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post #1 of 20 Old 10-21-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Fog!!! Arrrgh!

The last few weeks in the good ol Pacific Northwest have been extremely foggy.

The weather is ok otherwise, but I can't see through this crap. My pinlock helmet is no match vs the soupy air.

I'm wondering if the brain-bucket + goggles solution that the Harley guys use works in fog. Or do the goggles just end up opaque with condensation as well?

ANyone with experience on this?
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-21-2013, 06:54 PM
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Goggles will probably fog up in the same conditions, maybe even worse. Depends on the amount of airflow you can get through them. If you're riding behind a windshield chances are neither your helmet or the proposed goggle are getting much airflow. Sounds like it's time for an electrically heated face shield. They actually do make such things for snowmobiling. Or maybe one of those Foggy Respro type devices, to keep your breath out of your helmet - if you can stand wearing it.
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-21-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips. That kind of equipment sounds a bit extreme. I guess foggy days are good ones to leave the bike in the garage and drive. I rode back from work at 11pm, and the only way I could see was by raising the visor, slouching down behind the windshield and peering over the top. Even then, visibility was only about 20 to 30 feet. Spooky.
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Be careful out there in the fog.

During one of my recent group rides we rode into heavy fog. I slowed the group down, but was surprised to cagers appearing out of nowhere with no lights on. Anyway, I was concentrating on watching for other cars when peripheral warning went off. I glanced up to see a red light. I'm thankful for the ABS on, not only, my bike but the 2012 VStrom 650 behind me. The guy on the cruiser next to me didn't fare so well. I heard the screeching tire and looked over to see him sliding. Then the weirdest thing happened. He bounced from one hip to the other, apparently when his leather chaps grabbed the asphalt, and was then thrown to his feet where he simply walked off the road. That's when I noticed something else very odd. His bike, I forget the make, did the same thing. I mean it hit one side on the crash bar then the other then balanced itself. The bike went about 1/8 of a mile where it came to rest, almost completely upright, on a guard rail.

Anyway, the light had just turned red and there was no traffic in the intersection. I managed to get stopped about 1 bike length past the white stop line. The other VStrom pilot and I were both wearing Sena's so he heard me announce 'RED LIGHT-PANIC STOP!!!'. Also, we were riding riding in a good staggered formation ( thank goodness ).

One more thing, keep in mind that green light travels further and is refracted less by water than red light.

You guys in the PNW have a lot more experience with this then we do down in the SE. But please be safe...

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It was a vstar 1100. Ya mr mcbride and i were lucky we had abs. The car behind me about caught me. Im just glad he had all his gear on, aside from the damn brain bucket...

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The only thing I have found to work in fog is riding with my shield up... not a good answer...

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Fog is about as dangerous as it gets. Maintain speed and hit something in front. Slow down and get rear-ended. No good answers, I think.

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Fog is about as dangerous as it gets. Maintain speed and hit something in front. Slow down and get rear-ended. No good answers, I think.
Exactly. I will ride in rain, but fog freaks me out....

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Be careful when in frog , you'd better don't ride when frogging ,it's too dangerous
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Riding in fog is the only time I ever use the built in red blinky lights on the back of my Gmax gm68 helmet. Hopefully anyone coming up behind me will catch sight of those lights before I become a hood ornament.

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