Tips on How to choose the right motorcycle helmet visors

A motorcycle helmet is made from many different parts. Each part plays a very important role in creating the safety of the helmet, including the visor.

This part provides protection to your eyes which are usually exposed to harmful agents such as UV-rays, flying bugs, dust, etc. It also has a huge impact on your visibility on the road.

All of these benefits just make sense when you select the right face shield. Here is the guide for you to choose the right motorcycle helmet visor

What Features to Look for in a Motorcycle Helmet Visor?

Sun visor system

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This is the second smaller tinted visor behind the main, clear visor. The sun visor can help to prevent your eyes from being dazzled y the sun. You can flip it up at night, and pull it down during the day with a switch or a slider. 

Quick-release system

A visor with a quick-released system will help you to get more frequent cleaning of the visor, giving you a clean visor and good visibility all the time. These tool-less visor removal systems are really time-saving, you can remove, clean, and reassemble the visor within a few minutes. 

UV protection

Try to look for a polycarbonate visor as polycarbonate visors can absorb the UV-rays. Depending on the thickness, the visor can absorb 90-99% of the UV radiation. However, you will need to replace your helmet visor every one year.

how to choose the right motorcycle helmet visor

Anti-fog visor

This feature is really important for those who usually ride in poor-visibility conditions. A decent anti-fog visor will help you decrease the potential for mishaps and get rid of the feeling of being annoyed. 

I know there are some ways to prevent the visor from fogging up, but they depend on many factors. As of my experience, they are effective in a short time and have varying degrees of ineffective.

Do look for a Pinlock-ready visor. This can be found easily these days because many helmets come with it in the box. If you buy the visor separately, our recommendation is the Max Vision Pinlock.

Large Visor Hole

The peripheral vision is very important for riders because they have to be especially vigilant with the surrounding traffic environment.

So that is why you will need a wide visor to maximize your vision.If you are sportbike-type riders, so look for a tall visor so you will have the widest top view 

Opening tab

The opening tab can be positioned in on the right, left, bottom center, or top center. Our advice is to look for a visor that has a tab in the bottom middle or in the bottom right and left.

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The tabs placed these positions are the most convenient for you when you want to open or close your helmet while riding.

Photochromic Visor

This visor is quite special, it can dynamically tint according to the ambient brightness. Some brands like Bell and Lazer do offer this visor in some of their helmets.

If you buy a Photochromic Visor separately, it may cost a significant amount even when it is aftermarket.

You may think of an alternative way, but in case you insist on having a Photochromic shield, it’s better to get it as part of the package with the helmet.

Maintenance and care

how to choose the right motorcycle helmet visor

The motorcycle helmet shield is quite delicate. A small drop can leave many scratches on the surface. It is also very important to know how to clean the visor properly. 

 As mentioned earlier, the helmet face shield is clear to help you see the road while preventing dirt or debris.

When cleaning the visor, you will need some skills to deal with the dead bugs stuck on the outer surface.

A mistake will lead to the visor being scratched. You may want to look through some cleaning tips below.

Steps to clean up the helmet visor

Step 1: Wet a towel paper and place it on the visor. Leave it to sit there for fifteen minutes. This is aim to soften the dry bugs and debris.

Step 2: Use another wet paper to wipe down the surface. 

Step 3: Use a mild dish cleaner to wipe both faces of the visor then rinse it off under clean water. 

Step 4: Dry the face shield using a microfiber cloth. 

Avoid scratches

Scratches on the visor will obstruct your vision. It will be hard to see other objects on the road like people, oncoming traffic, or hazards in the road.

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Don't think how to remove scratches by yourself, you can make things worse. The worst case is that you will have to replace the face shield due to permanent damage. The first thing you should do is to take off the visor.

Tips to remove visor scratches

After removing the visor from the helmet, leave it under warm running water. Next, use sandpaper type fifteen hundred grit.

After sanding for half a minute, use your fingers to feel the scratches, repeat the task until the surface is smooth.

Then use a soft, clean cloth to wipe off excess water then leave it naturally dries for two hours. When the visor is completely dried, use a five-hundred-degree heat gun to finish all.

Move the heat gun constantly across the surface at five inches far away from the outer side of the visor.

Don’t keep the heat in one place for too long, it could damage the material. When the whole visor looks good, leave it cool down for thirty minutes, then it is ready to use again. 

 So I guess this article will help you in choosing the right motorcycle helmet visor. By the way, if you want to read more tips, do check out out Motorcycle Helmet Tips category.

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