Hi viz vests: Cool? Dorky? Don't care?

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Hi viz vests: Cool? Dorky? Don't care?

#1 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:08 am

I notice that more and more riders have been wearing reflective vests. I pulled into a gas station last weekend and there was a whole club of maybe a dozen riders wearing matching hi viz vests. A few years ago it seemed like I was the only dork who was wearing them (and yes, I DO think they look dorky, but I don't really care). Have they actually gotten - shock, horror - cool?
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#2 Unread post by RockBottom » Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:30 am

It may make them less "dorky" that they are required to ride on a military base. So when combat veteran Marines, Rangers, etc are donning them, the dork factor goes down.

Since I work for the military I wear mine when riding to work. I also wear it during all low visibility situations (including my rare night rides) and wish I could make myself keep it on all the time.
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#3 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:51 am

The "club" may have been a riding school?

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#4 Unread post by jstark47 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:20 am

My wife and I traditionally pegged the dork-o-meter before we started motorcyling. So I gotta admit, dorky riding gear is just kinda "us"!!! :laughing:
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#5 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:41 am

Dorky as "fudge". That being said, I want this jacket:

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If it's the same one I saw in the dealer, it's ALL reflective.
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#6 Unread post by Big B » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:20 am

safe is safe, better to look bad and be alive than dead and seckzy

that being said, i'm looking at getting this

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1/ ... C_ID=10010

combo backpack and hi-vis vest for when i'm commuting to school (although i'll probably take the armbands off)
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#7 Unread post by Thumper » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:00 pm

Doesn't matter if they're dorky or not...I wore one until I got my neon-blinding-yellow Olympia Air Glide jacket. And the next helmet I get will be a matching hi viz Scorpion. I may be a dork, but dangit you can SEE me!

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#8 Unread post by ceemes » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:09 pm

Thumper wrote:Doesn't matter if they're dorky or not...I wore one until I got my neon-blinding-yellow Olympia Air Glide jacket. And the next helmet I get will be a matching hi viz Scorpion. I may be a dork, but dangit you can SEE me!
...which just makes it so much easier for cagers to aim at you..... :mrgreen:
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#9 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:03 pm

Thumper wrote:Doesn't matter if they're dorky or not...I wore one until I got my neon-blinding-yellow Olympia Air Glide jacket. And the next helmet I get will be a matching hi viz Scorpion. I may be a dork, but dangit you can SEE me!
I've been looking at that lately too. Really cool. Or not. But I know I'm a dork. Its my nature.

I've been noticing more vests out there lately as well.

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#10 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:04 pm

ceemes wrote:
Thumper wrote:Doesn't matter if they're dorky or not...I wore one until I got my neon-blinding-yellow Olympia Air Glide jacket. And the next helmet I get will be a matching hi viz Scorpion. I may be a dork, but dangit you can SEE me!
...which just makes it so much easier for cagers to aim at you..... :mrgreen:
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#11 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:07 pm

Ninja Geoff wrote:Dorky as "fudge". That being said, I want this jacket:

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If it's the same one I saw in the dealer, it's ALL reflective.
I like the collar on that jacket - if it is a soft material on the inside.

I've actually added some reflective tape to the back of my Olympia jacket, helmet and my old tail bag.

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#12 Unread post by fireguzzi » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:36 pm

I like the Icon hi viz vest. But, like Rhadam, I'm naturally dorky.

I would wear one if I still had a street bike.
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#13 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:00 am

The only extra reflective material I've added is the red reflective TMW sticker to the back of the helmet.
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#14 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:13 am

I wear a high viz vest and I still get waved at....even by the leather clad folks.....
I don't think it dorky....
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#15 Unread post by ceemes » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:19 am

When I buy my new black leather riding jacket, I want to get some of those "black" reflective hi-viz patches put on the back. Only problem is, I have yet to find a design I like. Any suggestions?
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#16 Unread post by Gunslinger » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:22 pm

It's not the sharpest looking outfit but it is the smartest.
Cagers need all the help they can get and that's a fact.

As a side note I wave to most bikers wether they wear a vest or not. :mrgreen:

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#17 Unread post by demon_racer23 » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:23 pm

Several jackets have reflective piping built into them, so even black ones have a little bit of an ability to have you be seen, but the florescent is definitely the best bet for safety. I don't think they look dorky. They look smart.

Here is a jacket suggestion for ceemes

http://www.compacc.com/p.cfm/c/1001001/p/20061

It's not leather but the it says the fabric is tough and light. Hope you find it helpful
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#18 Unread post by Derail » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:47 pm

I'm stationed at homestead arb so we are required to wear something reflective. I see the army guys wearing vest sometimes. But I just wrap my flight line belt around my backpack. I wear it on and off base. I also wear icons death from above helmet because it was bright and different. I wouldn't personally go as far as a vest unless my base required it but I do agree its safer and it wouldn't affect my judgment of a rider. I hope gear designers catch onto the trend and makes more stylish heat with reflective tapes built in.

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#19 Unread post by ceemes » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:33 pm

demon_racer23 wrote:
Here is a jacket suggestion for ceemes

http://www.compacc.com/p.cfm/c/1001001/p/20061

It's not leather but the it says the fabric is tough and light. Hope you find it helpful
Thanks for the the suggestion, sadly however I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to riding gear, go black leather or go nude. :laughing: :laughing:

Come to think about it, that was the second leather jacket I have had cut off of me, hopefully it will be third time lucky.

Ideally I want a traditional cut leather jacket with armour inserts and some reflective piping or what have you on the arms and back.
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#20 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:10 pm

I know this is going to make people say ewwww, but I'm going to say what I want anyway... Well two things that I want.

1) Battlestar Gallactica - episode where they were in the 'heaven' ship. Their flight equipment was all white. Really cool. Didn't care for the episode much, felt too much like the bible with spaceships, but everyone has their thing.

[Episode 16 - War of the Gods - Part 2, I think]

2) Traditional leather motorcycle jacket - all hi-viz green - with SOLAS tape trim and a neat Hi-Viz Skull design on the back - in retro-reflective Silver material.

Oh, I need white pants to go with it, too. Oddly enough the light colors even with full coverage material should help in keeping cool. I would want full venting and a removable liner for winter month travel.

Oh, and nice little idiot straps for my gloves. :)

And the Scorpion high-viz helmet to go with it. With the HJC helmet light on the top (silver). And some neat retro-reflective stickers on it.

White gloves - long gauntlets - with metallic red retro-reflective flames.

Then... I'd take my B-King and repaint it to match. Add some alien antenna to the top of my helmet (white in color).

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