Nolan N102 Bites
I've riden the last three years in a Nolan N100E Plus that last year I updated with the VPS, external sun visor to replace a "sunblocker". It was ok. I liked the N100E.
Then last October I crashed and wrote off the N100. I spent all winter with a broken leg contemplating the N100's replacement. The Rukka had already been returned to Finland for panel repair/replacement.
I settled on, actually looked forward to the N102 with VPS. So in May I took delivery of a N102. First time I wore it, three hours into a ride, I got a hotspot on my right ear. Hurt so bad, so quickly, I had to stop and give my head/ear a rest before heading home. I chaulked it up to a new helmet and the liner I wear maybe having a wrinkle. WRONG. The hotspot continued. I managed to live with it. Then the chin release, the new one-hand on the centre of the chin bar one started to get a little sticky. By July, it was down right ornery. In fact, riding to the rally in Vermont it stuck and I could not get it to release at all. Imagine that for a moment for a person with claustrophobia. I resolved to talk to folks about it at the rally.
Well, they were about as helpful as a piece of shit. They could have "traded" me on the spot for a new one and that might have been the end of it. They'd have made a happy customer. But no, they were to busy selling what they had on hand (CIMA International) and refused to help me. They expected me to ride it back to Canada, then ship it back to the US for warranty repair. Do you have any idea how difficult that would be?
Another vendor was selling a Schuberth C2 for $430 US. I bought it and shipped the N102 home. I now don the N102 every now and then just to remind myself just how good the C2 is. In comparison, the Nolan is just a cheap piece of junk. I will never buy another. If you can afford a $20K motorcycle, money's not an issue. So if you have the right head shape for a Schuberth, buy one. You won't regret it!
BTW, compared to the C2's internal sunshade, the VPS system on the N102 sucks. It scratches the visor. It flips down at the most inopportune moments, like riding in the dark. And it makes a lot of noise.
Back to the topic. I can ride highway speeds without plugs in the C2. However, I always wear plugs or Etymotic 6i. I find it much more comfortable over the longer distance and I want to preserve what hearing I have left. I think everyone should wear ear protection.
For what it's worth . . . .
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Last edited by SKIZIKS; Sep 25th, 2006 at 9:00 am.