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Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

So yesterday I left the 'Titletown Brewery and restaurnat' coming back from Green Bay WI going to Franlin WI. a 'burb' of Milwaukee.
I only had one pint of 'Green19'- Ever listen to Aaron Rogers- QB for the GB Packers call signals- it's always 'Green19'- that's where they got the name.

Anyways- Going southdown on Hwy 43- it started to rain.
NOt just a little sprinkle- you can tuck behind the windscreen for that.
It rained for over 90mi of the trip back home.

I was wearing a bootlike shoe- BlueJeans, Tshirt covered by my old
20 yr old (most of that time on a hanger) Black leather Jacket.
I got pretty well soaked and the leather leeched dye onto my forearms and T-shirt.
This morning I googled wet leather jacket care-
and remembered I also had a 20yr old little can of Mink oil- you remember those little round flat cans like shoe polich used to some in?
I treated it and hung a a good hanger in a closet so it will dry slowly.

The real problem I had last night, was the
Smoke shield-
In the dark-
In the rain-
usually I'll wear my yellow safety glasses and flip the shield up.
NOt great with the rain @~70mph!
I kept using my hand to wipe the shiled like a windshield wiper does every so often.

The combination of the
Dark/night
Smoke shield
Rain

Made a usually enjoyable ride a very tense situation.

I'm happy to say the I was home without any mishaps.

Amazingly- my (new to me) '97 GSXR 750 still rode and ran perfectly!
It's got those Dunlap Q2's on it- and there is no 'rain rib' in the tire tread.
I was careful- and it never broke loose once,
and the engine never missed a note- the carburated engine it is.

So, I have an old HJC helmit- a CL10 model- not made anymore.l
a week ago I went to a local sportshop- they didn't have a clear shield for it- and they did sell HJC's.

So I just went online, called a place in FL called 'The Helmit Shop', and no, they don't sell condoms.
The tech looked it up, and for ~ $25 + 7.99 shipping- I"ll have a new shield in 3-4 days!

$25 for a clear plastic shield? Is in f'n gold plated?
-They won't even call me in the morning ;-)

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-24-2016, 11:32 AM
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

The first time I rode in the rain was the last time I rode without some Rain-X in my bag, it makes a huge difference and I never have to wipe my visor while riding. The smoke visor at night though, that just sucks. I'm not sure if you have looked into the transition lenses before, but they work perfectly.

Glad you made it back safely. Riding in the rain is pretty easy, but it can become very uncomfortable if you don't have the gear prepared for it.
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

Thanks Tater,

Yep- I'm a 'Rain-X' fan too, just hadn't bothered/remembered to put it on there yet.
*Note to self, find your Rain-X bottle after posting this- apply it

I was happy that I wan't cold- luckily it was warm out- in WI.? - I know- Right?
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That's why I keep it in my bag, I never remember to do it at home


I remember riding home from work last fall. It was ~50 out and the sun had just set. I love riding in that weather, I can't wait for it to come back around. Anyway... About half way home I passed underneath an overpass and I find on the other side to be 10-15 degrees colder, that was a huge temperature drop. Then I see the road ahead of me is somewhat reflective. By the time I realized what was about to happen, I felt like I ran into a wall of water. I finally got home walking through the door like a cold, wet dog.

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That's why I keep it in my bag, I never remember to do it at home


I remember riding home from work last fall. It was ~50 out and the sun had just set. I love riding in that weather, I can't wait for it to come back around. Anyway... About half way home I passed underneath an overpass and I find on the other side to be 10-15 degrees colder, that was a huge temperature drop. Then I see the road ahead of me is somewhat reflective. By the time I realized what was about to happen, I felt like I ran into a wall of water. I finally got home walking through the door like a cold, wet dog.
Cool story, Sounds like a squall line.
Being from TX also- I remember one of the sayings
'don't like the weather?- Wait about 10min.- it'll change'

The only times I've been in 'Squall lines', was in TX. Evan sailed mine and other catamarans during squalls!

I mostly grew up in N. Dallas
First degree from UT Austin
Lived around Houston/Galveston as an adult
Went to UTMB in Galveston for my PA degree.
I"m still a PA 21 years later. PA= Physicians Assistant

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Cool story,
Being from TX also- I remember one of the sayings
'don't like the weather?- Wait about 10min.- it'll change'

I mostly grew up in N. Dallas
First degree from UT Austin
Lived around Houston/Galveston as an adult
Went to UTMB in Galveston for my PA degree.
I"m still a PA 21 years later. PA= Physicians Assistant

It's all too true. So many out-of-staters hate Texas because of it I'm originally from Longview/Henderson, Texas. Aside from the humidity, I love the east parts!


Cool on the PA. Was attending paramedic school when I enlisted into the Air Force. Wanted to finish paramedicine through the Air Force but things change. After I graduate with my BBA this fall I'm going to finish of some pre reqs for the PA program via Air Force.
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

Even with no rain a dark shield at night really sucks ass. I started using a clear shield with a dark "Sunblocker" tint band across the top & sunglasses if I thought there might be a chance of me getting caught in the dark. I liked the Sunblocker so much I put one on my tinted shield too.
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

Agree, even w/o the rain, the smoke shield did suck at night all right.
Last night was a nightmare- that ended well.

I did mention that I ordered the 'zirchon encrusted' clear shield today for it.

I'm picking up this jacket off CL tonight- matches my bike
$60!
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

I have clear screens on all my bikes and always ride w a clear shield on my helmet. I do a 50/50 mix of day/night riding and I cant be bothered changing shields on my helmet and trying to look through a dark wind-screen on your bike at night,while tucked in& going fast is an accident waiting to happen.
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

I hate tinted visors. Even during the day, sometimes I find myself stowing my sunglasses.

As for riding in the rain, I've never thought much of it. It sucks but whatever. Once I was riding to PEI from here (1300kms / 800 miles) and it rained pretty much the whole time. Once you're soaked, you can't get any more wet so it doesn't make any difference after that.
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

Wow, 800 miles? ON the Gixxer? Awesome

I'm looking at yet another CL find-
Leather gloves, shorty leather boots,
and, rain gear with reflective strips- made for MC riding, etc.

Someone got out and is selling all his gear- his loss, my gain

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Transitions shield for the win.

No more switching shields, no more "in between" times, no more hassle.

Yeah its expensive but yeah its worth it.
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So, I have an old HJC helmit- a CL10 model- not made anymore.l
a week ago I went to a local sportshop- they didn't have a clear shield for it- and they did sell HJC's.
What's the production date on it? Sounds like it's time for a new helmet.
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Re: Rain, Dark, Smoke shield, highway.....

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So yesterday I left the 'Titletown Brewery and restaurnat' coming back from Green Bay WI going to Franlin WI. a 'burb' of Milwaukee.
I only had one pint of 'Green19'- Ever listen to Aaron Rogers- QB for the GB Packers call signals- it's always 'Green19'- that's where they got the name.

Anyways- Going southdown on Hwy 43- it started to rain.
NOt just a little sprinkle- you can tuck behind the windscreen for that.
It rained for over 90mi of the trip back home.

I was wearing a bootlike shoe- BlueJeans, Tshirt covered by my old
20 yr old (most of that time on a hanger) Black leather Jacket.
I got pretty well soaked and the leather leeched dye onto my forearms and T-shirt.
This morning I googled wet leather jacket care-
and remembered I also had a 20yr old little can of Mink oil- you remember those little round flat cans like shoe polich used to some in?
I treated it and hung a a good hanger in a closet so it will dry slowly.

The real problem I had last night, was the
Smoke shield-
In the dark-
In the rain-
usually I'll wear my yellow safety glasses and flip the shield up.
NOt great with the rain @~70mph!
I kept using my hand to wipe the shiled like a windshield wiper does every so often.

The combination of the
Dark/night
Smoke shield
Rain

Made a usually enjoyable ride a very tense situation.

I'm happy to say the I was home without any mishaps.

Amazingly- my (new to me) '97 GSXR 750 still rode and ran perfectly!
It's got those Dunlap Q2's on it- and there is no 'rain rib' in the tire tread.
I was careful- and it never broke loose once,
and the engine never missed a note- the carburated engine it is.

So, I have an old HJC helmit- a CL10 model- not made anymore.l
a week ago I went to a local sportshop- they didn't have a clear shield for it- and they did sell HJC's.

So I just went online, called a place in FL called 'The Helmit Shop', and no, they don't sell condoms.
The tech looked it up, and for ~ $25 + 7.99 shipping- I"ll have a new shield in 3-4 days!

$25 for a clear plastic shield? Is in f'n gold plated?
-They won't even call me in the morning ;-)
Um I payed $120 a couple years back for the shield on my Bell Star . Granted its a transition shield like glasses . I think its worth it though so that I don't have to carry a extra shield if I'm out after dark .
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I love the helmets with the flip-down sunvisor. Never knew it until I tried it, but it made such a huge difference that I will likely look for a helmet with it.
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I upgraded from a Shark S900C with the drop down visor (what a fkn convenient feature) to a Bell Star Carbon a few months ago. I went with a smoked visor and realized pretty quickly that night riding with a smoked visor is dangerous (who would have thought).
My solutions:
1. Pack a clear shield. Hello captain obvious. But sometimes there is nowhere to pack it. My Ogio backpack has a shield compartment. But I don't always find myself carrying the backpack on a ride. Hence solution 2.
2. Clear safety glasses. They are cheap as chips (can be picked up at the hardware store for $3 here) and they take up significantly less room. Now if I find myself riding at night, the shield goes up and the glasses go on. Plus I'm not going to cry if they get scuffed up in my bag/pocket. At $70-$120 a pop for a new bell visor, I'll stick with the glasses.
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I upgraded from a Shark S900C with the drop down visor (what a fkn convenient feature) to a Bell Star Carbon a few months ago. I went with a smoked visor and realized pretty quickly that night riding with a smoked visor is dangerous (who would have thought).
My solutions:
1. Pack a clear shield. Hello captain obvious. But sometimes there is nowhere to pack it. My Ogio backpack has a shield compartment. But I don't always find myself carrying the backpack on a ride. Hence solution 2.
2. Clear safety glasses. They are cheap as chips (can be picked up at the hardware store for $3 here) and they take up significantly less room. Now if I find myself riding at night, the shield goes up and the glasses go on. Plus I'm not going to cry if they get scuffed up in my bag/pocket. At $70-$120 a pop for a new bell visor, I'll stick with the glasses.
Curious as to why you did not consider the transitions shield for this helmet?

That was the entire reason I chose my Bell RS-1 over the other manufacturers (at the time only Bell had transitions).
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I upgraded from a Shark S900C with the drop down visor (what a fkn convenient feature) to a Bell Star Carbon a few months ago. I went with a smoked visor and realized pretty quickly that night riding with a smoked visor is dangerous (who would have thought).
My solutions:
1. Pack a clear shield. Hello captain obvious. But sometimes there is nowhere to pack it. My Ogio backpack has a shield compartment. But I don't always find myself carrying the backpack on a ride. Hence solution 2.
2. Clear safety glasses. They are cheap as chips (can be picked up at the hardware store for $3 here) and they take up significantly less room. Now if I find myself riding at night, the shield goes up and the glasses go on. Plus I'm not going to cry if they get scuffed up in my bag/pocket. At $70-$120 a pop for a new bell visor, I'll stick with the glasses.
Right, you might have missed I use my Yellow safety glasses the same way- $3 ar Harbor freight- they are great at night.
BUT- the highway speed rain still sucked even with the visor up.

Thanks for the reply though- I totally agree and do that very thing when it's not raining at night
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Night riding and not having a real trunk or anyway to store glasses on my old bike is why I went with internal sun visor for my helmet, HJC IS-16
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I'm the OP

I now have the clear shield to fit my older helmit.

WOW is this thing clear!
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