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helmet visor wipers

Post by BC3841 on Sun 29 Sep 2013, 12:12 am

Throughout my motorcycling days over the past years, I thought biking in the rain would be far safer if helmet visors had wipers, 
like car windscreen wipers. Well folks, they're here at last!


A cheaper version is available on eBay for £38.53 at:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MOTORCYCLE-HELMET-VISOR-Windshield-WINDSCREEN-WIPER-FOR-HARLEY-DAVIDSON-KAWASAKI-/111171574119?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Helmets&hash=item19e2579967



Has anyone ever tried them?!

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Re: helmet visor wipers

Post by sullivj on Sun 29 Sep 2013, 5:44 am

The speed I go, those suction cups would never hold!
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Post by BC3841 on Sun 29 Sep 2013, 2:27 pm

Looks like it’s designed for a max speed of 100kmh 
(scroll down the eBay ad. for spec. in Chinglish) which 
equates to 62mph, so should be OK for town use. 
For higher speeds I would probably try experimenting with it 
e.g. by using a belt looped twice around the battery 
compartment and over my head, inside the helmet. 
(‘Twice’ to help retain it, in case it does come off anyway.) 
This may make me look more of a prat but may actually work!
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Post by davetheworv on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 9:41 pm

or there's this little beauty
http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/karting/helmet-visors-fitting-kits/demon-tweeks-turbo-visor

there was one of these about in the 60s,I remember seeing the ads for them in Motorcycle Mechanics magazine as a kid
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Post by Beresford on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 9:55 pm

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Post by davetheworv on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 6:03 am

ah that be the one. I noted that jim redman never wore one while racing,lol
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Post by stormbringer on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 6:45 am

To me, this gives a whole new meaning to the term propellerhead...

May I suggest using eg. RainX instead.


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Post by eternally_troubled on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 12:55 pm

RainX is good on your car windscreen.

I believe they suggest that you don't use it on clear plastics (like motorcycle visors).

You want Nikwax Visor Proof:

http://www.nikwax.com/en-gb/products/productdetail.php?productid=248

Does (essentially) the same thing.

I suspect that almost any silicone polish (Pledge?, Mr Muscle?) would probably have the right effect, sadly I don't know which ones are safe to use on your visor Sad
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Post by stormbringer on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 1:01 pm

@eternally_troubled wrote:RainX is good on your car windscreen.

I believe they suggest that you don't use it on clear plastics (like motorcycle visors).

You want Nikwax Visor Proof:

http://www.nikwax.com/en-gb/products/productdetail.php?productid=248

Does (essentially) the same thing.

I suspect that almost any silicone polish (Pledge?, Mr Muscle?) would probably have the right effect, sadly I don't know which ones are safe to use on your visor Sad
I'm perfectly happy using the bottle of RainX on my shelf. It works just fine with visors. Try reading the reviews on Halford - others have similar experiences.

But Turtle Extreme Glasspolish is just plain rubbish.
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Post by Beresford on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 1:29 pm

@davetheworv wrote:ah that be the one. I noted that jim redman never wore one while racing,lol
I think Graham Hill did once.
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Re: helmet visor wipers

Post by stormbringer on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 2:34 pm

@Beresford wrote:
@davetheworv wrote:ah that be the one. I noted that jim redman never wore one while racing,lol
I think Graham Hill did once.
Lol...

Clearly not a contraption designed for people with big noses. Imagine Gerard Depardieu wearing one...
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Post by Beresford on Thu 03 Oct 2013, 11:59 pm

Lol...

Clearly not a contraption designed for people with big noses. Imagine Gerard Depardieu wearing one...

Thats unlikely anyway, he wouldn't fit in a racing car now - too many pies
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Post by BC3841 on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 12:28 am

Makes interesting reading, all the alternatives. I think the safest is the one on eBay, 
which is closest to a car's windscreen wipers, albeit in need of a few changes, notably 
the attachment should be made firmer, so it stays on at up to 100mph or so at least. 
I'm sure I saw a mechanic at a F1 race track using one a few years ago on TV. I think 
it was a Renault mechanic if I remember rightly.
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Post by teabag on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 2:28 pm

I just wipe my visor with my finger when riding in the rain !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by sullivj on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 2:30 pm

So do I - cheap and effective!!

I think the helmet wiper one wouldn't work very well, because it pivots, instead of moving laterally across the visor.
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Post by jsnape on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 1:53 pm

I would not want to ride around with that attached to my helmet...
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Post by ryancook1993 on Thu 17 Oct 2013, 7:42 pm

My spada enforcer 2 gloves have a window wiper type thing on the left gloves thumb. Works a treat when its raining.
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Post by BC3841 on Fri 18 Oct 2013, 12:21 am

To each his own. I must say I would prefer the system that 
comes closest to a car's wipers, which has stood the test of 
time over the last 100 years or so. If a lateral wipe is 
preferred to 'pivoting' wipers, I think it would be possible to
 arrange 2 pulleys, one on either side of the visor, rather than
 the top mounted ones on eBay. The wiper blade/s could be attached to a band - similar to a tank track - passing over 
the pulleys. Attaching the contraption to the sides of the 
helmet instead of the top wouldn't be as conspicuous as 
overhead mounting. There could be 2 miniature motors, easily switchable while riding,one on either side, one for driving 
the wipers and 
the other for the washer pump! At least I'd have more control 
over the bike, not having to release the handlebar as often as when using the 'glove wiper', with all the bumps and 
potholes
 around, especially in heavy rain, when you can't judge the 
depthof the potholes! 
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Re: helmet visor wipers

Post by BC3841 on Tue 17 Dec 2013, 5:35 pm

NEWSFLASH!!  The perfect solution may be near:  F1 McLaren is designing a sports car windscreen that uses a system adapted from fighter jets to keep a driver’s vision clear in bad weather without the need for wiper blades. The system uses ultrasonic vibrations to shake off rain, insects, mud and other objects on the screen.


Oscillators are placed along the topand bottom of the windscreen, which, when turned on, create waves of ultrasonic  vibrations that push water off the glass. According to the Daily Mail, they will only cost £10 each to mass produce. Here’s hoping motorcycle visors will be using them in the near future!
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Post by BC3841 on Tue 17 Dec 2013, 5:37 pm

why can't I post a reply?
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Post by BC3841 on Tue 17 Dec 2013, 5:38 pm

NEWSFLASH!!  The perfect solution may be near:  F1 McLaren is designing a sports car
windscreen that uses a system adapted from fighter jets to keep a driver’s
vision clear in bad weather without the need for wiper blades. The system uses
ultrasonic vibrations to shake off rain, insects, mud and other objects on the screen.


Oscillators are placed along the topand bottom of the windscreen, which, when
turned on, create waves of ultrasonic  vibrations that push water off the glass.
According to the Daily Mail, they will only cost £10 each to mass produce. Here’s

hoping motorcycle visors will be using them in the near future!
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Re: helmet visor wipers

Post by Beresford on Tue 17 Dec 2013, 5:41 pm

Here you go

NEWSFLASH!!  The perfect solution may be near:  F1 McLaren is designing a sports car windscreen that uses a system adapted from fighter jets to keep a driver’s vision clear in bad weather without the need for wiper blades. The system uses ultrasonic vibrations to shake off rain, insects, mud and other objects on the screen.


Oscillators are placed along the topand bottom of the windscreen, which, when turned on, create waves of ultrasonic  vibrations that push water off the glass. According to the Daily Mail, they will only cost £10 each to mass produce. Here’s hoping motorcycle visors will be using them in the near future!
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Post by BC3841 on Tue 17 Dec 2013, 5:46 pm

Thanks very much Beresford. What was I doing wrong?!
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Post by davetheworv on Tue 17 Dec 2013, 7:19 pm

@Beresford wrote:Here you go

NEWSFLASH!!  The perfect solution may be near:  F1 McLaren is designing a sports car windscreen that uses a system adapted from fighter jets to keep a driver’s vision clear in bad weather without the need for wiper blades. The system uses ultrasonic vibrations to shake off rain, insects, mud and other objects on the screen.


Oscillators are placed along the topand bottom of the windscreen, which, when turned on, create waves of ultrasonic  vibrations that push water off the glass. According to the Daily Mail, they will only cost £10 each to mass produce. Here’s hoping motorcycle visors will be using them in the near future!


got visions (sic) of the vibes shaking my head to bits,lol. good idea if it works tho
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Post by Beresford on Tue 17 Dec 2013, 10:43 pm

@BC3841 wrote:Thanks very much Beresford. What was I doing wrong?!
I'm not sure as I just copied and pasted your post into a reply. Possibly something to do with your settings for choice of font.

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