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Newbie here...I got caught in the rain for the first time a few days ago. From obsessively reading about crashes, I knew to avoid manhole covers and the oil in the middle of the road, and I was wearing a reflective vest already because it was dusk. But what I wasn't prepared for was the reduced visibility from the rain on my helmet visor. Any tips for dealing with this? I tried to wipe it with my gloves at stop lights but it mostly just smeared the drops around. Considered flipping the visor up but pelting rain in my face seemed like a worse situation.
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Reduced visibility is a way of life for riding in the rain.
That said, SCUBA divers use spit in their goggles.
Motorcycle helmets sometimes have a second layer "pinlock" available.
Mine has one, it works great.
Or you could use something like RainX for plastic to keep the water beading up on your shield. I do that, too.

But at the end of the day, water will be on both your windscreen if you have one, and your face shield. Best to get used to it if you plan on riding in the rain.
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Cut a potato in half and rub it over the outside of the visor. gently buff when dry. The starch forms a barrier like Rain-X.
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Madison Sully wrote:
Motorcycle helmets sometimes have a second layer "pinlock" available.
The pinlock stops my visor fogging up but my glasses still do
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My somewhat winning combination has been:
Pinlock insert. Fog City inserts work great if your helmet doesn't support pinlocks.
Keep visor clean and polished with Plexis.
Use Aerostitch Veewipe squeegee on the left thumb of my glove. I purchased these for all my co-workers that ride. Simple and works great.

Reason I say somewhat, steelbytes isn't the only one who's glasses fog. I suffer the same fate. It's not terrible and I don't feel in danger but it can be annoying sometimes.
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Madison Sully wrote:
Reduced visibility is a way of life for riding in the rain.

Yes. By all means, experiment with whatever can hopefully give a bit of respite, but with time you can look through the drops somewhat. I think as a newbie, one tends to freak out a bit by all the drops on the visor, with time, you learn to ignore the "noise" and focus on the critical outside stuff. I dunno, maybe I'm riding in less rain, but I don't feel as concerned.....what I will do, is turn my head from time to time to let the wind sweep the larger drops away....not sure how much it helps, but it's entertaining.
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Touring gloves will often have a length of windshield wiper on the index finger, so you can clean the water off your visor in the rain. I bought mine at the BMW dealership (they're BMW branded), and they're excellent gloves. Of all my gear, the gloves are probably the best-made.

If you're going fast enough (or riding into a headwind), you can also try turning your neck to one side to let the droplets blow away.
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...not sure how much it helps, but it's entertaining.
Speaking of entertaining, the first time I drove in the rain with my wife after applying RainX to her car, she likened the effect of the rain on the wind shield to ... ahem,... sperm. Laughing emoticon ROFL emoticon ROFL emoticon ROFL emoticon
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.....what I will do, is turn my head from time to time to let the wind sweep the larger drops away....not sure how much it helps, but it's entertaining.
I do the same with the same conclusion 😀
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Great, thanks everyone! I picked up some RainX today and will try it out. Seeing past the raindrops makes sense. I think I got a bit freaked out because it was my first ride in the rain. Next time will be more chill.
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The plastic-friendly one I hope?
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The plastic-friendly one I hope?
Yes! I double-checked.
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I really appreciate this post! I ordered the Aerostitch squeegee thingies, they look to be very useful. I have a 40-mile roundtrip commute for work, and normally I only ride a scooter if the weather is going to be ideal; however, I had decided that if/when gas his $5/gallon, I'm going to commit to riding rain or shine unless it's really awful.

Well guess what, gas has hit $5/gal for regular unleaded this week, here in Central PA. So, like it or not, I need to get used to riding in the rain!
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I've used Rain-x for plastic before and it will work well when freshly applied and there is a good amount of airflow onto the visor. Don't use regular Rain-x as it will damage the visor over time.

I have used RainCoat with pretty good results. This is an older review from WebBikeWorld.

https://www.webbikeworld.com/raincoat-motorcycle-helmet-visor-water-repellent/

I'm currently using a hydrophobic ceramic paint treatment (NextGen). Seems to move the water off the shield nicely and lasts really well. As a plus, it makes cleaning bug strikes a lot easier as well.

Here's a fairly recent article detailing other options on the market you could try as well..

https://products.motorcyclenews.com/clothing/helmets/best-water-repellents/
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I vaguely remember this rain dynamic, where a volume of water drops from the sky for a time. Here the elders still tell stories of El Niño, but fewer and fewer of us have 1st hand experience with this rain phenomenon of which you speak.
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For fogging on a (non-pin lock) visor's inside and on glasses, I've had great results with MucOff's antifog spray. Just don't use microfiber to buff it in.

I haven't tried RainX plastic, but I do use a finger squeegee. That, plus the effect from my windscreen works well. The turbulence behind my screen ends up steadily pushing the rain either up or down my visor, depending on how I've adjusted it for the season.
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I vaguely remember this rain dynamic, where a volume of water drops from the sky for a time. Here the elders still tell stories of El Niño, but fewer and fewer of us have 1st hand experience with this rain phenomenon of which you speak.
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I vaguely remember this rain dynamic, where a volume of water drops from the sky for a time. Here the elders still tell stories of El Niño, but fewer and fewer of us have 1st hand experience with this rain phenomenon of which you speak.
I remember when it regularly hailed in Redondo.
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For fogging on a (non-pin lock) visor's inside and on glasses, I've had great results with MucOff's antifog spray. Just don't use microfiber to buff it in.
but I clean my glasses with microfibre ten times a day.
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but I clean my glasses with microfibre ten times a day.
I'm just passing on what's on the bottle. Apparently, microfiber just soaks up the liquid and wastes your efforts. I like giving people the heads-up about things like that when I recommend products. I'm not fond of those kinds of surprises.

I have a favorite microfiber cloth for glasses, sunglasses, and visor. I added a lens cloth from the optometrist to use with the antifog and it works a treat.
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Put several drops of silicone spray on your shield and rub with a paper towel. It would make an invisible water repellent layer. The shield should look clean and dry, so if it looks wet/oiled, rub again with a clean, non-sprayed towel.
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Put several drops of silicone spray on your shield and rub with a paper towel.
Never a paper towel. Too scratchy.
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I just had a conversation with a motorcycle racer regarding visor fogging and rain. His response -- Lemon Pledge. Or Orange Pledge. Same thing. Spray it on and polish it. It supposedly works much better than RainX. I've not tried it yet.
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Never a paper towel. Too scratchy.
My bad. Probably I should have noted that the shield should be clean, and the paper towel should be soft as a kitten's belly I mean, I just dunno how harsh can be those things in other countries.
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My bad. Probably I should have noted that the shield should be clean, and the paper towel should be soft as a kitten's belly I mean, I just dunno how harsh can be those things in other countries.
Cripes. Now I need to get a kitten for research purposes. Razz emoticon
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Cripes. Now I need to get a kitten for research purposes. Razz emoticon
DAD, WHY DOES THE CAT SMELL LIKE LEMON PLEDGE?
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DAD, WHY DOES THE CAT SMELL LIKE LEMON PLEDGE?
Facepalm emoticon Laughing emoticon

Reminds me of years ago when a neighbor's cat was hanging around the front of our house. Our kid adopted her for a couple of hours...when she left she had makeup and a hair tie on her tail. Not sure who she belonged to, but we never saw her again.
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As veteran of over 1.5 million 2 wheel miles since 1955---in all weathers----first get proper look over windshield, then you can safely move forward with visor up at slow speeds---speeding up moving air can blow drops away. Pledge or protect all works well on face shield.

Proper professional quality rain gear and rubber boots work well in extended rain. Hands, Aerostich over mitts work as well as anything for hands. Right Vespa Windshield, cut down for see over offer some protection for hands,too
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