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Old 02-02-2013, 11:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Went for a ride this afternoon for a bite to eat.When we left sun was out and about 10 degrees. I didn't plug in my shield on ride out and had no fog or frost. Then on way back i was waiting to see when it would start to fog or frost and all of a sudden it was frosted. I stopped and plugged it in (AC TXI helmet and shield) and never did catch up or get any better. Wife had hers plugged in the entire time and never had any issues. First off, I learned a lesson but question is this, WILL IT EVER CATCH UP? We were not far from home and most of trip home was in fields that are notorious for deer so I just took my time and poked along with it open. Pulled sleds in shop and outside temp was 8 below. (I know should have known better and plugged it in right away!!) Thanks for any and all input.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On that helmet?

Nope.

Ditch the TXi, or keep it plugged in pretty much all the time.

Buy a bvs2 or a brp modular if you need a full faced. If you really want to never worry about freezing or fogging go with a motoX style with goggles. You will wish you did it years ago.
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When I use my txi, I warm it up with my sled by having it plugged in while it idles. It won't catch up well on a short ride or if any breath is on it while you take off with it cold. Don't get frustrated with it though. Best helmet and heated shield combo made. Nothing better.
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When I use my txi, I warm it up with my sled by having it plugged in while it idles. It won't catch up well on a short ride or if any breath is on it while you take off with it cold. Don't get frustrated with it though. Best helmet and heated shield combo made. Nothing better.
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On that helmet?

Nope.

Ditch the TXi, or keep it plugged in pretty much all the time.

Buy a bvs2 or a brp modular if you need a full faced. If you really want to never worry about freezing or fogging go with a motoX style with goggles. You will wish you did it years ago.
Yep I expected this one. I have had great luck with my set up and do really like it. I usually plug it in after dark but was just kinda doing an experiment with it tonight. Drives me nuts to see people F'ing around with the cords when it is sunny and 25 degrees out.
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When I used a txi, I would carry alcohol wipes along with me. Would help in those situations where the heated shield wasn't able to clear it.
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When I use my txi, I warm it up with my sled by having it plugged in while it idles. It won't catch up well on a short ride or if any breath is on it while you take off with it cold. Don't get frustrated with it though. Best helmet and heated shield combo made. Nothing better.
Yep short ride and low RPMs probably didn't help either. I do love my TXI and don't plan to change it. I ride many motorsports and have lots of brain bucket set ups for lots of different situations, but really like this one for cold weather riding.
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When I used a txi, I would carry alcohol wipes along with me. Would help in those situations where the heated shield wasn't able to clear it.
Good call!! I will throw a few in and hope to never get myself in that situation again, thanks.
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Good call!! I will throw a few in and hope to never get myself in that situation again, thanks.
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Interestingly enough, the 2 previous TXI helmets I've had never need a heated shield. Took some time right off the bat to make sure the shield closed tightly around the whole edge and good to go. However I got a new one last season and no matter how I try to adjust the shield (including enlarging the mounting screw holes in the hinges so it would move around a bit more than OEM) it would not seal up completely. I think Cat changed manufacturers on the helmets (probably made in CHINA too !!!!) and they aren't as good as they used to be. So, back to my SaberCat skull helmet I bought new when I pre-seasoned my 03 F7. And no heated shield needed...

You want to talk about JUNK helmet..... wear a CrossTech POS Cat tried to make a for a few years.............
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