I sometimes *have* to wear hi-viz, and it works - no doubt about it. Keeps me warm and dry
FWIW I occasionaly wear hi-viz, most often when I need another layer to keep warm or dry. I regularly wear it at night, but that is nothing to do with hi-viz and all to do with the bigger and better retro-reflective stuff on most hi-viz jackets.
If it's got that close, it's highly unlikely you'd see something even clad in hi-vis... it's movement that draws attention.Rather serious, I fear.
I miss things under my nose.
OK I'll qualify that: 2 weeks after I bought (from new) my first BMW ('Ultimate Riding Machine TM), I was riding along and the thought popped in my head "It's only a motorcycle".
I mentioned having a brief ride on a Silk. Basically just a big MZ TS250 - but don't tell anyone I said so
There is no way I'd buy something like a Brough Sup or Vincent even if I could afford it. However, the experience was so different to even my Sunbeam that it was well worth it.
TBH the modern bikes I've had are far better for riding than the "classics" but the older bikes are so involving (read difficult, awkward, brakeless etc.....)
To go with that, mix a dose of laziness and desire for comfort and, often, the necessity to carry a load of
junkessentials with me.
So, that results in a shopping list of:
Highish bars, sit-up position
There aren't many bikes that fitted the bill, so add in 'training at a BMW dealership' and a succession of RTs makes sense
However, ditch the shaft requirement and a modern x-ring chain plus oiler is hardly the high-maintenance thing it was 20+ years ago. I go months without touching mine. I just wish they fitted a better chain guard which stopped the oil flinging over the rear of the machine. That's what I really miss about the old CX500.
'Full (& effective) fairing' requirement is one of the major limitations, Deaville and BMW 800GT just aren't. I don't think the 900 Diversion would have been either.
Good book extract in yesterday's Guardian covering research backing the anti-cycle helmet case and related matters in some detail, partly on grounds of bad driver behaviour towards helmet wearers: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...warfare-wheels
One reported study suggests some drivers do enjoy placing cyclists with 'POLITE' vests at physical risk, but are less agressive if you change the 'T' to a 'C'. Much as Spin may agree that Polite wearers should be shot, in my book drivers who use their car as a tool to express their agression against the vulnerable cannot be replaced soon enough by computers. And if computers don't provide a solution, locking up the bastards for long periods in makeshift camps would have a nice anti-congestion benefit.
Not just because of the safety aspect, but the attitude from other people. I have a long history of daft road rage incidents (where I always felt as if I was the victim), which have tailed off in recent years due to a change in my attitude. However I've still managed to pick up the odd idiot here and there, and being on a motorcycle or in a car has given me the option of getting away rather than getting involved (or, at the very least, locking all the doors and hiding under the back seat).
I might carry on my weekly ride around Castle Combe race circuit when it opens again in the summer, but I think my road cycling experiences will be limited to a quick blat up the shops and back.