I just got a Hi-Vis jacket and this weekend I put reflective rim tape on the Veresys AND helmet. Going to try and stay alive. I'm not betting my life they will save it BUT they can't hurt.
A friends son got hit a few months back, he's OK and the bike out of the shop and looks good. Slow speed to say the least. At night, a H-D in black with the "Raw Bones" finish, a dark gray no chrome. Black jacket, chaps and helmet, he's NOT a total nut case even if he did pull the reflectors off the bike to make it look cooler.
So hard to see and he just got nerfed off the road. The person stopped and was both very sorry and worried, they called 911 and looked after him until help got there. Like I said he wasn't hurt badly mainly dazed.
Anyway I'd given him heck about his choice of gear and lack of lighting. THEN started looking at myself. Black Versys, Black Shoie Helmet, Black pants....see where I'm going here? Throw no stones
So H-Vis. Scotchlite on both the bike and gear. I plan to add lights to the bags and a set of running light when I can.
Sometimes we just can't see those trees.
Ride safe Guys and Girls.