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Polarized Sunglasses and the LCD Instuments

I bought a pair of Oakley sunglasses and received a call from the eye dr. saying that Oakley's only option required polarization of the lenses. My question is if you have polarized sunglasses do you have a difficult time seeing the LCD instruments? I have the 2016 FJR.
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I don't know about LCD instruments, but I have found in the past, that polarized glasses do not work well with helmet visors, they create weird rainbow effects in your vision, which I found most distracting.
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It all depends on the direction of the polarization. Some will have an affect, some won't. I have one pair of sunglasses that makes the screen of my smart phone invisible. Oddly it's only in 1 eye. The polarization direction may vary from one lens to the other.
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I only ride with polarized clip-ons. All are fine with the center LCD panel but a recent pair has a bit of a problem with the right display. Yet it doesn’t misbehave in the usual polarized way.

Quality helmet face shields work fine with polarized glasses. My Shoei RF1100 is good. Previous. HJC was less good.

Will caveat my observation saying I’m getting cataract surgery in 10 days in my worst eye. The other has barely detectable cataract. Mostly left eye won’t focus, but also having trouble seeing in shade next to bright illumination.

If you really want to see something funny through polarized glasses then find a 2015+ Subaru Outback. The center console LCD text turns rainbow colored. But on the other hand polarized glasses make no difference to the LCD displays in my Tesla.

Automakers know about polarized glasses and when they skip the expense and difficulty of making non-polarized LCD they at least orient the polarization on same axis as sunglasses so as not to interfere. It seems to me the FJR center LCD is omni-polarized. Garmin Zumo 595 also has no issue with polarization.
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Polarized sunglasses are worthless on a motorcycle IMO.

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Polarized sunglasses are worthless on a motorcycle IMO.
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I would have to disagree. I live in the desert SouthWest of the USA. The light (glare) reflecting from sandy surfaces is highly polarized, in the vertical plane. Glasses with horizontal polarization are very helpful in deleting most of that glare. Hold the glasses out in front of your face, looking through the lenses at the ground between the sun and you. Rotate them to put one earpiece above the other, then look again with the earpieces held level (as you would wear them), The change in glare should be very obvious. Polarization in cheap sunglasses may be partial, and insufficient. With good polarization, if you hold one pair of sunglasses in each hand, with two of the lenses overlapped, rotate one pair 90 degrees, and the overlapped lenses will go fully black. If the glasses show glare when held out in front of you with one earpiece above the other, and then block that glare best when the earpieces are held level, those glasses will be very helpful to the rider.

Getting back to the original topic, how well those good polarized glasses work with your instruments then will depend on the angle (horizontal or vertical) of the polarized instrument lenses that create the image you wish to see. If it works well, then fine, have fun. If the instrument screens appear black (or nearly black) when wearing the glasses, then polarized glasses will block your instrument readings. You may still be able to read the instruments by tilting your head to one side or the other, of course.
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One of the first things I trashed were polarized sunglasses. The LSD rainbows from the visor and wind screen were horrendous.

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Polarized sunglasses greatly affected me seeing the LCD instruments and my cell phone, Note 5 (use it for GPS).

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I bought a pair of Oakley sunglasses and received a call from the eye dr. saying that Oakley's only option required polarization of the lenses. My question is if you have polarized sunglasses do you have a difficult time seeing the LCD instruments? I have the 2016 FJR.
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I can't read instruments on my bike with polarized glasses. They work great for fishing and golf. Not so much for bike riding.
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