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View Poll Results: Do you where a high visibility vest/clothing
Yes, almost all the time 62 25.73%
Yes, sometimes 55 22.82%
No, because the way it looks 52 21.58%
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Old 6th August 2007
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Default Are You Highly Visible?

It seems ridiculously obvious that if we make ourselves more visible that our chance of being in a crash with a car is highly reduced.

No matter how skilled we are or how safe and defensive we ride we are still at the mercy of the car driver who is in a hurry and on the phone and cuts us off. (I just recently read the thread about the 17 year old who killed a biker by turning in front of him).

So.... if we all know visibility is so important... why do so many of us put fashion before safety??? I'm talking about the all black jacket with black helmet on the black bike??

So..... if we all know visibility is so important... why don't we choose to wear a high visibility vest over our fashionable HD clothes??

Are we afraid we're going to look stupid? IF everyone wore these vests - it would become 'normal' and accepted over time.

I wish Harley would take a more active role in this. They have a nice vest they produce now (see harley's web site)... Why not provide them to all HOG chapters at their costs and encourage them on HOG sponsored rides.

The more people start wearing them the less and less 'stupid' looking they become... I think Harley could help encourage this - and as a result save some lives.

Let's face it... riding around town is a lot different now than it was in the past ... lots more cars for one then add in technologies like Cell phones, GPS devices and then more foreign un-licensed drivers etc. etc..

It's time for safe to be cool....
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drink the cool-aid..... it tastes fine......
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if you consider a bright reflective belt worn over the shoulder of my black leather shirt to be acceptable than yes, I do. My helmet is red. I frequently wear jeans to.
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I put a big ole rectangle of Reflective tape on my helmet. Thats about the extent of my saftey stuff. This was from my cranial on the flight deck, super visible tape.
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Usually black.
Boots, Chaps (if needed), vest..jeans...shirts...all black.
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I'm a member! Helmet is yellow.. rain jacket is yellow. My riding jacket isn't but I'm looking to get a yellow waterproof jacket to wear all the time so I don't have to put rain gear on.





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A flashing rear brakelight didn't stop a drunk gal from plowing into me at a stoplight in the daylight. I doubt I could have worn any color that would have prevented that one.

I know not everyone is out driving drunk as this gal was, but the reality is that it's the smaller size of motorcycles verses cars that prevent people from seeing us, not what colors we have on. The driver's eyes are looking out for cars and motorcycles just don't register in their brains.

I say wear whatever you want - the driver who hits you will still say they didn't see you. It's your job to stay out of their way whatever color you're wearing.
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....I say wear whatever you want - the driver who hits you will still say they didn't see you. It's your job to stay out of their way whatever color you're wearing.
True.

I wear a white helmet, which is pretty visible, but I bought white so it wouldn't be so hot. My Sportster has a 3-position key switch (off, on, on w/lights), and I rarely turn the lights on in the daytime.

I take the responsibility for watching out for the other guy. I'd rather trust my riding skills than depend on high-visibility stuff that's hard for drivers to see when they're texting on a cell phone.
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Welcome from Baltimore, I see it is your 1st post.
I ride like i'm invisable but try to wear a bright colored shirt.
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Yea what gymnrat said.

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