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Old 10-23-2013, 07:11 AM   #1
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Tell me your Hi-Viz stories...

So tell me how wearing Hi-Viz has been beneficial to you personally.

I get how it's more more visible, but I wanna hear from people who were wearing it and personally saw the benefit...
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:27 AM   #2
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Chicks dig that I wear hi-viz. It allows them to realize I am a dork from a distance and avoid me.

Motorist in general seem to respond the same way.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:35 AM   #3
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I use to wear all black gear.

When I switched to a red aerostitch (with black "trim"), the number of times folks have pulled out in front of me has dropped at least by half. It's still nowhere near "zero", but anything to help the odds seems to be worth it.

I didn't go neon-glow yellow, but the change from black made a noticeable difference.

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Old 10-23-2013, 07:38 AM   #4
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I'm debating between silver/grey gear and a hi viz jacket/black pants combo
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:53 AM   #5
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Are there and hi-viz that combine like a blue/black color on the forearms with high viz shoulders?
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:18 AM   #6
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It is sometimes like they part the seas for you. I wear a Hi-viz Aerostitch suit with black ballastics.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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i bought this Olympia jacket in "toxic" color scheme.

The first day i had it on, with a hi viz Shoei full face helmet on a 2013 FJR 1300 with great lighting, i took off down the road, and within 1 mile, a lady in a mini van pulled out in front of me. Not 3 miles later, a dude in a pick up truck pulled out in front of me.

Safety is an illusion.

Superior brakes , acceleration, maneuverability and horns and flashing lights are the only tools we have to avoid collisions.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:13 AM   #8
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I tried wearing a hi-vis vest over my black jacket and was astounded by how often I was being cut off. I honestly think it was worse than when I was wearing all black. I'm coming to the conclusion that if one is wearing enough hi-vis that you look like a highway construction worker, or a tow truck driver, motorists will intuitively think that you are standing still, and probably leaning on a shovel.

I have put the vest away and changed helmets from all black to an aggressive patterned black / white / silver / orange / yellow / hi-vis / reflective white. The difference is astounding. Motorists notice the helmet and often do a double take. At a 4-way intersection, they will often wave me through the intersection ahead of my turn. Heck, even pedestrians with little children notice me, and often the kids wave at me. The only thing I can think is that the pattern on the helmet stands out, catches their attention, and doesn't look 'threatening' like an all black (Darth Vader?) helmet.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:54 AM   #9
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Safety is an illusion.

Superior brakes , acceleration, maneuverability and horns and flashing lights are the only tools we have to avoid collisions.
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
This - actually, superior situational awareness is the only tool to avoid collisions. Everything else is just making you feel safer.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:47 AM   #10
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i bought this Olympia jacket in "toxic" color scheme.

The first day i had it on, with a hi viz Shoei full face helmet on a 2013 FJR 1300 with great lighting, i took off down the road, and within 1 mile, a lady in a mini van pulled out in front of me. Not 3 miles later, a dude in a pick up truck pulled out in front of me.

Safety is an illusion.

Superior brakes , acceleration, maneuverability and horns and flashing lights are the only tools we have to avoid collisions.
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^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
This - actually, superior situational awareness is the only tool to avoid collisions. Everything else is just making you feel safer.

Bingo. I regularly wear all black and black and grey. I never have all these "close calls" that the Cult of Hi-Vis goes on and on about. It makes me wonder just how much due regard are you guys using when riding surface streets.

Ridiculously bright lights facing forward and motion will do more than a hi-viz vest sitting behind a windscreen, obscured by the glare of your headlight ever thought it could.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:00 PM   #11
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I have notice that with my Hi-Viz mohwak people actually point and signal me, sometimes take pictures of just the thumbs up. I don't care, but knowing that they are looking and seeing me, makes me feel better.

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Old 10-23-2013, 12:08 PM   #12
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I prefer something a bit more subtle to get folks to notice me

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Old 10-23-2013, 12:53 PM   #13
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I have the High Vis Olympia Vest. I like the heavy material and the cut of it. I have it in the trunk of my car when I'm travelling and not on the bike. Helps with roadside repair.

I feel you shouldn't "put all your eggs in the Hi Vis basket." Just get the Vest and wear it when you want. I put it on during rainy times and darkness, usually. (by the way, Hi Vis yellow neon gets nasty looking really quick!)

I HAVE noticed that the Red Blinking LED light (that bicycles use) that I have facing rearward, attatched to my passenger peg mount, and the Lightman STROBE XENON (used for landing lights for helicopters) attached to the crash guards on the side, get EVERYONE'S attention.

I only turn these on in "iffy" conditions.....definitely when it's raining!

I have had many comments as to the noticeability of these lights. And people give me better consideration.
The Vest DOES give sort of a "preferential consideration" to the people wearing it, with law enforcement. I know this since that was my job.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:40 PM   #14
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What kind of stories? I didn't get run over on my morning commute so i suppose that counts.

I don't think it helps when seen from the front since I run high beams during the day. I think it helps give me a little better visibility when I'm stopped at a light and someone is approaching from behind while texting or something since my bike is all black.

It certainly isn't causing me any problems.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #15
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Bingo. I regularly wear all black and black and grey. I never have all these "close calls" that the Cult of Hi-Vis goes on and on about. It makes me wonder just how much due regard are you guys using when riding surface streets.

Ridiculously bright lights facing forward and motion will do more than a hi-viz vest sitting behind a windscreen, obscured by the glare of your headlight ever thought it could.

^^ This. +

The highlighted part is the problem with seeing anything hi-viz.

I will say that on a group ride, the white and silver helmets show up more readily to the eye in a sea of moving bodies or when filtering through traffic. That said, I really don't need the guy 5 cars back to see me - just the idiot that's about to run me over.

My solution is to ride like I am invisible to the other drivers, constantly moving through and past all vehicles, leaving an out for an evasive move if required.
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