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Old 06-29-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Tinted Visors for you're helmet

I've never owned a tinted helmet visor. I'm typically a clear visor sunglasses type of rider. Is a tinted visor worth the trouble? I would guess you would always need to carry both,


I know, a dumb thread here, but I was just looking for some opinions.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:18 AM   #2
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I've never owned a tinted helmet visor. I'm typically a clear visor sunglasses type of rider. Is a tinted visor worth the trouble? I would guess you would always need to carry both,


I know, a dumb thread here, but I was just looking for some opinions.
I like a tinted faceshield during the day on my HJC -- very easy to change out -- but I like the internal shade on the Nolan N91 even better.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:36 AM   #3
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I am old and my eyesight is not as good as it once was. I do not like tinted shield. Can't see well in the dark. A heavy rain reduces visibility bad enough without reducing it more. Tunnels are not fun. Yes raise the shield when needed, but then they tend to shut on their own at the worst time.
Internal sun shield is the best for me.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:40 AM   #4
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Thanks. I have a shoei rf1100 now so I don't have an internal flip down visor,
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:54 AM   #5
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I'm a big fan of tinted visors.

The fit of my helmet doesn't allow a lot of clearance for sunglass arms, and the glasses themselves always put a little bit of pressure on my head. After riding a few hours, the pain caused by the sunglasses became unbearable. This happened with every pair of glasses/ helmet combination I ever had. I even tried cutting most of the arms off a pair of sunglasses so they just sort of sit in front of my eyes. Still no joy.

I got a tinted visor for my HJC helmet and it's been a game-changer. I have an Arai helmet I haven't converted because it's fussier to change shields. Next helmet I buy will have the built-in sun visor - best of both worlds.

Downsides:
1. Riding with the shield all the way up isn't really an option
2. You have to carry a clear shield and switch if riding after dark. Not often for me.
3. $ to buy another shield, space to store another shield on the bike if you anticipate the need to change.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:45 AM   #6
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I've never owned a tinted helmet visor. I'm typically a clear visor sunglasses type of rider. Is a tinted visor worth the trouble? I would guess you would always need to carry both,


I know, a dumb thread here, but I was just looking for some opinions.
I find a tinted shield almost indispensable. No sunglasses to slip out of position, create pressure points, and no gap for sunlight or glare to find its way through. Unspoiled peripheral vision. Feels cooler since the heat/radiation intensity is greatly attenuated by the tint also.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:59 AM   #7
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Ok, I'm Sold. I'm going to order 1.
10 years on a Street bike and I'm ready to try somthing new

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I find a tinted shield almost indispensable. No sunglasses to slip out of position, create pressure points, and no gap for sunlight or glare to find its way through. Unspoiled peripheral vision. Feels cooler since the heat/radiation intensity is greatly attenuated by the tint also.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:01 AM   #8
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I always buy a helmet with an internal drop down shade, packing around an extra visor was just too big of an aggravation.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:12 AM   #9
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I wear a tinted visor and love it…It never fees too dark, even in overcast or rainy situations. I don't ride at night for extended periods of time so I pack clear glasses if I know I'll be riding at night.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:17 AM   #10
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Photochromatic shields

A good compromise to carrying 2 shields is a photochromatic shield that works like eyeglasses & changes to tinted in the sun and clear when it's not bright out. There's one out there that fits several Bell helmets-- Vortex, Star, RS1. Works great & I don't have to schlep around a spare shield. Had the helmet 1st & then picked up the shield.

May be others out there, but that's what I've seen.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:46 PM   #11
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A good compromise to carrying 2 shields is a photochromatic shield that works like eyeglasses & changes to tinted in the sun and clear when it's not bright out. There's one out there that fits several Bell helmets-- Vortex, Star, RS1. Works great & I don't have to schlep around a spare shield. Had the helmet 1st & then picked up the shield.

May be others out there, but that's what I've seen.
+1 on the photochromatic shields. I have one for my Bell RS1. Best $120 I have ever spent.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:49 PM   #12
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I'll second the DS lid with dark shield for day and goggles for night, worked really well and you don't have to baby the goggles nearly as much as you do a shield.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:48 AM   #13
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I'll second the DS lid with dark shield for day and goggles for night, worked really well and you don't have to baby the goggles nearly as much as you do a shield.

You really want to save things and not baby - get tear offs for the googles and put one on them.

I cut off the pull tab, stick the tear off on my L-Frames then at the end of the day or whenever, peel off the bug and crud covered tear off and throw it away. Under $10 for 10 of them.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:30 AM   #14
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I always buy a helmet with an internal drop down shade, packing around an extra visor was just too big of an aggravation.
The internal drop-down shades aren't normally at the same quality of a regualr pair of sunglasses. Living in south Florida, all many of the drop-downs seem to do is tint the bright sun and surroundings without actually helping prevent blinding me, and without reflecting enough of the different rays.

Garbage.

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The best I can say to the OP is that a good tinted visor is worth it if you ride daytime. Getting caught at work and riding home with a dark visor is dangerous.

Since this is an ADV site and most of us probably don't have the storage dressed out street bikes have, it's a true pain to even consider bringing a clear visor along with ya.

Stick to clear with sunglasses if you regularly get caught out at dark, but do get a dark visor if you do ride strong sun and primarily (like 99%) daytime.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:55 AM   #15
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lmao many others have a much different experience so you must be buying either defective helmets or cheapo helmets or simply never thought of buying a helmet with an internal shade so you bash them online lol.

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The internal drop-down shades aren't normally at the same quality of a regualr pair of sunglasses. Living in south Florida, all many of the drop-downs seem to do is tint the bright sun and surroundings without actually helping prevent blinding me, and without reflecting enough of the different rays.

Garbage.


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The best I can say to the OP is that a good tinted visor is worth it if you ride daytime. Getting caught at work and riding home with a dark visor is dangerous.

Since this is an ADV site and most of us probably don't have the storage dressed out street bikes have, it's a true pain to even consider bringing a clear visor along with ya.

Stick to clear with sunglasses if you regularly get caught out at dark, but do get a dark visor if you do ride strong sun and primarily (like 99%) daytime.
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