The group I ride with is all about doing the Baja destination ride. We usually do a 3-5 day ride, and on these rides we sometimes/often come in after dark. Understand you typically do adventure rides in Baja during the winter and not the summer when it is too hot, so your daylight hours are short. Now, just add a couple flat tires or “hey, let’s do this new trail” and the idea of getting in early just went out the window. So, sure enough as dusk approaches your exhausted and wrung out from the 125+ miles of tough trail you have done and then at the end of the day you have to contend with the low (blinding) sun. Now the (un)safest way to ride is to tilt your head at really weird angles or throw your left hand up (if able) to block the sun. This whole scenario happened to this group of riders one late afternoon, Our group was in San Felipe, Baja on the second day of our four day Baja riding adventure. Our destination for that day would be the famous Mike’s Sky Ranch. We had a late start due to a flat tire on one of our bikes that morning and we didn’t pull out till nearly 9 A.M. Our route that day was going to take us southwest towards the San Pedro mountains, then we would hook north and ride towards Laguna Diablo dry lake to meet the chase truck for fuel and lunch. About midday the same tire from that mornings flat went flat again. With further delay we changed out the tube and moved on, but the trails going north where rougher than we anticipated. We finally arrived at our lunch stop at 4:30 P.M. At this point everyone knew we were going to ride up to Mike’s Sky Ranch in the dark, but that wasn’t the bad part. We rolled away from the Chase truck with the sun about 45 minutes from setting and we were heading almost due west now. We had a 12 mile transfer section on Highway 3 before we could get back to the dirt and head south to Mike’s Sky ranch. As soon as we headed west on Highway 3 the sun was smack in our faces and everyone was struggling with the sun on this narrow, curvy and well traveled road. Some of the riders pulled off the highway because they were completely blinded by the sun. One rider thought it was too dangerous and wanted us to stop until the sun went down, but that doesn’t go over well when everyone is tired and just wants to get in. From this event and several other blinding, tilted head and one handed riding experiences over the years I decided something had to be done and that’s what brought about MotoVisor.
My R&D experience was riding (testing) with several different types plastics in all kinds of sizes, shapes and bends for almost a year. One of my qualifying tests was to ride my motorcycle down paved roads at 60 mph and see if an oncoming Truck/Lorry wind could take the MotoVisor off my helmet while in all variety of brim positions. The two creases in the plastic actually give it structure and stability and allow it to curve and adhere to the underside of the brim of the helmet. After the testing phase was complete I finally had a simple finished prototype. As long as you have enough Velcro contact patch the MotoVisor stays in place remarkably well.