Nolan X-Lite X-551 Dual Sport Helmet Review:

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by LoneStar, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    564
    Location:
    Kongsberg, Norway
    Happy you found a helmet that fit you, that's what matters :D
    #21
  2. d33t

    d33t Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    27
    Location:
    Russia, Motorcycle Hell
    Hi. I have Nolan N84 helmet and it has an issue with pinlock: during process of visor opening or closing, pinlock touches rubber compactor (?) *rubber strip on the perimeter of viewport (eye-port)* and after several time begins to scratch the main visor and itself. This helmet had same problem?

    This question is mostly addressed to people who had used this helmet for some time

    P.S. sorry for my English
    #22
  3. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,576
    Location:
    Goldilocks Zone
    Здравствуйте д33т,
    Нет. Царапины, не проблема.

    PS - sorry for my Russian
    #23
  4. d33t

    d33t Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    27
    Location:
    Russia, Motorcycle Hell
    RomaDakota, thanks :)

    And one more question: is it possible to breath normal in this helmet when riding offroad? In N84 it was mostly impossible even with all vent's and visor fully opened, because amount of air in helmet was very small. In AFX FX-39 (last time i rode in this helmet) it was a much easier to breath and and only in very difficult situations became not enough oxygen.
    #24
  5. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Oddometer:
    135
    Location:
    Sutton MA
    Figures I find the features I'm looking for in a helmet not available in the US. The FC-Moto price is $494 shipped to the US. Kind of stuck if the size is off. I guess I'll wait and see if it makes it to the US market this year. I know how to speed up that process. I'll buy another helmet and BOOM the Nolan will be shipping from US sources for hundreds less.
    :kboom
    #25
  6. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,823
    Location:
    Spotsylvania, VA
    I'm still curious to know how well the peak blocks the sun. Is it like the Shoei (which gives little to no shade on the eyes) or like the Arai which does a great job and they even realized they needed black tape on the bottom to further reduce glare.

    I guess it is a moot point anyway since they don't ship to the US. My head is a tweener... right between L and XL depending on the brand.
    #26
  7. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,206
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country, Zip Code EIEIO
    Ducatirdr :lol3 for sure

    Cliffy - at it's highest position it is slightly lower than the Shoei and at it's lowest goes further down than the XD3. Visor/Peak is excellent.

    When I bought mine the price was a little over $300, which was a STEAL for the quality of the helmet. I haven't priced it in a month but if it's $500 shipped they've really gone up

    BTW, when you look at the price in US dollars on the site, it includes VAT, but when you put it in the cart it knocks the VAT off which is about $61. I also used the DHL shipping which was about $20 vs $50-60 for UPS
    #27
  8. d33t

    d33t Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    27
    Location:
    Russia, Motorcycle Hell
    Sorry for annoying, but still: is this helmet suitable for off-road riding? It looks more road-oriented than similar helmets of other manufacturers.

    And one more question: it comes without pinlock?

    P.S. i try to make decision between this helmet and AGV AX8 DS EVO
    #28
  9. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

    Joined:
    May 18, 2002
    Oddometer:
    22,812
    Location:
    The Submarine Mines
    Actually, they do ship to the US, DHL or UPS. UPS costs 2x more, but in reading other threads regarding FC Moto, it seems to be a more reliable option.
    #29
  10. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,206
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country, Zip Code EIEIO
    Mine included the pinlock shield with tabs

    Loving this helmet :deal
    #30
  11. d33t

    d33t Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    27
    Location:
    Russia, Motorcycle Hell
    LoneStar, thanks for answer :)
    #31
  12. joe a

    joe a No Map

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    648
    Location:
    Lake George NY (sometimes)
    Sounds like I need to give this Nolan a try.......Any US suppliers yet ?
    #32
  13. Maoule

    Maoule Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    Oddometer:
    664
    Location:
    KCMO
    One quick question that you almost touched on: what size did you get? Or did I miss it? My XD4 is an XL and fits decently and having recently returned to riding, don't have much helmet comparison data.
    #33
  14. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,206
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country, Zip Code EIEIO
    Not sure if you were asking me or not but if so I wear a XXL in helmets. My XD3 fits perfectly in XXL, and bought the Nolan in XXL. It runs true to size, but the design fits more "snugly" as in less head movement in the helmet, which is a tribute to the designers.

    By snugly I don't mean tight or binding in any way. In fact it's the most comfortable helmet I've yet worn - after about 10 mins you forget it's on almost.

    Keeping in mind it's my head and all the yada yada disclaimers lol

    The neck port is smaller than the XD3, and that initially makes it seem a bit tighter slipping on but its actually not.

    And it has more visibility than the XD3
    #34
  15. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,823
    Location:
    Spotsylvania, VA
    I really hope they get this thing DOT approved before I really need a new helmet. My head measures 58 cm yet every size large helmet I try is FAR too tight. My chin hands out beneath most of them. A size large Nolan N104 feels like a clamp is pressing in on my jaw. The XL feels much better but is a bit loose. It drives me nuts. I really must try on and ride with a helmet before buying it (yes, my local dealer carries Nolan and they do allow test rides with a helmet which is why I will gladly pay a little more to buy from a brick and mortar store).
    #35
  16. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,217
    Location:
    Woodland Park, CO
    I dont think they have any plans to bring it to the US.. they arent even trying to get it DOT approved.. have you heard differently?
    #36
  17. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,206
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country, Zip Code EIEIO
    Had a few months with this helmet now and have really been pleased with it. Coming off a 2 week trip into the desert mountains in west Texas, I experienced very high winds combined with interstate speeds, heavy dust, temps from 28 to 90 and have nothing to complain about - lovin it.

    As mentioned before I think the noise is about the same as XD and I think the venting might be less. Only gripe has been I can't mount my GoPro on it as easily LOL

    Will probably order another and a couple of spare shields in case they don't bring them over here
    #37
  18. Nick USMC

    Nick USMC n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1
    Location:
    DFW, Texas
    great review! :super
    #38
  19. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,206
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country, Zip Code EIEIO
    I forgot to mention that removing the visor and face shield are a breeze... couldn't be simpler.

    Visor is held on by three plastic wing nuts... comes off easily.

    Shield is simply raised to highest position, and then you press the center pivot donut, which is a spring loaded button, and move the visor forward slightly and it pops off.

    No fiddly parts to keep track of or gyrations and voodoo magic required.

    Takes longer to describe it than to do it.

    Rock on bros...
    #39
  20. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,823
    Location:
    Spotsylvania, VA
    Damnit. Why the hell wouldn't Nolan get this DOT approved? Grrrr... :huh
    #40