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    Fog Measures?

    Have been caught a couple of times this summer in early morning dense fog. All of a sudden there it is. Sometimes the fog is so thick all one can do is to keep between the white lines.

    A few minutes later the full face visor is covered over. Lift the visor and the glasses get covered in a short interval. The only safe thing seems to be to pull over and wait it out. In a cage one turns on the wipers and the heaters - options not available on the usual motorcycle.

    Other than moving to a warmer clime, does anyone have any strategies to fight this phenomenon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH
    Have been caught a couple of times this summer in early morning dense fog. All of a sudden there it is. Sometimes the fog is so thick all one can do is to keep between the white lines.

    A few minutes later the full face visor is covered over. Lift the visor and the glasses get covered in a short interval. The only safe thing seems to be to pull over and wait it out. In a cage one turns on the wipers and the heaters - options not available on the usual motorcycle.

    Other than moving to a warmer clime, does anyone have any strategies to fight this phenomenon?
    I ride in fog from time to time, here in the foggy bay area.

    I wear Held gloves that have a little visor wiper built into the left index finger. I won't buy gloves without them any more.

    Also, headlight on low beam, fog lights, if you've got them, on. And remember, fog lights need to be low to shine under the fog. Put them up high and they don't work.
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    Yes, I have run into the fog issue (not very frequently, though) and it sucks. Stop, open visor, wipe, ride, repeat. What I need to invent is a windsheild (visor) wiper and de-fogger unit small enough to be installed in the helmet and be non-obtrusive. With current technology making smaller and smaller, why not? Its on my to-do list. Here are a couple of products I found, but have not tried. Good luck.

    http://www.greenlightstuff.com/
    or....
    http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...ty-progrip.htm
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    There's a rear foglight kit for Oilheads.
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    I have a fogcity ( http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...ct.asp?Item=FC )on my clear shield just for this reason. Be REAL careful pulling off the road, some moron in a car may take you out. Get WAY off the road in heavy fog if you do pull over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff2C
    Be REAL careful pulling off the road, some moron in a car may take you out. Get WAY off the road in heavy fog if you do pull over.
    remember that in low visibility, drivers will often follow lights ahead of them. leaving your lights on while pulled over to the side may guide them right into the rear of your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuli959
    remember that in low visibility, drivers will often follow lights ahead of them. leaving your lights on while pulled over to the side may guide them right into the rear of your bike.
    +1

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    Visibility is king. There are wipers available through the Aerostich catalog called Vee Wipes. These are little squeegees that slide over your thumb or finger where you can easily swipe water off your face shield. They are cheap and they work. On airheads an aftermarket LED tail light will add lots of visibility to your back side, and when my pop said EEwww when looking at the reflective decals on the back of my touring cases I knew that they worked well. In fog the pavement is wet, and deer somehow feel emboldened, so I ride more slowly.

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    For helmet visors try Smith's No Fog Cloth (us$2). I purchased some for my ski goggles and they work great for sunglasses and helmet visors. Just wipe the visor with the cloth after cleaning and it will keep it from fogging. Lasts until the next cleaning. One fog cloth will last me a few months.

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    Ears are an important fog tool. I wear ear plugs 99% of the time. I do not wear them in fog. Read any advisory on driving in fog and they tell you to crack a window so that you may hear better.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    For the helmet visor, Fog City liner. For the glasses, Zooke. This one-two punch keeps my vision unobstructed on those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg
    My fear in fog is getting hit from behind.

    It's my biggest fear too. If it is that foggy I don't ride, I just don't feel it is worth the risk. Stay safe and wait it out if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff2C
    I have a fogcity ( http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...ct.asp?Item=FC )on my clear shield just for this reason. Be REAL careful pulling off the road, some moron in a car may take you out. Get WAY off the road in heavy fog if you do pull over.
    Uh, the Fog City works on the inside. A good fog bank makes the outside of your shield wet in a way that's very different than rain.
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    Two words: Emergency Flashers.

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    I second Bob_M's use of Vee Wipes (Slip on squeegees) for keeping the visor clean. And swear by the use of a "Kisan Signal Minder" for turning your signals into running lites.

    Without:


    With:


    With me and my Safety Vest:


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