Tips on Motocross Goggle Care
Unless you ride for a factory team you aren’t going to be running a new set of goggles every time you line up at the starting gates, however eye protection is a necessity and if you don’t take care of your goggles you will either be forking out more money that you should, or you will be riding around feeling like you are driving a car at night with only your parking lights on! Luckily goggles aren’t too difficult to maintain if you know how, so read on to learn some secrets to clear vision and goggle foam that doesn’t feel like sandpaper on your face!
Motocross goggles can sometimes get a rough deal, they are sweated in excessively, get pelted with mud and rocks on the track and then half the riders out there throw them back into their gear bag in with their boots only to be removed the next race day to be cleaned on a tee shirt!
Step #1 – How To Clean Your Motocross Goggles:
Goggle lenses are treated with a coating on the inner and outer side to optimise vision and reduce fogging. This finish can be quite delicate particularly on the inner side, avoid using chemicals in cleaning agents such as “Windex” type cleaners as although they will clean your lens the ammonia will eventually turn the lens brittle and cracks will begin to appear and run through the lens.
The best method is light soap and warm water. Submerge the goggles completely and gently work the soapy water through the goggle foam, if there is any mud built up, allow the water to soak the mud until it falls off the lens, you can further clean the goggle lens with a microfiber cloth or using your goggle bag.
You should also wash your goggle bag regularly as you can use this at the track to clean your goggles on race day. Do not use a tee shirt, towel or your motocross gloves to wipe dirt off a lens as you will grind dirt particles into the lens which will scratch them.
Sweat Destroys Goggle Foam
Washing your goggles in water regularly will also prolong the life of the goggle foam, sweat will deteriorate foam after a while making it brittle and cause it to crumble and fall apart. Do not throw your goggles in the washing machine as the rough nature of the wash cycle can damage the goggles and some washing detergents can also be too harsh on the lens.
Let your goggles dry in a cool place out of the sun and avoid placing them back in the goggle bag until they are completely dry as trapped moisture can also damage the foam.
If you are having trouble with your goggles continually fogging you may want to use something like “Fog Off” or Scott Anti Fog Spray this is safe to use on your lens and very effective in colder conditions.
Step #2 – Motocross Goggle Storage And Transportation:
Always keep your goggles in their soft case, or better yet a goggle box / goggle bag which is a great way to keep all of your goggles, spare lenses, tear offs and any other goggle accessory all together. This prevent them from being mixed up with a dirty set of motocross boots inside your gear bag which spells disaster for your goggles! If you don’t have a goggle box, keep them in the soft case and place them inside of your helmet to keep them safe.
Step #3 – On Track Tips For Motocross Goggle Care:
Always run at least one tear off lens, even on the hottest driest day with only one other bike on the track, having an extra layer of protection over your goggle lens will improve its lifespan. On muddy days always be prepared with plenty of tear offs to avoid being filled in and throwing your goggles off the side of the track mid race. Another helpful item riding in super muddy conditions are the Roll-Off system, most major motocross goggle brands manufacture these now which give you clearer vision for longer, many also come with a lens rain visor to prevent water seeping down in between your lenses.
Step #4 – Replacing Your Motocross Goggle Lens:
Only change a goggle lens if your goggles and hands are completely clean, nothing scratches a lens quicker than dirt and friction! When removing a lens hold the bottom of the frame firmly and grab the top of the frame from the inside and lift the top of the frame away from the lens. Once you have the top section separated you can work your way around the frame until the lens is removed.
To replace the lens you will notice a series of notches around the edge of the lens, these are to be aligned with a series of locating posts inside the groove of the frame. Start with the nose piece and once this has been aligned you can then work your way around the goggles lining each locating post up with the lens and squeezing the frame firmly back onto the lens.
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If you have any further questions regarding motocross goggle care or products such as the Roll-Off system, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at MXstore
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