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    Being seen. Why is black the favoured colour for motorcyclists?

    Black jackets, pants, helmets, is it fashion, or is it cool to be in black and be hard to see.
    Most motorcycle stores have majority black clothing for sale
    Hey I have black jackets , pants and boots, I wear this colour only because, it is the main colour the shops sell.
    BUT, I have a silver helmet, and I ride often with guys that have mainly white and silver helmets. (yeah we are not cool)

    The point I want to make if anyone is interested is that when following these bikes the riders with white, silver and light
    coloured helmets are far more visible at distance than those with dark helmets that just blend them into the countryside.

    I am an older rider, so I dont give a hoot whether my light coloured helmet is cool or not.

    If it was fashionable to have light coloured helmets I think riders would be more visible and hopefully be seen more by the one eyed cagers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
    Black jackets, pants, helmets, is it fashion, or is it cool to be in black and be hard to see.
    Most motorcycle stores have majority black clothing for sale
    Hey I have black jackets , pants and boots, I wear this colour only because, it is the main colour the shops sell.
    BUT, I have a silver helmet, and I ride often with guys that have mainly white and silver helmets. (yeah we are not cool)

    The point I want to make if anyone is interested is that when following these bikes the riders with white, silver and light
    coloured helmets are far more visible at distance than those with dark helmets that just blend them into the countryside.

    I am an older rider, so I dont give a hoot whether my light coloured helmet is cool or not.

    If it was fashionable to have light coloured helmets I think riders would be more visible and hopefully be seen more by the one eyed cagers.
    the majority of stuff on the shelf is usually black / dark colour.

    I dont think many riders see it as a fashion choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
    Black jackets, pants, helmets, is it fashion, or is it cool to be in black and be hard to see.
    Most motorcycle stores have majority black clothing for sale
    Hey I have black jackets , pants and boots, I wear this colour only because, it is the main colour the shops sell.
    BUT, I have a silver helmet, and I ride often with guys that have mainly white and silver helmets. (yeah we are not cool)

    The point I want to make if anyone is interested is that when following these bikes the riders with white, silver and light
    coloured helmets are far more visible at distance than those with dark helmets that just blend them into the countryside.

    I am an older rider, so I dont give a hoot whether my light coloured helmet is cool or not.

    If it was fashionable to have light coloured helmets I think riders would be more visible and hopefully be seen more by the one eyed cagers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
    I am an older rider, so I dont give a hoot whether my light coloured helmet is cool or not.

    If it was fashionable to have light coloured helmets I think riders would be more visible and hopefully be seen more by the one eyed cagers.
    I was 62 when the attached photo was taken 10 years ago so I must have been a trend setter . Still got the silver and black leathers and they still fit me. I have a light multi-coloured helmet and mostly wear a hi-viz vest but it's debatable how much they contribute to our visibility if other road users miss a decent headlight shining towards them. You're right about the availability of coloured clothing though. Just bought a Rev'it mesh jacket for summer. Three different colours available overseas, only black in NZ
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    About ten months ago I bought a Helite Turtle airbag vest, high vis yellow primary colour and broad retroreflective silver striping. Never thought I'd be in the high vis brigade... the primary purpose of the vest was some level of protection in the event of a crash.

    Thing is, though - it works. Definite improvement in drivers spotting the biker, particularly twilight / after dark.

    Agree with comments re white / yellow helmets - by far the best choice for visibility, probably better than a vest.

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    have aways had light coloured helmets i would never get a dark colour I always try to get white with some graphics

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    I saw someone riding a bike with a white helmet and I thought "wow, that really stands out". My next helmet was white and so was the one after that. When I need to replace my current helmet it will be with a white helmet again.

    In some ways the black gear is helpful, the white helmet really stands out against the black gear, high contrast is not a bad thing if you want to be visible!
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    Must admit my next hemlet will be hi viz yellow. They stand out like mutts nuts.

    When I started riding, before I started shaving daily, my Dad made me wear a hi viz helmet and the logic has stuck with me.

    I'm still looking for a good self adhesive hi viz product to brighten up my existing helmets.
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    Bikes don't get seen because people DONT LOOK, plenty of hi vis cyclists and transport and logistics workers who will also agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R650R View Post
    Bikes don't get seen because people DONT LOOK, plenty of hi vis cyclists and transport and logistics workers who will also agree.
    but you may as well try to stack the deck in your favour.esp at little or minimal cost/inconvenience( ie order a helmet instead of take one of the shelf)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWST? View Post
    but you may as well try to stack the deck in your favour.esp at little or minimal cost/inconvenience( ie order a helmet instead of take one of the shelf)
    True, some people don't look and many don't see.

    But as above, every little helps.

    I've never considered "the look" of bike gear. Does it fit? Does it work? Is the price right? Sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
    Black jackets, pants, helmets, is it fashion, or is it cool to be in black and be hard to see.
    Most motorcycle stores have majority black clothing for sale
    Hey I have black jackets , pants and boots, I wear this colour only because, it is the main colour the shops sell.
    BUT, I have a silver helmet, and I ride often with guys that have mainly white and silver helmets. (yeah we are not cool)

    The point I want to make if anyone is interested is that when following these bikes the riders with white, silver and light
    coloured helmets are far more visible at distance than those with dark helmets that just blend them into the countryside.

    I am an older rider, so I dont give a hoot whether my light coloured helmet is cool or not.

    If it was fashionable to have light coloured helmets I think riders would be more visible and hopefully be seen more by the one eyed cagers.
    Didn't see no hi-viz in The Wild One ..
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    The main reason is that as soon as you don a high vis vest you become a total cock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beekeeper View Post
    The main reason is that as soon as you don a high vis vest you become a total cock.
    Or just another rebel against the system of conformation?

    Taking responsibility for ones own safety no matter how little it may seem, is worth it.

    Being different is hard.

    Black is slimming dont you know.

    why is it those same black clothes always seem to shrink the fastest....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beekeeper View Post
    The main reason is that as soon as you don a high vis vest you become a total cock.
    Hmm, seems some don’t even need a vest.

    Surely the real question is, if you don a piece of motorcycle clothing that isn’t black, what does that make you?
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