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I'm currently using my second Nolan Modular helmet. The first one served me well, and this second one has also.

The first one got set aside after it saved my noggin during a 150 foot slide along the interstate.

The second one is 6 years old, and the liner is getting a bit worn after over a quarter million miles. Plus, I think most MFG.'s say to replace them after 5 years.

So...I began my search about a month ago. Settled on the new Nolan 104 Absolute. They said they had changed the shape of the helmet recently, so I measured my noggin, looked at their sizing chart, and ordered accordingly...a medium.

It arrived and was MUCH too small. But it fit Mary well, and her helmet is at about the 5 year mark, so it is now hers.

I ordered another one. This time a large. It was too small (even though their chart says a medium will fit me). Sent it back.

So, I ordered a third time, an XL. It arrived, and was close to fitting, & with a bit of work it would be comfortable. But while trying it on it seemed Really big (the outside, not the fit).

Went and weighed it, and set it beside the other helmets...it is huge, and it weighs more than my current XL.

Here are a couple of photo's-



The center one is my current XL size, the white one is Mary's new 104 Absolute...maybe just a tiny bit larger than my current. The black one, on the left, is the XL 104 Absolute....MUCH larger than my current XL.

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I'm sending the new XL back. Already started working on fixing up the lining on my current XL, and will continue to use it for the foreseeable future.


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Makes me wonder. We just ordered a different brand of 3/4 helmet too, one for each of us. Similar deal with the sizing charts. When they arrived they fit fine and seem comfortable.

Here is the but...they look huge on the outside. Tried it on Friday night for a friends opinion. Mega Mind was the way he described them. I plan to wear a helmet, but dont really want to look like a space cadet to do it. Why are these new helmets so giant looking?

Maybe a project for r&d over at DK Customs is needed...

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Could the dot standards have changed, making the increased size a necessity for more impact absorbing material.
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Imagine how I feel. A gorilla. My head size is 7 and 7/8 with a crew cut.

Finding a beanie that does not feel like a 400 lb chick with my head between her thighs is a chore.

So since I have insurance. I can ride without a helmet in TX cuz I have the helmet exemption in my wallet. In helmet law states. I make do with a green 3/4 full helmet I have had for quite while. But never used much.

I can ride from Texas to Sturgis South Dakota or 4 corners Colorado or Phoenix Arizona without putting a skid lid on.



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I'm lucky to have a local dealer who stocks alot of helmets, I get to try them on before I buy. I gladly pay a couple bucks more for the convience, and to keep a local retail store going.
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I talked to Nolan about getting the XL insides in the smaller shell. They said no go.

Nolan has changed their helmets to accommodate a more oval head...and turns out I have a rounder head. So, probably no more new Nolan helmets for me.

I will stop by some shops over the next month or so and see if I can find a comfortable one for my ROUND head. lol

I've finished sprucing up my liner on my old helmet last night. Rode with it today. Back to feeling like new.

I know the shell is old, along with the crushable foam as well...but it is going to do until I find a more comfortable new one, that is not humongous.

The bigger helmets may be good for absorbing more impact...but just trying that other one on was hurting my neck...and it was no heavier....just the weight being further out from my head/ and/or being less balanced, was putting more strain on my neck.


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I prefer to try mine on at a store.
I have a 1/2 helmet for cruising around and a full face with bright yellow for early morning commute to work.
Shopping for a retro looking 3/4 now.

You should try shopping local and trying a few on.
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Makes me wonder. We just ordered a different brand of 3/4 helmet too, one for each of us. Similar deal with the sizing charts. When they arrived they fit fine and seem comfortable.

Here is the but...they look huge on the outside. Tried it on Friday night for a friends opinion. Mega Mind was the way he described them. I plan to wear a helmet, but dont really want to look like a space cadet to do it. Why are these new helmets so giant looking?

Maybe a project for r&d over at DK Customs is needed...

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I have 2 Nolan' as well and looked at newer ones, came to the same conclusion.
The new 1/2 helmet makes me look like a mushroom head. That's a no...
I relined my "Robo-Cop" helmet (Nolan 3/4) a couple weeks ago and it fits a bit tight but I'm sure it will loosen up.
I think there has to be a DOT standard change or something I looked at a lot the other day and all are bigger.
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