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"I'll never cease to ponder the why and what of who I am. If I'm insane, so what? I'm happy. Are you?"
"I'll never cease to ponder the why and what of who I am. If I'm wackemall, so what? I'm happy. Are you?"
"I'd like some answers from real, experienced motorcyclists based on your many years of safe, and sometimes not so safe riding. In your opinion, does the color of your motorcycle make your motorcycle any safer and if yes, which colors are the safest?"
"Most bikes are either pulled out in front of or hit from behind while stopped. Both are when the least amount of machine can be seen."I didn't reply to anyone's comments as I didn't want to influence the conversation.
"Consequently, we draw a conclusion based on the results of the present study that no vehicle color was found to be statistically significant."Still, it seems to me that black vehicles of all kinds tend to stand out more in daytime traffic. Is it just me?
"A high level of color contrast enhanced the visibility of motorcycles when they appeared in front of the participants."Now you tell me, what color contrasts the natural daytime environment more than black?
"Similar to the results of experiment 1, in urban environments the reflective and white clothing provided an advantage to the detection of the PTW, while in the inter-urban environment the black outfit presented an advantage."Well, black is back except when it's not. There's a lizard living 'round these parts called a Carolina Anole-- ever seen one? I saw one just 2 weeks ago sitting atop a fence post. They use color to become invisible, counting on a lack of contrast to do their magic. Like a Chameleon the Anolis carolinensis can change its color to hide itself from predators and prey alike.
"The color of and equipment on a motorcycle can play a significant conspicuity role."
"The American data were analysed by Harold Van Buskirk in 1919. About 1,256 ships were painted in dazzle between 1 March 1918 and the end of the war on 11 November that year. Among American merchantmen 2,500 tons and over, 78 uncamouflaged ships were sunk, and only 18 camouflaged ships; out of these 18, 11 were sunk by torpedoes, 4 in collisions and 3 by mines. No US Navy ships (all camouflaged) were sunk in the period."
"Most bikes are either pulled out in front of or hit from behind while stopped. Both are when the least amount of machine can be seen."
"Motorcycles equipped with additional frontal bodywork (fairings which protect the rider from wind and weather) were found to be under-represented in crashes where motorists violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. The larger the fairing and the brighter the color, the more effective it seemed to be in preventing other vehicles’ right-of-way violations (Hurt, 1981)."