I recently received a free N102 helmet. My head is quite large and very long. Awkward since I am a small guy. Anyways, I didn't think the shape of the Nolan would work for me. The helmet was free and so I gave it a try. I'll be dipped, it is actually a comfortable and damn nice shell. It runs a bit close to my chin but otherwise it is good. It fends off fog relatively well. Both the modular chin section and face shield open and close easily and securely.
My other (purchased) helmet is an HJC CL15 (going off memory here for model). The Nolan is certainly a quieter helmet, but both are no problem with ear plugs.
The standard double D-ring closure of the HJC takes more time to take on/off. Nolan's closure system is fast and secure. Personally, the typical D-ring closure is more comfortable for me than the more bulky quick-closure systems out there. They are wider and end up pushing more on one's adams apple.
The venting is quite superior on the Nolan compared to the el-cheapo HJC. With shield closed and moving down the road I can actually feel the air move above my head in the N102. I haven't experienced that with the CL15.
Is the Nolan worth the extra $$$? That I'll leave to the buyer. I can say that I haven't put on the HJC since the Nolan landed on my personal helmet rack.
2007 DL 650 SOLD with 56k miles
2012 DL 650
1991 DR350S (dirty bike)
2004 DR 200 (wife's dirty bike)
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