Nolan and X-Lite Helmets Return to South Africa

Image source: X-Lite Helmets Italy

Sparx Distributing are proud to announce the return of the iconic Nolan and X-Lite helmet brands to South Africa. This important development will bring much-needed diversity to consumers looking for the very best in motorcycle helmet design and performance.

This development is appropriate as 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Nolan company. It was in 1972 that Nolan presented the NO1, the first injection-moulded Jet-type helmet in LEXAN™ polycarbonate. This material was lighter and offered greater impact protection than previously used materials.

Image source: Nolan Helmets Italy

In the intervening 50 years, Nolan has become the leading helmet manufacturer in Europe, producing 400,000 helmets annually at their factory in Italy. The constant commitment to research and innovation are reflected in the latest 2022 collection, including two new full-face models in polycarbonate, the N80-8 and N60-6. For the 50th Anniversary year, Nolan has produced a series of anniversary designs on N100-5 PLUS, N80-8, X-1005 and X-803 RS ULTRA CARBON. These designs stand out for their sophisticated colour combinations, the details in gold, the flowing lines and the celebratory “50th” anniversary logo.

An important part of any helmet company is the research opportunities provided by supplying helmets to motorcycle racers. For NolanGroup, racers have always been synonymous with Communication and Research. They represent the ideal testing ground and context for the emergence of vital technical solutions for the mass-production of all models, not just those specifically for racing.

Image source: Nolan Helmets Italy

Over the years, riders supported by Nolan have included Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri, Chaz Davies, not forgetting South African legends Kork Ballington and Jon Ekerold. Current Riders are Alex Rins, Aron Canet, Iker Lacuona and former MotoGP star & Dakar 2022 sensation – Danilo Petrucci. With talent such as this, only the best feedback has been given to help improve the product.

NolanGroup proudly underlines that all of its products – Nolan, X-lite and Grex – tested by SHARP, the prominent independent test system run by the British Government, have obtained at least 4 stars. Furthermore, all of the ‘flip-up’ helmets have received the highest possible rating in terms of chin guard latch reliability. This means that, for each of the products tested by SHARP, the chin guard remains completely closed during each of the 30 impacts.

Image source: X-Lite Helmets Italy

No less important to the South African market is the re-introduction of the X-Lite helmet brand. X-Lite came into being in 1998 as a subsidiary of Nolan and became the new division for the development and production of composite-fibre helmets, a hugely important development in helmet construction, saving weight and adding strength at the same time.

The first shipment of Nolan / X-lite helmets includes the following models:

Full Face – X-803 RS Ultra Carbon

X-lite’s high-carbon-content full-face racing helmet, in the most racing-oriented version ever: a Racetrack Aerodynamic Spoiler (RAS), the innovative Liner Positioning Control (LPC) and an additional Dark Green visor (supplied). Let yourself be absorbed by the essence of the X-803 RS ULTRA CARBON, whatever your journey.

Full Face – X-803 Ultra Carbon

X-lite’s high-carbon-content racing full-face helmet, is the result of the knowledge developed over decades of competitions at the highest levels in MotoGP and SBK, thanks to the precious contribution of their riders

Full Face – N60-5

The Nolan polycarbonate shell road full-face helmet with a contemporary, sports-inspired design. Its technical characteristics make it suitable for any situation, both in the city and on the motorway.

For more information, please contact:
Steve Theron
Sparx Distributing
+27 (0)72 912 4658 (Mobile)
e-mail; [email protected]