New to the Pacific Northwet..... visibility gear...

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by jjustj, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    Upon moving here from Colorado (last week), I notice during hard rain a ton of folks (cagers) driving with out headlights on during hard rain.WTH? also wondering if anyone has good secrets to keeping High Vis clothing clean. Seems like mine attract dirt and grime. I havent found a good soloution, suggestions?? thanks!

    ATGATT
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    aftCG Long timer

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    Give up on keeping it clean.

    As a long time PNW commuter my advice is to ride like people can see you and will run over you the first chance they get.
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  3. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    This is good advice for even a bright summer day.

    And remember, Hi-Vis is easier to target. :D
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  4. IndianJoe

    IndianJoe Little Lebowski Achiever

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    It rains here like every day, so people develop some habits. Not all good.
    Watch out for pedestrians dressed in black zombie-walking off the sidewalks while staring into their phones at night....
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  5. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Been here since 1991. Continually amazed at how pp here, after driving in good weather for a while, forget how to drive in wet weather and vice versa.

    Lately I've seen more than I should of cars with either one tail light out, or even non functional rear lights. And the occasional driver who forgets to turn on their lights as it gets dark out.

    But, just wait for a snowstorm to hit and you'll never see such a collection of dimwits! Coming from CO I'm sure you understand snow. Out here we have 'turkeys in the rain' responses where they act as if traction is still 100%.

    Yeah, your first winter will be an eye opener.
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    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Yea, snow.
    The funny thing is many of the ones in the ditch are SUV 4WD. WTF?
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  7. eric n

    eric n Been here awhile

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    in yellow, over your riding gear to keep it clean.

    I also preach snowmobile goggles. double paned holds off the fogging longer at stop lights and is closer to your face so you can focus beyond the rain drops.

    And route yourself as a bicycle on your gps during heavy traffic. It makes different routes like this https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/50518 if you take it slow nobody will care go fast well..
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  8. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    And, the running of red lights seems to become more popular each year.
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  9. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Put some auxiliary lights on your bike spaced as far apart and as far away from the headlight as possible. Triangles of light are not natural and have a better chance of getting noticed.

    And don't ride with me. it'll annoy or scare the crap outta ya because I "cant hold a line"

    ( the real reason why )
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  10. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Yah this. ^


    When traffic is a bitch, bicycle route can sometimes get you where your going faster. If its not faster at least it's usually the less boring route anyway

    If you use a rain repellent on your lenses or visors no matter what brand or type, make sure the stuff is formulated for plastics.
    Rain-X for plastic Pn. 620036 ( not the regular stuff ) is one of a dozen.
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  11. BobcatSig

    BobcatSig Dirt Road Gaper

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    All valid points shared thus far. The drivers here are maddening. Not only do they willingly drive 45 mph on the interstates, their inability to merge properly will make your head explode.

    Like any good motorcyclists; ride with your head on a swivel, assume the worst from all drivers. @IndianJoe is spot on about the pedestrians; they do not look and they expect you to stop. In a similar vein, keep your eye out for the militant bicyclists; they swerve in and out of traffic, blow all stop signs and light, and they get uber pissed when you get close to them.

    Oh, Gore-Tex gear is worth its weight in gold. It's a cry-once purchase.
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  12. eXe

    eXe #DirtLivesMatter

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    As for you being able to see..

    PINLOCK!

    I will never own another road helmet without one. Mine's been absolutely fog-proof for 2 years, and I ride year-round.

    On multiple lights: a different hue on the marker lights will help people take notice as well.
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  13. AUWalker

    AUWalker Been here awhile

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    I find oscillating blue works very well.






    :photog

    Welcome to PNW? what state/city?
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  14. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    And remember that City of Portland, now allows bicyclists to legally blow stop signs.

    Not that it matters, they seem to be able to do anything they want anyway.
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    andredl Sold my K Bike for a Deere

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    Long life motorcycle rules:
    1.) Anything that moves can try to kill you.
    2.) Get the fuck out of the way.
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  16. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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  17. eric n

    eric n Been here awhile

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    You may also want to explore rain tires. Knobbys do work well. And you can go with softer compounds. I am assuming in Colorado you went with harder compound due to higher temps in the summer and rock roads. Avon Gripsters would be a type to explore if they fit your bike.
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  18. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Pinlock gets a LOT of fans because they have kits to fit your favorite helmets that don't have factory dual lens as an option or an accessory.

    They both work the same way and do the same thing using the same trapped air technology as your house windows did back in CO.

    My rain helmet.
    Scorpion EXO-AT 950 Factory accessory dual lens face shield aka dual pane visor treated Rain-X for plastic Pn. 620036 inside and out and with factory accessory breath box aka breath diverter installed.

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    I used 210, Plexis, Hanger sixteen, Permatex plastic polishes and they all worked to repel rain and fight fog on my helmet and goggle lenses and windscreens. Turtle Wax worked in a pinch but didn't last as long.

    The faster you go the quicker the rain drops clear off. At slow speed I just turn my head slightly to one side and poof, clear.

    Another good tip for you.
    The few minutes it takes to gear up / gear down, use that time to actively adjust you mind set. You know, disengage from work or re engage for home.
    Riding in the rain if I'm dressed for it makes me feel a little more alive. Call it a micro adventure if you want.
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  19. Ladukebob

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    Our Subaru Outback works pretty well in the rain.........................
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  20. Gootch

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    So does the family Forester (but sliding the RX-7 is a lot more fun).

    I saw the "Gripsters" suggestion -- they don't have the "Slipsters" nickname for nothing. On my street bikes, I've gotten to where I use the stickiest tires I can get (the current Dunlop Sportmax is short-lived but awesomely sticky in any condition).

    Seriously -- Hi-viz can't hurt; I was down on Pinlock but now they seem to work; and black-dressed pedestrians are counting on you to save them from themselves (especially in Oly).
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