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Old 07-28-2019, 03:51 AM   #201
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Remembering John Britten and his extraordinary engineering achievements
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:57 AM   #202
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Going to another track day event Aug 4-5. And just booked two days at NC Bike in October. Tentative plan to take the van down with the track bike and touring bike, ride the event, go down to the Tail Of The Dragon region, ride around there a few days, go down to Fort Benning for a ceremony, drive the van up to the Dahlonega, GA area and ride around there a bit, then head home.
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Old 08-01-2019, 11:48 AM   #203
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Despite proven safety benefits*, many riders won't wear hi-viz riding gear. NHTSA conducted focus groups to find out why.

* Specifically, white or light-colored helmets and hi-viz clothing reduced multi-vehicle accidents.

https://www.ghsa.org/sites/default/f...ttitudes19.pdf

Sundry findings.
  • Only 4 percent of cruiser riders indicated that they usually or always wear high-visibility gear.
  • When the topic of motorcycle conspicuity was brought up, most cruiser riders emphasized the importance of noise and lights as opposed to high-visibility gear. The most common modifications that cruiser riders said they made to be noticed were to modify their exhaust so it would emit a louder sound and to add LED headlights. [There is zero study evidence that loud pipes have any safety benefit]
  • Styling was the most important factor in clothing selection.

The top purchasing factors marked as either “very important” or “important” by sport motorcycle riders were crash protection (97%), durability (97%), and comfort (94%).
  • In general, the sport motorcycle riders were more open to using bright colors than the other rider types,
  • Sport bike rider attitudes about why other riders wore hi-viz: “This rider is likely someone new to riding or just getting back into riding, who wants to be seen by other vehicles, and take it slow, but still be able to say that he/she rides a motorcycle.” One rider in Ann Arbor further elaborated by saying, “It is a sign of age. These people don’t care what they look like; they just want to be safe.” [Funny to me since when I see a flat-black helmet, guaranteed it's a new rider]
Universally, the touring riders stated that conspicuity was a big problem for motorcyclists.
  • Most people attributed motorcyclists’ lack of conspicuity to inattention on the vehicle driver’s part. Cell phone use and distracted driving were cited by almost everyone in these groups as a real danger for people riding motorcycles.
  • In the touring groups, the purchasing factors that were most frequently considered important or very important were comfort (97%), weather resistance (94%), durability (88%), and crash protection (70%). In the focus group discussions, comfort of the apparel seemed to be just as important, if not more so, than any crash protection it offered.
I was surprised at how low the overall rate was. Probably because I mostly ride with older, very experienced, performance-oriented riders, where hi-viz clothing is very common.
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Old 08-01-2019, 03:05 PM   #204
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Old 08-02-2019, 11:48 AM   #205
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Terrific video, been posting it on local forums every spring for years. It works!

This bike is for sale locally. 1997 Honda RS125.

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