Anyone using the Nolan X551 helmet??

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

  1. klingklang

    klingklang Been here awhile

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    If it is what I have in mind, Mine are used as washer between the helmet and the visor. Probably to prevent a bit the vibration and preventing the screws to get loose. Hope it help.
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  2. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    according to Revzilla site it should be available in US in Jan 2012. Nolan_X-551
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  3. Hellmit

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    Bought this helmet in Andorra last year. Was quite taken by the weight. After 6 months or touring my neck was telling me to reduce the weight. It is a very comfortable helmet and is obviously constructed of quality materials. Sadly it has not been approved for use in Australia ... yet.

    A few small drawbacks however. At speed the helmet is very noisy, even with all vents closed. Have taken the visor off and this does not seem to reduce the noise at all. The second issue is the screws used by Nolan to secure the visor. They are easily broken and should be replaced by a metal (metric thread) screw on the left and right sides. This seems to be the only deficiency in the construction. Otherwise it is a very comfortable helmet with good peripheral vision. To be honest, I really think the internal sun visor is a bit redundant and have never used it.

    The unit is set up for installation of the Nolan Bluetooth system, however I fitted a F4 without any modifications. The speakers fitted into the foam cavities easily.

    In Andorra the helmet cost 350 euro. I would expect the price will be a lot higher in AUS or US.
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  4. AHA

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    Helmitt - I've read that these dual sport helmets specifically use plastic screws for the peak so they break and detach the peak immediately on impact for safety reasons. I guess rolling along the deck with a peak could increase the chances of a nasty neck inury. If this really is the case, you might not want to use more secure metal screws after all. Is there anything in the user guide or instructions?
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  5. Hellmit

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    Good point AHA. To be honest I had not considered that. In any event, the visor would probably disintegrate if such an impact was to occur. The most likely scenario was that the plastic screws could break while riding at speed and this could result in its own set of potentially difficult consequences. I have retained the plastic screw on the top of the helmet that adjusts the forward / backward movement of the visor. The only ones I have replaced are the screws at the pivot points on the sides. When the plastic screw breaks, it is very difficult to remove the remnants. I had to melt a groove into the remains of the screw to get it out. Nevertheless the point you have made is good. Maybe Nolan should include additional screws with the helmet? I know I could not get replacements for them here in Australia. This helmet is not available here, and there is no indication that it ever will be.
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  6. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    My wife and I both got X551's when they arrived here in NZ. I like it a lot. I've always been very fussy with my helmets, as far as space around my ears goes. As these are designed for intercoms there is plenty of room and no pressure points on my ears. I have fitted our Baehr intercomm headsets to the helmets. My only critisism so far is air is vented up onto the front visor even with the front vent closed. In the cold, air blows onto my eyes making them water. If it becomes a PITA I will block them off.
    Overall, very happy:D
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  7. sterfry

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    How is sizing on the X551 compared to other brands? The Webbikeworld review says they run a little small.
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  8. johnnysunami

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    Has anyone found these in the US yet? Would appreciate a few links...
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  9. klingklang

    klingklang Been here awhile

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    (PROBLEM SOLVED, THANK YOU)

    throught the washing process, it look like a part went off and I cant remember where it was. Is there someone with an x-551 that would be kind enought to send me a picture to show exactly where this part is located. I wrote to X-lite and did not got any answer yet. Maybe ADV inmate are better I said to myself.

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  10. Guldur

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    I'll check that after work.
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  11. klingklang

    klingklang Been here awhile

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    @Guldur

    Don't loose time on this. They finally answered me. Merci quand meme de ta bonne volonté

    to any owner, just check that part because it look it is not really resistant to soaking and hand washing.
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  12. bearbuck

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  13. cliffy109

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    Argh! Jerks.

    So... if I were to look outside the US for this helmet, I would like to know if the peak actually works as a sunshade. The Shoei Hornet doesn't. The Arai XD3 and 4 does. The X551 looks too short to create any shade on the eyes but without being able to try one on, it is impossible to tell.
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  14. wiz.au

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  15. wiz.au

    wiz.au Long timer

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    Well, 18 months or so on, and many thousands of Kms.....

    The helmet is nice to wear but here are the things that have made me upset:

    • Tinted sunshade mechanism jams up in the slightest amount of dust. It's now a two handed job to pull the shade down from the inside of the helmet, the button/lever on the outside is USELESS. I have washed it out 3 times, but as it requires disassembling the entire helmet and bluetooth kit, it's not feasible to do after every ride in dust.
    • Top air vents when open catch on any vegetation you ride through and rip off.
    • Silver coating on trims rubs off by hand.
    • Top of the rubber seal around the visor catches and folds down, then continues to do so, for ever. I have tried and tried adjusting it. It either leaks, or folds down. The only solution I have found is to leave the visor down when not using it. But I always forget as I lift the visor, then take of the helmet by habit. This is not something critical, just annoying.
    • The rear liner is very difficult to get back in if you take it out to wash it.
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  16. Baz69er

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    Mine came off in three pieces after washing it for the second time, It should be attached at the back of the lining....
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  17. Baz69er

    Baz69er n00b

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    Hi,

    I had my x551 for only 2months & the paint came off on one of the top vents & the main front vents, my slider mechanism was stiff from new & the slider button eventually came un stuck from helmet, so I would careful with it, I've had to return it & waiting for either a replacement or a repair, I certainly wouldn't buy again....
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