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post #21 of 69 Old 10-08-2016, 08:52 PM
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post #22 of 69 Old 10-08-2016, 09:11 PM
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Not sure if this link works but being a cop, flashing lights and hi vis didn't seem to work.
Last year I drove by a house on fire at night. There were two fire trucks, an ambulance and at least one police car. As you might guess, all emergency vehicles had their strobes flashing. Some of them were in one of the lanes of the road. I slowed to approximately 5 mph because I knew there must be someone on the road to direct passing vehicles. The officer directing traffic was "buried" in the light pollution of the strobes of the emergency vehicles. He had a vest and a "wand" on the end of his flashlight, but compared to all the flashing lights on the dark road, he might as well been invisible. I didn't see him until he was close enough to touch my car.
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post #23 of 69 Old 10-08-2016, 09:16 PM
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I believe hi-viz makes a difference. The times that it works we will know nothing about. I almost pulled out in front of a rider on a GS. Was a rainy foggy morning and just as I started to pull on to a major road I caught sight of the hi-viz jacket emerging from the fog. The rider had no idea that I almost pulled out in front of him.
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post #24 of 69 Old 10-09-2016, 12:00 PM
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Like the stickers, especially the bio hazard!

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post #25 of 69 Old 10-09-2016, 12:44 PM
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Yup....I want that Bio hazard sticker!!!

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post #26 of 69 Old 10-09-2016, 09:52 PM
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post #27 of 69 Old 10-10-2016, 05:58 PM
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I too am a fan of Hi-Viz. I wear a Hi-Viz jacket and helmet. Do they help? I have no idea how effective they really are but to my way of thinking, even an incremental improvement in one's safety is a good thing. I have reflective tape on the bike and on the top box as well.

I went to Hi-Viz after noticing a Hi-Viz helmet almost a block away on the other side of a planted median. The bright yellow golf ball really got my attention. To my way of thinking, the helmet is the most important Hi-Viz item as the jacket is mostly hidden behind a wind screen or by the top box behind me.
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post #28 of 69 Old 10-10-2016, 07:51 PM
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I agree with the fans of Hi-Viz. I have a First Gear Jaunt T2 Jacket in Hi_viz yellow and it can definitely be seen. Lots of older riders hate Hi_viz but I see their comments as a cultural thing. I agree with the comments that you can see riders wearing Hi-viz at much greater distances and I believe the driving public is beginning to associate Hi-Viz with motorcycles. I live in the NC mountains and see many ADV riders wearing "conspicuous" jackets and helmets. My $.02.
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post #29 of 69 Old 10-10-2016, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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I honestly think some of the hi viz jackets look bad ass...but that really doesn't matter. I did it to be seen. And it absolutely works... No doubt in my mind. It's like saying can you see reflective tape more than electrical tape. Of course you can.

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post #30 of 69 Old 10-10-2016, 10:14 PM
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A couple years ago, friend of mine was riding home from work at night from his second shift job. He crashed one night due to a mechanical failure. As he was tumbling down the interstate with no street lights, he realized he was wearing a black jacket with black overpants, and any cars wouldn't be able to see him well. After that, he bought a hi-viz teiz oversuit for commuting.

Reflective tape and extra lighting on the bike don't help you in that type of situation.
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