Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Jacksonville, NC 28540
Originally posted by ESanders2
I didn't know about the icon vest until I bought a flourescent orange construction vest with reflective tape. It is much brighter than the icon vests but looks gay, of course.
Do you feel like people notice you in the icon vest (does it stand out)?
I see a lot of people on base with vests, and noticed that, in most cases, the vest isn't really that noticable from the front. This is esp. with people on sportbikes who have a very leaned-over riding position, or on HDs and such that have large front windscreens. The lights on these bikes are more noticable than the vests. I've got a fairly small windscreen with an upright seat so the vest seems a little more visible than on some other bikes I've seen.
Personally, I don't agree with wearing the vests. The modern safety equipment is more noticable than the little bit of reflective material on those vests. I always taught my riders that visibility is is their own responsibility. The vest does not hurt, but I certainly think compared to the other equipment out there, it isn't that great of a help.
The headlights on my R1 makje that thing pretty noticable, if not downright annoying.
1991 FZR 1000 - built 1040 with race cams, Akrapovic full exhaust, and mild suspension work
2004 YZF R1 - Graves full exhaust, velocity stacks, BMC race filter, and Power Commander. Rear Ohlins. Forks rblt with Race Tech springs and Gold Valves.
2005 20th Anniversary V-Max (0098/2000) - T boost,
2005 YZF R6 track bike - Graves full exhaust, Race Tech suspension