Motorcycle Helmet Sun Shade
"El Cheapo" Motorcycle Helmet Sun Shade
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
They carry a lot of automotive products
that are also useful for motorcycles; for example, the
Blaster" horns (review) that they sell are fantastic, and will wake up the
dreamiest cager, no matter how intense their cell phone conversation.
I immediately thought it would be useful if it could stick on to a helmet visor as a sunshade. I figured it was worth the investment just to see if it would work.
The film is supposed to stick by static cling or something to a clean
surface like glass.
To my surprise, the stuff immediately stuck to my visor, and it seemed pretty sturdy. I took the helmet out for a ride and found that it stuck like it was glued on.
I peeled it off again when I got home to
readjust it with no problem. That's one of the great features of
this stuff -- you can take it off any time you want, with no damage or
The only problem I've noticed with an inside mounting is that you can see the "bubbles" through the visor; these are caused by the tiny air pockets that result from the material sticking to the visor's surface.
UPDATE: webBikeWorld reader "K.S." has a solution to the problem with bubbles: "...I do have a tip for your article regarding the "bubbles" that you see when its mounted on the inside of your visor.
As with window tint, you first spray or apply a soap and water solution to the visor and tint. I am talking about a very very small amount of soap, like 2-3 DROPS of soap for a whole spray bottle of water.
You are then able to slide
the tint around till you get it just where you want it, using a very
light touch, and then after the first pass of a squeegee or the like, it
will set still, and then you can just squeegee all the water and the air
bubbles right out from between the tint and the visor giving you the
best, clearest and undistorted vision that you can get." Thanks
for the tip, K.S.!
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From "J.S." : "Thank you for the review of the cling plastic for our helmets. I'm one of those suckers who spent $15.00 for a little green strip of plastic for the inside of my face shield. After reading what you had to say I headed for Advanced Auto.
They didn't have the $1.50 ones so I thought big and bought 24 inch by 78 inch window film for $10.88. Now I can make enough for both MC clubs I belong to and have enough left over for the rest of my life!!!!!! And it sticks better on the outside than in without the air bubbles. Thank you."