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post #1 of 12 Old 09-07-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy New Nolan clamping my jawbone

I did a 2 hour ride yesterday to try my new N104.

Size: my old helmet fit fine at a Medium, but going with the advice of others my Nolan is a large. I really like the fit - except after having it on a bit, I notice that its pressing on my jawbone, which I know is rather wide for my face. I know I could exchange it for an XL, except I'm afraid it would be loose everywhere else. Also, that would put me in the larger heavier shell, which I don't think I should need.

At the end of the ride, I couldn't wait to take the helmet off. It was like my jaw had been in a vise. Clenching my teeth as you would do chewing gum made it worse, and that's a strategy I use when I'm tired, so that troubles me.

I seem to have read that someone remedied a tight fitting helmet by inflating a soccer ball inside it and leaving it for a while. Although I suspect there's too much shape memory in my helmet for that to work, I'm trying a variation by putting a small pail in there that requires some spreading to get it in.

I love the helmet in every other way. I'm wondering if anyone out there has had a similar experience with their 104, and whether you think it will "wear" in? If I return it, I doubt I'll get the same helmet in an XL....but I'd really like this one to work.
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I've been using my N104 since this Spring and logged somewhere around 5000 miles with it on.

Initially the sides were pressing in so much I had to keep my jaw slack all the time, I had to force my jaw closed.

These days, however, it fits just right and there is no excessive pressure on the side pads (cheek/jaw).

How long did it take to break-in? Couldn't tell ya, as I wasn't paying too much attention along the way. However, I would suggest giving it some time. It will break in.

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I have found that head "shape" is every bit as important as size. Different manufacturers, and different helmets from the same manufacturer, are often designed for a particular head shape (round, oblong, etc.) Read these and see if it helps you -
Motorcycle Helmet Shapes - webBikeWorld
Motocycle Helmet Guide - RevZilla

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Thanks a lot, Chuck!
That's all the encouragement I need to keep mine.


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My head size runs between large and XL. I have an XL N104 that a friend sold to me for a steal. I found it sat too low on my brow, so some padding on the crown took care of that. I don't have the jawbone pressure, not on the sides anyway, but the strap is quite uncomfortable on my jaw and under chin. I am assuming because the helmet is a tad large for me.
I have used the soccer ball tip on my other helmets ( both AFX size large) that fit a little tight. After leaving the ball in for a good 24+ hours, they both started over-sized, then eventually rebounded. The DS helmet is now comfortable, while the full face one eventually returned to pretty much its original tightness.
If anybody has any tips on the Nolan strap, I'd appreciate it.

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Jaw area too tight

One way to change the fit is to buy larger after market Nolan cheek pads.
For a large helmet extra large cheek pads will give you a little more room.
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Am I reading you right, slomo? Are you saying the extra large cheek pads hold the bottom ends of the helmet less tight on the jaw bone by transferring the pressure on to the cheek?

Cause it sounds a little counter-intuitive...


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I had a Nolan N102, the grand daddy to your 104, and the chinbar just barely contacted my chin - drove me nuttz! I called Nolan's USA HQ guy, and he said the helmets chinbars will contact American chins - apparently there's something in our water that makes our head bigger?

He actually suggested I get a softball, and roll it into the foam at the back of the helmet (occipital region), which would compress the foam slightly - thus letting one's head sit further back in the helmet and moving one's chin away from the chinbar....

I thought the idea of deliberately damaging the protective foam to accomplish a fit problem was a deal breaker. I returned the helmet and got a Shoei w/ some optional cheek pads for a perfect fit. I've read that Nolan has tried to make their helmets fit American skulls, but apparently they're still struggling to do so.....I did really like the Nolan's features, but the fit was way off.

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Am I reading you right, slomo? Are you saying the extra large cheek pads hold the bottom ends of the helmet less tight on the jaw bone by transferring the pressure on to the cheek?

Cause it sounds a little counter-intuitive...
Given the same size shell. the liners will get smaller to allow room for a bigger head. xl pads will be thinner than large. xxl will be thinner than xl.
This only applies with the same size shell.
Most companies have one or two shell sizes. One for xs, s, m, and one l, xl, xxl
You would have to be sure that L and XL have the same shell size or the pads likely will not be interchangeable.
An alternative would be surgery to remove some foam from the pads you have. I did this on my Arai.

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