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Why You Should Ride With Your Visor Down

Its was a beautiful, soft sunny afternoon, one of those afternoons I'm almost tempted to go for a short cruise without my helmet to be closer to nature. Almost. To compromise I threw my visor up to welcome nature in as I rode slowly around my neighborhood humming a soothing tune with a stupid smile on my face from the simple pleasure of being on my bike on day like that.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see a teensy, weensy dot. Hmm... I wondered what that could be. As I rode on, it grew just a bit bigger, but I still couldn't tell what it was. Fixscating on the dot instead of the road, I unknowingly willed my bike toward it. As I the distance closed, I could finally tell it was a yellow jacket just a couple inches from my visor would have been if I wasn't trying to enjoy friggin nature. The yellow jacket flew straight into my helmet and buzzed closely to my ear.

The huge Dodge Ram truck behind me, I'm sure, had quite the show. I slammed on my breaks, stalled the bike to a stop, threw off my gloves, and yanked off my helmet (forgetting to do undo the straps) narrowly avoiding a sting.

Moral of the story: I now use my visor, nature or no nature.
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Its was a beautiful, soft sunny afternoon, one of those afternoons I'm almost tempted to go for a short cruise without my helmet to be closer to nature. Almost. To compromise I threw my visor up to welcome nature in as I rode slowly around my neighborhood humming a soothing tune with a stupid smile on my face from the simple pleasure of being on my bike on day like that.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see a teensy, weensy dot. Hmm... I wondered what that could be. As I rode on, it grew just a bit bigger, but I still couldn't tell what it was. Fixscating on the dot instead of the road, I unknowingly willed my bike toward it. As I the distance closed, I could finally tell it was a yellow jacket just a couple inches from my visor would have been if I wasn't trying to enjoy friggin nature. The yellow jacket flew straight into my helmet and buzzed closely to my ear.

The huge Dodge Ram truck behind me, I'm sure, had quite the show. I slammed on my breaks, stalled the bike to a stop, threw off my gloves, and yanked off my helmet (forgetting to do undo the straps) narrowly avoiding a sting.

Moral of the story: I now use my visor, nature or no nature.
F Nature.
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It was Mother Natures way of telling you... to... Cover Up!

Glad you didn't get stung, that would have been nasty
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It was Mother Natures way of telling you... to... Cover Up!

Glad you didn't get stung, that would have been nasty
No joke..I cant see how others can ride without full lid & shield
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It was Mother Natures way of telling you... to... Cover Up!

Glad you didn't get stung, that would have been nasty


Years ago, I went on a "quick ride" to lunch with a friend (on the back of his cruiser)... I saw that "tiny dot" coming at me... only it kept getting bigger and bigger. *BLAM* Smacked in the forehead with a dragonfly. I seriously looked like I'd been hit in the forehead with a baseball. NEVER again would I ride without a full face helmet.
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NE'... I'm sure you're familar with Love Bug Season here in Texas... I love to see the Harly riders... during that time... "trying" to dodge them lil buggers. They have covered my visor so much I had to try to see through the splats till I could clean them off.

BtW: never use a mirrored visor in Love Bug season, they will ruin it.
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NE'... I'm sure you're familar with Love Bug Season here in Texas... I love to see the Harly riders... during that time... "trying" to dodge them lil buggers. They have covered my visor so much I had to try to see through the splats till I could clean them off.

BtW: never use a mirrored visor in Love Bug season, they will ruin it.
Arrrrgghhh, friggin lovebugs. I hate those damned things! For like two months, you can't go more than about 30 miles before having to stop and clean off your visor... the bugs get so thick, you can't even see!!

Really? I had no idea they were harmful to a mirrored visor... that explains why my gold iridium is so jacked up now.
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ya know, I try that every so often, for the air on my face and cuz I cant see thru the bug guts!! Last time (this past weekend) I got pegged right btw the eyebrows with one of those dang love bugs, it STUNG! Then the bugger got stuck in my sunglasses, not fun!!
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Last year I hit a draggon fly do'n about 90 on the Glenn... yeah... I will NEVER ride with out a helmet... this think was the size of a small bird! hit right on my visor... this thing was so big I had splatters on my JACKET from it! it actually cause my head to kick back a bit! I wished I'd had my camera... but the combination of the adreniline from trying to wipe it off then ride to the side of the road looking through the smears on my visor... and the 5 mins it took to un pucker... I wouldn't have remembered anyways...
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I've had june bugs actually crack a visor before... Glad I had it down , that would've been a bit painful on the face!

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Last year I hit a draggon fly do'n about 90 on the Glenn... yeah... I will NEVER ride with out a helmet... this think was the size of a small bird! hit right on my visor... this thing was so big I had splatters on my JACKET from it! it actually cause my head to kick back a bit! I wished I'd had my camera... but the combination of the adreniline from trying to wipe it off then ride to the side of the road looking through the smears on my visor... and the 5 mins it took to un pucker... I wouldn't have remembered anyways...
whoa! thats crazy... i havent been attacked yet! keyword: yet
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Its was a beautiful, soft sunny afternoon, one of those afternoons I'm almost tempted to go for a short cruise without my helmet to be closer to nature. Almost. To compromise I threw my visor up to welcome nature in as I rode slowly around my neighborhood humming a soothing tune with a stupid smile on my face from the simple pleasure of being on my bike on day like that.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see a teensy, weensy dot. Hmm... I wondered what that could be. As I rode on, it grew just a bit bigger, but I still couldn't tell what it was. Fixscating on the dot instead of the road, I unknowingly willed my bike toward it. As I the distance closed, I could finally tell it was a yellow jacket just a couple inches from my visor would have been if I wasn't trying to enjoy friggin nature. The yellow jacket flew straight into my helmet and buzzed closely to my ear.

The huge Dodge Ram truck behind me, I'm sure, had quite the show. I slammed on my breaks, stalled the bike to a stop, threw off my gloves, and yanked off my helmet (forgetting to do undo the straps) narrowly avoiding a sting.

Moral of the story: I now use my visor, nature or no nature.

babe they'll get in there no matter what.

yesterday i was in full lean on a TIGHT s turn and some creature found its way into my helmet and started buzzing around my mouth. imagine just having to deal with it until you come out of your turn, i was disgusted. by the time i quick stopped (i didnt stall my bike ) got my helmet off the little guy flew away.
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babe they'll get in there no matter what.

yesterday i was in full lean on a TIGHT s turn and some creature found its way into my helmet and started buzzing around my mouth. imagine just having to deal with it until you come out of your turn, i was disgusted. by the time i quick stopped (i didnt stall my bike ) got my helmet off the little guy flew away.
you should have just let him fly in your mouth and ate him... problem solved
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and if its a wasp?
bite the **** out of him! LITERALLY!
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