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post #1 of 38 Old 05-26-2019, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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So had a close call on a rainy ride home on Bronx River parkway in NY. Got some reflective black stickers to put on my bike, camera flash images images attached. Anything else you guys can recommend, or have done, that don't require a construction outfit.
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post #2 of 38 Old 05-26-2019, 04:27 PM
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That's the route I take when getting a new bike, plaster some reflective stuff back there. Reflective bits on the riding garb too.
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Hyper-lite 3 way CA brake lights for the back and LED spot lights for the front put a stop to not being scene for me.

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I think a hi-vis and reflective helmet is really critical.

Especially on a tall bike like the Vstrom.....it really makes you stand out....realized that when watching for my buddy his brilliant yellow Hi-viz helmet was so easy to spot and because the rider moves their head - reflectors tend to flash with that movement.


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3M also makes a black reflective material you can buy in strips or sheets. Looks black in day light but reflects white at night
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A number plate surround with LED brake and tail light.
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I add as much reflective material and lights as I possibly can. Here's a pic of the Concours. I don't have a good pic of the Wee, for some reason.


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High vis vest. There will be stores selling safety gear, make sure it has decent front closures.

I wear them late Autumn/early winter, early spring here. I start work early and the lighting seems to make me invisible otherwise. The need to wear that determined by assholes trying to change lanes on top of me.
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Side and rear reflectors are great. Just remember that while oncoming about the only thing that can be seen is your lights. Adding two aux lights creating a triangle effect is proven effective attention getter( along with SMIDSY).
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I'm an advocate for making oneself as visible as possible. I wear a solid hi-viz yellow helmet and gloves, and a jacket with about 50% hi-viz accents. I'm considering having the Wee's beak wrapped in hi-viz reflective film. I probably look like a construction worker, but I also look like a policeman. I can tell you it works. I see numerous doubletakes from drivers, with many of them at intersections beginning to roll and then stopping abruptly.

I'm glad to see the stores selling more hi-viz stuff. I think it reflects a change in our approach to safety. I see a lot of riders who look pretty cool but just don't show up very well. A white helmet is a good start. I think the reflectives are great at night but don't add much in daylight. The black tapes that flash red or white are great if you want to keep a low profile in daylight, but I'm over that. I'm not showing off, just showing up.

I've been scared off motorcycling several times in my life and I'm still here. This time I'm going to use every advantage I can get. We've never had so many distracted drivers, which translates to excuses for their awful driving. With the biggest excuse being "I just didn't see him", I'm doing my best to take away that one. Sorry if this sounds like a safety sermon, just my common sense approach to offensive driving. DD
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