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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:12 am    Post subject: Being noticed in traffic Reply with quote

Here's an article about being visible in traffic, notice that there are two parts:

Part One: http://www.soundrider.com/current/nov08/getting_noticed_1.htm

Part Two: http://www.soundrider.com/current/dec08/getting_noticed_in_traffic_2.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note the author: David L. Hough.

He should be a household word in any two-wheeled household.

His "Proficient Motorcycling" book is the single best investment you'll ever make, it should be included with every scooter purchase. And the sequel and his other books are all must-reads, too.

Thanks for posting this, great stuff.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking of stitching the word "Boobs" in relfective tape into the back of my jacket. Maybe that will get people's attention. Wait, but what about the women...hmm Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What great articles. Thanks! And I totally second illnoise's comments.

A number of similar recommendations to are covered in Proficient Motorcycling, but in reading these articles, the visibility benefits of running lights really stood out to me. Enhanced visibility is precisely the reason why I got one of lil Buddy's adapters and made my deadlights into running lights, or as I call them, my dead-no-more lights. I feel they make the front of the scooter look that much more unfamiliar in shape (a triangle of lights) and thus help to get it noticed.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skootz Kabootz wrote:
What great articles. Thanks! And I totally second illnoise's comments.

A number of similar recommendations to are covered in Proficient Motorcycling, but in reading these articles, the visibility benefits of running lights really stood out to me. Enhanced visibility is precisely the reason why I got one of lil Buddy's adapters and made my deadlights into running lights, or as I call them, my dead-no-more lights. I feel they make the front of the scooter look that much more unfamiliar in shape (a triangle of lights) and thus help to get it noticed.


Wait, wouldn't that make them UNDEAD lights?? Razz

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Undead lights are green. Vampire lights are red.


Not sure what amber lights are...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh... that radiant glow of the undead... nothing get's one noticed quite like that does Very Happy

Somewhat related... I just got this in my email today. New Enough has green visibility vests on sale for $15. Nice deal.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skootz Kabootz wrote:
Ahhhh... that radiant glow of the undead... nothing get's one noticed quite like that does Very Happy

Somewhat related... I just got this in my email today. New Enough has green visibility vests on sale for $15. Nice deal.


do you get the impression that those US Army logos are removable?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for posting this article. I was pretty confident that my red mesh jacket made me more conspicuous on the road. I am pretty shocked to see that is not actually the case.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jijifer wrote:
Skootz Kabootz wrote:
Ahhhh... that radiant glow of the undead... nothing get's one noticed quite like that does Very Happy

Somewhat related... I just got this in my email today. New Enough has green visibility vests on sale for $15. Nice deal.


do you get the impression that those US Army logos are removable?

Hard to tell from the photos. Could be silk screened. I would send New Enough an email and ask them. They are really helpful there.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the final paragraph of the article. Basically, even with all of these conspicuity tactics, you still need to be good at reading and responding to traffic:

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But since you donít know who will see you and who wonít, you need to be prepared to get out of the way of any vehicles that are in a position to collide with you. That emphasizes the need to get smarter about what happens in traffic, and being skillful enough to take evasive action to avoid those drivers who really donít "see" you.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go the this sites section:
for all new members owners/helpful topics/tips on visibility

There is some great information in there in the article 'Why go High Viz?' and if you hunt around further among the list of additonal visability safety articles in the links to the right, you'll find even more advice and information.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Portland_Rider wrote:
Go the this sites section:
for all new members owners/helpful topics/tips on visibility

There is some great information in there in the article 'Why go High Viz?' and if you hunt around further among the list of additonal visability safety articles in the links to the right, you'll find even more advice and information.


PR, Good eye, fella! I've missed quite a few topics from the old FAQ, some of them are real gems, and that's a good one. I'll try to fit that into the newer MB Guides section shortly. Thanks for the heads up!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lostmycage wrote:
Portland_Rider wrote:
Go the this sites section:
for all new members owners/helpful topics/tips on visibility

There is some great information in there in the article 'Why go High Viz?' and if you hunt around further among the list of additonal visability safety articles in the links to the right, you'll find even more advice and information.


PR, Good eye, fella! I've missed quite a few topics from the old FAQ, some of them are real gems, and that's a good one. I'll try to fit that into the newer MB Guides section shortly. Thanks for the heads up!



You are most welcome. I take safe riding very seriously.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Portland_Rider wrote:
You are most welcome. I take safe riding very seriously.


As should we all! It might seem a little over-zealous, but being more visible means less likely altercations and the like. I'm all for the "ride safe" ideals... hell I wear full gear in 90+ temps with east coast humidity. It sucks, but it's better than being in a hospital! (And around here, they really are almost "out to get you" because they're so tied up in their texting and discussing their bowel movements to their friends while they're commuting home).

I'll integrate your find into the FAQ tomorrow if I can find a few spare minutes. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny the article doesn't mention anything about FLAGS... just sayin. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

illnoise wrote:
Note the author: David L. Hough.

He should be a household word in any two-wheeled household.

His "Proficient Motorcycling" book is the single best investment you'll ever make, it should be included with every scooter purchase. And the sequel and his other books are all must-reads, too.

Thanks for posting this, great stuff.

Bb.


Y'all should all buy that book. However, if you'd like to borrow it and your local lending library does not have a copy, please sign up for the Modern Buddy bookshare here: http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/topic6460.html

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate recommending this helmet to people because I want to be the only person wearing it because it's awesome, but:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/scorpion/exo-700-neon/

super-visible, comfy, well-made, etc (if it fits your head shape). And it usually retails for about $220, which is a great price for a good-quality full-face. I really dig Scorpion. They're not Shoei quality, but they're loads better than other helmets in that price range.If only they'd get rid of their lame, misogynistic advertising.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I noticed that the local motor cops have textile jackets with high-vis shoulders. Safer for them and easier for me to spot. My flat-black helmet has Aerostich high-viz arrows on the back. Now I need something for the front.

http://www.aerostich.com/off-and-riding/visibility-and-reflective/arrow-head-lane-change-indicators.html
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

illnoise wrote:
I hate recommending this helmet to people because I want to be the only person wearing it because it's awesome, but:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/scorpion/exo-700-neon/

super-visible, comfy, well-made, etc (if it fits your head shape). And it usually retails for about $220, which is a great price for a good-quality full-face. I really dig Scorpion. They're not Shoei quality, but they're loads better than other helmets in that price range.If only they'd get rid of their lame, misogynistic advertising.

Bb.



About a month before the apparent release of the 700 series Hi-Viz, I bought the Scorpion EXO-400 Full Face in solid white. Overall, I'm happy with it and have no complaints.

Last week from Scooterworks, I ordered a blinking red triangle shaped mini-light that fits onto the back of a helmet. I'm also shopping for retro-reflective tape to place onto the helmet and scooter.

Scorpion seems like a good helmet maker that offers good value.
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