted baseball cap if that gives you some form of reference.

Great helmet, by the way.
Sep 23, 2014
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Nestor R: I really have no idea. I use medium size, and I is perfect. Just like I can say it is a good quality helmet, when you put it gives a great sense of security. Sorry I can not help more.
Aug 12, 2014
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Jeffery C asked: so does this helmet come with the pinlock insert or do you need to purchase that separately? and if you need to buy it separately does the n85 insert fit since i cant seem to find the a n86 insert on this site. Oct 4, 2013
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Nathan L: I don't have the helmet (yet at least), but the description says the pins and lenses are included so I assume you don't need to get extra ones right off the bat. Dec 7, 2013
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Nestor R: the pins and lenses are included Dec 23, 2013
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Kyle M asked: I plan on using this helmet in Japan. The Nolan Japanese website only has the N85, not the 86 for sale at the moment. Do you know if this helmet is J.I.S. compliant? Mar 16, 2014
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Michael L: Japan adopted DOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards-218 as Japanese Industrial Standard T8133. Hope that helps Mar 20, 2014
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Nolan Helmet Sizing

Size Measurement (cm)
2XS 53
XS 55
SM 56
MD 58
LG 61
XL 62
2XL 63
3XL 65

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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