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Old 01-29-2014, 10:19 AM   #136
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Part-time believer. I wear a Hi-Viz construction vest when I'm riding on the highway or in heavily trafficked areas. I don't always wear it when riding my local roads.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:47 AM   #137
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Fate can be a real bitch hi viz or not. Ride like you mean it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:59 PM   #138
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Serious believer here. Hi-Vis Olympia jacket and Caberg helmet. I think there's a probably a reason why the color is used in the first place. How many of the little Smiley icons are bright yellow? What color is the most popular for a highlighter? Why do you suppose that most European motorcycle LEOs wear Hi-Vis? Every little bit helps, especially commuting in LA. I get comments from people who mention how visible I am. I'm okay that I look like a Power Ranger.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:20 PM   #139
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If only one driver sees me & does not cut me off or pull out in front of me, I think it is worth it.
Amen, brudda.
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I wear a Hi-Viz construction vest
The reflective stripes on the vest are a big help at night. By the way, a Class 3 vest is actually a short sleeved safety color shirt with the color and reflective stripes on the sleeves---even easier to see.
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Why do you suppose that most European motorcycle LEOs wear Hi-Vis?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qRkHom4q_M
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:47 PM   #140
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Yes...but...

I'm a believer but I find my hi-viz jacket attracts too much attention, like when I'm off the bike. Co-workers just gawk at it hanging on the coat hook in my office. Other bike guys sort of look at you funny when you pull up. And since I've added the Ural to the garage, I've found visibility to be less of an issue.

If I could turn back time, I'd probably go grey with hi-viz yellow reflective on my motoport, instead of all hi-viz.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:05 PM   #141
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I'll take any advantage I can.
I mean with my Bohn Underarmour and Leatt body armour, adding an Olympia safety vest and Neon Green Exo 400 helmet only slightly ups the dork quotient. That said, I still ride as if no one can see me. To each their own, but I feel like if someone sees me then they'll make a mental post-it note that there is a more vulnerable road user out there. I know some people are impervious.

I teach high school, and it's interesting that some of the teenagers say "Hey, that's a cool helmet!" when I wear my neon helmet, but never hear a word when I wear my white and blue MX helmet.

Just scan your eye over this page, and your eye is attracted to anything yellow.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:29 PM   #142
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Fluorescent colors like fluorescent traffic orange and fluorescent green do not occur in the natural world so humans will more likely, actually perhaps certainly, notice them, certainly so over more naturally occurring hues. I can detect a fluorescent helmet in crowded traffic two or more blocks away.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:08 AM   #143
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While the reflective stripes help at night, I'm a bit dubious about the colors during the day. If I can see the driver in her/his side or rear view mirrors, they can see me. If I can't see them, I know they can't see me.

Could be wrong, but there's no hard numbers on the issue. I ride where I'm seen (i.e. on the right side of the left lane on the freeway, etc) and usually have no problems, but make sure I'm prepared if they happen.
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:38 AM   #144
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Amen, brudda.
The reflective stripes on the vest are a big help at night. By the way, a Class 3 vest is actually a short sleeved safety color shirt with the color and reflective stripes on the sleeves---even easier to see.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qRkHom4q_M
I agree. I also have lime green reflective tape on the back of my white helmet.

Here's the vest I wear:
http://www.occunomix.com/products/hi...-surveyor.html
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:44 AM   #145
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:47 AM   #146
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I wear my hi viz green vest with reflective strips at night and in the rain.

I also have some flame style reflective decals on my helmet. Forgot where I bought them it has been so long.

I also have some reflective tape on the back of my bike.

Hopefully it all helps.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:51 PM   #147
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I'm a believer but I find my hi-viz jacket attracts too much attention, like when I'm off the bike. Co-workers just gawk at it hanging on the coat hook in my office. Other bike guys sort of look at you funny when you pull up.
I stopped giving a shit what other people think about my clothing choices back in the tenth grade. Most of my moto gear has hi viz colors. I always wear bright orange or yellow when on the (road)bicycle too.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:53 PM   #148
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hi-viz..yes!

everywhere all the time, except DMZ!
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:05 PM   #149
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If I am on a small bike (wife's Super Sherpa or GZ250) they are much more likely to pull out in front of me at the last second than if I am on say my ST1300 or r1200GS. Bitches...
I get this too. On my wife's DR 200 I get no respect, they see me and pull out as if they don't care, that little thing can't do any damage. On the bigger bikes it happens much less often. It's not a visibility thing, her bike is bright yellow, the others are mostly black or dark colors. Even the taller dirt bikes with their shitty headlights and all covered with mud are much better in this regard.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:17 PM   #150
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... and cop mustache! It's definately the mustache that gets the attention!







My mustache is still visable!

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