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Old 23 May 2011
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Dark Visor - good idea?

I have an Arai Quantum, and I'm going to France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein and Italy (not in that order!) over the summer. I really benefit from using my dark visor here in the UK, but always carry a clear one in case a) the weather changes and b) I get stopped by the Police!

Does anyone have any experiences / had potential trouble with the Law in other, European countries? If I'm going to get fined a lot, it's clearly not worth the hasstle.

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Old 23 May 2011
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I've never had any probs when using an Iridium visor on my Syncrotec. Like you i carry a standard visor in the tank bag but very rarely use it abroad.
Just going for a short ride on my bike....
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You'll have no problems.

The dark visor/small number plate/silencer marking fetish in the UK is just an excuse used by the anti-bike plod to make up for their lack of Stasi like powers. The Eurocops have no such agenda (and if they did, they have perfectly good powers to stop you and ask to see ID pretty much without needing any reason).

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Old 24 May 2011
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Sounds like I'm onto a winner, then! Looks like the South of France is going to be even better.

Thanks for the replies.
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Clear glasses

When I had an Iridium visor, I also carried a pair of clear safety glasses, sinilar to theses....

Not the big welding type but the runners glasses. When it got darker I rode with visor up and glasses on. Cheaper, easier and a lot less hassle than changing a visor. Albeit, shite in the rain.

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I prefer sunglasses as i can just take them off & put them in my tank bag if the weather turns shyte, means I already have them to hand off the bike too as I struggle in bright sunlight, got some with an antifog coating so very handy, just my personal preference though.
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I use bicycle glasses with swapable glass, clear for darker days or when riding where there are lots of dark tunnels (west norway), darker glasses for those sunny days. I prefer riding with my visor open most of the time, so dark visor wouldn't work so well! The only downside of course you have to change the glass - a stop and 30 sec job

I went with these, cheap and a handy hard-ish box

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I was never a fan of dark visors mainly because I don't like the idea of being caught out at night with a dark visor and ending up with an eye full of beetle.
But this week made me think twice, I have been using wiley-x glasses with the rubber seal inside my Airoh S4 with clear lens and in strong sunlight my cheeks got pretty well roasted.
I am not sure if it was just windburn and sun or the fact that my helmet has white mesh on the cheekpieces and the sun bounces off those and onto my cheeks.
Anyway, I have now thought about getting a light tinted visor for the sunny days and keeping the clear one in a sleeve in the topbox.
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Having blatted round europe a few times during summer, if you use a dark visor you're stuffed in tunnels, and you need to carry a clear visor for evenings.
a very good compromise are the visors with a gradual tint, clear for the lower half. they work well.
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hi when you get south of france you got to go up to mountains the verdon about 60 to 70 miles north of st maxime the roads and the views are just the best happy rideing
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Someone else mentioned this area: I've marked it in as somewhere to go!

Thanks for that.
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