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Old 10-29-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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spectra shield night visibilty

Im thinking about getting the shoei spectra mirror shield but Im curious how the visibility is at night. I tried to look thru it at the store but the packaging blocks it out. I currently have a tinted one that came with the helmet but I cant see much. Would the visibility be close to the clear or closer to the tint?
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:00 PM   #2
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I have a gold spectra one for my x11, and I wouldn't recommend riding at night with any of those. Even a light smoke shield isn't good. I normally just wear the clear shield and switch to the spectra when I know I'm leaving and coming home during daylight.
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Mirrored shields are more visible at night than Smoked Shields. You can't really see anything though unless you are riding on the highway with those bright lights and car lights.

I keep my Mirrored shield on at night unless I plan on riding fairly agressive on the streets, then I put my clear one back on.
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I ride with a dark smoke shield with sunglasses on under that. At night I take the sunglasses off. I think if you have mirrored shields that it's not a good idea to rock it at night. If you have a tank bag, carry a clear lens with you for any riding that takes you into the wee hours.
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yea, when its dark, it won't matter what shield you have on. There's going to be risks involved. I've done it a few times, and every time I'm scared if I'm not really concentrating hard. So, I just wear a nice clear shield.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:53 AM   #6
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Your eyes work on their ability to refract light.
Less light = less ability to see.
Riding with a tinted shield of any kind at night will impair your ability to see by a good margin.
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Your eyes work on their ability to refract light.
Less light = less ability to see.
Riding with a tinted shield of any kind at night will impair your ability to see by a good margin.
Agree, I ride with a mirror sheild, but at first it was hard to get use to at night. Now I just ride with my brights on.
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I had to ride from sugarland to se houston at night with a smoke visor... I couldn't see jack...thats the problem with smoke visors
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:08 AM   #9
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Man, just have two lids... One with clear and one with tint!!!
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I have that same shield. The Spectra does block some light, but I use it all the time day and night and even on rides to San Antonio where there's little to no light. Yes its slightly darker than a clear one, but I've still been able to seen ahead signs, cars, etc.
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You may have but your visibility is still limited with a dark shield.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:19 PM   #12
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i see just fine with a mirror shield all the time, obviously i see better with a clear shield but my vision isnt nerfed enough for me to switch it out for clear during the night.
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I stick with clear only at night. I have a hard enough time seeing at night without having tint on my shield =( good thing about shoei is how easy it is to swap out shields =)
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I used to ride all the time with my mirrored Arai thinking I could see well enough. After a few close calls I decided it wasn't worth taking the risk. Now at night I ride with my light smoke shoei helmet, which still may not be perfect, but MUUUCH better than the mirror.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:36 PM   #15
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:36 PM   #16
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even tho mirror makes me look mysterious
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