: Tinted or mirror helmet visor?

03-16-2003, 10:07 AM
Summer is getting closer so I have started considering dark helmet visor for my Shoei RF-900. Is there any difference in transparency of the tinted or mirror visors? And what about the maintanance or scratch resistance? I like the look of the mirror shield but would like to know what your experience is.


03-16-2003, 10:18 AM
Unless you never ride at night I wouldn't bother with either. Just wear sunglasses.

03-16-2003, 10:33 AM
I just got a mirror shield for my Shoei ZII. It its awesome, and blocks the sun very well. Also makes the helmet look really cool!!!

03-16-2003, 10:38 AM
I ride at night with a tinted shield on my AGV, doesn't reduce night time visability much at all.

03-16-2003, 10:41 AM
I have a tinted visor that I used day and night. I have gotten used to it. I have very sensitive eyes so it helps with the glare from head lights and sun light is much dimmer. looks are nice but you should really get what has the best visability for you.

03-16-2003, 11:01 AM
I have a tinted visor and it sucks at night. In most places it is also illegal to use a tinted visor at night.

03-16-2003, 11:38 AM
I have tinted visor on My Suomy. Very good in the day. I can ride with it at night and with out too much of a problem. Your eyes adjust and get used to it, but I keep a pair of clear saftey glass under my seat for night use and just ride with the visor up. I worry about getting a ticket for a tinted sheild. It was very scratch resistant until I dropped my helemt the other day /wwwthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif /wwwthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif. Visor didn't hold up too well to pavement, but at least the visor took the brunt of the impact. Always put your helmet on the ground, it cant fall off the ground!!

03-16-2003, 12:24 PM
i have both, but will not buy another mirrored visor. the mirrored visor tends to chip very easily. (shoei CX-1) a small grit like pebble will chip it and it is very annoying to look through. it doesn't look bad from the outside, but looking out of it is when you can really tell. it is also very easy to scratch. the tinted ones hold up better. i admit they (mirrored) do look cool, but i am sticking with the tinted ones from now on. i don't ride at night unless i have to, but i would not suggest riding at night with a tinted shield. put the clear one that comes with the helmet under your seat...if you can and change them out when it gets dark. the tinted/mirrored shield is at it's worst at sunset. once it's completely dark your vision improves, but not like during the day. i guess it's cause of the lights..if that makes any sense.

03-16-2003, 01:26 PM
I too have a Shoei RF900. I just bought the dark smoke visor last friday. It's great! It sure beats wearing sunglasses under your helmet.

Get the dark smoke, you'll love it. :waytogo:

03-16-2003, 01:52 PM
I have Blue iradium shields on both my Miguel Duhamel replica Shoei and my cheapo Fulmer AF300. They are very dark and after twilight they get very hard to look through.
I have no problem with them scratching. I use a cloth flannel diaper to clean them. They also look badass as hell.

03-16-2003, 02:38 PM
I also have a tinted visor on my RF-900.

Works great, and doesn't bother me at night at all. No scratches in over a year of use. <knock on wood>

03-16-2003, 03:33 PM
What johnsey said. Covers all situations.

T. Jones

03-16-2003, 03:38 PM
I use a light-smoked shield 99% of the time and have no problem at night and minimal problems with REALLY bright sunlight. My experience with irriduium shield sucked - they look great, but it scratched when a bug thought about considering the possibility of thinking about maybe hitting it. :flame:

03-16-2003, 03:51 PM
Thanks a lot purple7 and all of you for your replies. Indeed, you answered even the questions I forgot to ask :tongue: On the other hand, I still have not decided /wwwthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif

03-16-2003, 04:41 PM
Have you thought about a high definition sheild? Very similiar to shooting glasses kind of a orange/yellow color, the cool thing is it really clarifies everything you see, works great in the fog and even at nite. Only problem I've found is on really brite days sunglasses might be used to cut down on any glare. I have high def for my Shoei X-9 (CX-1 sheild) and for my Suomy and have to say over all it's the best sheild out there and I also use dark tint and mirror each has it's uses but the high def overall does all things well. Oh, they can be had for about $34 or so, another bonus.

03-16-2003, 05:16 PM
I use a mirrored shield for daytime. When it gets dark I reach into my tankbag and grab my clear shield with the antifog film on it. Takes almost no room in my tankbag and seconds to switch. /wwwthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif

03-16-2003, 05:21 PM
I second the High Def/Orange shield :waytogo: It really highlights the "crap" in the road, oil, police lights that are off (the red/blue lights really stand out coming around the corners and over the hills :waytogo:) those perks are kind of important to me :wink:

BTW the mirrored shields I have tried (~10 different brands) all were good for about 1-2 months, then the bugs started killing the finish :frown:, provided I didn't drop the thing :smirk:

03-16-2003, 06:23 PM
I have a light tint and a silver reflective shield. The reflective is maybe one shade darker than the light tint, but not as dark as the dark tinted shields. You may be able to get away with the light tint at night. I will usually change my shield if I plan on being late, but I have a set of clear sunglasses under my seat. If I get cought out late with my dark shield I just flip it up and put on my clear sunglasses.

03-16-2003, 06:41 PM
I have a RF-800, with Clear, Dark Smoke, and a HiDef. The quick-change feature makes switching a blast. However, I hardly ever use the clear, it's either Dk Smoke during the day or HiDef at nite/fog/rain.

Haven't had much experience with Iridium/Reflective. Still planning on getting one though.


03-16-2003, 07:00 PM
How is the high-definition shield at sunset/sinrise (low sun)? Is it better (less glare/blinding) than with the clear shield?

a929rronone, good point about those blue and red lights :grin:

03-16-2003, 07:02 PM
Have a dark smoke and gold iridium shields for my Shoei X-9 Scott Russell. I use the dark smoke on really bright days. But the reflective definately looks much cooler.

I'm planning on getting the chrome iridium next. The only thing about Shoei is they don't seem to be quite as dramatic in thier reflectiveness as other brands. But I think they are a lot more durable than the other brands. My HJC reflective shield scratched and peeled at the drop of a hat. My Shoei shield hasn't gotten scratched at all in three years.

And I've wiped thousands of bugs off of it to be sure!!!

03-16-2003, 08:33 PM
I have a blue iridium visor on my Arai. I have not experienced the easy scratching problems other iridium owners have. The iridium is not as effective at blocking sunlight as a dark tinted visor but the flip side is that it is not too dark to use at night. I would however, like to buy the spare visor strap that you wear like a sling and the spare visor rests flush with your body.