Anyone using the Nolan X551 helmet??

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Unkgd, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. Unkgd

    Unkgd Been here awhile

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    Thinking about getting another helmet and was looking at the Nolan X551 as it has the internal sun shield. Can't seem to find one in the US, so will have to mail order for overseas.
    Before I do that, was curious if anyone has had a chance to use one or at least try one on? Any impressions would be gratefully appreciated.
    TIA,
    Bill
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  2. Snelwagen

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    Really nobody who has experience with this helmet???
    I will search for it the end of this month here in NL, cause im also in the market for a new helmet :)
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  3. Guldur

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    I got one, but still waiting my bike, so no riding advice...
    But static, I like the way it feels. It has pinlock from factory, visor/peak could be adjusted, weight is about 1600g. I'm wearing glasses and found no problem with.
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  4. Guldur

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  5. jack_mccain

    jack_mccain Adventurer

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    Will be interested to hear more about it.

    I tried it on today and it had really narrow fit. Once past the narrow entry it felt comfortable. But was literally pain to put on.

    Hesitating between that and Shoei Qwest which felt really nice and plush.
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  6. Snelwagen

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    Dont you mean the shoei hornet?? Qwest is a totally different kind of helmet...
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  7. jack_mccain

    jack_mccain Adventurer

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    Nope. I do more motorway miles than off-road so the DS style would be pure form over function choice :)
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  8. Snelwagen

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    So is the nolan x 551 then I guess :p
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  9. Unkgd

    Unkgd Been here awhile

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    All,
    I appreciate the information. Being in the States - we are somewhat limited on access to this helmet :D

    Jack,
    For comparison - what are the other helmets that you generally wear?
    Thanks,
    Bill
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  10. jack_mccain

    jack_mccain Adventurer

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    I'm still agonizing with my choice :)

    web-bike world has a piece on X-551 - they liked it.

    I wear a street oriented one at the moment - Lazer Dayton - ok helmet but not brilliant one.

    I think I will go with X-lite -> I like the look of it very much and will get rid of the visor (peak) when doing tarmac miles...
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  11. hvman

    hvman Been here awhile

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    I too am liking the x-551, I understand there is no action anytime soon to seek DOT approval. Is that really a big deal to a U.S. rider? Would the police really be likely to check? thanks, Jerry
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  12. hvman

    hvman Been here awhile

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    mostly for the question of not having a DOT blessing, much chance of problems????
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  13. klingklang

    klingklang Been here awhile

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    The police, I would not care... the insurance company after a crash, I would.....

    The X-551 is available here in Canada (Quebec) on their distributor website and DOT is requested here. So it is probably DOT approved but can't confirm.

    http://www.clarysports.com/main.cfm?l=en&p=02_100&CATEGORIE=76
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  14. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    I ordered one to replace my old Arai.
    Coming from Germany, so we wait...
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  15. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    Received the X-551 yesterday from FC-Moto.de/.
    Out of the box it looks nice and I did not expect the pinlock shield to be included, nice surprise.
    Wore it for two rides now and in comparison to my Arai XD-2 - (no particular order) -
    1) Better peripheral vision
    2) Much better vents (my Arai vents were failing and would constantly rattle)
    3) Quieter
    4) The sunshield is nice, almost worth the price of admission for me. No more on with the helmet, on with the sunglasses, off with the sunglasses, off with the helmet. Note on glasses - I do not wear correction glasses however I tried wearing sunglasses under the sunshield to simulate. No problems or interference, glasses are fine with this helmet.
    5) Detents on the face shield are nice.
    6) The visor is adjustable.
    7) Could be a bit of a tight on/off for some as the opening is oval.
    So far, I really like the helmet. We'll see if this continues as the newness wears off. Only negative I can think of at this time is the huge-ness of the X-lite logo (front and back). It is not just a decal as clear has been painted over it.
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  16. birdie_xx

    birdie_xx Been here awhile

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    I've heard a rumor, the US Nolan importer is working on the DOT certification for this helmet and it should be available on the US market soon.... :wink:

    Cheers,
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  17. john_aero

    john_aero Long timer

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    ok so anyone used this lid with mx goggles yet?
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  18. lorenzoLVG

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    I've had this helmet for a few months now. It does look like it's really well built as you hold it in your hands, the paint, the visor, the peak it all says quality. Although after taking the helmet out of the bag for the first time i found some rubber gaskets lying on the floor and never found out where they came from.

    Aside from pulling it over your head it's very comfortable, well balanced and light. Field of view is excellent as is ventilation. The peak has a "screw" to adjust the position. I found out i can adjust the peak while riding at moderate speeds as it can be done with one hand and doesn't take a lot of time.

    Some drawbacks though. The helmet is very quiet at low speeds but at high speed, at least with my combination of bike-helmet-jacket, it gets really loud. I haven't tried taking the peak off as i rarely cruise on the highway but it might help. It seems that most of the noise is getting in at the neck roll.

    Another thing that might bother some is that you can forget wearing goggles with this helmet except if you manage to find some really small ones.

    To conclude ... very nice comfortable helmet with a useful sun visor, but better stay of the highway or wear quality earplugs ;)
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  19. TRUBRIT

    TRUBRIT Been here awhile

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    I am also looking at this Helmet. Can you tell me if it has the cutouts in the shell for speakers? I have a Nolan Trilogy and the noise level dropped dramatically when I put in the speakers for my Comms. You might try putting in some foam into the cutouts as I am sure they act like echo chambers right now.
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  20. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    Yes, the cut-outs are there. My friend installed a N-comm in his X551
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