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Old 05-22-2012, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Polorized shades + Bell = bad

When I put on my favorite polorized shades and flip the sheild down on my bell arrow helmet everything is the wrong color and colors change as the light hits then at diffrent angles. So I have been riding around with the visor open when I wear my shades, is there anything I can do?
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It sounds as though you are experiencing cross hatching. The visor may be polarized already, though I have heard they can also become "self polarized" due to the stresses created in bending the visor material. This can cause some rainbow effects, splotches, large dots and other visual impairments.

I am not sure that there is much you can do. You could try your glasses on with another helmet in the shop, just to see if your own visor is a untypical sample. It could be a replacement visor would work better. The other option is to use non-polarized glasses.
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I really like my shades but the regular shades only experiance this minimally in small glare dots.

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Old 07-13-2012, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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are the lenses in your shades interchangeable?
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There are some shades, I believe Oakley is one, that use iridium coating, instead of polarized. Those should actually work better with visors, GPS's, etc.

Optionally some visors are made with an iridium coating and may work better with polarized sunglasses.

But a lot of that wierdness with 2 polarized surfaces changes with different angles, sometimes a different brand, with different lense shape can make all the difference.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Polarized shades can cause problems with more than just Bell visors. I have worn polarized shades for many years and I have seen rainbows and other visual oddities with HJC and Shoei. I believe my Arai was much better but I haven't worn it since I got my RF1100. After I got my Speed Triple with the LCD gauges I punted and got a pair of non-polarized lenses as the gauges were sometimes hard to read with my polarized ones.
If you have a couple pair of polarized lenses hold one pair in each hand facing the same direction one in front of the other and then rotate one pair 90 degrees. It will be completely or mostly opaque.

For reference I used to wear Maui Jims and my last several pair of sunglasses have been prescription. All of them other than the last non-polarized pair were occasionally problematic with my visors.

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Old 10-20-2012, 08:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My visor does the same with Polarized sunglasses (Gmax with clear visor). I will be sure to check that issue when I get my next helmet.

With the smoked visor that came with my helmet I can barely see anything, even in direct sunlight.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Shoei visor does the same
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've had this happen with the bubble shield on a 3/4 helmet. Very disorienting.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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One thing to keep in mind...

Polarized lenses are known to sometimes "hide" slight moisture on the road (water and/or oil).

Be very careful when riding with polarized lenses.
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