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

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

  1. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Heck yeah - isn't it around $300?
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  2. klingklang

    klingklang Been here awhile

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    Hate the pinlock on mine. Imposible to have a tight fit. Look like the diecut have been made too short. No mater what position I turn the eccentric, there is a huge gap somewhere. I can only decide where I want it. Is it only me or other owners got the same?

    One thing I would change on the helmet would be to put some kind of screen in the air trap. I often receive tiny black flies in the eyes, like 2-3 times a year. I thick they make their way from the forehead opening and flow down just upper your eyes.

    Nolan customer service is also painful and mostly automated. You know? with those pre typed answers or questions that make you think your dealing with a robot.....
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  3. klingklang

    klingklang Been here awhile

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    rectification: X-Lite/Nolan support is innexistant!
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  4. kimmokekki

    kimmokekki Adventurer

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    I send e-mail over week ago to
    X-Lite and haven't got answered yet ...
    Gladly Finnish importer is active with warranty issues !
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    Sun visors operating lever got ripped from helmet and tear little bit graphics too
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  5. GlobalApathy

    GlobalApathy n00b

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    I know this thread is a bit old, I'm hoping that someone is still watching. I was wondering if anyone tried to install the N-Com B4+ into the X-lite X551? I'm trying not to spend another $40 and 15 days on shipping.
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  6. Rockhopper Doe

    Rockhopper Doe Been here awhile

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    Anyone know if this helmet is being sold in the US yet?
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  7. NeptuneTriton

    NeptuneTriton Been here awhile

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    No, to my knowledge still no US distribution. I spoke with Nolan USA about a month ago and they said they haven't heard anything about Nolan bringing it to the US. Apparently they didn't think a non-modular Nolan would do well enough in the US to bring it in or something to that nature.

    It's too bad, it's the best DS helmet out there in my opinion.

    I ordered mine direct from Italy. It was the cheapest route since the exchange rate for US dollars to UK Pounds or Euros was not good.

    Both my buddy and I ordered our helmets through the same place. The guy's name is Mauro and he's with www.emlineamoto.com and sells a lot of stuff on eBay where he has 100% positive feedback.

    If he has the helmet in stock, it'll ship within a week and arrive in the US in a couple weeks. That's how my transaction went. The color my buddy wanted was not in stock, so his took a couple weeks longer since it had to drop ship from Nolan.

    Mauro

    E.M.Micozzi srl
    Via Nazzario Sauro, 58/z
    62019 Recanati (MC)
    Italy
    Tel.: 0039 071 757 2034
    Fax: 0039 071 757 0275
    web www.emlineamoto.com
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  8. Rockhopper Doe

    Rockhopper Doe Been here awhile

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    Thanks for passing on the details.

    Have you ever tried on an N44 by any chance? If so, how is the fit compared to that?
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  9. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Hey Revver

    I've just returned from a 6000 mile trip up to Canada and Montana, and while returning through Texas had plenty of time to think about my gear in the trip. Again, the helmet has been outstanding in everything it's been through.

    Damn good helmet and seriously glad I bought it. Waaaaaay better than the XD3 I had in so many areas. Light, comfortable, excellent and now I can't live without the drop down sun shades :evil

    Banff to Texas
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  10. Rockhopper Doe

    Rockhopper Doe Been here awhile

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    I have the shades on my n44. Once you try them it is very hard to go back. I'm hoping I can buy this one soon from the store you guys mentioned. Seems like it is worth a shot.
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  11. snomoride

    snomoride n00b

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    Love mine ! I have had it 3 months best I've had so far !!
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  12. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    I want this helmet, but I've been burned buying things that require a specific fit online. Are there any helmets that I can try on locally that fit like the x-551? I really want one, but I know that if I order from overseas, it will be the wrong size.
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  13. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Can't speak 2 head shape, but I wear a XXL in all helmet brands and sizing is the same. I can wear either a Shoei helmet or an Arai helmet, but this X-Lite shape is the most comfortable of all for me. Ymmv
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  14. NeptuneTriton

    NeptuneTriton Been here awhile

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    Understandable, it's a risk. I wear a Medium in the Arai XD and AGV Dual Evo. I'd say the sizing is slightly looser than the Arai, especially in the cheeks. The AGV is spot on. My assumption is that because both the AGV and Nolan are made in Italy, the sizing is similar.
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  15. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    What he said zactly
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  16. JStory

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    I am interested in this helmet as well. After searching for a while, I found that Revzilla has some info about this helmet, but very little, and hard to find. X-lite X-551
    Says check back, but its been that way for several months with no updates.
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  17. AllBlak

    AllBlak Been here awhile

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    The Swiss economic change this week (removal of pinning of Kronne to 1.2x euro) has resulted in a devaluation of the euro, perhaps leading to more favorable U.S. Export pricing of this helmet.
    Something to look for anyhow.
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  18. ekv

    ekv go ride

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    i wrote revzilla inquiring if they had an ETA. this is what i got in response:

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  19. JStory

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    Thank You
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  20. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    That's good news if they bring them into the US.

    A little over 2 years on mine and still VERY happy with it. No issues of any sort and still very comfortable. I've been using the Cardo Scala G9X headset with mine (not the Nolan N-Com) and the Cardo speakers fit into the internal speaker wells perfectly.

    Last time I checked fc-moto.de the prices were pushing $450+/- US for the 1st generation version and it appears there is a new version for 2015 the "Gran Turismo" which is approaching $700... Holy Shift Batman!

    FC-Moto has VAT included and I can't remember if that amount is deducted from the final price for shipping to the U.S.??? It seems it is deducted from the price and takes a fair chunk out of it IIRC...

    At $700ish it gets into the price range of the ballyhooed Schuberth stuff - the new GT version says it's got redesigned cheek pads and new fabric for better comfort but I have zero complaints as it's the most comfortable helmet I've worn.

    Anyway if it actually gets to the US maybe prices will indeed get better.

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