Post by mistermoe on Sept 11, 2009 20:00:42 GMT -5
I wear the green Icon vest. In daytime, it helps minimally -- mostly to raise awareness generally to drivers in areas where I ride alot - near my home. That it does... "oh you wear that bright yellow, I've seen you..." But the real bonus is in low light/night when the retroreflective patches come into play. Then it makes a big difference.
I ditched my stock horn, got a manly car horn (stopped short of an air horn) and I do find that it works best to get drivers' attention in that moment just before they're about to do something dumb. Unfortunately, that's too often.
The horn and the vest come way down the list to just constant scanning and defensive riding skills. But they are part of the whole campaign to ride and stay alive.
That's all the motorcycle is, a system of concepts worked out in steel. ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Post by ShakerNorm on Sept 21, 2009 19:14:43 GMT -5
When my uncle worked for the Railway - I BEGGED him to get me a set of horns from a locomotive, but to no avail....... I wanted them for my car, but I sure understand the idea - if a TRAIN won't get their attention - NOTHING will........
I've definitely considered the idea of getting a louder horn for the bike. That little meep-meep just doesn't get anybody's attention when it needs to.
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The dayglo green gear is starting to come out all over the place. We have a local store that caters mostly to dual/sport/adventure touring folks and they have a whole slew of stuff from vests to coats to full covvies and helmets. I'm starting to see a few guys buzzing around with some kind of hi-viz gear. I was thinking of getting a lid myself for any winter riding escapades as my normal gear is all black leather with a white or silver helmet.
On the horn front, you can't beat the Fiamm highway blaster series ( a high tone & a low tone) about $20 each from Crappy Tire. I put a single hightone on the XS and both on the GS. The GS sounds like a train.....loud....oh yeah!
A lot of guys go with the Stebel Nautilus units which are reputed to be the cats AZZ in bike horns but for a cheaper alternative you'd be happy with the Fiamms. On the XS I'd hook em up with a relay just as you would auxiliary lights to make sure you get full voltage.
I've had more run ins with cages myself this season and being nearly run over by a lane changer I decided big horns were needed. So far I've used them on just about every ride. Paid for themselves over and over as far as I'm concerned.
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