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My helmet has one but i like to ride with it up and wear riding glasses. It gets pretty hot down here. I'm debating about getting an MX helmet.
 

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It really depends on where you go and around what time of the day you do it. If the sun is blinding you a lot then definitely do it. If I remember correctly one of the admins on here has a transition lens for his helmet. It gets dark when its bright outside then gets clear at nighttime.
 

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I prefer to ride with one. I was in a scooter accident almost a decade ago. The helmet was a simple brain bucket type. My aviator sunglasses took alot of the brunt on my face and saved me some scars since then its full face for me all the way even if it is a little on the hot side.
 

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I think a shield (what you are calling a visor) is a great idea. Do you have a full face helmet that is missing its shield or do you have a 3/4 helmet that you are adding a full shield to?

To answer the original post, I always have the shield on my helmet (it's a full face Arai). I wouldn't consider riding without it, and it's usually down if I am moving.
 

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Hell yeah - I wont/cant ride without one...

I wear corrective lenses. When I ride with the visor up, anything over 30mph makes my eyes water like hell, and I cant see ****. So, I HAVE to have a visor to stop the wind from making my eyes water...

I used to carry two visors - one dark, one clear. Change as needed. Now I have the transitional lenses on my glasses - so I just wear the clear visor. Although the carbon fiber helmet looks better with the dark smoked visor....oh well. Looks, or functionality? Im going for function!
 

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YES, I have to visors for my helmet. One clear for the night rides and one polorized for the day. You can't even see my face, i look like the Master Chief from HALO
 

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I attended a motorcycle show in Washington, DC last January. While there, I listened to a presentation by Bruce Porter from Arai about how to fit a helmet. During the talk, he provided a number of useful factoids. When talking about how to clean a face shield, he mentioned something that is very related to this thread.

One of the safety standards for helmets is that the face shield must be able to stop a bullet (22 caliber, I think) fired from close range. This test simulates a rock kicked up by another vehicle's tire at freeway speeds. The face shield can crack during the test, but must not let the bullet through.

Something to think about: this test was probably developed because enough people were getting hit by rocks and other hard objects at high speeds. Given that, and the fact that bugs make a loud thump when they hit my face shield, I pretty much always ride with the face shield down. I only put it up in stop-and-go traffic.

Here's a link to a video of Bruce Porter talking to Jay Leno about proper helmet sizing: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/extras/accessories/arai-helmets/
 

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If you want a helmet for hot weather OR ALL WEATHER get a HJC CL MAX you can open the whole front when riding in town its a full face and open face.
 

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If you want a helmet for hot weather OR ALL WEATHER get a HJC CL MAX you can open the whole front when riding in town its a full face and open face.
Any links to pics or where we can get it? Definitely sounds like something I'd get.
 

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Something to think about: this test was probably developed because enough people were getting hit by rocks and other hard objects at high speeds. Given that, and the fact that bugs make a loud thump when they hit my face shield, I pretty much always ride with the face shield down. I only put it up in stop-and-go traffic.
Yep... if a stone is kicked back at you from a truck that is traveling 60 mph and you are closing at 60 mph, that's going to make a nasty mess of any unprotected flesh.
 

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Go to www.hjchelmetsdirect.com Look at cl max price is 143.99 us you can also get the pin lock shield it realy works
Thanks for the link. Just looked through it pretty quickly. Looks like I know where my next paycheck is going to. Saw some of their carbon helmets though and I'm thinking about those too. I have a weakness for anything carbon fiber. :D
 
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