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MCN  says:

Poll: What's your opinion of hi-vis?

From January next year all French motorcyclists will have to wear a certain amount of hi-vis over their jacket. Good thing? What's your opinion of hi-vis? pollcomment

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Dec 10

Posts: 11935

preunit says:

"sorry i'm on my soap box again".


True story my freind. :(

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Oct 11

Posts: 2382

Piglet2010 says:

Better Idea

I suggest a white bike and black jacket. The bike and jacket should have “POLITE” in a large, contrasting color font on them.

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Jan 11

Posts: 7888

snev says:


I bet you have to..... "Polish Your Helmet", an awfull lot.

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Dec 09

Posts: 26

GFYALL says:


Polish Your Helmet!

I had to look that up in the urban dictionary.  :-)


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Fly by night


Sep 07

Posts: 225

Fly by night says:

Waste of time

It makes no difference i've seen car drivers look directly at a biker even cyclists and still just pull directly into their path, including doing U turns in front of them.

The best defence is to look out for yourself, try to be a mind reader and always be on your guard for the twats in steel cages better known as tank drivers.

Oh and get a helmet cam for evidence so you can make your claim against them when they trash your bike.

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Mar 07

Posts: 1464

joeslow says:

They will not see you

My mate was on the M25 pulled up in traffic in a white volkswagen caddy when a stupid woman shunted him up the rear at 30mph+ in dry conditions with excellent visibility.

Usual excuses, the brakes failed and I could not stop.

Highly likely she was not concentrating, my guess is the "driver" was on the phone.

How can you miss a van with a large white rear area eh?

Answer: By not looking at the road.

You cannot make people look at hivis, so it's use is very limited.

When i ride I assume that I'm totally invisible to all other road users and pedestrians, much safer than relying on a bit of yellow plastic to indicate your presence to those who do not look.


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Jan 04

Posts: 150

venturer says:

safer road design is needed

now it's the people on mainland europe that are pressing for this, but in the uk we are still waiting on safer road surfaces, properly maintained road, road marking that you can see , better traffic separation, redesign traffic furniture, aware car drivers, better road signage, improved road layouts with increased contact times at out of town T junctions and a load of other stuff, so putting on a hi-vis anything is not going to reduce accidents in the UK without an investment in our road. The roads in the UK are imho the most dangerous in europe by design, road surface and very badly signposted, with the worst lane markings and invisible police presents.      

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Jul 10

Posts: 4

kiltmaker says:

It helps

I have to say that it certainly works! As an instructor I wear it all day anyway, but my last bike was a zxr750 in the gitanes blue with luminous Pink wheels, 18 months and never pulled out in front of. Now a black fz8 and been pulled out on twice!! Coincidence or was I more obvious?


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Jan 11

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snev says:


Are you saying it was the colour of the bike that helped and you were not wearing Hi Vis kit, or that you were wearing Hi Vis whilst riding the FZ8 and someone still pulled out?

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Apr 12

Posts: 8


I read somewhere that insurance companies are now taking what gear you wear including any hi-viz kit to consideration when evaluating your claim. Also, i think anyone who gets out of their car and pronounces 'SMIDSY' should be instantly charged with Driving without due care and attention. Drivers just need a legal incentive to not hit bikes the way they have a legal and financial incentive not to speed. ... and automatic retests for everyone over 50 would be good too! *takes cover*

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