Tinted Visors for your helmet

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by disconnected, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. Ernest T

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  2. hangontight

    hangontight Adventurin' Swede

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    Got a 2500 mile trip coming up and debating bringing my clear shield, tinted shield, or both. I don't do sunglasses inside the helmet (pressure points), and nothing is more aggravating than having to squint during the daytime. I'll probably end up packing in both.

    FWIW, At home I have one helmet w/ a tinted visor and one w/ a clear visor, but I sure as heck ain't bringing two helmets!
  3. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Put tear-off buttons on a clear visor and get tinted tear-offs.
  4. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    What I do, is just throw an extra visor in a helmet bag and wearing it strapped across my ribs.

    ......or nut up and buy a helmet with a sun-visor. I was riding the fence about them for a long time, finally got a helmet with a pinlock and interior sun visor.....it pretty sweet, tint on demand and never fogs. I've been using the HELL out of it raid and snow, all over the nearby mountains in all sorts of wintery conditions.
  5. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    Get a visor bag to put in your luggage (I use my tankbag) and have a clear and a tinted one. Swap as conditions require. I always thought the internal sun visor thing was The Answer, until I bought a helmet last year that has one. That's when I realized that I don't like the internal sun visor thing. It's annoying to clean, and I don't like the feeling of the large slab of visor covering so much of my face, so close to my face. I know that this is just a personal thing; lots of folks love the internal visor thing.
  6. Mobil1

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    I'd be worried about an internal visor cutting my nose off in a wreck.
  7. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    If something is that deep in the chin bar you nose is gone anyway, there are nose is a nose relief there for a reason.
  8. isitfridayyet

    isitfridayyet n00b

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    I put a strip of static cling window tint on the inside of my shield at the top edge.
    I aligned the bottom edge of it about where the bottom edge of a baseball hat visor would be.
    If the sun is low on the horizon, I just tilt down my head a bit and look through it.
    Combined with sun glasses it works pretty good.
    At night it doesn't obstruct my view at all since I don't have to look through it.

    [​IMG]
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  9. Mobil1

    Mobil1 Long timer

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    I meant if the helmet were to rotate down in the front , bringing a lowered internal shield down with it.
  10. baka1969

    baka1969 Veteran Bubblehead

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    I have the Nolan N44 helmet. It's a great helmet. Except the flip down tinted sun visor's optics are poor. I use prescription sunglasses when riding during the day and clear at night.
  11. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Shouldn't be able to get that low with the shell intact, in fact my schulbert has additional straps to endure that it can't rotate to far foreword. I have a big nose, that is something that I checked as soon as I took the lid out of the box.
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  12. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    Tinted visor for you are helmet:

    No, YOU are helmet!!

    I wear eye glasses to correct a small vision problem, plus age related close up vision. I carry these in my tank bag for use after dark. In daylight I wear polarized sun glasses with close vision correction lenses. I choose a multiplier that for me is 1.75, allowing me to easily see my gauges clearly, which are maybe a bit over 2 feet away. If I am actually outdoors and wanting to read, I have the same polarized sunglasses with 2.25 correction that allow me to focus at an actual reading distance of about a foot. I buy these glasses cheap at the one WalMart that carries them. I have to be careful that the sunglasses I buy are wrap-around for good side vision and that the side pieces are not rubber coated and shaped so they will slide in with my helmet on.
  13. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Clear, smoke and dark smoke.

    I use smoke with no sunglasses 80% of the time. For night riding and winter riding, I use clear.
  14. longslowdistance

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    And the visor doesn't lock in place - it can be pushed back up with a finger. So even if wearing a helmet so oversized for your head that it could roll that far forward, the internal visor would not be a danger.

    But the optics are weak - the visor does not have anti-reflective coating so it muddies up the view. Anyone know of a better quality aftermarket option?
  15. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    I just got a Transitions face shield for my Shoei RF-1200. So far so good. It works great now, we'll see how it holds up over time.
  16. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    From a brightness standpoint, tinted visor or sunglasses are about the same to me. Unless I KNOW I will be back home before dark, I always carry a clear visor but glasses are much easier of course. Helmets with integral sun visor are ok (I have one) but bulkier and hence can be slightly noisier or cause more buffeting (and/or the padding is compromised slightly.) I sometimes use a tinted visor as well as sun visor or as well as sun glasses, depending on conditions.

    Have not read entire thread but did not see anybody mention the amount of HEAT a tinted or mirrored faceshield keeps out. Riding through the SW USA in Summer, having a gold mirrored faceshield on my helmet made an incredible difference to comfort (as long as I kept it closed.) The only downside (apart from the cost) was the reflection of the faceshield in the instruments.
  17. steve68steve

    steve68steve Long timer

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    I was a fan of tinted visors until made all my clear visors like isitfridayyet's. I used black electrical tape. My current job has me commuting in darkness every morning and full sun every afternoon. Changing visors daily just proved to be too much of a hassle.

    I'm amazed at how well having a blacked-out portion and just tilting your head works.
  18. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    I just bought a Bell helmet with a Transitions lense. I can't say enough good. It's awesome.

    I like having my shield up below 35mph so I bought a pair of cheap yellow lense "driving glasses" to wear under the helmet. I haven't worn the yellow glasses with the helmet yet, but I hope it's a winning combo.
  19. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    But you live in Michigan... there's no sun in Michigan! :D
  20. anotherguy

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    You......and you alone are responsible for your safety. They are idiots.


    EDIT: I've no idea how this ended up here. Computer glitch? It was intended for another thread. I've never even read this thread. I'm really not that crazy. Sorry.​