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post #1 of 69 Old 10-06-2016, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Pretty happy with my choice to go hi viz jacket...

I commute daily. As soon as I got it, I started noticing more people looking at me more often but I still wasn't sure. Then the other day I was sort of hidden behind one car while cars passed on the side of the road. Almost all of those people looked at me as they passed by. Score!

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Do you have hi-Viz helmet as well? I switched to a hi-viz yellow when I noticed my buddy stood out with his. Eye is really drawn to the bright helmet even if vehicles in the way.
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Do you have hi-Viz helmet as well? I switched to a hi-viz yellow when I noticed my buddy stood out with his. Eye is really drawn to the bright helmet even if vehicles in the way.
My helmet is white and I agree they do stand out. I probably won't go hi viz helmet as long as I have my jacket. ....but I have no problem with the way it looks at all and I think it is a huge safety factor. I can see the hi viz guys for MILES, where, as those wearing darker colors, especially black, blend in with the cars fairly quickly.
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When I get my hi-vis yellow 2017 Strom, I plan to have a matching helmet. I'll look like the sun going down the road.
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I had on the Aerostitch suit and was asked at a stop light if i was in a flight suit. Flying low I replied, of course!
If the guys in the boxes see you, all the better.
I added bilious reflective tape to my Darien jacket and am happy I did.
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post #6 of 69 Old 10-07-2016, 02:32 AM
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If you have a white helmet you can get that insane "rescue tape" ...can't recall what it's called that is crazy reflective



https://www.amazon.com/ABN-DOT-C2-Tr...3Q1MCN4G4PWFFB

It's used for emergency vehicles and personal ....




ah yeah Solas is the brand.

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as your head swivels in the daytime it will flash crazy bright and at night it's incredible.
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My previous ride before my new '15 DL650A was a '83 K75S and I had a "Halo" brand stretch band around the bottom of my HJC helmet...cannot seem to find them anymore to put around my new (Titanium)LS2. I have been applying some High Viz. reflective tape to my saddle bags, red on the back and white in the front and a few spots of the blue as well. I just got some yellow and was thinking about placing some of those on the lower fork legs and some of the white so oncoming traffic sees headlight and white reflective lowers. LED spots are in the works next.
This is all due to the fact that I do a lot of night riding coming home from work at 2am. and I know I will be seen! Last year, My company gave all of us High Viz. Flo yellow insulated jackets from Fastenal that have the white reflective bands all over them so that is working out rather well too!
I take some pics and post 'em....
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"I had a "Halo" brand stretch band around the bottom of my HJC helmet"

I remember them. They were like a condom. One size fits all and after a use they would stretch out and fall off in the wind and rain.
Heck, everyone had one back then.
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I have been trying to decide on reflective tape for my top case which is the pitch black Outback Trekker 52 (Not Outback). I have just had a hard time figuring out what to use. I want a clean look but still have some safe reflectivity. I want it to be bright and I am thinking some sort of caution red and black but I want it to be bright. As most of you guys know, that stuff ain't cheap.
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I bought my DOT reflective tape at Lowes in the mail box area. They had packs of 1.2x5.8 of white, red, and yellow. I found the blue on fleabay and sent a message to the seller stating that I only wanted a portion of what he had listed and so he adjusted the price accordingly.
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