Reflective riding vest, not seen by other bikers??
So its 0030, pondering again... Here is something open for comment.
I am pro riding gear wearing jacket, gloves, boots, pants (blue jeans summer with chaps in winter) and always wear my reflective vest at night since I have gotten back on 2 wheels. Not so much in the daylight until recently (hence the reason for this post) I used to wear reflective only when required on base but getting up close and personal with a cager at night about 20 years ago has made me rethink that. He ran a stop sign, crossed 3 lanes of traffic to have me remove his drivers side mirror with my leg. Minor nerve damage still reminds me of this event. I quit riding shortly there after until last year.
So, on to my topic. I have been wearing my reflective vest dusk till dawn, any time I know I will be in rush hour traffic, or on trips. Well, that is about 80% of my riding so eventually I went to 24/7. A fellow biker in our group just took a hit one of the few times he DIDNT wear his so this gave me even more reasoning to myself to wear it. You don't look cool on the ground. What I have seemed to notice since I started wearing it 24/7 is the decreased amount of return waves when going down the road from other bikers.
At first I thought I was just imagining it but I have been paying close attention and sure enough, I would venture to say maybe 1 in 4 bikes return the wave now. Would this be they think I am a weekend warrior on the bike for the first time and dont rate it??
Another thought is (this is an ICON orange/black vest) that maybe it is being associated with HD colors and I am being looked at as one of those riders with all the HD attire riding their new sportster. (Im not anti HD by the way and my TC doesnt look like a sportster).
So, was curious if anyone had noticed anything similar when they ride for the slide vs Jeans, Tshirt and tearing up the highway like Easyrider.. hehe
Oh, as a spin off from another topic.... I wave at anything on two wheels except Scooters and motorized skateboards. this includes the boys in blue with their radar guns... Don't get many waves back from them no matter what...
2011 White Vision - Nuvi 550, Lowers, Lloydz 2nd filter, Vic perf filter, CB/Icom, 96 Brake LED's, Clear Signal lens/Switchbacks, VIC Hwy Pegs, Stebel Horn, 7Jurock 15" Shield, PCV, Lloyd ATS and Variable intake, Ness honkers
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Last edited by Tims_04V92TC; 09-13-2012 at 12:17 AM.