Anyone use an auto-tinting face visor?

Anyone use an auto-tinting face visor?
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anyone use an auto-tinting face visor? (self.motorcycles)

submitted by willcode4beermotoguzzi v7 classic

my daily commute takes me facing the sun for some nice glare plus a few low light areas and a tunnel. my first thought, a face shield like those auto tinting glasses people wear would be cool. a quick google turns up an electronic system. (so, i’m obviously not the first to think of it).

anyone use one? like/hate it?

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[–]chuckabear’06 zx6r race bike 10 points11 points12 points  (9 children)

i’ve been using the bell star with the transitions shield for about 2 years now. absolutely love it. i picked up a new shield about a year ago because chips develops over time in the uv coating from rocks and such, but i think that’s to be expected. being in fl and never knowing what kind of weather you’ll get i feel like i’ve really benefited from having it by not having to pre-plan with bringing the right face shield. works as advertised and is quite quick. would recommend to anyone.

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[–]fro20202012 honda nc700x 1 point2 points3 points  (0 children)

agreed. ride in ca, use this everyday, along with my regular sunglasses underneath. changes shades quickly enough that i don’t notice it. brighter the sun, the faster the change. call it 30 seconds or less to full darkness on the tint? i haven’t timed it, but i’m guessing it is even faster than that.

same group as chuckabear. would recommend to anyone

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[–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points  (5 children)

how quick is quite quick if you were to guess? i was debating picking bell star myself last year but guy who worked at my local bike shop insisted me it took way too long to change, even going as far as saying it was a security hazard. your thoughts?

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    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points  (1 child)

    maybe. the argument the shop worker was making was if you’re in direct sunlight right before a tunnel. this way the helmet would be at its darkest as you’re entering a dark tunnel. which would lower your already lowered visibility inside the dark tunnel. not sure if it’s to the point of safety concern, but he sure thought it was

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    [–]chuckabear’06 zx6r race bike -1 points0 points1 point  (0 children)

    and how would that be any different with a completely dark visor? it’s the exact same except, after a few seconds, you’ll have a clear shield with the transitions shield whereas you’d still have a dark shield with the regular shield.

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    [–]chuckabear’06 zx6r race bike 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

    takes about 10-15 seconds to go from light to completely dark.

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    [+]sholuck87florida [in the market] comment score below threshold-6 points-5 points-4 points  (0 children)

    upvote for fl. lol

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    [–]xor2g2013 cb500fa 9 points10 points11 points  (5 children)

    why don’t you get one with a drop-down sun visor ?

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    [–]chuckabear’06 zx6r race bike 0 points1 point2 points  (4 children)

    Read more: What do you all use to clean scuffs on helmets?

    that one in particular because modular helmets provide poorer protection that full face helmets.

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    [–]friedrice5005va beach – ’16 bmw r1200rs 1 point2 points3 points  (3 children)

    you can get some very good modular helmets. i’m not familiar with that one, but my nolan n104 got a 4 star safety rating and was tested to stay shut in 100% of tests by sharp. source: http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/testsratings/nolan-n104

    edit: it’s worth mentioning that many full face helmets rank in the 3-4 star range. you only really get 5 when you start dealing with the better snell helmets.

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    [–]chuckabear’06 zx6r race bike 0 points1 point2 points  (2 children)

    you can get some very good modular helmets.

    again, modular helmets are no substitute for full face helmets. take a look at the minor plastic latching that keeps the face portion down and consider how fast that thing is going to bust open.

    not bagging on anyone for their choice of helmet, it’s a personal decision, but modular helmets are not comparable to full face helmets as far as protection goes and so it’s not an apples to apples comparison.

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    [–]friedrice5005va beach – ’16 bmw r1200rs 2 points3 points4 points  (0 children)

    mine does not have “minor plastic latching” it is a double latch made from all metal parts. in the sharp study it stayed shut in 100% of their tests. yes, in an extreme case it would probably break before most of the snell full face helmets, but in the majority of circumstances it will be just as good and some times better than a cheaply made full face.

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    [–]bruceclin11′ zx-10r abs 1 point2 points3 points  (0 children)

    your information on modular is old. yes, the best full face in general out perform the best modular. however, most real modular (not decorative chin-bar) use well designed steel locking hinge mechanism provide more than adequate protection. almost all the modulars from good manufacturers are dot and ece approved for lower face protection (unlike 3/4.) like friedrice5050 has said, many modulars has better rating than some full face. the ls2 that op posted is not particularly expensive as far as helmet goes, but it is actually one of the manufacturers that have a snell certified modular helmet. time has changed and technology has improved.

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    [–]froggypwnsnow with 7 buells and a goldwing 5 points6 points7 points  (0 children)

    i have an e-tint visor insert on my helmet, it is freaking awesome. i have the automatic one that can automatically switch between tinted or not, with a manual switch to override it. it is fantastic for those times when you come around a mountain and the sun is beaming in your face for a few seconds before you make another turn, it instantly tints or untints before you can even think about it. it charges on a standard microusb cable, and lasts a few days of riding before needing to be recharged. if the battery is depleted, it simply stays in the untinted state.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_yqecrapyq

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    [–]drag0s 2 points3 points4 points  (3 children)

    i’m in fl as well. using a bell helmet , ordered visor separately. had it for about a year now and i think it’s awesome. the convenience of not having to carry extra face shields or sunglasses is worth it. i hate wearing sunglasses with helmets. just gotta be extra careful when cleaning it since its fairly expensive

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    [–]willcode4beermotoguzzi v7 classic[s] 2 points3 points4 points  (2 children)

    thanks, it’s starting to sound like the bell is the way to go. i’ve used sunglasses but, they aren’t comfortable and when i hit the tunnel, i’m practically blind.

    i grew up riding mostly old beaters in fl. living in ca nowadays.

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    [–]drag0s 2 points3 points4 points  (0 children)

    fyi: im using a bell vortex “torn” model, paid about 80$ for it brand new since its an older model and grabbed the shield for about 110$ online separately. transitions in a matter of seconds..

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    [–]chuckabear’06 zx6r race bike 1 point2 points3 points  (0 children)

    i used to do the sunglass thing as well. the $90 price tag is tough to swallow, no doubt, but if you have the extra cash and pick one up you’ll be very happy you did. the extra comfort and versatility are pretty awesome.

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    [–]dubyaohohdee07 gsf1250/80 xj650/01 drz 250/89 tw200 5 points6 points7 points  (3 children)

    why not get one with the internal “top gun” sun visor?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uojnbshoyo

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      [–]dubyaohohdee07 gsf1250/80 xj650/01 drz 250/89 tw200 1 point2 points3 points  (0 children)

      i have an hjc and only agree with the tint. darker would be better. perhaps there is an aftermarket add on? i havent looked. the rest of your complaints are non issues for me.

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      [–]tsmini+61404532026 panigale | 2006 daytona 675 (ret) 1 point2 points3 points  (0 children)

      i have an hjc is-16 and it is fantastic. love the inner tinted shield and have no complaints about the helmet at all!

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      [–]deadfortaxpurposes2013 ducati 848evo 4 points5 points6 points  (1 child)

      i live in arizona and have a bell star with the transitions shield. both the helmet and shield are great, the auto-tint works quickly and unless you’re looking directly at the sun it is plenty dark.

      as a side note, i used to have a bell rs-1 and it is also a great helmet, and about $300 less than the star. you won’t be disappointed with either of them.

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      [–]chuckabear’06 zx6r race bike 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

      agreed on the rs-1. i’ve gone to using it for racing and i like it quite a bit. a little bit easier on the wallet when i throw the bike down the road and have to buy a replacement. just as comfy and nearly as good on ventilation. i think the star is just a bit more stable at speed but, still, i like the rs-1 very much.

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      [–][deleted] 3 points4 points5 points  (3 children)

      apparently pinlock comes in an adaptable tint. at night no tint, in bright uv heavy tint. never tried it, but tempted…

      edit: here

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      [–]whiteson 0 points1 point2 points  (2 children)

      1:48 why is he twisting the left grip for throttle?

      i would really like one of those visors though

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      [–]tommysmuffins’09 suzuki tu250x 1 point2 points3 points  (1 child)

      i think it’s a mirror image flip flop of the earlier video at :23. why do artists, designers, and marketers do things like this? your guess is as good as mine.

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      [–]ethyms’04 gs500f 2 points3 points4 points  (0 children)

      i’m wondering if it was to match the direction the bike was riding in the next clip. it would have been better if he had mirrored the next clip instead the close-up on the throttle.

      whatever the circumstance, i’m guessing whoever was in charge of editing that video does not ride.

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      [–]jaelum’13 ducati monster 1100evo 2 points3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Read more: How to drink while wearing full face helmet?

      carbon fiber bell star with the photochromatic shield user here. i’ve been using it for over a year now, and love it. not having to carry two shields is a game changer for me. at this point, if i damaged the helmet and had to replace it, i’d get another just like it without hesitation.

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      [–]tehnumbertwocbr 600rr 2 points3 points4 points  (0 children)

      another bell rs-1 owner here w/ the transitions shield. best gear investment i’ve made in a long time. highly recommend it.

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      [–][deleted] 2 points3 points4 points  (0 children)

      upvote for visibility. i tried a bell helmet with the auto darken visor on in a store but real world exp would be great.

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      [–]timaaaybmw r1100ss, ducati 900ss, yamaha xsr900 1 point2 points3 points  (3 children)

      i’ve got a protec-tint pinlock insert in my shoei, it’s brilliant.

      when it reacts it’s still a fairly light tint compared to a permanent visor tint, but that’s perfect for me because it cuts the glare when in strong sunshine, but i still have a clear visor when i’m out at night.

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      [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points  (2 children)

      that’s the response i was waiting for.

      glad you like it… been toying with the idea myself but wanted to hear firsthand before getting one.

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      [–]timaaaybmw r1100ss, ducati 900ss, yamaha xsr900 0 points1 point2 points  (1 child)

      the only slight complaint i have is it can sometimes be a little dark if you get rain and bright sunshine (and that’s not uncommon with the crazy weather in the uk ). having said that, its still miles better than not having a pinlock, so it’s a non issue really.

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      [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

      i love my pinlock, but i was seriously considering one of the light reactive ones. think this cements it for me.

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      [–]kay1000rr11 cb1000r 1 point2 points3 points  (3 children)

      i had a bell star in carbon fiber and thought the quality was crap compared to even the entry level shoei. i’d personally go for this shoei with the drop down visor. and shark also makes one too. i think it’s called the speed-r.

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      [–]willcode4beermotoguzzi v7 classic[s] 0 points1 point2 points  (2 children)

      i think i’m finished with shoei. seems like there’s at least a dozen spots on it whistling while i ride. the normal wind noise isn’t bad but, the whistling drives me nuts. the best part is how ear plugs have little effect on the high pitch sound.

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      [–]kay1000rr11 cb1000r 0 points1 point2 points  (1 child)

      are you talking about the rf1100? if so, i know what you’re talking about. it doesn’t work well for upright bikes like yours and mine.

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      [–]willcode4beermotoguzzi v7 classic[s] 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

      yea. but, i’m sure my lack of a windshield exacerbates it too.

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      [–]redfiftyfive2006 suzuki dl650 0 points1 point2 points  (2 children)

      when you are shopping for your next helmet, look into getting one with a rotating internal sun shield. clear when you need it, dark when you want it, and no delay in the transition.

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      [–]willcode4beermotoguzzi v7 classic[s] 0 points1 point2 points  (1 child)

      that was my first thought too but, everyone i’ve talked to that has them couldn’t complain any louder or longer.

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      [–]redfiftyfive2006 suzuki dl650 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

      i’ve really liked the ones i’ve ridden with, but those were pricey. (schuberth s2 and the shoei neotech.) the only reason i’m not riding with one now is my current helmet (hjc fs15 carbon) fits the best and is much lighter.

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      [–]doodoobrownz’06 sv650s (blue the fastest color), ’81 xs850 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

      mine has a 2nd built in tinted shield

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      [–]ursa_moigs 500f ’04 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

      shark s900

      i own it, i love it.

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      [–]cive6662006 ninja zx-6r 0 points1 point2 points  (0 children)

      be advised that the auto tint will gradually go away as the visor gets put in the light more and more and eventually turn in to a clear visor.

      leaving the visor in direct sun light will shorten the life span of the visor, so keep it covered when not in use.

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