I can't interview everyone who drives by me but I will say the people I have spoken to say I look like a cop in my Olympia AST hi-viz green. If they're slowing down because I look like a cop what do I care for the reason. I have no doubt my jacket saved me from serious injury with a gravel truck on the highway because I spoke with the driver after a close call. He said my jacket made him notice me and not try and move into my lane. I was staying back of his truck in the left lane, passing through an on-off ramp section of road when a merging car cut him off. The truck driver started to move out of the way into my lane but saw my jacket and decided to throw on the binders, stay in his lane and risk taking out the car because he felt the car had a better chance than (what he thought was a cop) me. This was at night and I doubt my cool looking black jacket on my cool looking black Versys would have been seen in his mirrors. As I said, he didn't see the bikes headlight, he saw the jacket.
Having said that I try to be as visible as posible and ride like I'm invisible. And I mean what the hell, my jacket keeps me warm and dry in the winter and if only ONE person see's me because of it I'll spend some "cool factor" credits on it. It is your own ride, I get it. But for me it's not just me riding it's my kids, wife, parents, brother riding with me.
Take my statment for what it's worth, I'm not a hi-viz nazi that hates you if you don't wear what I wear. Just ride safe, have fun and please do what you got to do to get home to your family.
Falling down is your bodies way of saying you just screwed up.
Last edited by cuff; 11-29-2008 at 07:55 PM.