Overview of Nolan N103 N-Com Modular Helmet - 1031
Aerodynamic polycarbonate shell with built-in spoiler to reduce drag and wind buffeting
Internal VPS (Vision Protection System) is comprised of a short 2 in. smoke sunshield mounted just inside the main shield; can be raised and lowered independently
Clear anti-scratch face shield is optically correct and offers UV 400 protection; includes NFR anti-fog inserts
Efficient venting system features a top intake vent, chin bar vents and exhaust vents built into the rear spoiler
Steel-on-steel, centromatic latching system opens easily with one hand but features a redundant latch to keep the chin guard from accidentally opening
Extra-large neckroll creates a seal to minimize wind noise
Sanitized, antimicrobial Clima-Comfort liner is fully removable and machine washable
Micro-adjustable, quick-release chin retention system with comfortable velour chin-strap padding
Installed chin curtain
N-COM ready; installing Nolans N-COM system allows helmet to connect to a mobile phone, MP3, CD or GPS system and function as driver-to-passenger intercom or bike-to-bike communicator through cable or wireless Bluetooth
Outlaw features a small chrome insignia instead of the traditional Nolan logo
We had the 102's, loved them and after a few years it was time to replace them. Some say the Nolans are a little heavy but what modular isnt? They are well balanced and they fit size for size like the 102's. The sunsheild is a great improvement and not as noisy as the old style could be when partially up. I have heard complaints of the tinted sheild not giving full coverage. No its not like a full tinted sheild but having one setup for all conditions is great. I like being able to look under the tinted sheild to see the indicators and such on my bike. Its a very thought out setup.
This was a closeout so I didn't have a choice of color but after receiving this Corsa Red, I really like it. The fit and finish are first class and I find it very quiet. The sun shield is an excellent design making it much safer when going into tunnels by not having sunglasses on which limits your vision. The buckle design is also well thought out but the padded strap could have been slightly longer. I also added some velcro so that the padded strap stays in place. Not really a negative but rather a suggestion to improve upon a design. I'm looking forward to this years riding season as this helmet will make it more enjoyable. This is my first Nolan and it will not be my last. The anti-fog shield that attaches to the visor is a nice extra . This is a quality product well worth the regular price let alone the discounted price. The sizing chart was very accurate as well and the fit is excellent.
I own 3 other Nolan Helmets and really like them as the flip up feature is worth a lot to me, but they forgot the details when they made the N103. My other Nolan helmets have decals in appropriate locations that show how to open them, not so with the N103. The N103 is not intuitive to open so you need to know how it works to open it. When my butt is lying unconscious on the pavement, I'd like the rescue folks to know how to open my helmet without ripping my face off or having to resort to a saw to cut it off. So I had to make my own decals that said "Lift", "Unlock" and "Depress Firmly" to resolve this concern. Second detail overlooked is nobody I know has a nose that is so small the flip down sun visor won't hit it. So I had to take a Dremmel and reshape the sun visor so it would not hit the bridge of my nose. I think this would apply to 95% of the population. The aerodynamics are better than the previous version as head buffeting from wind is less at highway speed than my other helmets. Another little detail is this helmet is set-up to accept an intercom system. They have not resolved the main source of air noise which is where the helmet meets the neck, so despite Blue Tooth technology and the extra padding they supply for the ear area, the intercom is pretty useless above 40mph. (if you just want music or hands free cell phone, $30 ear buds with built in mic are the best and cheapest way to go.)
I have used several modular helmets and the last one was Masei from Hong Kong. I bought it for $40 on eBay. Compared to Masei, Nolan is MUCH better in terms of build quality. The front section feels much more solid and secure once closed. Nolan is pretty heavy but for my use of 30 minutes commute, it is no big deal. THe biggest issue is the wind noise. Surprisingly, Nolan is worse than Masei when it comes to the wind noise. I am trying to figure out if there is anything I can do to fix it. Otherwise, Nolan is a great helmet.
This is my 2nd N103 after the first was damaged in an accident. I had a low-side accident at 65 MPH and walked away with virtually no injuries. The helmet did it's job the first time so I decided to replace with the same thing. I also enjoy the way that the N-Comm system integrates into the helmet.
Having had a N102 for 4 years I was familiar with the modular type helmet. I ordered the same size and it was a perfect fit. Finish seems to be High quality. Fit and Chin-bar operation is first rate. This helmet is extremely e-z to add comm. equipment to. The only down side is the venting doesn't work very well.