Internal helmet sunshade retrofit - does this exist?

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  1. StuartV

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    Ummm, yeah. Stan, I'm not trying to throw fuel on the fire, but I saw the post you deleted and it seemed pretty out of line to me. And your last post is even worse. Man up and admit it and let's move on.
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  2. StuartV

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    Xeraux,

    I tried to buy a Sunax yesterday, from the link you gave. By the time they threw in shipping and tax it was going to be something like 58 bucks!! I piss away money, but even I am not that bad! Crazy!
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  3. Xeraux

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    Yikes! :huh

    I don't remember paying that much for one. I wonder if the price or the shipping went up.
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  4. bobframe

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    My big "sun issue" happens with a very low sun, particularly in winter. I find that it can be really blinding. I tried several different tinted strips at the top of my visor and while they helped, in the worst conditions, it still wasn't enough.

    So, I went "old school" and simply applied black electrical tape to my visor and the total black out solved my problem. Cheap, washable, reversible, ultimately customizable...it is an elegant solution. I now ride with an electrical tape visor year round.
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  5. HowHH

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    I've been using the limo cling film that others have written about. I forget what I paid, maybe 10-11 doollars? Like Xeraux has noted you could easily get 100 applications out of the roll. A lifetime supply for you and your friends.

    To make future applications easy, I made a template out of cardboard. The film cuts easily with a razor knife.

    On my helmet's Pinlock shield, the tint film cannot be mounted on the inside. I just apply the film to the outside of the shileld. I figured that if it flew off, no big deal since thay are so cheap to replace. However, the application has stayed secure, even riding all winter in various conditions.

    Since the winter sun is especially annoying for my commute to and from work, I ended up sticking two layers of the limo tint film together. Even that stays stuck on great.
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  6. SpeedyK

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    Try a piece of x-ray film. Some folks have cut them to fit in the helmet itself, so it doesn't go up with the shield. Can't find that page right now.
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  7. Xeraux

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    Ooooh...

    I hope it doesn't come off as me looking like I'm a know-it-all, but I'm betting this is what you're looking for.

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/visors/helmet-sun-blocker/

    [​IMG]
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  8. E.O.T.D.

    E.O.T.D. Been here awhile

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    I think this is worth repeating. I am crazy about what the next product i need to solve my next problem is but this is a simple problem, simple solution. I do exactly the same thing. Early morning... two strips of duct tape, then you peel them off one layer at a time as the sun goes higher in the sky. don't even have to pull over to do it. Sure you can't see through it, but thats the point. It will COMPLETELY get rid of the glare, not just make it "more manageable" Anything you can see through will still let direct light through.

    AND... almost every gas station I have ever been to sells the stuff.
    AND... a helmet visor won't help hold broken/ torn bits of your bike together should the need come up.
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  9. max384

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    I used to have an internal visor on my old Scorpion EXO 1000. I thought that was going to be an awesome feature that I used daily. In reality, it didn't do a great job of blocking out all the light. It didn't come down low enough. I would assume they do this for safety reasons so that there is less of a chance of cutting into your nose or cheeks in a wreck. However, it's still there, and you're still at risk of that happening.

    I found that I almost never used the internal sun visor. I would use sunglasses because they worked far better, until just buying a second tinted visor. Carrying a second visor is the only way to go IMO. I certainly wouldn't want to run the risk of mangling my helmet or compromising safety to put one of these in.

    For the really low blinding sun, the electrical tape on the visor sounds like a good idea. Though, to be honest, I usually get away with positioning my head low so that the sun is just above the visor. This has worked well for me, and my daily commute is east in the morning and west in the evening, which means lots of riding into the sun unfortunately.
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  10. StuartV

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    Or, get a Bell helmet with a Transitions shield and never carry a spare shield again.

    I love my Bell Vortex and my Bell RS-1. I have Transitions shields on both and they are awesome.
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  11. max384

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    True. I have an RS-1, but haven't dropped the coin for a Transitions shield. I have a ton of luggage space, so it hasn't been an issue for me.
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  12. SpeedyK

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    That's one of them...off to find that out of date dental xray, I think one view has my skull, maybe I can cut it so I'm looking through my own eye-holes...Thank you for that, Mr. Know-It-All. :^)

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  13. StuartV

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    Yeah, I guess it's not AS big a deal for me on my GS. But, when I'm riding my GSX-R, it's GREAT! :D

    Even on my GS, though, there are times when I'm riding right through sunset and not having to stop prematurely to put on a clear shield is nice. Also, sometimes I'm (just for example) riding along the coast, where it's bright and sunny, then turn inland (say on Stewarts Point Rd) and riding for miles in heavy shade. It's also nice there that the shield just turns clear (or very light tint), again so I can see without stopping to swap shields.
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  14. max384

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    You're definitely making a good argument for that shield! I was planning on getting that shield eventually, but seem to always have other things to spend my money on.
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