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Re: Silver is NOT a high-vis color

I thought about night time when I said that the helmet I bought is of silver colour.
I glued red and silver/mirror like tapes, 2" wide, on the back of the side boxes.  Drivers of cars commented on the reflecting capability of that tape, it helps a lot.

I also have a Half-Size(?) helmet too, white, I don't like it, never use it.
My RS' colour is pearl-yellow(?), I don't remember the exact designation of colour; same as the late Lentini's RS was.  I were black jacket which is visible during daylight.  There is no 100% protection.  

Around the cylinders I have crash guards and on each side there is a 5" diameter running light attached to the bar.  When riding on two directional heavy traffic I turn those on so I am very visible to oncoming traffic.  Also, it is useful during night time to keep an eye on the ditch and brushes from where animals could run out.
Bob Silas
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tom Brown 
  To: BMW Oilhead List 
  Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 8:25 AM
  Subject: Silver is NOT a high-vis color

  >My helmet is very light silver colour.  My choice of colour based on the 
  > >"being seen" idea...

  >Bob Silas


  Silver is definitely not a high-vis color!  It's basically the color of 
  concrete or dirty tarmac.  Very low contrast with the road.  I have a silver 
  car and I always run my parking lights just so people can see me.    Silver 
  is, however very reflective and good for keeping cool.   Yellow and white 
  are the best for visibility.

  I use a black helmet,   For visibility, I have a checkerboard V pattern of 
  reflective white on the back that my wife did for me.    I use to have a 
  white Arai with a racerboy dragon pattern on it, but I got a lot of tickets 
  with it, so I went for a plainer look.  Seems to help.

  I've got a yellow Joey Dunlop Arai in XL that sits in the box because I 
  heard it's a collector's item and I'm afraid to wear it.