Helmet Visor SunBlocker

One of the difficulties with a Full Face helmet is the visor. If it is a clear visor you have to wear sunglasses during the day and clear glasses during the evening hours. If it is a tinted visor you can wear clear glasses (or none at all) but if you ride into the evening hours the tinting becomes a problem. Most full-face helmets provide changeable visors but that’s a big deal when you’re on the road. A secondary issue is that if you use a GPS even prescription sunglasses obscure the screen so that the GPS is not usable when sunglasses are worn. Given these issues I chose to purchase a tinted covering for the visor that could be applied to the visor during the day and removed from the visor in the evening. The tinted covering I chose worked well, covered the visor during the sunlight hours and could be removed as darkness approached.

But there was a problem….. the tinted covering blurred my vision as I tried to enjoy the scenery on my motorcycle trips. My  prescription (clear) glasses, the visor itself and then the tinted visor cover all contributed to blurred view of the countryside as I toured on the motorcycle. And a secondary problem, and a significant one, was that I could not read the GPS through the tinted cover. After considering all aspects of the problem I came up with a solution that solves ALL the problems!

The darker tinting across the top of the visor is positioned just above the line-of-sight when wearing the helmet and looking forward in a normal riding position. It is very much like the tinting on the top of a front windshield of any automobile. On the side of the visor is a less dark tinting that protects the wearer from sunlight entering from the side but does not interfere with peripheral vision.

In those driving situations where the sun is very low tilting ones head down a bit will allow the top tinting to block the sun. This allows me to wear my normal, clear prescription glasses so that not only can I actually see the map on my GPS but can also read the several dials on the dash of my bike. It is a great solution to a very annoying problem. The tinting material in the picture is tint-a-shield but any sun-blocking material that will adhere to the visor is applicable.


About justanoldguy

Retired Computer Programmer. Born and Raised in Missouri. Graduated from Missouri School of Mines in 1964. Retired in 2003. Moved to Colorado in 2010. Enjoying good health and 'front range'. Touring frequently on Can-Am Spyder motorcycle. Skiing during the Winter months at Monarch Mountain Ski Area (for free!).
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