The greatest advice I ever got was something I read in an ADVrider signature line. It was a quote from Zodiac: An Eco-Thriller by Neal Stephenson. It impressed me so much I bought the book and read it. He was talking about bicycling but it applies to motorcycles too. I don't remember it exactly but it went something like:
If you've put yourself in a situation where your personal safety depends on someone else seeing you, you're already f----d.
"Veni, Vidi, Velcro"-- I came, I saw, I stuck around.