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Old 12-31-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Hi Viz or Regular color on jacket?

Guys, should I go for Hi Viz when buying a motorcycle jacket or does it matter?

What about something with more color like Red but NOT being Hi Viz?

What is your opinion on this?

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Old 12-31-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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Read it somewhere ?

Hi Viz & White Helmet, ( and moving thru traffic ) best possible combination


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Old 12-31-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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( and moving thru traffic )


???

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Old 12-31-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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A Hi-viz jacket and a white helmet will get you noticed more so than a red jacket and black helmet. It's not going to be 100% foolproof, but it will make you more visible. You can always just buy a Hi-viz vest to go over any color jacket if you want.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:36 AM   #5
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A Hi-viz jacket and a white helmet will get you noticed more so than a red jacket and black helmet. It's not going to be 100% foolproof, but it will make you more visible. You can always just buy a Hi-viz vest to go over any color jacket if you want.
Nah, if I'm gonna buy a vest, might as well get the whole jacket in Hi Viz.

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Old 12-31-2012, 10:40 AM   #6
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Nah, if I'm gonna buy a vest, might as well get the whole jacket in Hi Viz.

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If I was buying a new jacket, then yes I would buy a Hi-viz. If I already had a jacket, I would save my money and just buy a vest to go over my existing jacket.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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???

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Read it somewhere, it has something to do about not being part of the background view.

All things moving at the same speed, in the same direction become part of the background visually. Part of the reason that people tend to say that they looked but didn't see the motorcycle, it just blended with the background and being smaller than the vehicles around it simply disappeared.

So ... if you are moving at a different angle, or rate of speed from ( I like 5-10k faster than the flow ) you have a better chance of being seen. Ever look at something in wide view and you only noticed the animal when it moved... kinda the same thing

Someone is going to have a more detailed / better explanation.. But that's my 2
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:05 PM   #8
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Read it somewhere, it has something to do about not being part of the background view.

All things moving at the same speed, in the same direction become part of the background visually. Part of the reason that people tend to say that they looked but didn't see the motorcycle, it just blended with the background and being smaller than the vehicles around it simply disappeared.

So ... if you are moving at a different angle, or rate of speed from ( I like 5-10k faster than the flow ) you have a better chance of being seen. Ever look at something in wide view and you only noticed the animal when it moved... kinda the same thing

Someone is going to have a more detailed / better explanation.. But that's my 2
No need, I got it and it makes sense. Also, someone else responded to it earlier but it's like leaving yourself messages on the fridge or something.

If they're there too long or you put too many, you wind up not seeing them or ignoring them.

My memory sucks so I send myself emails as reminders and guess what, I do it so often that finally I ignore or forget half of them.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:26 AM   #9
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Human's eyes are drawn to motion . . . .something stationary is easily not percieved . . . . .

It' swhy many rider, including myself, diddybop back and forth within our lane while riding in traffic . . . . the added dimension of motion makes us more likely to be noticed . . . . . .
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:45 PM   #10
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It' swhy many rider, including myself, diddybop back and forth within our lane while riding in traffic . . . . the added dimension of motion makes us more likely to be noticed . . . . . .

That's exactly what I do. If you come close to the lines, usually you can get the cars around you to give you a bit of space.

I also flick my break light rather than let it be on steady when I can.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:16 PM   #11
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High Viz!

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:58 PM   #12
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High Viz!

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That would piss me off; it looks blinding on my screen. I think you make yourself a target.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:44 AM   #13
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That would piss me off; it looks blinding on my screen. I think you make yourself a target.
Yeah but that depends on how high you turn them on. They're NOT supposed to blind people.

In traffic I think they should on low so that people SEE that it is a bike and with the ability to turn them on max when you're on country rods or something where you NEED the light to avoid deer and so on.
That is MY intention anyway.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:27 AM   #14
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That would piss me off; it looks blinding on my screen. I think you make yourself a target.
Not to worry, they are angled down 5, so unless you are 20 feet in front of me they are not blinding. I rode behind a friend yesterday and he said they are fine so long as I wasn't less than 20 feet away.

I'll see if I get flashed, though I didn't yesterday in 180 miles of riding.

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Old 12-31-2012, 10:27 AM   #15
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It's dangerous out there. I want the odds as much in my favorite as possible. Wearing hi-viz jackets is one to help. My summer riding jacket is hi-viz; my winter jacket is not, but when it gets replaced, it will be be with a hi-viz. A disadvantage of hi-viz is that they show dirt and grime.

I have also switched to wearing a white helmet -- it helps also.

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