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My Black Leather Jacket Stays

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  1. fupar
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    This guy may have a point about wearing bright colors to be more visible, but I refuse to wear a yellow leather jacket!
    Check out the following link, and scroll down to where it says "High Visibility Gear".

    blogcatalog.com

    There are plenty of ways to be more visible, (i.e., headlight modulators, brake light modulators, passing lights, neon lights, etc.). If this guy wants to be more visible, then I suggest he attach a strobe light to the top of his helmet.

  2. micg10
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    mine stays too! i think the only way to change cagers attitudes towards bikers is put them on a bike to show them what drivers are like. it doesn't matter what we do they still won't see us!

  3. flakkerbhil
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    I wear a white full face helmet (with the design from my squadron in Vietnam on it) and you'd be surprised how visible that is. One of my jackets it black, one is blue...but the white helmet is like a beacon.

  4. TRaiterJohn
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    mine stays too! i think the only way to change cagers attitudes towards bikers is put them on a bike to show them what drivers are like. it doesn't matter what we do they still won't see us!
    The motorcycle accident statistics are shifting. In NC anyway, over 60% are single cycle accidents where the rider was at fault for failure to negotiate a turn, under braking, etc. High visibility and loud pipes don't make much difference if the nut holding the handlebars is loose.

    The other roughly 40% involve other vehicles, usually four-wheelers who say they didn't SEE the cyclist. Some of those rider were equipped with bright colors including Harley orange T-shirts, high beam headlights and passing lamps on.

    Lately I have become aware of the number of rear end collisions that are occurring with the motorcycle stopped at a traffic light. Cager inattention is clearly the cause when that occurs.

    You are right, mick, they just don't consider us part of the traffic pattern. We aren't a threat to them, so they don't pay us attention. There are several campaigns here in the States to raise awareness of motorcycles. I just don't know how well they are working.

  5. fupar
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    ...Some of those rider were equipped with bright colors including Harley orange T-shirts...
    I guess that just goes to show that the theory of wearing bright colors isn't always the answer. Yes, it can help.

    What we need is a little more cager education as far as keeping an eye out for our smaller vehicles. Remember, driving on a public street is a privilege, not a right. Privileges can be taken away. Therefore, if someone takes a vehicle into the streets, it becomes their responsibility to do everything to operate their vehicle in a safe manner.

    I'll stick with my black leather. No one wants to get hit, but if (& when) it does happen, at least I'll have a little protection from the leather.

  6. fazdmaxim63
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    black leather and my helmet is black/silver. my rain jacket is black and yellow with 2 reflective strips though. usually by the time that comes out i shoulda not been on the bike in the first place, lol. maybe if some drivers turned their headlights on when visibility was diminished they could be seen by us. I passed a guy on my way home, overcast and dark he's in an explorer with no lights on at all. any ways yes the black leather jacket stays.

  7. Shebhertezz
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    I remember long, long ago in a galaxy far away - that is, when I was in my late teens - and rode as a passenger with my boyfriend that when a cager did something stupid, he and his friends would actually chase them down, ride alongside the car, and threaten to kick in the driver's door. Don't hear much about that tactic anymore!

  8. matcruser
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    I suggest he attach a strobe light to the top of his helmet.
    I was at a show with a vendor hocking flashing red lights to attach to your helmet. I didn't see him sell any

  9. popper19
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    My jacket isn't black, it's dark brown, but same idea...

  10. Rawlort
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    i remember long, long ago in a galaxy far away - that is, when i was in my late teens - and rode as a passenger with my boyfriend that when a cager did something stupid, he and his friends would actually chase them down, ride alongside the car, and threaten to kick in the driver's door. Don't hear much about that tactic anymore!:d

    still works great !!!!:d

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