Been riding for about 25 years andjust last year I decided to try one. I will never ride without one again. I have a HJC CL-12. If it's kinda warm out, i just put the cord in my pocket. When it gets cold is when it is great. My shield never even begins to fog. Now all my buddy's are buying them this year. They got tired of me giving them a hard time when it got really cold late at night and they were fogging up and I wasn't.
I have the same helmet 98xc700, It' the best. Nothing is better than electric shields, not even Modulars- unless they have an elecric shield on them but then your talkin at least $500. I paid about $160 for mine and will never go back.
Any sales person who tells you there helmet will not fog is a liar. Electric is the only answer. I know some guys like the goggle set-up, But i've heard that its not a good idea for those cold 2-300 mile days. Your face gets a little cold! :thumbsup:
Speaking with my buddies last night the reason the one guy does not like it is that he wears contacts and he said it dries his eyes out. But they make so much sense. At this point it seems to make more sense to buy a complete helmet rather than just the visor. Visor costs $120.00 cad New helmet with Visor $149.00cad Thanks guys
Well i am going to have to go against the status quo. I said good riddance to my electric visor 4 years ago. Sick of being plugged into the machine like some kind of umbilical cord :0: always forgetting about it and ripping it out when i dismounted. I purchased a modular and have only had a fog problem once when and exhaust port popped off. Other than that it never fogs. The pop down sun shield is priceless and not having to take your helmet off when you stop is a big plus. Who wants to exspose there sweaty headzs in -30 weather. I have over 20000kms on my modular and broke one snap during that time=$4. Driving in freezing rain sucks no matter what your wearing. I have rode with heated visors in sleet . The ice just keeps encroaching until there is no clear visor to see from. ???
I bought an electric shield in '98 and my riding buddies laughed at me. Until we were on our way back to town in the dark and it was -20°F and they could not see where we were going because their visors kept freezing up. They asked me to lead because I had a clear view, and the next year they all had electric visors. When you are riding you don't even realize you are connected, there is plenty of slack in the cord. It is a great investment.
My 2 cents: Obviously (almost) everyone is pleased with both the heated shield and the modular. If anyone wears glasses, than modular is the way to go. You don't have to take your glasses off to put the helmet on and off, and a heated visor does you no good if your glasses are fogged. Other than that we have two wonderful solutions to the fogging problem.
On the heated shield. You do want to make sure that you have a place on the sled to plug it in. The Yammi I rode last winter had NO power plugs on it whatsoever. The best heated shield on the planet would have been useless to me. I had to suffer with the fogging.
Its funny someone should bring up using one on a 99 MXZ as thats the sled I was riding when I first tried an electric shield. My first impressions were that its a piece of junk, barely kept the visor clear. Well I switched sleds with a ridin bud the next day, he's got a newer XCR. I jumped on and plugged in my shield and it worked mint. He complained his didn't work properly on my sled. It the made sense as my hands were always cold on that sled due to the very poor handwarmers and at night with the warmers on and shield plugged in the headlight was also fairly dim. I checked with the local Doo dealer who explained there is a know issue with them but thats the way they are. I traded the following season for another Cat on which the heaters work great so does the electric visor that I would now never go with out.
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