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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2006, 7:26 pm Thread Starter
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Talking Hot Weather Riding Tip: Helmet Ventilation

Don't know why I didn't think of it before... Doh!.. Nothing worse than having little or no ventilation in your helmet. If you raise your shield at speed you run the risk of taking a june bug or wasp in the eye...or mouth!! so what to do?

I recently started seeing the GP guys with holes in their shields.. First one or two.,.. then more.. now it seems almost common. Makes perfect since.

I took some of my old scratched shields and did some experimentation to see what a little "holiness" could do.. In a word.. the difference is night and day. I first tried small holes then worked my way up to what you see here.. 1/4" holes. I drilled mine about 2" apart just for a little visual symmetry. As NOT to damage the shield, I started out with small bits and worked my way up to the 1/4". Once I got the size I wanted I took a cone shaped Dremel bit and smoothed out the inside of the holes.

Whatís it like? No whistling.. no extra noise (but I do wear ear plugs). I now have a very nice gentle breeze flowing through my helmet without any turbulence around the eyes. Makes hot days 100% more bearable.

The ONLY downside is... yes... rain. I got caught in a torrential downpour up in the mountains last week and water did dribble in and splash up on my inner face shield and chin... I'll now carry a tiny roll of electrical tape just for the rare instance it get caught in rain.. otherwise.. I have a much cooler helmet the 98% of the time that it's NOT raining..

Just thought Iíd share my epiphany.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2006, 9:20 pm
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Very similar to my ski goggles that have ventilating holes near the top to prevent fogging....
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2006, 9:27 pm
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Cool tip, thanks for sharing.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2006, 1:24 pm
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Now all you gotta do is pick up an old CBR900RR... I just picked up an RX-7 in an effort to get better ventilation and some snazzy graphics, but my dog won't let me have it. You can really feel the air flowing over the top of your head; very pleased!

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Typically when riding during the daytime hours, after I secure the helmet I slip on my Panoptx Diablo shades, which isolate the eye area with that foam stuff, and if I need extra air I'll flip up the shield while in-city or crack it a little when at speed. I had read somewhere about someone who got stung in the eye when a bee or a wasp managed to get into the face shield area while in motion, and I didn't want to be the next one to have a similar mishap.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2006, 7:53 am
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Now that's a good practical idea...!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2006, 9:46 am
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A simple and extremely effective solution for the cost of a visor.

Thanks Captain!


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