Main Motorcycle: '05 T100
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Austin, TX
I have to wear corrective lenses and I've tried a number of different styles over the years. There are a couple of issues you have to work with. The most annoying is wind coming in under the lower edge of the glasses and carrying dust and bugs into your eyes and also drying your eyes out and causing eye strain. Because of this I suggest you find glasses that are rather curved down low and come in very close to your cheeks, or even touch your cheeks. Another problem is fog, which can be just as dangerous as dust and bugs in your eyes. Many of the sunglasses made specifically for motorcycling have foam or rubber eyecups. If you get glasses with eyecups, be sure they are of the removable variety, so you can take them off if you're fogging up too much. Personally, I don't like eyecups much, every pair of motorcycle glasses I've had came with them and after trying them all, I take them off and never use them again.
A couple more things; many come with straps, but I've only ever used them back in the day when I was a youngster and rode without a helmet at times (back when I thought I was bullet proof). I only ever lost a pair of glasses once and I was riding without helmet and no strap.
And last, but not least; be sure to get something very durable, most of my riding glasses end up broken. The main problem seems to be flexing of the frames, due to pressure on the sides from the helmet. I wore Bobsters for about five years and went through four pairs of them, they all broke in the same place, at the bottom of the frame around one of the lenses, which was really annoying because I like their style and they are comfortable... but I finally ditched them because replacing them every year or so was expensive (remember I have to have prescription lenses).
Right now I have some Liberty Sport Chopper sunglasses, the jury is still out, but they are comfortable and the frames seem to be more flexible and durable.
I recommend checking out some of the eyeglass websites, like Olympic Eyewear, you'll find a lot of styles, made specifically for motorcycling. These businesses will also replace the stock lenses with prescription lenses in clear, dark or transition if you need these. I would also visit some of the local eyewear shops and try on whatever they have. Remember that most of those running eyewear shops, or working in them are not aware that there are specialized sunglasses for motorcycling, so you might have to check a number of shops to find one.
And last is a word of warning; don't be taken in by a cool looking pair of wayfarers or other styles that aren't made for your sport and will let debris get in under them. You'll regret it when your hauling ass down the road and a gnat temporarily blinds you in one eye.
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